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Syndie Pioneer Given a Sendoff Fit for a King

December 16, 2007 9:20 PM

Roger King’s memorial on Thursday in Palm Beach, Fla., was attended by syndication legends and up-and-comers alike, according to observers.

The closed-to-the-press event began at 5 p.m. and lasted nearly two hours, with about 400 people in attendance.

With a corps of bagpipers kicking off the memorial, CBS Television Distribution President-COO Bob Madden—also Roger’s friend and attorney—introduced Father Brian Dalton of local St. Ambrose Catholic Church and a lineup of speakers including Leslie Moonves, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil McGraw, Deborah Norville and Donald Trump, as well as Roger’s three daughters and his five siblings.

Other mourners included Rachael Ray, Lara Spencer, “Entertainment Tonight”/“The Insider” executive producer Linda Bell Blue, Sony Pictures Television President Steve Mosko and veteran station executive Dennis Swanson.

Some quotes from the eulogizers: Oprah: “I remember a NATPE in New Orleans where Roger and I danced on the tabletops until 4 in the morning, singing ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’”

Dr. Phil: “I recall Roger once said to me, ‘Before I leave this world I need you to analyze me,’ and I said, ‘Roger, it’s too late for that!’”

Father Dalton: “Roger used to tell me, ‘Priests talk too much!’ and I recall he used to light candles in the church because he wanted winners!” (Mr. King was an avid horse player.)

Donald Trump: “I learned a lot from Roger King, and I hate to admit that!"

Chris Pursell

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