James Duffy, former ABC Television president, dies at 95

FLORIDA — James E. Duffy, who served as president of the ABC Tv Community for 15 years by means of the Nineteen Seventies and early Eighties, has died at his house in Florida. He was 95.

Those that knew Mr. Duffy keep in mind him as a person of wit, a proud Irishman, who, on the first sound of a keyboard, would break into track singing “Lucille” and virtually any track from the 40s, 50s and 60s. His pursuits spanned generations and he valued individuals from all walks of life. In enterprise, he was a broadcast legend.

His impression on tv nonetheless resonates at present. His improvements throughout a 46-year profession ushered in new ideas in programming for youngsters, public service initiatives, completely different types of viewers measurements, and new procedures in gross sales and affiliate relations.

Because of his in depth expertise within the trade, Mr. Duffy developed a singular perspective of the extraordinary energy and affect, together with the great accountability of media. He made a aware effort to make sure the community fulfilled its essential social duties.

Mr. Duffy joined ABC as a publicity author in l949 in Chicago, IL. In 1960, Leonard Goldenson, the chairman of ABC, introduced him to New York as director of nationwide gross sales for the Radio Community. Two years later, he was named the manager vp of the Radio Community. He was promoted to the tv community in 1963, the place he served as vp accountable for gross sales for seven years.

In 1970, Mr. Duffy turned president of ABC Tv Community for an unprecedented 15 years. Throughout his tenure, he was instrumental in making ABC-TV primary in program scores and in nationwide gross sales and elevated the quantity and high quality of affiliated stations.

In celebration of his thirtieth anniversary with ABC, the ABC Affiliate Affiliation introduced Mr. Duffy with a crystal statue inscribed, “He’s the statesman amongst us all. He at all times sensed and did what needed to be executed – now, not tomorrow. His is the highway to progress. He speaks and lives by the phrases: “Here’s a manner we will go collectively”.

A self-described farm boy from Illinois, Duffy graduated from Oak Park River Forest Excessive College (IL) in 1944. Following commencement, he enlisted within the Military Air Corps as an aviation cadet and served as a sergeant with the 925th Guard Squadron.

He graduated from Beloit School (WI) in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts Diploma and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Legal guidelines Diploma.

Duffy broke into broadcasting as an announcer at Station WBNB whereas attending Beloit School. He joined ABC as a publicity author in l949 in Chicago, IL.

After his tenure as president of the community, Duffy served as president of the Workplace of Communications, Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. In that capability, he initiated a number of particular initiatives, together with Challenge Literacy US (PLUS), the place he served because the Nationwide Spokesperson with Barbara Bush. Mr. Duffy addressed a cross part of audiences within the
United States on training and literacy points and the influential function of broadcasting in public service.

In 1989, Mr. Duffy was awarded the broadcasting trade’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award by the Nationwide Affiliation of Broadcasters. His life time contributions to the broadcasting trade have been additionally acknowledged in April 2004 with The Broadcasters’ Basis Pioneer Award.

In 1996, he was honored with the Nationwide Literacy Coalition’s highest recognition, The Lifetime Achievement Award, at a ceremony within the nation’s capital. The recipient of many different awards for his work in literacy and training, Mr. Duffy acquired President Reagan’s Volunteer Motion Award in 1987; the American Legion Distinguished Service Award; the Gabriel Award for Particular person Achievement; The Division of Well being and Human Companies Personal Sector Initiative Award; The President’s Award of the American Affiliation for Grownup and Persevering with Training; the SER Jobs for Progress Presidential Award amongst others, within the succeeding years.

He was a cofounder of Youth, I.N.C., which serves youth organizations within the higher New York space and served on the advisory board of MENTOR, the Nationwide Mentoring Partnership.

Duffy additionally served on the manager committee and Board of Administrators of the Library of American Broadcasting Basis and on the manager committee of the distinguished Carnegie Basis for the Development of Instructing. He additionally served on President Reagan’s Personal Sector Initiative Board, President George H. W. Bush’s Training Coverage Advisory Fee.

Throughout his years in Sarasota, Mr. Duffy was a member of the Broadcasters Membership of Florida, the Media Roundtable of Sarasota and The Literacy Council of Sarasota.

In January 2002, Mr. Duffy revealed his e-book, “The Wind within the Bushes,” a candid, poignant and infrequently humorous story of his private life and his a few years in broadcasting. He additionally wrote a kids’s e-book, about his three loving and full of life Jack Russell Terriers, “The Adventures of Emmy, Endy & Alfie Duffy, Too!”
He was an avid sports activities fan and loved music, poetry, historical past and the wonders of nature.

Mr. Duffy is survived by his daughter, Corinne Frances Duffy of Virginia; his former spouse, Ellie Trueman; his long-time love and associate, Julie Baker; his beloved canine, Alfie and his many associates.

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