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Morley Safer (November 8, 1931 – May 19, 2016) Best known for 60 Minutes...

In 1964 Safer joined CBS News as a London-based correspondent. In 1965, he opened the CBS News bureau in Saigon. That year he followed a group of United States Marines to the village of Cam Ne, for what was described as a "search and destroy" mission. When the Marines arrived, they gave orders in English to the inhabitants to evacuate the village. When the homes were cleared, the Marines burned their thatched roofs with flamethrowers and Zippo lighters. Safer's report on this event was broadcast on CBS News on August 5, 1965, and was among the first reports to paint a bleak picture of the Vietnam War. President Lyndon Baines Johnson reacted to this report angrily, calling CBS's president and accusing Safer and his colleagues of having "shat on the American flag." Certain that Safer was a communist, Johnson also ordered a security check; upon being told that Safer "wasn't a communist, just a Canadian", he responded: "Well, I knew he wasn't an American."[6] In 1967 Safer was named the London bureau chief, a post he held for three years. Safer was also a CBS reporter during the Nigerian Civil War.[7] In 1970, he left London to replace Harry Reasoner on 60 Minutes, after Reasoner left to anchor the ABC Evening News (although Reasoner would return to 60 Minutes in 1978, alongside Safer). Safer would go on to set the record for the show's longest-serving correspondent, retiring in 2016 after 46 years. WIKIPEDIA | CBS NEWS VIDEO

 VIDEO: As Morley Safer Retires, ’60 Minutes’ Looks Back On A Storied Career



Julia Meade, TV Pitchwoman on 'Ed Sullivan,' Dies at 90

17 December 1928, Boston, Massachusetts = 16 May 2016, New York City

 A frequent commercial spokesperson including Kodak, she pitched hair products and appliances on other shows like "Your Hit Parade." Appeared frequently on stage, including "The Tender Trap" on Broadway. In 1971 Julia did the first Corrective ad on TV. The Federal Trade Commission accused ITT Continental Baking Company of false advertising as to its product Profile Bread. In the corrective ad Julia stated that Profile Bread had no fewer calories than other Bread, but was sliced thinner. Becoming a household name on the Ed Sullivan show, Julia appeared weekly in a Motorama format showing off "dream cars of the 50s" like Lincoln and Mercury bedecked in evening dresses and strings of pearls, while describing the cars with perfectly manicured hands running up and down the upholstery. Her husband "Professor" Tom Foldes frequently appeared with her describing the finer points of automobile design. Official Web Site NYTimes Obit

Remembering voice over actor William Schallert

William Schallert, Character Actor and Former SAG President, Dies at 93 William Joseph Schallert (July 6, 1922 – May 8, 2016) was an American voice over artist and character actor who appeared in many films and in such television series as Perry Mason; The Smurfs; Jefferson Drum; Philip Marlowe; The Rat Patrol; Gunsmoke; Star Trek; The Patty Duke Show; 87th Precinct; The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis; The Waltons; Hawaii Five-O, Quincy, M.E.; The Partridge Family; Bonanza; Wanted: Dead or Alive; Leave It to Beaver; The Dick Van Dyke Show; Love, American Style; Get Smart; Lawman; Combat!; The Wild Wild West; and in later years, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; Medium and True Blood. As with many other character actors with long careers, Schallert's face was more recognizable than his name.

  WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: Voiceover by Bill Schallert from 1970, one of the early TV commercials for Kellogg's Pop Tarts toaster pastries with the animated Milton the Toaster who would appear in Kellogg's Pop Tarts TV commercials throughout the 1970's and into the early 1980's.


VIDEO: Impressive career highlights:

Peter Thomas (June 28, 1924 – April 30, 2016) was an American announcer and narrator of television programs, including shows such as Nova, Forensic Files and Medical Detectives.

Thomas performed voice-overs for hundreds of television commercials, including Coca-Cola, IBM, Valvoline, NBC, United Technologies, Burger King, William Beaumont Hospital and ESPN Monday Night Football commercials. 

