Throughout the first-half of the 1990s, Dan Burke was a prominent executive at ABC.  It wasn’t divine intervention that brought Burke to the top of the management chain. Burke started with Capital Cities in 1961 as general manager for WTEN-TV in Albany. Ultimately, he would become a high-ranking executive with Cap Cities.

Burke died this morning following complicating from Type I Diabetes. He was 82.

In 1986, Capital Cities acquired ABC, which maintained ownership until Disney bought the company a decade later.

“Dan was a broadcasting pioneer who along with Tom Murphy took a small company and a big dream, and grew it into a television giant.” WABC/Channel 7 anchor Bill Ritter tells FishbowlNY. “Their purchase of the much larger ABC was a surprise to everyone except those who knew Dan and Tom.”

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