Richard M. Pack, Television Quarterly editor, former NBC and Group W exec, and a founder of all-news radio, died July 1 from heart complications in Laguna Hills. He was 83.
Born in New York City, Pack began his career in 1938 as director of publicity for WNYC. In 1940, Pack left for WOR radio, also in Gotham. There, he was director of publicity and remained with the station until 1943, when he was drafted and fought in World War II. When he finished service in 1946, he rejoined WOR in his old post.
In 1952, Pack was promoted to his first executive position, becoming the director of programming for NBC’s O&O stations. At NBC, Pack created the “Steve Allen Show,” which later became “Tonight With Steve Allen.” Pack left NBC in 1955 to become the vice president of programming for Group W. For 33 years, Pack worked at Group W, eventually becoming its president. During his tenure at Group W, he was responsible for conceiving the all-news radio concept.
In 1976, Pack retired from Group W to start his own television consulting business, but in 1981, Pack was offered the editorship of Television Quarterly, a position he held until his death.
He also taught at San Diego State and was a member of the President’s Council at NYU. He received the Silver Circle award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science for his contribution to television.
Pack is survived by his wife, Laura, a son and two grandchildren.