THIS JUST IN: Former WUAB owner Steven Cannell passes away
October 1, 2010 3 Comments
Former Raycom MyNetwork TV affiliate WUAB/43 Lorain owner Steven J. Cannell passed away late last night at age 69, from complications associated with melanoma.
He was far more known for the multitude of TV series that he created or produced over the past forty years, including “The A-Team,” “21 Jump Street,” The Commish,” “Baretta,” “The Rockford Files,” “The Greatest American Hero,” and “Wiseguy,” among others. Even his studio’s production logo, which featured him pulling out a piece of paper from a typewriter, became iconic (and occasionally parodied).
But Steven J. Cannell also operated Cannell Broadcasting, which had then-independent WUAB/43 in their portfolio for the first half of the 90s. Cannell Broadcasting purchased WUAB back in 1990 from Gaylord Broadcasting, during the station’s twilight years as an independent ‘superstation’ throughout the Midwest. By 1994, in the midst of the CBS-FOX affiliation swap between New World’s WJW/8 and Malrite Communication’s WOIO/19, Cannell leased out operating control of WUAB to Malrite, pairing it with soon-to-be CBS affiliate WOIO.
After that, Cannell’s ownership of WUAB was a mere formality; WUAB and WOIO consolidated operations at their current home in Reserve Square in early 1995, and Malrite finally acquired the station outright in late 1999.