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Former KSAT News Director Dies of Cancer


Former KSAT news director Jim Boyle died Saturday after a five month battle with cancer.

Boyle had been news director for the San Antonio ABC affiliate for 29 years. He started at KSAT in 1984.

KSAT remembered Boyle during its newscast, “He led his newsroom through huge events, personal and professional triumphs and four Spurs championships.”

Jim was deeply rooted in and loved San Antonio.

He and his family would host an annual Christmas party. This past Christmas, with Jim bedridden, numerous members of the news department and their loved ones brought the party to him by singing him Christmas carols.

Jim’s wife, his two daughters and grandchildren never failed to bring a smile to his face.

We at KSAT12 would like to think Jim’s biggest legacy is what you see on our newscasts every day. Many of us still find ourselves asking, “What Would Jim Do?”

Boyle was 66.

Longtime WKYC Broadcaster Del Donahoo Dies


Iconic Cleveland broadcaster Del Donahoo died Wednesday morning.

Donahoo started working at the Cleveland NBC affiliate in 1968. He co-anchored “Today in Cleveland Show” from 1981 until 1998. According to the station, “His wife, Martha, even became part of the show, with her now famous coffee and Tom’s incessant criticism of it.”

Together in Del’s Folkswagon, Del and Martha attended just about every parade, festival, county fair and community event in Northeast Ohio. He was most famous for his series “Del’s Folks” and his Del’s Folkswagon minibus was with him on most of his travels.

He retired from WKYC on January 20, 2007.

He was 90.

News 12 Long Island Anchor Judy Martin Dies

judy martinNews 12 Long Island anchor and reporter Judy Martin died Friday. Although the cause of death has not yet been determined, Martin, who was 49, recently underwent knee surgery and told friends that her pain medication “made her woozy,” according to our sister site FishbowlNY.

Martin was an Emmy award-winning journalist who joined News 12 Long Island in 1998. According to her website, WorkLifeNation.com, she has also contributed to Forbes.com, Marketplace Report, NPR, CNBC Business Radio, World Vision Report and BBC Radio 3.

Martin was a Long Island native who the station remembered as “truly one of a kind. She had a great sense of humor and loved her job. And we loved her.”

KXTV Ad Exec Dies from H1N1 Influenza


Nancy Pinnella, a national sales account manager for Sacramento, CA, ABC affiliate KXTV has died after contracting the H1N1 flu virus.

The Sacramento Bee writes, “On Jan. 21, she felt sick, leaving work early. On Jan. 22, she went to a doctor, hardly able to speak or breathe. By 6 p.m. that day, she was in intensive care at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento.”

KXTV said she died Saturday after being taken off life support. She was 47. Read more

Longtime Boston Anchor Chet Curtis Dies

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Legendary Boston anchor Chet Curtis died Wednesday from pancreatic cancer. He was 74.

Curtis spent the majority of his career at ABC affiliate WCVB, anchoring the evening newscast alongside his then-wife, Natalie Jacobson (pictured, right). He worked at the station from the time they launched until 1972 until he and Jacobson divorced in 1999. When their first daughter was born, the pair, known as “Chet and Nat,” received 5,000 cards from viewers and the birth was the lead story on the 6 p.m. newscast, according to WCVB.

“Chet Curtis was much more than an extraordinary journalist.  He was a generous mentor and sincere friend to so many here at WCVB,” WCVB general manager Bill Fine said in a statement.

In 2001, Curtis joined New England Cable News, where he anchored “The Chet Curtis Report” and anchored political programming. Read more

Former KHOU News Director Dick John Dies

john_khou_croppedDick John, news director and anchor for Houston CBS affiliate KHOU from 1968 to 1975, has died.

According to the Houston Chronicle, John died in his sleep Tuesday. He was 84.

He was known for hiring future network news stars like Jessica Savitch and Linda Ellerbee among others.

John was a member of a group of station alumni. His son wrote on the group’s facebook page, “He loved you all and now is with the love of his life Ramona, his dogs, and those that have gone before. I can also say that as a father he was the best.”

Founder of WWLP Kitty Broman Putnam Dies

Kathryn “Kitty” Broman Putnam, the founder of WWLP in Springfield, Mass., died Sunday. She was 97 years old.

Broman, who founded the NBC affiliate in 1953, was the first woman to sit on the board of directors of the National Association of Broadcasters. Watch the station’s tribute to her above.

Calkins Media Co-Owner Dies

calkins_smith_obitCarolyn Calkins Smith died Thursday after a long battle with cancer.

Calkins Smith was the co-owner of Calkins Media, owner of three local TV stations in the South as well as several newspapers.

“The story of Calkins Media – our private ownership, our continued dedication to a community service and committed family stewardship was made possible because of Carolyn’s life and the example she set,” said Calkins CEO Mark G. Contreras.

Smith is credited with the expansion of WWSB in Sarasota, FL.

“She was the president and hands-on manager of the station,” said Ed Birch, a former Calkins executive. “She went down there and represented the family in the early days. Her news days at the Courier Times gave her a leg up. The quality greatly improved from her being there so much.” Birch added, “The company is going to miss Carolyn.”

Carolyn Calkins Smith was the daughter of Stanley Willis Calkins, Sr. the founder of Calkins Media the family owned station group owns WAAY in Huntsville, AL, WTXL in Tallahassee, FL, and WWSB.

Smith was 74.

Longtime San Diego Journalist Loren Nancarrow Dies

nancarrow_croppedLoren Nancarrow, former anchor for San Diego FOX affiliate KSWB, died Saturday night after a battle with brain cancer.

Nancarrow’s family posted the news to his facebook page, “Just after 6:30 this evening, our husband, father, friend and hero, Loren Nancarrow, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family.”

Nancarrow had been diagnosed with brain cancer in February.

On Nancarrow’s blog, his daughter Hannah wrote about her father, “Loren Alan Nancarrow, longtime San Diego TV icon, organic gardener and conservationist, passed away Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the age of 60, following a courageous 11 month battle with brain cancer. Loren is survived by his wife, Susie, their son (Graham, 25) and their two daughters (Hannah, 24 and Britta, 20) and the love of an entire city. To his family, his friends and to the San Diegans that love him, he was larger than life.”

You can read his daughter’s reflections about her father on his blog by clicking here.

Former WWBT News Director Dies

douglas hillDouglas L. Hill, a former news and public affairs director for Richmond NBC affiliate WWBT, died Sunday at his home in Midlothian, Va. He was 91.

During his tenure as news director of the station (which was then WRVA), Hill hosted “The Doug Hill Show” and the station’s “Tell Doug” segments about viewer concerns. Hill started his career in print journalism before moving into radio and television, according to WWBT. He interviewed seven Presidents along the way.

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