CBS vet John T. Reynolds dies

Exec served as president of CBS in mid-60s

Former CBS prexy John T. Reynolds died July 14 in Montecito, Calif. He was 87.

Reynolds served as president of CBS in the mid-60s, presidenty of Paramount Television and and president of Golden West Broadcasters.

Born in Mattoon, Ill., Reynolds started his career in Los Angeles in 1949 at the Don Lee Broadcasting System after serving in WWII. He went on to serve as VP and general manager at KHJ-TV in Hollywood until 1959, when he moved to CBS. At CBS, he was responsible for production supervision of shows including “The Red Skelton Show,” “Twilight Zone” and “Gunsmoke.” During his tenure as president of CBS in New York, he oversaw moving all programs to broadcasting in color for the highly-rated network which had 14 of the top 15 shows on TV.

Moving back to Los Angeles as president of Paramount’s TV division, he oversaw production of shows including “Star Trek,” “The Brady Bunch” and “Mission: Impossible.”

In 1970, he joined Gene Autry’s Golden West Broadcasters, which owned KTLA in Los Angeles, eventually becoming president and COO of the company. While at Golden West, Reynolds collaborated with producer Arnold Shapiro on the production of the one hour special “Scared Straight,” the only docu to receive both an Emmy and an Oscar.

Reynolds was later exec producer of “Scared Straight — Another Story.”

He also received two Emmys in 1971 and 1972 for special event programming.

After KTLA was sold to the Tribune company, he remained a consultant. More recently, Reynolds pursued interests in Western art, publishing works on the artist Ed Borein.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jane; two sons and three grandchildren.