Rob Sunde, broadcast journo who also led the Radio Television News Directors Assn., died in New York on July 2 of a blood disorder. He was 66.
Sunde had a long career as a broadcast news exec, producer and educator, including a stint as a WCBS radio director in the 1980s.
In 1990, he was elected chairman of the 3,000-member RTNDA.
In ’98, he was exec producer of the investigative team at WWOR-TV in Secaucus, N.J. He also worked at CNBC as a senior editor and supervisor of daytime programming.
Sunde’s first broadcasting job was for WNLK in Norwalk, Conn. He worked at other Connecticut stations before moving to CBS in 1968. Among his many assignments at the network, Sunde was the first producer of “The Osgood File.”
Sunde was named assistant news director at WCBS in 1975 and took over the news director position in 1982.
He is survived by his wife, Lila Gault Sunde; a daughter; two sons; a sister; and a granddaughter.