You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Vincent J. Harris dead at 79

Former AFRTS exec

Vincent J. “Vinnie” Harris, former Director of Industry Liaison at the Department of Defense’s Armed Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) Broadcast Center, died in his sleep Feb. 10 in Glendale. He was 79.

Harris’ involvement with AFRTS began in 1947, when he was sent to Hollywood to dismantle the Armed Forces Radio at the end of World War II. Instead, he kept Armed Forces Radio intact, providing Stateside radio broadcasts for U.S. servicemen who remained overseas for the next 46 years.

Harris attained the rank of Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves and, upon his retirement in 1993, received the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

More Biz

  • Celebrities Respond to Viral Keaton Jones

    Celebrities Send Messages of Support to Bullied Boy: 'Stay Strong'

    Vincent J. “Vinnie” Harris, former Director of Industry Liaison at the Department of Defense’s Armed Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) Broadcast Center, died in his sleep Feb. 10 in Glendale. He was 79. Harris’ involvement with AFRTS began in 1947, when he was sent to Hollywood to dismantle the Armed Forces Radio at the end […]

  • Leonardo Nam arrives at the 2017

    'Westworld's' Leonardo Nam Says Seeing Asian Actors in ‘Star Wars’ ‘Feels Normal’

    Vincent J. “Vinnie” Harris, former Director of Industry Liaison at the Department of Defense’s Armed Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) Broadcast Center, died in his sleep Feb. 10 in Glendale. He was 79. Harris’ involvement with AFRTS began in 1947, when he was sent to Hollywood to dismantle the Armed Forces Radio at the end […]

  • Max Clifford death. File photo dated

    Max Clifford, Former Celebrity Publicist, Dies in Prison at 74

    Vincent J. “Vinnie” Harris, former Director of Industry Liaison at the Department of Defense’s Armed Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) Broadcast Center, died in his sleep Feb. 10 in Glendale. He was 79. Harris’ involvement with AFRTS began in 1947, when he was sent to Hollywood to dismantle the Armed Forces Radio at the end […]

  • Hannibal Buress Arrested in Miami for

    Hannibal Buress Arrested in Miami for Disorderly Intoxication

    Vincent J. “Vinnie” Harris, former Director of Industry Liaison at the Department of Defense’s Armed Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) Broadcast Center, died in his sleep Feb. 10 in Glendale. He was 79. Harris’ involvement with AFRTS began in 1947, when he was sent to Hollywood to dismantle the Armed Forces Radio at the end […]

  • Charlie Sheen Sues National Enquirer Over

    Charlie Sheen Sues National Enquirer Over Rape Claim

    Vincent J. “Vinnie” Harris, former Director of Industry Liaison at the Department of Defense’s Armed Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) Broadcast Center, died in his sleep Feb. 10 in Glendale. He was 79. Harris’ involvement with AFRTS began in 1947, when he was sent to Hollywood to dismantle the Armed Forces Radio at the end […]

  • Walt Disney Studios

    Disney Music Executive Charged with Child Sex Abuse (EXCLUSIVE)

    Vincent J. “Vinnie” Harris, former Director of Industry Liaison at the Department of Defense’s Armed Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) Broadcast Center, died in his sleep Feb. 10 in Glendale. He was 79. Harris’ involvement with AFRTS began in 1947, when he was sent to Hollywood to dismantle the Armed Forces Radio at the end […]

  • Anita Hill

    Anita Hill on Sexual Harassment: 'Today, More People Would Believe My Story'

    Vincent J. “Vinnie” Harris, former Director of Industry Liaison at the Department of Defense’s Armed Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) Broadcast Center, died in his sleep Feb. 10 in Glendale. He was 79. Harris’ involvement with AFRTS began in 1947, when he was sent to Hollywood to dismantle the Armed Forces Radio at the end […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content