ABC’s first director of daytime programming, Armand (Army) Grant, died Wednesday of heart failure at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. He was 80.
Following World War II service in the U.S. Army Air Corps, Grant began his broadcasting career in Baltimore, where he helped launch TV station Channel 13 and subsequently served as general manager.
He later moved to New York City and became ABC’s director of daytime programming, introducing such shows as “American Bandstand” and “Who Do You Trust.”
Grant left ABC to form his own company, Army Grant Prods., where he produced network magic specials.
He is survived by his brother, Bud; a nephew and niece.
Family suggests donations in Grant’s name be made to the American Heart Assn.