Pride and Decency Marked Wright Era

Apr 2, 2007  •  Post A Comment

By Don Ohlmeyer, Special to TelevisionWeek

I think Bob is the most decent person I met while I was in the business, which covers a lot of years.

He always made decisions that were grounded in integrity and a sense of honor, and he was there for people. When I went into rehab for alcohol addiction, he flew to Palm Springs and spent like a half-hour with me, which was all I could really do at the time. A lot of people don’t do that.

As a boss he was there as a sounding board but he didn’t meddle. He had his point of view, but he didn’t feel the need that some executives have to always try to make sure their fingerprints were on everything.

One of the things Bob and I shared was an insatiable desire to win. The only person who was happier than me when we went from third to first place was him.

He had a great deal of pride in NBC and always felt that NBC should be on top.

Don Ohlmeyer was president of NBC West Coast from 1993 to 1999.