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Harold Dow’s Final ’48 Hours’ Story is Night’s #1 Show

“48 Hours” has consistently been one of the — if not the — top rated shows on Saturday nights. And last Saturday, for its season premiere, the win was bittersweet at CBS News.

The show was television’s #1 program Saturday night in both households (4.3 rating /08 share) and Total Viewers (6.28M).

The season premiere, entitled “The Killing Game,” was also the final report by the late correspondent Harold Dow who died suddenly last month. Dow’s nephew, Jay Dow, a reporter for WCBS in New York and a contributor for CBS News, voiced the broadcast as a tribute to the longtime CBS correspondent.

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Harold Dow’s Nephew To Help Complete Final ’48 Hours Mystery’ Report

dow092210.jpgLast month, CBS News lost a legend when longtime correspondent Harold Dow unexpetedly passed away.

Now, CBS News says it will air the piece Dow was working on when he died.

The New York Times’ Brian Stelter reports that the piece, “The Killing Game” will air Saturday, as part of the program’s season premiere.

Interestingly, the network recruted Dow’s nephew, Jay Dow, who works as a correspondent for WCBS in New York, to fill-in for the segments that were unfinished when Dow died.

CBS Evening News Tech Staff Supervisor Al Stiney Dies

Al Stiney.jpgJournal-ismsRichard Prince reports today of another loss for the CBS News family.

Al Stiney, a tech staff supervisor for the CBS Evening News weekday and weekend editions, passed away Friday at age 62. His widow Rena says Stiney died of heart failure after a short illness.

Prince notes that the death of Stiney — an Emmy and Peabody award winner thought to be the first African American to hold a supervisory technical position at CBS — came one day before the passing of CBS colleague Harold Dow, another pioneering African American in television. Also coincidentally, Dow and Stiney were born exactly one week apart.

“On a personal level I can tell you that Al was one of those guys who was clearly proud that more African Americans were working at places like CBS News compared to when he started 40-years ago,” says CBS Evening News Sunday edition anchor Russ Mitchell. “When you’d see him in the hall he’d always give a wink and say ‘great job’.”

(photo courtesy of CBS News)

Harold Dow Believed to Have Suffered Asthma Attack

The family of the late CBS News correspondent Harold Dow has issued the following statement:

At the time of Harold’s death, he was suffering from adult onset asthma. On Monday, August 16, 2010, Harold checked himself into the Valley Hospital emergency room in Ridgewood [New Jersey] for severe asthmatic symptoms.

According to the Hackensack [New Jersey] Police Department incident report, an inhaler was found on the floor of Harold’s vehicle. Therefore, it is believed at this time that Harold succumbed to an asthma attack while behind the wheel.

Dow died yesterday morning at age 62. CBS News colleague Richard Schlesinger filed this report on his life and career:

Remembering Harold Dow

Dow_8.21.jpgRichard Prince‘s Journal-isms got some reaction from several of CBS Newsman Harold Dow‘s colleagues, following Dow’s sudden death Saturday morning.

“60 Minutes” correspondent Byron Pitts was on assignment last night with colleagues: “We all raised a glass for our friend,” wrote Pitts, adding, “Harold was one of the funniest men I’ve ever known. Always welcoming, always willing to share his wisdom with those of us coming along,” said Pitts.

Russ Mitchell, anchor of the “CBS Evening News” Sunday edition, added, “Harold was my Angel. And correspondent Randall Pinkston, said Dow “was a trailblazer, a great journalist, a great friend and mentor. I shall miss him enormously.”

In a press release, Dow’s “48 Hours” boss Susan Zirinsky writes, “It was his humanity, which was felt by everyone he encountered, even in his toughest interviews, that truly defined the greatness of his work. He was the most selfless man I have known.”

CBS News Correspondent Harold Dow Dies at 62

Harold Dow.jpgVeteran CBS News correspondent Harold Dow died today at the age of 62.

A network news release describes Dow’s passing this morning as sudden.

A five-time Emmy winner and recipient of a George Foster Peabody Award and an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, Dow had reported for 48 Hours since its 1988 premiere. During his nearly four decades at CBS, he also reported for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and for CBS Sunday Morning, among other programs.

“CBS News is deeply saddened by this sudden loss,” CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus said in a statement. “The CBS News family has lost one of its oldest and most talented members, whose absence will be felt by many and whose on-air presence and reporting skills touched nearly all of our broadcasts. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Kathy and their children Joelle, Danica and David.”

“It is a tremendous loss for 48 Hours, CBS News and the world of journalism,” said 48 Hours Mystery Executive Producer Susan Zirinsky. “I deeply miss him already.”

Prior to joining CBS, Dow worked in local TV and radio. He held the distinction of being the first African American television reporter in the Omaha, Nebraska market when he was hired at KETV-TV in 1968.

More: Sean McManus’ memo to staff, after the jump…

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48 Hours Mystery #1 on Saturday Night

CBS News’ “48 Hours Mystery” won its Saturday 10PM time slot in households (4.6/09), Total Viewers (6.85m) and A25-54 viewers (2.1/06). Compared to last week, “Mystery” is up 5% in A25-54 viewers, and compared to the same week last year, it’s up 24% in the demo.

The program featured correspondent Harold Dow‘s report on a Kansas man and his fiancee who were gunned down while in bed.