James Parsons, co-founder of the first TV-only rep firm, Harrington, Righter
& Parsons (now owned by Cox Communications Inc.), died Jan. 19 in North Branford,
Conn. He was 84.
Parsons had been a salesman for WWNY(FM) Watertown, N.Y., and had worked for
McCann-Erickson Inc. and C.E. Hooper (the radio-ratings firm), before joining rep
firm Petry Corp. in 1944.
He was the account executive for TV in 1949 when he teamed up with fellow Petry
executives Jack Harrington and "Turk" (Christened "Volney Foster") Righter to form
There were 50 TV stations on the air at the time.