The co-founder of the Television Syndication Co. produced for Broadway and network TV before producing and distributing children’s and lifestyle shows.
Television syndication industry veteran Robert E. Yde, 71, died Monday, Dec. 18, after a long battle with malignant melanoma. Yde and his wife, Cassie Yde, ran The Television Syndication Co., a Longwood, Fla.-based TV program distributor known for its children’s and lifestyle programming.
Yde produced shows and headed marketing for TVS until retiring in October. His 40-year career in the entertainment industry took root in entertainment and theatrical production, but quickly embraced TV as well. He produced the road company version of Jesus Christ Superstar and the Broadway show, Hard Job Being God, and he headed production for numerous live performances of entertainers including Bill Cosby, Bob Hope, Grand Funk Railroad, Jose Feliciano and Guy Lombardo.
The Ydes teamed up in 1973, when they married and began traveling the world, producing TV shows under the banner of White Mountain Entertainment. They formed TVS Inc. in 1989 and continued producing shows while also distributing the work of other independent producers.
TVS is best known today for children’s shows Real Life 101, Ultimate Choice and Kid Guides and the lifestyle series, P. Allen Smith Gardens. Recent production credits for Bob Yde include Get Reel for children’s cable network WAM!; Get Reel Music Mix for Voice of America and TVS’ Real Life 101.
Bob Yde was born in Freeport, Ill., and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and business administration.
After college, he served in the U.S. Air Force, flying 25-hour airborne alert missions to the Russian border as a member of a combat ready SAC B-52 crew during the Cold War. Later, while living in Mobile, Ala., and working for Southern Bell Telephone, his civic involvement led him to work on special events like the Senior Bowl football game and America’s Junior Miss Pageant. That led him to work with network production teams on those events and many more.
Yde is survived by his wife, Cassie M. Yde; son James Robert Yde and his wife Kathleen of Chuluota, Florida; daughter Karen Ann Ozolnieks and her husband Paul of Oviedo, Florida; son John David Yde and his wife Jill of Davenport, Florida; grandchildren Clayton Hampton Yde and Grace Ann Ozolnieks.
The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the SPCA of Central Florida (Humane Society) at 2800 County Home Road, Sanford, FL 32773.
A memorial service to celebrate Yde’s life has been scheduled on what would have been his 72nd birthday, Friday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Baldwin-Fairchild West Altamonte Chapel, 622 West Highway 436, Altamonte Springs, Fla.