Former ALTV Head Jim Hedlund Dies
Had advocated for independent TV stations on Hill and at FCC
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/26/2013 4:30:46 PM
Hedlund was No. 2 at ALTV, assuming the top job in 1990, succeeding Preston Padden, who left to head Disney's government relations office. Hedlund remained until the association was shuttered in February 2002, when he moved to Aiken and started a construction company.
"Jim was one of the smartest, nicest, and most able people I ever met," says Padden, who went on to top posts at ABC, News Corp., and is now heading a coalition of stations, many of them likely independents, interested in selling spectrum. "He was just a brilliant guy and a nice guy. He was like a pied piper bringing congressional and FCC staffers to our conventions."
"For years, Jim Hedlund was a great friend and a fierce advocate for the interests of free and local broadcasting in Washington," said National Association of Broadcasters spokesman Dennis Wharton. "His savvy leadership helped make INTV an impressive force at both the FCC and on Capitol Hill. NAB and the broadcast community mourns his passing."
Hedlund's service to the TV station industry came after long service in government, including at the Department of Housing & Urban Development and the Ford White House, where he was deputy director of the Council on Wage and Price Stability and was also a speech writer. Hedlund also spent four years on the Hill as Republican staff director of the Committee on the Budget for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, and a son, Steve.
A memorial service will be held at St. John United Methodist Church in Aiken March 1. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Aiken SPCA, 401 Wire Rd., Aiken, SC 29805.
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