Saturday, April 05, 2014



Famed Radio & TV Newsman

Philip Nye was the news director at the legendary WKNR Contact News in Dearborn/Detroit in the mid-1960's working with names like Bill Bonds and Eric Smith as well. Phil made it to several of the Detroit Radio Reunions.
He passed away peacefully on March 20, 2014.  He was 87.  Born in Newark, Ohio on March 1, 1927, he was a proud graduate of The Ohio State University where he studied theater and journalism.  He had a long and distinguished career in radio and television.  Mr. Nye worked actively as a broadcast journalist until the age of 86.

Other highlights of his career include News Director of legendary radio station WKNR Keener 13 during its 1960's heyday; investigative reporter and anchor for KTLA-TV in Los Angeles; and most notably News Director for WXYZ-TV where he built one of the best news teams in the country. He went on to head news departments at WABC in New York and KGO in San Francisco before joining ABC as Vice President of their owned and operated news division. He later became a partner in Burnham Broadcasting, managing television stations in Green Bay, WI, Bakersfield, CA and New Orleans, LA.

He was an avid reader and loved old movies, enjoyed cooking, playing golf and watching his beloved OSU Buckeyes play football.  He is survived by his daughters Jo-Allison (Jeffry) Floyd, Kimberly McMahon, Tracey Millard and Cindy (Mark) Malin;  eleven grandchildren  Megan, Matthew, Tyler, Ryan, Colin, Christopher, Scott, Kelsey, Meredith, Allie and McKenna. And one great grandchild, Jayden. He was predeceased by his wife Joanne Phillips and daughter Pamela (Michael) McGillivary.

Most recently Phil lived in West Bloomfield and Shelby Township, Michigan and worked on local cable productions at Comcast.

Memorial donations may be made to Special Olympics.

There is a phenomenal amount of news, photos and airchecks on the web site: Motor City Radio Flashbacks

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