Radio and television figures

Radio and television figures

Bob LeMond Jr., 94; leading announcer on CBS radio and television (Jan. 6)

Dwight Arlington Hemion, 81; television director and producer who won 18 Emmy Awards for his musical variety specials (Jan. 28)

Don Herbert, 72; longtime anchorman and reporter on KFWB (Feb. 2)

Ron Leavitt, 60; TV writer and producer best known for co-creating the sitcom “Married With Children” (Feb. 10)

Kirk Browning, 86; award-winning director of the PBS series “Live at Lincoln Center” (Feb. 10)

Brian Clewer, 79; host of “Cynic’s Choice” on KFAC radio and proprietor of the Continental Shop, which catered to Anglophiles (April 16)

Alexander “Sandy” Courage, 88; he composed the soaring theme for the “Star Trek” TV series in the 1960s and was an Emmy Award-winning, Oscar-nominated arranger (May 15)

Joseph Pevney, 96; a film and television director who directed some of the most popular episodes of the original “Star Trek” TV series (May 18)

Joseph N. Feinstein, 74; former teacher at L.A.'s Grant High School won several daytime Emmy Awards for the show “Teen Talk” (May 24)

Earle H. Hagen, 88; the Emmy Award-winning television composer wrote the memorable theme music for “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “I Spy” and other classic TV programs (May 26)

Robert H. Justman, 81; a producer who was one of the creative forces behind the original “Star Trek” television series of the 1960s as well as the 1980s-era “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (May 28)

Tim Russert, 58; he pointedly but politely questioned hundreds of influential guests as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” (June 13)

Eric Lieber, 71; a veteran television producer who created and executive produced TV’s long-running dating show “Love Connection” (July 2)

Larry Harmon, 83; the entrepreneur brought Bozo the Clown to television as a children’s show host in the late 1950s and spent the next 50 years performing as the flame-haired circus character (July 3)

David P. Powers, 74; a four-time Emmy-winning director best known for his work on “The Carol Burnett Show” (July 3)

Claudio Guzman, 80; producer of “Villa Alegre,” one of the nation’s first bilingual and bicultural (Spanish-English) educational television programs for children (July 12)

Les Crane, 74; called the “bad boy of late-night television” when he vied for ratings against talk show king Johnny Carson in the mid-1960s (July 13)

William “Engineer Bill” Stulla, 97; children’s show host in the 1950s and ‘60s whose program featured his popular red-light, green-light milk-drinking game (Aug. 12)

Leroy Sievers, 53; former executive producer of “Nightline” who blogged and commented on his battle with cancer for NPR (Aug. 15)

Ike Pappas, 75; longtime CBS newsman who witnessed the death of accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald (Aug. 31)

Sheldon Keller, 85; an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer who was part of the celebrated writing team on Sid Caesar’s 1950s comedy-variety TV show “Caesar’s Hour” (Sept. 1)

George Putnam, 94; the pioneer television news anchorman and conservative commentator whose distinctive stentorian voice was familiar to millions of Southern Californians during his heyday in the 1950s and ‘60s (Sept. 12)

Elmer Dills, 82; a longtime Los Angeles restaurant and travel critic known for his popular radio and television reports (Sept. 15)

Oliver Kaufman Crawford, 91; although blacklisted during the McCarthy era, he went on to became one of television’s most successful writers (Sept. 24)

Stan Kann, 83; an organist with an affinity for antique vacuum cleaners whose unlikely hobby made him a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson (Sept. 30)

Charles M. Runyon, 86; a.k.a. Chucko the Clown, popular L.A. television show host in the 1950s and 1960s (Oct. 3)

Lloyd Thaxton, 81; host of a popular TV dance show for teenagers (Oct. 5)

Jack Narz, 85; host of the game show “Dotto” when it became one of the first television programs ensnared in the quiz-show scandals of the 1950s (Oct. 15)

Neal Hefti, 85; former big-band trumpeter, arranger and composer who wrote the memorable themes for “The Odd Couple” and " Batman” (Oct. 11)

Bill Drake, 71; reinvented Top 40 radio with his “Boss Radio” format in the 1960s and 1970s (Nov. 29)

Robert Chandler, 80; former CBS executive oversaw launch of “60 Minutes” (Dec. 11)