If You Had Anything to Do With Any Kind of TV Issue That Involved Washington, D.C., in the Past 50 (!) Years, You Knew Him: Legendary Trade Reporter–Who Was Still on the Job–Dawson ‘Tack’ Nail Dies at 82

Mar 28, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Dawson "Tack" Nail, who first joined Broadcasting magazine in 1955, and who, for the past 47 years, was with Communications Daily, died Friday, March 25, 2011, from injuries suffered in a fall, reports B&C. He was 82 and still on the job, where he was vice president/executive editor of Warren Publishing, which publishes Communications Daily.

Back in 1995, B&C spoke to former FCC Chairman Dick Wiley about Nail. "Tack is the guy who gets the story. He always knows what’s going on." Indeed, it was Nail who in 1970 broke the story that Wiley was coming from Illinois to be the next general counsel for the FCC. "He was the first to call me," Wiley says.

Wiley added, ""Tack is a real character. A four-star character with a heart of gold."

To read a lot of fun stories about Tack, please click here for the B&C story and scroll down to the italicized portion of the story.

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