 Peter Thomas was born in Pensacola, Florida, to Dr. John D. Thomas and Sibyl Addenbrooke. He had two younger brothers, John and David. His Welsh father, a Presbyterian minister, and his English mother, a schoolteacher from Salisbury, stressed the importance of reading, education and memorization to their son. Thomas says that his father always stressed mental images as an important speaking tool. For example, he told his son if he were talking about horses he had to picture horses in his mind. Thomas began his career at fourteen as an announcer on a local radio show. Since the station could not pay him, due to his age, they arranged for the sponsor, Piper Aircraft, to give him flying lessons in a Piper Cub. Within just a few years, Thomas would be hosting Big Band remotes. With the onset of World War II, Thomas left The Stony Brook School and volunteered for the United States Army in 1943, after being offered an Armed Forces Radio deferment, and served with the First Infantry Division in five major campaigns, including the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He was issued a Battle star for each of the five campaigns. He was also awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Unit French Croix de guerre, and Belgian Fourragère. WIKIPEDIA

VIDEO: This is a program in the "Broadcast Pioneer" series hosted by Don Blair (Mutual/NBC radio) where he interviews the legends in broadcasting. This episode features an interview with Peter Thomas who's voice has been heard on thousands of commercials on radio and television as well as narration for shows like Nova and Forensic Files. This series was produced and aired on METV in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL in 2003/04. Don Blair provided updated introductions to each episode. (


Les Waas, legend in advertising, known for jingles

Les Waas, 94, the man responsible for two of the most recognizable tunes ever heard in Philadelphia - the Mr. Softee jingle and "Everybody Who Knows Goes to Melrose" - died Tuesday, April 19, 2016. 


His jingle, a herald of summer in the city, and of the ice cream man down the block, is the textbook embodiment of an earworm: once heard, never forgotten. Read more at

 VIDEO: Philadelphia's "Broadcast Pioneers" sat down and talked with an advertising legend in the Philadelphia area, Les Waas. At 92, sharp as ever!

Elton Spitzer, 84, Who Helped Turn WLIR Into a Radio Destination, Dies

Former WLIR/LONG ISLAND owner ELTON SPITZER, who turned the small station into a well known and admired New Wave/Alternative station has died. SPITZER passed away SUNDAY (4/19/2-16) in BALTIMORE from complications related to PARKINSON’s disease. He was 84. - See more at:

 WLIR, a small rock ’n’ roll radio station on the outskirts of New York City that was struggling to carve out space for itself in a major market crowded with more powerful competitors. WLIR, broadcasting at a mere 3,000 watts from a studio in Hempstead on Long Island (its tower was in Garden City) with the slogan “Dare to be different,” made 92.7 FM a destination on the radio dial.
  NYTimes Obit  |  WLIR, WIKIPEDIA

Beautiful music programmer, Phil Stout has died

Stout was one of the pioneers of the Beautiful Music radio format in American broadcasting. Former music programmer, WDVR 101.1 FM Philadelphia. SRP music syndications and Music Choice cable TV audio services. He will be missed but his impact on the world of beautiful music radio will remain.

Arthur Anderson (August 29, 1922 - April 10, 2016)


 Actor of radio, film, and TV 
American actor of films, television and the stage. His career began on radio during the early 1930s.
 For decades the voice of the commercial symbol Lucky the Leprechaun. He started in radio in 1935 appearing on "Let's Pretend," the best kids' show of the era. Performed roles on stage and on radio with Orson Welles.

 VIDEO (For the blind):

BOB MILLER Hawaii Public Radio pioneer

Star Advertiser: Dec. 31, 2015...and co-worker...
 Robert Lee Ruley Miller, 87, of Kaneohe, a retired broadcaster and program director for Hawaii Public Radio and it's station KHPR at 88.1 FM has died. 

He died in Honolulu in December 2015. Miller was an Army veteran and was one of Hawaii's first Television newscasters. He joined the original staff of Hawaii Public Radio's KHPR when it went on the air in the fall of 1981. Bob presented several classical music programs for the station and is primarily remembered as the local host of KHPR's Morning Edition. He was born in Honolulu and is survived by numerous nephews and nieces and fondly remembered by those who worked with him and listeners who enjoyed his broadcasts.
Bob Miller, left, with KHPR's first station manager Cliff Eblin.
Studio photo, with effective egg carton sound proofing, in original production room of the station which was located in the wrestling building in the quarry area of The University of Hawaii. (The station was not affiliated with the university and was licensed as a community public radio station)...newspaper photo from early 1982.

