Saturday, November 23, 2013

I want to let CBS Retirees know of my Dad's passing on November 17, 2013.
Jeannie Koushouris
5 Pinewood Road
Wellesley MA 02482
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John is second from the right.

John L. Koushouris, 93, died peacefully at home in Stratford, CT on November 17, 2013. He was also a long time resident of Stamford and Boca Raton, FL. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Barbara (Giegerich), sons John, Paul (Marianne), daughter Jeannie, grandchildren Nicholas, Louis, Alexander and Lara. A highly respected pioneer in broadcast television and “first” in many endeavors, John always aspired to be a television producer. That career spanned over half a century. Beginning at CBS in the late 40’s he worked as an electrical engineer on the first color TV system and first LP record. In the 50’s he was technical director for Perry Como’s Chesterfield Show, Stork Club and Arthur Godfrey Shows. He headed CBS Color Television Network Operations producing the MASTERS Golf Tournament for many years but for the first time in 1956. He was also involved in the final development of videotape, first with the Bing Crosby operation. In 1961 he left CBS to form a production company, VHF, Inc. which he sold four years later to become vice president and station manager of New York City’s Channel 9 WOR-TV, building sports programming with Knicks, Rangers, Mets, Jets at Madison Square Garden. He produced a variety of shows with notables as Murray the “K” at Shea and James Brown. He ventured to Europe initiating discussions with the Greek government, sponsored by Aristotle Onassis, to bring national television service to the country. In 1968, after Howard Hughes bought out Sports Network, Inc., Koushouris became the first employee of the new Hughes Network to head programming and production efforts. He produced PGA, LPGA, heavyweight boxing (Ali/Frazier 1973, “Thrilla from Manila” 1976), French and Italian OPENS. He traveled to Moscow to broadcast Olympics (1979 SPARTACADE) to the U.S. He was free to pursue his favorite freelance effort, The Miss America Pageant which he produced for 32 years beginning 1961. In 1982, John Koushouris Enterprises, Inc. (JKE, Inc.) continued broadcasting specials and sports events. In later years, he authored 3 books. John enjoyed biking, fishing, boating, camping and world travels with family and friends. A man of strong convictions, monumental wisdom, sense of humor and zest for life will be sorely missed by all who knew him. A man of monumental wisdom, work ethic, family values, dry wit, counsel, friend to many, zest for life will be sorely missed by all who knew him. His major presence will remain. Contributions can be made to his alma mater Wagner College, One Campus Road, Development Office, Staten Island, NY 10301. In the memo portion of the check, please write “In memory of John L. Koushouris”. A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 8:30 am – 10:00 am at the Pistey Funeral Home, 2155 Main Street, Stratford, CT followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am at St. James Church, 2110 Main Street, Stratford.
Cemetery:Interment will be private