Dave Garroway was the original host of NBC's Today Show from 1952 to 1961. He was born on July 13, 1913 in Schenectady, New York.
Garroway began his broadcasting career in 1939 as a disk jockey at WMAQ in Chicago, Illinois. His programs were called the ll:60 Club, the Dave Garroway Show, and Reserved for Garroway. Later he helped develop a television program known as Garroway at Large. He attempted to revive this last program while working the Today Show, but did not have the time. His shows reflected a very relaxed and informal style. He is known for his sign off: "Peace" with an upraised palm.
After his dismissal from the Today Show, Garroway appeared sporadically on other programs.
Dave Garroway was found dead of a gunshot wound at his Philadelphia area home on July 21, 1982. Medical examiners say, the fatal shot appeared to have been self-inflicted.
Dave Garroway had one son, David Jr. and a daughter, Paris.