Eric Engberg, CBS Newsman Who Pioneered Political Fact-Checking, Dies at 74

“Reality Check,” Mr. Engberg’s segment on the “CBS Evening News,” was a precursor to websites like and Engberg attended Highland Park High School (Class of 1959) in Highland Park, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He worked at WTOP-TV; WTOP-FM; WTOP-AM from 1968 to 1972, then moved to Group W from 1972 until he joined CBS in 1976. Bernard Goldberg listed, as a central example of media bias, an Engberg CBS Evening News Reality Check segment that ridiculed the flat tax proposal of Steve Forbes. Goldberg leveled this charge in his book, Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, and elsewhere. VIDEO: Former CBS reporter Eric Engberg joins HuffPost Live to discuss Bill O'Reilly's claims.

Mother Mary Angelica, Who Founded Catholic TV Network, Dies at 92 on Easter Sunday 2016

 Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, PCPA (born Rita Antoinette Rizzo; April 20, 1923 – March 27, 2016) was an American Franciscan nun best known as a television personality and the founder of the Eternal Word Television Network.

Mother Mary Angelica was a popular and influential host on the Eternal Word Television Network, where she criticized liberalizing trends in the Catholic Church. NYTimes Obit | AP WIKIPEDIA

Joe Garagiola, Baseball Player Who Became a Broadcasting Star, Dies at 90

A catcher in the majors for nine forgettable seasons, he went on to become a colorful broadcaster for NBC, which also made him a host of the “Today” show. Joseph Henry Garagiola, Sr. (February 12, 1926 – March 23, 2016) was an American professional baseball catcher and later an announcer and television host, popular for his colorful personality. Garagiola played nine seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and the New York Giants. He was also well known outside of baseball for having been one of the regular panelists on The Today Show for many years and for his numerous appearances on game shows both as a host and panelist. WIKIPEDIA

 VIDEO: Highlight video of Joe Garagiola at the 2010 St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Enshrinement 


Martha Wright, early TV singer-host, has died

Martha Wright (born Martha Wiederrecht, March 23, 1923 - died March 1 2016) was an American actress and singer best known for her performances on Broadway and on television. Beginning to sing in radio, musical theatre and opera in her native Seattle as a teenager, Wright moved to New York City and debuted on Broadway by age 21, where she soon had a major success as Mary Martin's replacement in both South Pacific and The Sound of Music. She also continued to sing on the radio. In the mid-1950s, she also performed on television, including in her own show. Wright and her husband, restaurateur George J. Manuche Jr. (1921–2013), had four children, and Wright curtailed her performing by the late 1960s, returning for a few engagements in the 1970s and 1980s. WIKIPEDIA The Martha Wright Show was a 15-minute musical variety program which aired at 9:15 pm EST on ABC television from April 18 to December 5, 1954. The program was also known as The Packard Showroom for its sponsor, Packard automobiles. TV Show

Craig Windham, NPR, WASH-FM, Dies at 66

Craig Windham, a veteran NPR reporter known for delivering bite-size reports for top-of-the-hour newscasts in a warm, familiar tone to millions of Americans, died on Sunday, 28 FEB 2016,  in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 66. NYTimes Robert Craig Windham (June 20, 1949 – February 28, 2016) was an American radio journalist and duty reporter for National Public Radio. He was the anchor of NPR's weekday morning newscast, and before that the anchor of NPR's weekend afternoon newscast and news director at Washington, D Cs, WASH-FM.


BOB ELLIOTT, death at 92 years, formerly one-half of the comedy duo of Bob and Ray.

