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MICHAEL ARRA, PHX TV NEWS REPORTER/ANCHOR DIES: OBIT
NEXT REUNION SKED FOR SAT. APR. 27, ARCADIA GRILL: DETAILS
BILL MORTIMER, LONGTIME TUCSON ANNOUNCER PASSES: OBIT
PAUL LANCASTER (ROGER COLLINS) RADIO EXEC, DJ DIES:OBIT 
JOHN MACK FLANAGAN, TUCSON-PHX TOP 40 DJ PASSES: OBIT
VINCE LEONARD, FORMER CH. 12 ANCHOR PASSES AT 92: OBIT
BEN REID, 40 YR. STUDIO VETERAN AT CH. 10 PASSES AWAY:OBIT
GARY CRUZ, CHANNEL 5 SPORTS ANCHOR LEAVES US: OBIT
JOHN PAUL (GIGICON) TUCSON TV NEWS/WEATHERMAN DIES:OBIT
IVAN MURRAY, ARIZONA PUBLISHING EXECUTIVE DIES: OBIT
MAC JETT, PHX ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE DIES AT 76: OBIT
LARRY MARTEL, LEGENDARY KPHO ANCHOR PASSES: VIDEO BIO
STAN DELLA WRITES OF GARY SEGER'S PASSING: IN MEMORIAM
JIM SPERO - PHOENIX RADIO LEGEND PASSES...OBITUARY
BOB MELTON, PHOENIX RADIO EXEC - KRUX, KUPD DIES:STORY
PATRICIA MYERS, WRITER/MUSIC PROMOTER, LEAVES US: LIFE
DEE COURTWRIGHT-SMOOT, PHOENX PR EXEC, PASSES OBIT
BOB ALLINGHAM, RETIRED CH. 12 STATION MGR. DIES. OBITUARY
JACK MILLER, LEGENDARY PHOENIX AUDIO GENIUS DIES. STORY

Read our columnists as they reminisce about the old days...
MAURIE HELLE
ANDY LIMBER
JIM SULLINS
and "What's New" from our Webmaster
RAY LINDSTROM
A special meeting place for ARIZONA
MEDIA AND ADVERTISING VETERANS!
ARIZONA SURVIVORS
WHO ARE THE SURVIVORS?
Many years ago a group of ad types after a few pops one night started in with the "Whatever happened tos."  Names of old media folks no one had seen for a while.  Were they retired? Out of town? Dead?
    Somebody said, "Gee, wouldn't it be nice if we could get all the old timers together and see all the folks who have been in this exciting business for years, but have now scattered hither and yon?"
    "This business?" The media and advertising biz.  Folks in radio, TV, print, PR, and all forms of communication.    
    Some of these were celebrities like the local Disc Jockeys....Jim Spero, Lucky Lawrence, Tony Evans, Dave Pratt, W. Steven Martin. Or, TV people like Bill Close, Ray Thompson, Bill Denney, and of course, Wallace and Ladmo.
    But, most of the folks were behind the scenes. The account execs., production managers, engineers, writers, media buyers, clients who believed in advertising.  Some were still active; a whole bunch were retired.
    So, let's name names.  Who were these visionaries who wanted to form a group like this? Dee Courtright, Karen DeWall,  Jim Fraser, Maurie Helle, Carole Kann, and Lisa McFadden. 
    They started it, and since 1989, there has been a "reunion" of these old-timers, or should I say "Survivors," almost every year since.  That's the name we chose, the Arizona Survivors. And, those folks listed above have done most of the work, thank you very much.
    There are no membership applications, no dues, you don't have to prove to anybody that you belong.
    Who attends these annual reunions? Usually over 100 fun-lovin' guys and gals who love this business and want to keep in touch with one another. It's that simple. 
    If you haven't been to an annual gathering, we hope you'll come next time.  We miss you, and it's a blast!  In the meantime, enjoy this site, come often, and it will be like having a good time with your old friends, 365 days a year!
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Take a look at these site features:
KRUX RADIO REUNION, A BLAST FROM THE PAST: DETAILS
JACK JACOBSON, TV EXEC, ENTERTAINER: TRIBUTE
SALUTING ART WALLER, TUCSON MEDIA LEGEND HERE
CHECK OUT THE NEW KTKT RADIO TUCSON TRIBUTE HERE
SALUTING LEGENDARY KPHO-TV DIRECTOR SHARON KELLEY
REMEMBERING TUCSON AD FED PRESIDENTS: 1983 PHOTO HERE

Also be sure to take a look at Ed Sharpe's incredible site for the Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications, and Computation: smecc.org

Maurie writes:
    "It would be easy to say I graduated from grade school and Northwest Broadcasting at the top of my class. And it would be true. However, I went to a one room school and was the only kid in my class. 
    At Broadcasting School, I did it on a correspondence course in night school.
    Accepted the first job in television for which I applied. They gave me a chance to direct and that,
    I discovered was what I knew I was meant to be.
    Got the job at channel ten in 1962 because a guy they hired never showed.
    Over 50 years of doing what I loved where I wanted to live.  I'm pretty sure there is no one else on the planet that is more fortunate than me.
    Now retired doing volunteer work for some charities and non-profits trying to pay back to all that has been given me.
    Country boy did okay."

Editor's note: Maurie is pretty modest but he doesn't have to be...look at these accomplishments.


Maurie Helle
SURVIVOR OF THE MONTH
"COUNTRY BOY"
HIS FAVORITE CHILDHOOD PHOTO.
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Award-winning writer-producer-director. 

Co-produced and directed over 200 documentaries and specials and more than 23,000 Commercials.  Created two weekly children’s programs which aired on channel ten over 12 years.

In 1990, selected by Food For The Hungry International to go on location in Ethiopia
and Kenya to document that organization’s efforts on the African Continent.  This
resulted in Helle, writing, producing and directing the acclaimed, “Seeds of Survival” documentary.

Professional History:

Graduate: Northwest Broadcasting School: 93.5 grade average     1959

1959-1960WHIZ-TV Zanesville, Ohio  Chief Director

1962-1987KSAZ-TV  (KOOL-TV) Chief Director, Production Manager
Directed all specials, including Sports for Arizona State University
First television College World Series from Omaha, Nebraska. Phoenix Suns Basketball.

1987-Present,  Helle International, Inc. President (retired)

Accomplishments:
     2015         Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame
     2009         NATAS Gold Circle Award for 50 years in Television    
     2009         Lifetime Honorary Member Arizona Production Association
     2002  NATAS Silver Circle Award 25 years in Television
     1998  Lifetime Honorary Member of Phoenix Ad Club
     1997  International, “Best of Show” Redevelopment Award for
                      Williams Gateway Airport Video
     1989         Arizona Chapter of AWRT:  Producer/director of the Year
     1987 Emmy Award (regional)  Coverage of Papal Visit to Arizona
     1983 National Iris Award for “Chapter Ten” weekly children’s program
                     Subject: “Juvenile Justice”.
     1982 Who’s Who In The West”
     1981CBS-TV Children’s Workshop Panelist
     1976Phoenix Advertising Man of The Year
     1974First Honorary Life Member Ad 2 Phoenix


2019 SURVIVORS REUNION TO
HONOR TWO MEDIA AND
BROADCASTING LEGENDS
Ray Odom
Phoenix broadcasting
giant for over 65 years
Larry Schnebly
Tucson radio/television
legend since 1952
OUR 30TH REUNION!
Sat. April 27, 12N, Arcadia Tavern in Phoenix. Details HERE