Born, raised and educated in Missourim John Criswell is the eldest of four children. He is an army brat who lived on five military bases before he was 4 years old. His first dog was a black Cocker Spaniel named "Two" because that was what he was, too.
Criswell began his broadcast career at age 16 at a Springfield, Missouri radio station where he stayed for seven years all the way through college. There, he was also the news director and program director.
He was at WFAA Radio/TV in Dallas for18 months (1964 to 1965). He was a reporter and fill-in anchor. Criswell is also the voice of the SMU Mustang Basketball team and Texas High School football (Humble Network. He learned how to do baseball recreation broadcast from Bill Mercer and Charlie Jones on Spurs away games.
Criswell spent nine years at WMAL/ABC Washington, D.C. (1965 - 1973) and was a Reporter White House/Capitol Hill, Anchor on the noon and 5 p.m. newscasts.
Other works include his 13 years at WFAA TV 1973 – 1990 as the Executive Producer/Host of The A.M. Show, Originator/Producer of the Crimestoppers series and Wednesday's Child, seven years at KDFW TV 1990 – 1997 and the Senior Anchor of the 4,5,6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. He retired from television after 33 years February 1997 with over 40 years in radio and T.V.
Now, Criswell is the Owner/CEO of "The Voice You've Always Wanted" media company providing voice over and narration, program hosting, specialty interviews, talk show startups, company representation and media interface through subsidiary company "Wise Counsel." Wise Counsel specializes in media representation and training for unexpected and/or adversarial media encounters.
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