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Arledge, Roone Pinckney Jr.

Born: 1931 AD
Died: 2002 AD
2.4 (47.5%) 16 votes

1931 – Born on the 8th of July in Forest Hills, Queens, New York.

1952 – After receiving a bachelor’s degree, he enrolled in graduated studies at Columbia’s School of International Affairs.

1953-1955 – Served the US military Army.

1960 – At age 29 on the 17th of September, put his vision into reality with ABC’s first NCAA college football broadcast from Birmingham, Alabama, between Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs won by Alabama, 21-6.

1978 – His first major creation for ABC was 20/20, which premiered in June.

1977 – ABC made him president of the then low-rated network news division, all while he retained control of the Sports Division.

1977-2000 – He was Chairman ABC News, where he created Nightline in response to the Iran hostage crisis.

1972 – Previous to that time, the only news experience Arledge had was providing ABC’s coverage of the tragedies during the ’72 Olympics in Munich.

1989 – The last major news program created during his reign at ABC News was Primetime Live.

1986 – He stepped down as president of ABC Sports.

1981 – He brought David Brinkley to ABC from NBC, and created the Sunday-morning affairs program This Week for Brinkley.

1998 – He etired from ABC News.

1990 – He was the winner of 37 Emmy Awards and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

2001 – He was given the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

2002 – Died of Prostate Cancer on the 5th of December in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City.

2.4 (47.5%) 16 votes