We remember Grant Tinker, who died last month at 90. He founded MTM productions with his then-wife Mary Tyler Moore and produced her hit TV show. Later as chairman of NBC, Tinker oversaw the hit shows Cheers, Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere.
Legendary television anchor Bill Close dies at 91
Legendary Phoenix television news anchor Bill Close has died at the age of 91.STEVE GOLDSTEIN: Close worked for 29 years at Channel Ten in Phoenix—then known as KOOL—as news anchor and Vice President for News until he retired in 1993. Close’s former co-anchor Mary Jo West says he envisioned his viewers as a middle class couple named Mr. and Mrs. Jones.
MARY JO WEST: Mr. Jones was a fireman. Mrs. Jones worked at home with her children, her two children. She was a valued housewife and mother. And when we wrote the news, we wanted to make sure we wrote it in a language that they would understand—not writing down to the audience but just making sure it was very clear and accurate.
GOLDSTEIN: Close, known for sporting a bolo tie on-air, went into television after 18 years at Phoenix radio station KOY.