- George Putnam (newsman)
name = George Putnam
imagesize = 300px
caption = George Putnam in "
Perversion for Profit" (1965)
birth_date = birth date|1914|7|14
birth_place= Breckenridge, Wilkin County,
death_date = dda|2008|9|12|1914|7|14
death_place= Chino, San Bernardino County,
occupation = Television
news reporterand talk showhost
show = George Putnam
KCAAand Cable Radio Network(CRN)
spouse = (1) Estranged from Virginia Putnam
(2) Companion Sallilee Conlon (1956-his death)
children=Daughters Jan and Jil
by wife VirginiaThree grandchildren Jennifer, Thomas and Jessica.
George Putnam (
July 14, 1914– September 12, 2008cite web |url=http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_10447298 |title=Former LA TV anchorman George Putnam dies |date=2008-09-12 |accessdate=2008-09-12 |author= Associated Press|publisher= Mercury News] ) was an American television news reporterand talk showhost based in Los Angeles.
Putnam was born in Breckenridge,
Minnesota. His radiocareer began on his 20th birthday in 1934 at WDGYin Minneapolis. Putnam had been working in the Los Angeles area since 1951. By the 1950s, he had switched to televisionand hosted the highest rated newscast in the Los Angeles area. He anchored at all four of Los Angeles' major independent stations -- KTTV, KTLA, KCOP, and KHJ-TV (now KCAL-TV) -- at one time or another. In addition to his salary, he was provided a Rolls Royce automobile while at KTTV and KTLA. He was replaced by news legend Hal Fishmanin 1975.
Putnam long carried a grudge against Fishman, stating on his radio show 'TALKBACK with George Putnam' that he was back-stabbed by Fishman. Putnam has made this claim for decades. It is noteworthy that when Fishman produced KTLA's 50th-anniversary history in television in 1997, the footage of Putnam was not used, though Putnam had been the face of KTLA news in the 1960s and 1970's before the arrival of Fishman. Ironically, during KTLA's 60th-anniversary special during Thanksgiving weekend in 2007, the KTLA News intro from when George Putnam anchored the news was shown [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEPdDwozZOQ&NR=1 KTLA News Opens from the Last 60 Years] , Youtube video.] . Fishman died on
August 7, 2007, three months before the 60th anniversary special aired.
In 1965, Putnam narrated a film entitled "
Perversion for Profit," in which he warned viewers about magazines containing nudityand homosexualmaterial, saying homosexuals were perverts and misfits. The film was financed by Charles Keating. However, by the 1980s Putnam had changed his views. He stated on his radio show 'TALKBACK with George Putnam' that he felt gays were born that way, and added many of his friends and coworkers were gay and good people.
For his contribution to the television industry, George Putnam has a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fameat 6372 Hollywood Blvd. The late Ted Knightstated that he used Putnam in part as his role model for the "Ted Baxter" character in the 1970s television series" The Mary Tyler Moore Show" on CBS. [Citation
title=Ted Knight...Too Close for Comfort
January 3, 1981
2008-07-09.] Putnam was also noted for his years of participation in the Rose Parade, having ridden in that event from 1951 until 2000, when his horse died. At the time, Putnam said that he was too advanced in age to train another Parade horse. Putnam lived and died at his 20-acre working ranchin Chino. The ranch houses his sixty-five racehorses, which have competed at the Kentucky Derbyand all of the racetracks in Southern California. He also spent time at his home of fifty-seven years in Beverly Hills.
Putnam was the well-known host of 'Talk Back', a conservative radio show he hosted daily since leaving the television anchor chair in 1975. It is based at
KCAA1050 in San Bernardino, and distributed nationwide on the Cable Radio Networkon CRN1. Although Putnam advocated many conservative viewpoints, he stated many times his status as a "lifelong Democrat" since his youthful admiration of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Putnam also published a weekly column, "One Reporter's Opinion," on the Web site
NewsMax.com. His most recent focus was illegal immigration from Mexico. [ [http://www.newsmax.com/putnam/ Newsmax.com - George Putnam ] ] Putnam received an honorary LL.D.from Bates Collegein 1985.
June 12, 2008, e-mail to Putnam's Newsmax.com readers, it was announced that Putnam was in a Los Angeles hospital undergoing medical treatment on his liverand kidneys. In mid-July he took part in a special on-air 94th "birthday" show, hosted by Chuck Wilder. [http://www.crntalk.com/default.aspx?date=7/9/2008&eid=238847&pid=0] .
Putnam died at a hospital in Chino on
Friday, September 12, 2008. His death was announced to Putnam's Newsmax.com readers. Upon Putnam's passing, the " Los Angeles Times" recalled the words of former President Richard M. Nixonin a 1984 roast of Putnam given by KTTV to celebrate Putnam's 50th anniversary in broadcasting: "Some people didn't like what he said; some people liked what he said. But everybody listened to George Putnam. That is why he has been one of the most influential commentators of our times." [cite web |author=Dennis McLellan |title=George Putnam, longtime L.A. newsman, dies at 94" |publisher= Los Angeles Times|date=2008-09-13 |accessdate=2008-09-14 |url=http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-putnam13-2008sep13,0,210512.story]
* [http://www.newsmax.com/putnam/ One Reporter's Opinion at NewsMax.com]
*Perversion for Profit [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl2VrPhQBfE Part I] and [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8559201132571099971&q=perversion+for+profit Part II] .
* [http://www.myfoxla.com/myfox/pages/ContentDetail?contentId=7418067 Los Angeles News Icon George Putnam Dies at 94 (videos)] .
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