Charles Brown Brakefield

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Charles Brown Brakefield, 73, retired president of the New York Times Co. Broadcasting Group, died Aug. 13 of cancer.

Brakefield, who lived in Hernando, Miss., also was a vice president of the New York Times Co. when he retired in 1985.

He earlier was president of the Broadcast Division of Cowles Communications and vice president and a board member of Cowles Communications.

He began his broadcast career as an advertising salesman for WREC radio in 1951. He became general manager in 1963, succeeding his father-in-law, Hoyt Wooten, the station’s founder. He helped guide WREC’s expansion into television. He joined the Times Co.’s management in 1972 after it bought the Memphis TV station and changed its call letters to WREG.

Survivors include his wife, Arabia Wooten Brakefield, a daughter and son and six grandchildren.

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