Fred Kilian, Creator of ‘Tin Pan Alley TV,’ Dead at 83
CHICAGO (AP) _ Fred Kilian, creator of ″Tin Pan Alley TV″ and other early Chicago-based television programs, died in Atlanta at age 83.
″Tin Pan Alley TV″ was a live musical show that showcased the songs of a different lyricist or composer each week, often with the artist as guest. It aired on ABC in 1950.
Kilian, who died Monday, also created ABC’s ″The Mary Hartline Children’s Show″ in 1951 and produced the syndicated adventure series ″Terry and the Pirates″ in 1952.
He also produced the long-running, scriptless ″Studs’ Place.″ In that show, writer Studs Terkel presided over an affable program of songs and stories.
Kilian left ABC in 1953 to become an advertising executive in New York, and later ran his own ad agencies in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Atlanta.