The Passing Of A Local Legend

I’m not a very sentimental guy, usually. The trajectory of people’s lives is fairly common – we get born, we live, we pass away. It’s what we fill the middle part up with that matters.

This won’t be a very long post, just a few links to the obituary of Walter Windsor, the general manager of WFTV at the time I got my start in broadcasting. He died last week at the age of 89. Here’s the obit, from the Orlando Sentinel:

The reason I mention this is that I wrote an appreciation of Windsor in DV Magazine, way back in the late 1990’s. Here’s a link to that article:

No great insight here, other than the obvious: Television is much the poorer with the loss of people like Walter Windsor, who managed to keep the “show” in front of the “business” in local TV for decades. Now it’s the other way around, and no amount of digital gear, focus groups or flat-screen TVs will change that, I fear.


Bruce A Johnson

A 1981 graduate of the Boston University College of Communication, Bruce A. Johnson got his first job in broadcast television at WFTV, an ABC affiliate in Orlando, FL. While there, he rose through the ranks from teleprompter operator to videographer, editor, producer and director of many different types of programming. It was in the early 1980’s that he bought his first computer – a Timex/Sinclair 1000 – a device he hated so much, he promptly exchanged it for an Atari 400. But the bug had bitten hard. In 1987, Johnson joined Wisconsin Public Television in Madison as a videographer/editor, and still works there to the present day. His responsibilities have grown, however, and now include research and presentations on the issues surrounding the digital television transition, new consumer technology and the use of public television spectrum in homeland security. He freelances through his company Painted Post MultiMedia, and has written extensively for magazines including DV and Studio Monthly.