Peter Kizer, Longtime TV Executive, Dies At 86

After getting his start in radio in the Air Force, he moved into TV. He was one of the founders of NATPE while program director at WOOD Grand Rapids, Mich., and was a past president of the association. Kizer made his mark after becoming general manager of WDIV Detroit (then owned by the Evening News Association Broadcast Group) in 1971. In addition, he was NAB TV Board chair while running the Evening News group. When Evening News was sold to Gannett in 1986, he founded Federal Broadcasting which eventually acquired seven TV stations that were sold to Raycom in 1997.