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Friday, January 6

DEATH OBITUARY : Robert Wilson, Who Built KERA From The Ground Up, Dies At 75

Robert Wilson, who brought Jim Lehrer and Monty Python to American television audiences while leading KERA during its early years, died today after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Bob Wilson was just 26 years old when his mentor and boss, Ralph Rogers, gave him the reins at KERA. In 1968, KERA was a fledgling educational station – not exactly innovative – at times, it broadcast people teaching, literally writing on blackboards. Wilson told KERA’s Lee Cullum in 2011 that he and Rogers set out to change that.


PEOPLE ARE PAYING TRIBUTE ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

Kathleen Megonigal How sad. I enjoy the little filler piece about Mr. Wilson's influence during KERA's early years. Watching that piece will be poignant.

Kat Krejci Thank you, good sir, and thank you all who keep the lights on and the great content coming every single day.
Marshall Norris When you move to another market you come to realize how good a PBS station KERA is, on both radio and TV. Thank you for getting it all started.

Robin Cole Jett Thank you, Mr. Wilson & all of KERA. My heart felt condolences to all the colleagues and family members.
Mickey Nash Thank you Mr. Wilson for great and informational entertaining, comedy, biographies, nature, all of it....You did an awesome job here on earth!

June Henson Stephen Keene Don't know if you saw this. I feel like I should watch some Flying Circus in his honor.
Lee Anna Galey So this man helped shape what I think is funny. Dallas owes him a big debt.
Terri Simoni Contribution followed by this loss. We will remember. Promise.

Caroline Counard RIP Ralph Rogers. I sure enjoyed your efforts and KERA. Thank you for that.

Leana Ahmed-Taylor Thank you Mr. Wilson. Your innovative ideas & instinct shaped so many lives. I think we should all watch a little Flying Circus in his honor.
Malia Moore Thank you for bringing the Flying Circus to North Texas. Fare Thee Well.

David Hill We are sad to hear the new but we sure enjoyed the shows he brought to KERA.

K.l. Stanfield And now for something completely different. Thank you sir.

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