York grew up in Florence. He served as a radioman and gunner for the U. S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from the Florence State Teachers College and worked at WLAY-AM before joining WBRC as a sports director. During his tenure as morning show host, York worked with Fannie Flagg and hosted the annual Alabama Sports Hall of Fame banquet. He won a regional Emmy in 1995 and was given the "Distinguished Alabama Sportsman Award" by the Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
York is the father of political columnist and author Byron York.
- Hollis, Tim (2006) Birmingham Broadcasting. Images of America series. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738542717