Seymour Kapetansky, who wrote comedy skits for Red Skelton and other comedians during the 1940s and spent the following 40 years as a writer, reporter and editor in TV news, died Feb. 9 of cancer at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. He was 81.
“Seymour was one of the original broadcast pioneers,” said Alan Frank, president of Post-Newsweek stations. “He loved journalism. He was one of those great people in journalism.”
Kapetansky earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State U. and started his career in radio news at WXYZ in Detroit. He left in 1947 to work on the popular radio show “Duffy’s Tavern” in Hollywood. It was there that he wrote comedy bits for Skelton and others.
Kapetansky returned to Detroit in 1951, working for TV station WWJ, which later became WDIV, where he spent 40 years writing, reporting and editing.
Kapetansky received the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Silver Circle Award for excellence in the television industry.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sarah; a son; four daughters; and four grandchildren.