John Cannon began his career in the 1940s as a radio and television announcer, appearing on shows like The Colgate Comedy Hour, Your Hit Parade, Studio One, Famous Jury Trials, and Pat Boone Chevy Showroom. He was also the voice of the Fox Movietone and News of the Day newsreels seen in theaters in the 1950's. President of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences since 1976, he had just arrived in Cologne, Germany, to take part in a forum sponsored by the International Council of NATAS, and succumbed to a heart attack. Active as a leader in the early years of the New York chapter of NATAS, he became president of the National Academy in 1976. A funeral mass was held in Forest Hills, Queens, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church, on Thursday, June 28, 2001. He was survived by his wife, Trudy Wilson Cannon, who is Awards Director of the Academy, and his daughter, Connie Cannon, both of New York. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to the late John Cannon at the 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday, May 17, 2002.