'Talk Back' host George Putnam dies

Longtime anchor of TV news shows in Los Angeles

George Putnam, who anchored top-rated television news shows in Los Angeles for a quarter-century, has died. He was 94.

Putnam died Friday at a Chino hospital, according to CRN Digital Radio, where he hosted the "Talk Back" show until his death.

Putnam began his broadcasting career in radio but switched to TV. From the 1950s until 1975 he anchored the news on KTTV, KCOP, KTLA and KHJ, which is now KCAL.

It is said that Ted Knight patterned his character on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" after Putnam's classic style. For his contribution to the television industry, Putnam received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He later went back to radio and wrote a weekly Web column for Newsmax.com.

Putnam was known for his conservative views, but in recent years he opposed the Iraq War. Putnam also appeared for 50 years as a horse rider in the Rose Parade.