George Putnam Dies At 94
September 12, 2008 at 2:10 PM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of legendary LOS ANGELES TV news anchor and long-time radio talk show host GEORGE PUTNAM, who died FRIDAY after a long illness at 94.
PUTNAM most recently hosted a show for CRN DIGITAL TALK NETWORK and was billed as the oldest daily syndicated talk host. He started in radio at WDGY-A/MINNEAPOLIS in 1934, and was best known for his TV work at four different TV stations in LOS ANGELES, including KTTV (TV), KHJ-TV (now KCAL-TV), KCOP (TV), and KTLA (TV). He hosted "TALK BACK" on radio for more than 20 years, first on the old KIEV-A (now KRLA-A)/GLENDALE-LOS ANGELES and then on CRN. PUTNAM, who has a star on the HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME, was said to be one of the models, along with fellow LOS ANGELES anchor JERRY DUNPHY, for the TED BAXTER character on "THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW."
"GEORGE was an icon and true legend in the television and radio business," said CRN DIGITAL TALK RADIO President/CEO MIKE HORN. "GEORGE was truly the last of an era. He was a character whose story telling abilities could not be beat, a patriot whose love for AMERICA influenced everything he did and a friend who brought insight and laughter to everyone."
CRN aired a special tribute to PUTNAM at NOON FRIDAY (9/12).
CHUCK WILDER, who produced "TALK BACK" and hosted the show in PUTNAM's absence, will continue to host the show.