Owens was a true broadcaster who made a career of bending the medium of radio around itself until it not only carried the joke, it was the joke. (The hand-to-ear delivery was legitimate, though. As the Bear learned in his own career as an announcer, that's how we would hear what we were sounding like, without headphones.)
Owens appeared in the pilot of Sesame Street. (That may seem odd, but the children's show was a kiddie version of Laugh-In. Somebody noticed that kids loved Laugh-In. Laugh-in was mostly lots of rapid-fire takes featuring recurring characters. Sesame Street catered to children's short attention spans.)
Owens died at the age of 80 on February 12, 2015. He left behind his wife of 47 years.
As for "ingrievous," look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls.