Public Broadcasting Pioneer James Day Passes
May 1, 2008 at 5:32 AM (PT)
Public television pioneer and former President of PBS predecessor NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION JAMES DAY has died in NEW YORK. DAY died APRIL 24th of respiratory failure.
DAY, whose career started in college radio and who served as Director of Public Affairs and Education for NBC's KNBR-A/SAN FRANCISCO, Deputy Director of RADIO FREE ASIA, and an advisor on broadcasting to several overseas governments, founded KQED-TV SAN FRANCISCO in 1954, exiting in 1969, the year KQED-FM launched, to become President of NET and WNET (TV)/NEW YORK. He also produced and hosted a nightly interview show and served as a professor of radio and TV at BROOKLYN COLLEGE.