NAB’s Charles Sherman Dead at 71

Jun 20, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Charles Sherman, former executive VP of television for the National Association of Broadcasters, died June 18 in Philadelphia after a long illness. He was 71.

Mr. Sherman joined NAB in 1988 after stints as general manager of WHOI-TV, Peoria, Ill., and WTRF-TV, Wheeling, W.V. He also served as a professor and associate chairman of the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and as professor and chairman at the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University. In addition, he served a stint as president of the Broadcast Education Association.

As the head of NAB’s TV department until 2002, Mr. Sherman was credited with establishing the association’s annual Service to America Summit, which recognizes the public service contributions of local radio and television stations. He also founded the association’s Hundred Plus conference, which focuses on small- and medium-market television.

In 2003 the NAB established the Chuck Sherman Television Leadership Award to recognize leadership, service and commitment to local television in medium and smaller markets.

“Chuck Sherman was ‘Mr. Television’ at NAB for nearly 15 years. Chuck will best be remembered for helping launch NABEF’s Service to America Summit and for directing the foundation that has helped many minorities and women advance into leadership ranks of local broadcasting. The NAB family extends our condolences to Elaine [Mr. Sherman’s wife] and the entire Sherman family,” said Eddie Fritts, National Association of Broadcasters president and CEO in a statement.

Mr. Sherman also is survived by two sons, a daughter and four grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to the Charles and Elaine Sherman Lectureship Series at Temple University.