Ted Bergmann Dies

First GRAMMY Awards producer dies at 93
  • Photo: The Recording Academy
    (l-r) Then-Recording Academy Chair/President John Scott Trotter, Ted Bergmann and bandleader Les Brown at the 6th GRAMMY Awards in 1964
March 07, 2014 -- 6:49 pm PST

Ted Bergmann, the first producer of the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, died March 2 following surgery in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 93. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Bergmann launched his broadcast career in the early '40s as a page for NBC Radio City Studios. After serving in the U.S. Army, Bergmann subsequently became president of the DuMont Television Network, where he was the first to broadcast NFL games and live boxing matches. In 1963 Bergmann produced the first-ever taping of the GRAMMY Awards, then a taped post-awards presentation special called "The Best On Record." Bergmann continued to produce the GRAMMY telecast for the following seven years. In 1968 Bergmann earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Music or Variety for "The Smother Brothers Comedy Hour." Among the additional TV shows Bergmann produced were "Three's Company," "The Arthur Godfrey Show" and "Love Thy Neighbor." He retired from television in 1998.

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