Emmy-winning broadcast exec Malcolm Klein died Nov. 1 in Los Altos, Calif. of prostate cancer. He was 76.
As general manager of RKO’s KHJ-TV Channel 9 in Los Angeles from 1960 to 1968, Klein in 1962 became the first to telecast a Hollywood Bowl performance. Encouraged by enthusiastic viewer reception, he followed that with live coverage of art exhibits and openings of such institutions as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
As station manager of New York’s Channel 13 in 1959, he created “Play of the Week” and David Susskind’s “Open End.” In Los Angeles, he introduced such youth-oriented programs as “Surf’s Up With DJs” and earned an Emmy for creating the prototype talk show “Tempo.”
Born in Los Angeles, Klein served in the Navy at the end of World War II and graduated from UCLA before becoming the first KLAC-TV (now KCOP-TV Channel 13) operations manager when the station went on the air in 1948. He also worked for KABC-TV Channel 7 and National General Television Productions, among others, before starting his own marketing company in 1972.
Klein is survived by his wife, Barbara; a son, three daughters and six grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Pathways Hospice Foundation, 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 135, Mountain View, CA 94040.