Local TV pioneer dies

George Resing was 80

George Resing Jr., a groundbreaking local TV executive who is credited with creating the evening magazine show, died June 6 at his home in Novato, Calif. He was 80.

Resing also started "The Phil Donahue Show" in 1967 while he was program manager of WLWD-TV in Dayton, Ohio, talking the weekend weatherman into performing in front of a live audience. Before that, he produced "The Ruth Lyons Show" in Cincinnati, considered by many to be the forerunner of today's TV talk shows.

After his work in Ohio and at stations in Chicago and Atlanta, Resing in 1973 moved to the San Francisco area, where he was named general manager of Westinghouse station KPIX-TV. There he put together a team of producers, editors and reporters for a new show called "Evening Magazine," which was syndicated across the country as "PM Magazine." At one point, more than 400 stations carried the show.

Later, Resing moved to Los Angeles to become senior vp of Group W Prods.