Oliver H. “Ollie” Crawford, a onetime TV Guide bureau chief who served nearly 30 years as exec director of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society, died Jan. 4 of pneumonia in North Hollywood, Calif. He was 83.
Crawford retired from the HRTS in 1993, at which time the organization’s international broadcasting award was named the “Ollie” in his honor. He had been with the org since 1965.
Born and raised in Atlantic City, Crawford became a writer at the Atlantic City Press and the Philadelphia Inquirer before becoming an editor and bureau chief for TV Guide in 1952, transferring to Los Angeles five years later. He was elected president of the Hollywood Advertising Club, which became the HRTS in 1960, and joined the nonprofit association fulltime in ’65.
Crawford is survived by his wife, Agnes, a daughter and two grandchildren.