The New Year is just days away, it’s a time for many to take stock, to think of better times ahead. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on those media people whom we lost this year.
Among them in our memory, radio lost a couple of pioneering personalities, TV lost a reporter, who quietly became a civil rights activist, and an executive who made his mark in public television in a second career.
Here’s a look at FishbowlNY In Memoriam: 2012
Robert Kotlowitz — After a long run in publishing, including the managing editor at Harper’s Magazine, Kotlowitz was tabbed to lead the upstart WNET/Channel 13. He was named the station’s first VP of programming and broadcasting in 1971.
- R. Peter Straus — He oversaw WMCA during its heyday, turning the family business into the number one station in New York in the late 1950s.
- Al Brady Law — A veteran radio programmer, who achieved his biggest brush with greatness as DJ and assistant program director at WNBC.
- Judith Crist — A renaissance woman, who could be a film critic for the TV Guide, or on TV, the Today Show. Earlier in her career, Crist was entertainment reporter for the now-defunct New York Herald Tribune.
- Warner Fusselle — The only Brooklyn Cyclones play-by-play announcer until his death, Fusselle was also known as the narrator for This Week in Baseball.
- Dom Valentino — Largely lost to history, Valentino was the Yankees, Nets, and Islanders radio voice in the mid-1970s.