Monday, December 25, 2006

Broadcasting Pioneer Dead at 98

The man responsible for bringing I Love Lucy to CBS has died. Frank Stanton, a broadcasting pioneer and CBS president for 26 years (1946-1972) died in his sleep at his Boston home yesterday. Stanton was 98. reports:

"He thought it would hurt radio," said Stanton, who took a chance on the new medium by signing a comic with untested appeal named Jackie Gleason, then nailing down a new sitcom, "I Love Lucy," which might otherwise have gone to NBC.