  NYTimes Obit

 Robert Brackett "Bob" Elliott (March 26, 1923 - February 2, 2016) was an American actor and comedian, formerly one-half of the comedy duo of Bob and Ray. He is the father of comedian/actor Chris Elliott and the grandfather of Abby Elliott. Elliott was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Gail Marguarite (née Brackett), a needleworker, and Fred Russell Elliott, who worked in insurance. On radio, he appeared in programs with his long-time partner Ray Goulding. These were in different series and time slots over decades, beginning in the late 1940s at Boston's WHDH radio when the two were first paired for Matinee with Bob and Ray, simply because it sounded better than "Matinob with Ray and Bob".WIKIPEDIA
Bob and Ray in a publicity photo with Tedi Thurman for Monitor (NBC radio), where all were program regulars On television, Elliott and Goulding hosted The Bob and Ray show from 1951 to 1953. Elliott appeared on a number of other television programs, including Happy Days; Newhart; and Bob & Ray, Jane, Laraine & Gilda in 1979 (with Goulding, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman and Gilda Radner). He appeared on radio with Garrison Keillor in The American Radio Company of the Air. Bob and Ray writer Raymond Knight died in 1953. In 1954, Elliott married Knight's widow, Lee.

Radio: Shortsighted logic for licensing fees that hurt Internet webcasters

The holiday season brought a grinch of sorts to Internet radio station webcasters: an increase in the cost of licensing fees for the music they play. In a decision announced in December, the new rates were developed as they have been every five years and were taking effect as of Jan. 1. But unlike previous years, the rates did not include a special provision for small- to medium-sized webcasters that allowed them to pay a percentage of revenue rather than a royalty per song, per listener. Considering that most small webcasters make no money, this was a huge cost savings, and the difference between allowing their hobby to continue or having to let it go. Island Classic Hits, for example, claims on its website that its fees are increasing from roughly $900 per year to more than $30,000 annually. This is typical, according to other webcasters to whom I have spoken. MORE

FM Radio programming pioneer honored by peers...


Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers member Marlin Taylor honored. He  is best remembered as the “father” of the instrumentally-based 24/7 stereo-radio format that became known as “Beautiful Music,” which he originated in Philadelphia with the sign-on of WDVR, 101 FM in 1963.

December 12 100th birthday salute to Frank Sinatra on radio

WEMP-FM, Wisconsin, will present a 24 hour Sinatra salute marathon to mark centennial of birth of FRANK SINATRA. On December 12, the Sinatra birthday.

Station manager Mark Heller is buddies with Hal Blaine, the drummer on Something Stupid and a couple of Frank's 1966-68 works (Summer Wind)....anyhow, he told Nancy Sinatra, that WEMP radio will do a tribute to her father...and she contacted the station. Hal got the entire library for WEMP, from Sinatra Enterprises, on CD...for the 24 hour tribute hosted by Sinatra buff R. Alan Campbell, radio announcer and web blogger.

 Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) American jazz and traditional pop singer was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey to Italian immigrants, he began his musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. He found success as a solo artist after being signed by Columbia Records in 1943, becoming the idol of the "bobby soxers". He released his first album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, in 1946. You Tube Channel | Wikipedia Bio |

Misty Copeland Performs With Yo-Yo Ma, S Colbert

A special performance by American Ballet Theater’s Misty Copeland and renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.


Long gone...the days of locally owned broadcast stations...

Nexstar Broadcasting seeks to buy Media General for $1.9 billion.... Nexstar Broadcasting Group (NXST) said Monday it has offered about $1.9 billion to buy Media General (MEG), seeking to enlarge its local-TV business and thwart Media General's attempt to merge with competitor Meredith Corp. (MDP). Nexstar, based in Irving, Texas, is proposing to pay $10.50 per share in cash and 0.0898 Nexstar shares per Media General share. That would value Media General at $14.50 per share, or about 30% higher than the closing stock price on Friday. The total transaction value is $4.1 billion, including Media General’s debt.       USA Today
 Nexstar Broadcasting Group is an American telecommunications company that is owned by the shareholders and headquartered in Irving, Texas. The company's portfolio consists of 91 television stations across the U.S., most of whom are affiliates with the four "major" U.S. television networks located in small to medium-sized markets. It also operates all of the stations owned by an affiliated company, Mission Broadcasting, under local marketing agreements...WIKIPEDIA

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