LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Anne Francis, who was the love interest in the 1950s science-fiction classic “Forbidden Planet” and later was sexy private eye in “Honey West” on TV, has died at age 80. Francis died Sunday at a Santa Barbara nursing home, said Bill Guntle, a funeral director McDermott-Crockett & Associates Mortuary in […]
NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Taylor, an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer who became one of the genre’s most ardent advocates through radio, television and the landmark Jazzmobile arts venture, has died at age 89. Taylor died Tuesday of a heart attack in Manhattan, said his wife, Theodora Taylor. “He enjoyed his life,” she said. […]
HONOLULU (AP) — Police in Hawaii are investigating the death of a Los Angeles writer and producer who was found in a hotel room. Big Island police say 50-year-old Aron Abrams was found dead Christmas morning at the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii hotel on the Kohala Coast. An autopsy is set for Friday. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald […]
Throughout 2010, TVNewsCheck reported the deaths of outstanding men and women who shaped television as actors, lawmakers, producers, business people, journalists and on-air personalities. Here they are in chronological order of their passing.
BOSTON (AP) — Fred Foy, the radio announcer best-known for calling out “Hi-Yo, Silver!” in his passionate lead-in to “The Lone Ranger,” has died at his Massachusetts home. His daughter, Nancy Foy, says her father died Wednesday of natural causes. He was 89. Nancy Foy says her father worked as an actor before landing the […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Landesberg may have been best known for his role as the intellectual and sometimes annoying Detective Sgt. Arthur Dietrich on the long-running 1970s cop comedy “Barney Miller.” But younger audiences knew him too – for a slew of recent parts such as the doctor on the 2008 hit movie “Forgetting […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Edwards, the director and writer known for clever dialogue, poignance and occasional belly-laugh sight gags in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,””10” and the “Pink Panther” farces, is dead at age 88. Edwards died from complications of pneumonia at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, said publicist […]
Don Meredith, NFL star and an original member of ABC’s Monday Night Football broadcast team died Sunday in Santa Fe, N.M., after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
Stu Olds, president-CEO of radio-ad-sales firm Katz Media Group, passed away Saturday from complications due to myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, a type of leukemia. He oversaw ad-sales representation for more than 3,000 radio stations (roughly 90% of the national radio inventory) and 400 TV stations as part of a restructuring with parent company Clear Channel’s sales teams.
Alfred “Al” Masini, the producer who created a number of hit shows including Entertainment Tonight, Star Search, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and Solid Gold, has died in Honolulu.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When George Lucas needed someone to direct the sequel to “Star Wars,” he turned to veteran filmmaker Irvin Kershner. Under Kershner’s direction, Luke Skywalker learned that Darth Vader was his father and Han Solo delivered one of his most memorable lines, responding to Princess Leia’s “I love you” with “I know.” […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite decades spent playing sober commanders and serious captains, Leslie Nielsen insisted that he was always made for comedy. He proved it in his career’s second act. “Surely you can’t be serious,” an airline passenger says to Nielsen in “Airplane!” the 1980 hit that turned the actor from dramatic leading man […]
Television pioneer Jean Hill Byrd, died Nov. 22 in Shreveport, La. She was 82. Born July 15, 1928, Byrd retired from NBC affiliate KTAL Shreveport where she was employed for 47 years. She was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 1999 and served on numerous boards including Easter Seals, Super Derby and as […]
Here’s a tale of two broadcasters, undeterred by the economic doldrums, who started new broadcasting-support businesses. Ex-KXASer Larry Watzman created Revnew, which offers stations inexpensive, turnkey promotional campaigns that come complete with slick videos. Linda Wellman, who says she came up with the idea of online/on-air obits as an account executive at WNEM Flint, has gone off to market her own service, DirectObits.tv. “My goal is 70 stations by 2012,” she says.
A number of companies are trying to take what has long been the local newspaper’s franchise — death notices — and move them to TV, both on air and online. They all depend on partnering with funeral homes that sell the product and input information that is delivered directly to station websites.