Photographs of Martin Karant, 1942-1973

KC Manuscript Collection 187

The collection consists of nine copied black and white images of Martin Karant.  Karant was a radio announcer for WKPT radio in Kingsport, Tennessee.  He began his career in 1942 and became the signature voice for local news and sports.  Karant’s reputation was sealed following his reportage of the Tennessee Eastman explosion during 1960.

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

This collection should be cited as:

Photographs of Martin Karant, 1942-1973.  KC Manuscript Collection 187, Archives of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee.

Mary Sue Still donated this collection in 2004.

Brian Wilson processed the collection and developed the finding aid in 2004. Brianne Johnson revised the finding aid in May 2008.

Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006–Photographs.

Karant, Martin, 1917-2004.

Photograph Collections–Tennessee–Kingsport.



1. In radio booth, January 1942

2. In airplane cockpit at Bush Field, Augusta, Georgia, December 25, 1943

3. Interviewing Ted Williams at J. Fred Johnson Stadium, April 9,1947

4. At microphone in Peirce Studios, Center Key Building, January 10, 1955

5. With Kenneth Karant and “Goldie” mascot for Fun with Funnies sponsor, c. 1956

6. At birthday for Charlie Deming, Housewife’s Serenade, April 26, 1971

7. 1971, May, with Bill Freehoff

8. With Gerald Ford and unidentified others in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Labor Day, 1973

9. Doing Housewife Serenade from Oakwood Market, undated