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WNBC Remembers Former Announcer and Voice of SNL, Don Pardo


Don Pardo, who many know today as the iconic voice of Saturday Night Live, died Monday in Arizona at the age of 96.

Pardo had worked for NBC since 1944. At New York NBC owned station WNBC, he was the announcer for Live at Five in the 1980s.

According to NBC, many of those featured on SNL said they didn’t feel like they’d made it until Pardo announced their name.

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Jess Marlow, ‘Old School Anchor,’ Has Died

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Longtime Los Angeles anchor Jess Marlow has died, according to KNX radio. Marlow, who announced his retirement from television news in 2003, was a fixture on L.A. newscasts for decades:

He began his TV career in 1958 at a station in Rock Island, Ill. KNBC brought him to Los Angeles as a reporter in 1966, and by 1968 he was anchoring the news there — and continued doing so until 1980. He worked at KCBS from 1980 to 1986, then returned to KNBC through 2000.

As word of Marlow’s death spread, many tweeted their remembrances: Read more

Former WRAL Reporter Fred Taylor Dies

taylor wral_obitFred Taylor, a former reporter and anchor for Raleigh, NC, CBS affiliate WRAL has died.

“This is truly a sad day for us here,” said WRAL news director Rick Gall. “We lost a longtime member of the WRAL family. Fred was more than just a dedicated employee. It was a privilege to work alongside him, and we’ll miss him.”

According to the station, Taylor held many roles at the station during his 36 years there.

Taylor was 73.

Longtime WDIV Journalist Jennifer Moore Dies: ‘She Was a Life Force’

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In a post on Facebook, family members have announced the death of Jennifer Moore, a longtime reporter at Detroit station WDIV. “A little after ten this morning, our mother succumbed to her nearly two year battle with cancer,” wrote Moore’s son Michael Carroll. “Our hearts are filled with love, not only from our mother, but with the knowledge that she touched so many lives, in so many profound ways.”

In an obituary posted on the WDIV website, friends and co-workers remembered Moore as a woman who fearlessly carved a path in a business that was, at the time, a men’s club:

“She was a life force. She was all that energy and all that curiosity,” said Anne Thompson, NBC News’ chief environmental affairs correspondent.

Moore started at WDIV in 1979 as a business editor. For a woman at that time, her role was pioneering. It didn’t take long for newsmakers to recognize the newswoman.

“The first person they always called on was Jennifer,” Thompson said. “It was not just because she was a woman. It was because she probably was the smartest person in the room.”

Former Detroit Anchor Woody Willis Dies at 73

Former WJBK anchor Woody Willis has died after what the FOX owned Detroit station said was a brief illness.

Willis anchored at WJBK during the 1970s and 80s.

In honor of Willis’ passing, anchor Murray Feldman, who used to work with Willis on weekends, told viewers, “and in his honor I want to take a moment and thank the hard working staff behind the camera. That’s what he used to do at the end of every broadcast.”

Willis was 73.

Former KHOU Reporter Brad Woodard Dies

Former KHOU reporter Brad Woodard was found dead in his Houston home last week.

According to KHOU, authorities found his body Wednesday morning. He hadn’t returned several phone calls from relatives prompting them to ask police to check on him. No foul play was suspected.

He worked at Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE from 1990 until 2006, before leaving for Houston CBS affiliate KHOU. Both stations remembered Woodard for being an “old school” journalist and award-winning writer.

We’ll forever remember Brad as a kind man with a soft heart.  He had two great passions—storytelling and animals.  Frequently, Brad turned a light on those who abused or neglected innocent creatures and his work on animal abuse—and many other topics—won him multiple local, regional and national honors.   One standout series was his investigative look exposing cruelty to animals used in research to produce pharmaceuticals.   He won a highly-coveted Sigma Delta Chi Award for his feature on the death of the family farm.  And he received the National Epilepsy Foundation Distinguished Journalism Award for his work providing an unprecedented glimpse into the life of a teenage boy living with epilepsy. Read more

Veteran Birmingham Anchor Joe Langston Dies

Veteran WBRC anchor Joe Langston died Saturday.

Langston started at Birmingham’s WBRC in 1963 as the first reporter/anchor hired at the station. He was named news director in 1969. According to al.com, he was best known as the stations anchor, working with Mike Royer, Herb Winches, Pat Gray among others.

“He was such a sweet and funny guy,” former co-anchor Fannie Flagg told al.com”We had a lot of fun. “We used to play jokes on one another, do silly things. He had a great sense of humor.”

An Army veteran, he started his career while at the university of Alabama. He retired from WBRC in 1987 to work at Jacksonville State University. He was inducted into the Alabama Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.

Langston was 82.

Former KHQ GM J. Birney Blair Dies

j birney blairJ. Birney Blair, a longtime president and general manager of KHQ in Spokane, died Saturday, The Spokesman Review reports. He was 92.

Blair started working at KHQ as a radio reporter. In 1952, when the station transitioned to television, Blair became the station’s first general sales manager in 1952. He served as the president and general manager of KHQ from 1970 until he retired in 1988, The Spokesman Review reports:

Patricia McRae, the current KHQ general manager, said that until the day of his passing, he was as bright as ever. She commended him for his work in helping KHQ evolve as technology changed.

“I think he brought us into today’s technology,” McRae said. “He was always very proactive about the TV industry. Whatever change we faced ahead of us, he was always right there.”

KHQ’s tribute to Blair is after the jump. Read more

Intermountain West Communications Owner Jim Rogers Dies

jim rogersJim Rogers, the owner of Intermountain West Communications, has died from cancer. Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV, one of the stations Rogers owned, reports he died Saturday evening.

In addition to KSNV, Intermountain West owns KTVH-KMTF in Helena, Mont., KRNV in Reno and KENV in Elko, Nev. He was a philanthropist and education advocate, according to KSNV’s obituary:

His commitment to improving higher education in Nevada led Rogers to accept appointment as interim chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education in May 2004. He led the system of state universities and colleges for five years at a salary of a dollar a year.

His passionate support of education also was evident as Rogers and his wife, Beverly, made substantial financial contributions to various colleges and universities. Their gift of $115 million to the University of Arizona, College of Law is the largest gift to the University of Arizona and the largest gift to any American law school. In November 1998, the Arizona Board of Regents renamed the law school The James E. Rogers College of Law. Rogers was listed as one of the top 12 philanthropists in the nation by Time magazine, having given or pledged more than $275 million to several campuses.

Watch KNSV’s tribute after the jump. Read more

Longtime WCCO Promotions Executive Dies

wcco_croppedThe Minneapolis Star-Tribune looks at the legacy of Daniel T. “Tom” Cousins, a longtime WCCO promotions executive who died last month. Cousins, who spent 38 years at the CBS-owned station in Minneapolis, was the original architect of the station’s live studio broadcasts from the State Fair:

It was Cousins’ idea in 1968 to build a fully functioning, climate-controlled television studio that would be used only during the 12-day fair. WCCO has been broadcasting live from the State Fair ever since.

Nancy Nelson, who worked as WCCO’s “Saturday Night Weather Girl” for part of her long broadcasting career, said that Cousins recognized the importance of the State Fair, how it related to public relations and how it gave the station the ability to interact with its audience.

“This is the only time that people who view all of our ’CCO on-air folks regularly got to meet them,” Nelson said. “To this day it is an extraordinary presence for WCCO.”

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