Former FCC Commissioner Jim Quello Dies At 95
January 25, 2010 at 5:14 PM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of former FCC Commissioner JAMES H. QUELLO, who died SUNDAY (1/24) at 95 in ALEXANDRIA, VA.
QUELLO, a Democrat, was appointed to the Commission by President NIXON in 1974 and served through his 1998 retirement, serving as Acting Chairman in 1993.
He was a longtime radio executive as VP/GM at WJR-A/DETROIT and a VP at then-parent CAPITAL CITIES. QUELLO entered radio at WXYZ-A/DETROIT after serving in WORLD WAR II; since retiring from the Commission, he had been consulting at WASHINGTON law firm WILEY REIN and was Chairman of the JAMES H. QUELLO AND MARY B. QUELLO CENTER FOR TELECOMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT AND LAW at MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY.
NAB Pres./CEO GORDON SMITH said, "NAB mourns the passing of JIM QUELLO, who was a war hero, a friend to free and local broadcasting, and an extraordinarily bipartisan public servant during a remarkable 24 years at the FCC. We have lost an American original."
AMERICAN WOMEN IN RADIO AND TELEVISION Interim President SYLVIA L STROBEL said, "It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of former FCC Commissioner QUELLO. He was a respected broadcaster and public servant. In 1988, Commissioner QUELLO received AWRT's Silver Satellite Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the broadcast industry. On behalf of the members of AWRT, we extend our condolences to Mr. QUELLO's family, and offer our prayers, thoughts and sympathies during this time of loss."