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Published in GreenwichTime on Mar. 15, 2019

Weston J. Harris
1926 - 2019

Weston J. Harris - A pioneer in radio and television - retired
Vice President Programs, NBC Television passed away
peacefully at his home with his wife, Sherry of 69 years, and
his family on Ash Wednesday, March 6 at the age of 92.

Born in Washington DC in 1926. He excelled academically and athletically at
Gonzaga
High School (1944).
After graduation, he served in the US Navy near the end of World
War II. While in the Navy following boot camp, Harris was assigned to play baseball on a
squad comprised primarily of Major Leaguers, including the St. Louis Cardinals', Stan
Musial.

When he returned home, he was a radio disc jockey to work his way through college
attending American University. His broadcasting career continued as program director at
WINX, an independent radio station in Washington DC, where he placed primary
emphasis on the quality and skill of the on-air talent.

Harris started his Television career at NBC is 1957 as program manager for WRC-TV in
Washington, D.C. where one of his passions was televising 'live' baseball games (and
other major sports) and worked with sportscasters Hall of Famers Mel Allen, Bob Wolff,
Ernie Harwell, Ray Scott. He left the network for one year in 1962 when Edward R. Murrow
named him TV program manager for the USIA. He returned to NBC as program manager
of WNBC-TV in New York and moved his family to Greenwich, CT. A year later became
Station Manager of WNBC-TV. In 1971 was promoted to Vice President, Programs, NBC
Television Stations and worked most of his career at 30 Rockefeller Center with the last 8
years at the NBC Burbank Studios in Los Angeles, CA. He was involved in identifying
talent, charting programming strategies, buying television pilots, producing shows and
national distribution of programs which have included "The Toni Tennille Show", "Al
McGuire onSports", "The Prime of Your Life", "It's Showtime at the Apollo", " Sha Na Na",
"Out of This World", "You Bet Your Life starring Buddy Hackett", "Big City Comedy",
among others. Worked closely with: David Letterman for a daytime talk show called "The
David Letterman Show"; Pierre Cossette to produce the People's Choice Awards; Merv
Griffin on various game shows. During Harris's tenure, WNBC received more than 100
major honors including the coveted Peabody Award, numerous Emmy awards and
Governor's Citations from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well as awards
from the American Freedoms Foundation and the National Conference of Christians and
Jews.

After his retirement from NBC, MTM Distribution launched a production division to develop
and produce programming for first-run syndication and appointed Harris as its Chief in
January 1989.

Wes and his wife, Sherry Sherwood Harris, moved back to the east coast to retire in
Fearrington Village Pittsboro, NC in 1990. He enjoyed volunteering in different aspects
with UNC-Chapel Hill. Besides his wife, he leaves behind a loving family of five children,
Michael, Brian (Cindy), Sherry, Kelly and Andrew (Carolyn) and six grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his sister, Priscilla Hart.

There will be a Mass of the Resurrection at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel
Hill, NC on March 28, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.

Interment will be private after which a reception for all guests will be held at the Parish.
Memorial donations in memory of Wes may be made to The Conklin Center for the Blind
405 White St. Daytona Beach, FL 32114.
.