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George Putnam

Born: 1914-07-14 - Died: 2008-09-12
Cause of Death:
Kidney Ailment

Death Summary: George Putnam, who had been dealing with a kidney ailment since December 2007, died in his sleep at the Chino Valley Medical Center. He was 94.

Who was George Putnam : Putnam was a famed television news reporter and talk show host in Los Angeles, California.

During his career he anchored at KTTV 11, KTLA 5, KCOP 13, and KHJ 9 (now known as KCAL 9). In addition to his salary, he was provided a Rolls Royce while at KTTV and KTLA. In 1975 he was replaced by news legend Hal Fishman.

Putnam carried his grudge against Fishman for many years; he even called him out on his radio show, TALKBACK with George Putnam, that Fishman had backstabbed him. The feelings must have been mutual, as when Fishman produced the KTLA’s 50th anniversary in 1997, no footage of Putnam was used… even though he had been the face of KTLA news throughout 60’s and 70’s.

For his contributions to the television industry, Putnam was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6372 Hollywood Blvd.
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17 Signatures in George Putnam's guestbook

  1. SCOTT STONE Says:


  2. Ted Baxter Says:

    You were an inspiration and will be sadly missed.

  3. david harris Says:

    A real inspriration in my life.

    Thank you George Putnam

  4. Jeff Evans Says:

    He’s Radio Show Talk Back never screened your calls like other radio stations. Let George rest in peace & Freedom Of Speech live on….

  5. Jessica John Putnam Says:

    I miss you grandpa everyday you are not here. You were such an inspiration in my life. I go to the ranch all the time and is not the same without you there. Mom and I miss you very much and you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Grandpa.

  6. John Bellin Says:

    A talented, decent, honest, patriotic, man who brought comfort to scores. Admired by millions he will be deeply missed. TRULY a member of the “Greatest Generation”!! R.I.P.

  7. Burness Speakman Says:

    I just learned you made this transition. I can remember you in the mid 1900’s when I was a child and listened to you on radio before we left California in 1995. You were the most honest news commentator I have ever listened to. I know you still fill the universe with your vibration, but I will miss you.

  8. Wm.K (Bill) Kezar Says:

    Like so many Young People I grew up watching you on T.V.News.You are the HERO of my Childhood.I will miss talking to you on your Radio Prog.,where I was a frequent caller.George you are the greatest.God Bless America-Bill from Chino

  9. Blair Bell Says:

    Brother Putnam always treated me with friendliness and respect. I was merely the son of one of his employees, but I also knew him from his membership in the LDS Church in Chino.

    A great Patriot and decent man, I look forward to a reunion in the hereafter.

  10. jim Says:

    A remarkably decent man who had no anger toward those (such as I) whose political views did not agree with his. RIP

  11. Lew Schatzer Says:

    I worked with George at KTTV and we had many meals after the news at the Brown Derby where George will regail me with his stories about early Hollywood, especially his encounter with Mae West. Sad to hear of his passing. George was a good man who led a very interesting life.

  12. Gregory "Skip" Simons Sr. Says:

    Grew up watching George Putnam’s newscasts. Will miss him very much.

  13. Skill Says:

    Amazing posts man, truly!


  14. Sam Yem Says:

    Log post, Sheds!


  15. Stu Von Stange Says:

    A toast of my “glass of buttermilk” to the memory of the greatest news reporter/talk show host ever known.

  16. Tony Lux Says:

    I remember watching him on KTLA when I lived in Los Angeles. Thanks for current events on L.A. George.

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