Concert and radio producer Paul Werth, who also hosted several popular radio shows during the 1970s, died of cancer Dec. 20 in Los Angeles. He was 69.
Werth’s career began in the 1950s in New York City where he produced concert performances for Harry Belafonte, the Weavers, Woody Guthrie, the Modern Jazz Quartet and Stan Getz.
In 1957, he relocated to Los Angeles where he continued to produce concerts and theater shows for Dinah Washington, Herbie Mann, Herb Jeffries and Helen Forest.
Werth also wrote and directed a live revival of “Your Hit Parade” that was performed at the Hollywood Palladium.
Werth moved into radio in 1957, when he produced “This Is Steve Allen” and “Johnny Green’s World of Music.” He also wrote, produced and directed “Milton Berle’s Mad, Mad World of Comedy” and a series of tribute specials that are currently airing worldwide. He also hosted radio programs, including “Werth Listening to” on radio station KNOB.
In 1972 he garnered the Billboard Air Personality award for another show he hosted on KFAC radio.
In 1988 he wrote and produced the homevideo and TV series “Living Baseball Cards” and “Milton Berle’s Golden Moments of Show Business.”
Werth also wrote and directed the Leukemia Society radiothons for many years.
During the last six years, he adapted and produced Neil Simon’s “Sunshine Boys” as the first in a series of Mark Taper Forum Theater of the Air radio programs broadcast around the world. He also produced several Steve Allen projects for Dove Audio.
He is survived by his daughter, Michelle McKee, and a granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Sundayat Temple Sinai of Glendale, 1212 N. Pacific Ave., Glendale.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions in his name to the Pet Adoption Fund, 7515 Deering Ave., Canoga Park.