Thursday, May 13, 2010

RIP Frank Scott

Broadcaster Scott traveled globe

By Steve Jordon

Frank Scott, whose broadcasting career took him from Omaha to Germany and who once was punched through a window during a barroom brawl in a John Wayne western, has died at age 77.

His daughter Wendy DeLapp said her father died Tuesday at a retirement home in Silver Spring, Md., after suffering from dementia. He and his wife, Jean, had moved there from Omaha in 2004 when he retired.

“He loved to golf, and he loved to go sightseeing and was a history buff,” DeLapp said. “Wherever we lived, we went places all over Europe. We’d pack into the car, and we’d all go.”

If the family was playing Trivial Pursuit, she said, you wanted to be on his team. “He knew all the answers.”

Scott was born in Omaha and graduated from Benson High School, attended the University of Nebraska and graduated from Omaha University, working as a student for KMTV, then served in the U.S. Air Force.

He pursued an acting career in New York and Hollywood, leading to his John Wayne movie experience, and then worked at KVOA-TV in Houston and KBON radio in Omaha. He was a vice president of Welcome Radio Inc. and general manager of KTLK radio in Denver.

He moved to Washington, D.C., and was a vice president of NBC Radio and general manager of WRC-AM and WKYS-FM.

During his career he hired many people who later became well-known, including Willard Scott, Pat Buchanan and Chuck Hagel, later a U.S. senator from Nebraska, his daughter said.

Scott was an early president of the Omaha Press Club and later its manager, after being appointed by President Ronald Reagan to head Voice of America’s European operation. He also worked for Mitchell Broadcasting in Omaha and was named to the Nebraska Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1984.

He and the former Jean Wilhelmj were married for 47 years and had six children: DeLapp of Gaithersburg, Md.; Tom Scott of Omaha; Cathy Cahill of Frederick, Md.; Cortney Pauley of Clarksville, Md.; Frank Scott, who is deceased; and his twin brother, John Scott, of Beltsville, Md. They also have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services were pending.

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