Sunday, February 27, 2011

'I Remember Television' Host & Pioneer Ed Rothhaar Dies At 74

I just learned this news Feb. 26. Here is the story from the Inland News Today. Many remember his show. One story noted he was the brother of ‘Paladin’ TV series creator Mary Rothhaar Matzen.

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San Bernardino public TV broadcaster & 'I Remember Television" host dies
Ryan Carter, Staff Writer
Created: 02/14/2011 07:18:42 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO - Edward R. Rothhaar, 74, a local broadcaster and radio and television personality whose voice and presence anchored popular KVCR-TV (Channel 24) broadcasts, died Monday (Feb. 14) of heart failure, his family said.

Rothhaar, friends and family said, was a pioneer of the area's broadcasting scene.

A native of Pittsburgh, he came to San Bernardino in the early 1960s and taught broadcasting and public speaking, ultimately remaining on the faculty at San Bernardino Valley College for decades, his brother, Michael, said.

While he was at it, Ed Rothhaar helped develop KVCR's public radio (KVCR-FM 91.9) and TV stations.

"He was with it from the beginning," his brother said.

"He was a gentleman of broadcasting," said producer Don Leiffer.
Rothhaar became general manager, which led to him hiring producer Don Leiffer.

Together with director Al Gandos, they developed a signature show for KVCR-TV, "I Remember Television."

With Rothhaar as the show's host and broadcast historian, his resonant voice took viewers back to television shows from the 1950s and 1960s.

Rothhaar opened and closed the show while adding historical context to featured programs such as "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show," "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" and "One Step Beyond."

"He was a gentleman of broadcasting," Leiffer said, adding the show taped for 22 years.

A similar show, "I Remember Radio," was also hosted by Rothhaar, bringing listeners into the world of old radio shows.

"I knew him primarily because of the program he offered - it was a wonderful program," said San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris. "All I can say is he had this wonderfully, gravelly voice. And when he recalled those shows ... these were the shows from my era. I loved it."

Rothhaar put a lifetime of experience into his teaching at the college. He retired in 2000.

He could be strict, but he got the message across.

"Anybody willing to work, he would be their advocate, for whatever they needed - year after year," said Leiffer, who was KVCR-TV's television director from 1968 to 2008.

Rothhaar remained true to radio, loving it to the end, his family and friends said. But he also remained true to the value of learning.

"He was intellectually remarkable," said his brother. "He guided me and kept his eye on me in my career. He would help anybody. He would teach anybody. He was a natural teacher and a natural communicator."

In addition to his brother, Rothhaar is survived by two sisters, Kathleen Basl and Mary Matzen of Pittsburgh.

His family also includes Hyuntae Kim and godchildren Sandra K. Choh and Steven Choh, his brother said.

Funeral services were pending.

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