In trolling through DCRTV.com, it struck us that the past few weeks had seen the passing of a significant number of area people who had spent their careers in broadcasting and print. See below for those who died recently and check out dcrtv.com for more details.
Balto Radio Vet Brian Macdonald Dies – 12/14 – Brian Macdonald, whose career in Baltimore-area radio spanned more than 30 years, died December 12. He worked at WBAL-AM, where he was a music director and talk show host, as well as at WBJC and WCBM.
Barry Schweid Dies – 12/11 – Barry Schweid, the legendary Associated Press diplomatic correspondent who reported and analyzed events from around the world over a career spanning 56 years, died Thursday at 83.
Max Cacas Dies – 12/9 – DCRTV hears that DC radio news veteran Max Cacas died yesterday. He was 61…. He was in the radio business for a long time, working at places like NPR, WTOP, Federal News Radio, and WXTR (Xtra 104 for you longtime DC people) – plus WAMU, WASH, and at then all-newser WAVA.
Ken Beatrice Dies – 12/6 – DCRTV hears that longtime DC radio sports talk host Ken Beatrice, 72, died Sunday morning of complications from pneumonia. He was best known for his evening show which aired on WMAL from 1977 to 1995, and later on WTEM from 1995 to 2000, after which he retired from the radio biz to settle in Haymarket VA, where he was a lector at St. John The Evangelist Church in Warrenton VA.
Former WBIG Personality Tom Kelly Dies – 11/30 – DCRTV gets a Monday Mailbag message from DC radio veteran Steve Allan: “I wanted to let everyone know that Tom Pagnotti (aka Tom Kelly) passed away earlier this morning from complications due to cancer.
DC TV News Veteran James Schultz Dies – 11/25 – James Schultz, 70, died of a brain hemorrhage on November 22 in Christiana, Delaware. He was CNN’s first senior White House producer, starting in 1980. He also served as the news network’s assistant bureau chief in Washington. Later, he worked for Fox News, creating the Fox News Service, serving as Washington bureau chief, as well as the director of affiliate relations.
Austin Kiplinger Dies – 11/21 – Austin Kiplinger, (pictured above) a Washington publisher who sustained the growth of his family’s media business, died November 20 at a hospice in Rockville. He was 97. The cause was cancer.