Saturday, February 20, 2010

NEW THIS WEEKEND: WKRC Engineer Dies of Cancer at 56

We just got word of something that a lot of our Cincinnati readers may already know.

WKRC-TV 12/Cincinnati engineer Don Gilbert, 56, has died following a long battle with cancer. We don't know what type - as that information hasn't been released.

From the station's website:

There are many people behind the scenes at Local 12 who keep this television station running. Our friend Don Gilbert was one of them. We lost Don Thursday night, after his long and very courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife Peggy.

Donnie, as we called him, was a veteran broadcast engineer. He worked with us here at local 12 for more than two decades. If you were in a jam, just the sight of him arriving to help made you feel better. Simply put: if it needed to be fixed, he was the man.

Many times Donnie was at our feet, literally beneath the anchor desk, while we were on the air fixing whatever critical problem needed his attention.

If your signal to your house had a glitch, Don was the man who made your picture better at home.

Donnie made TV happen and he made us better. Donnie's spirit will live on here. He will always be in our hearts.

Please take a few moments and remember Don with the tribute Brad has put together with the help of Donnie's friends.

The tribute mentioned is at the top of the story we've linked above.

We here at Tri-State Media Watch extend our condolences to Mr. Gilbert's family, friends and co-workers...

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