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Donald Edward McCune

  • Birth 29 Dec 1918 Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 27 Mar 1993 King County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Woodinville, King County, Washington, USA
  • Memorial ID 11176866

Northwest Broadcast Pioneer. He was best known throughout western Washington for his role as “Captain Puget,” host of a popular children’s television show that ran week day afternoons in Seattle from 1957 to 1966. He spent his early years in Illinois before moving to Washington state during the great depression years to work on his grandfather’s farm near the Columbia River. He moved to Seattle shortly following the outbreak of World War II, gaining employment in the local shipyards. He enrolled at the University of Washington where he began studies in radio broadcasting. He began his radio career as a disk jockey for station KRSC in Seattle where he also assisted on Seattle Rainier baseball broadcasts. Following a brief acting career with the Seattle Repertory Theatre he accepted a position with KING broadcasting where he worked until developing voice problems. In 1949 he moved to Fairbanks, Alaska accepting the station manager position at KFAR radio. In 1952 he was instrumental in launching KFAR television on the air, serving as station manager and NBC news correspondent. In 1957 he returned to Seattle winning the audition to host “The Captain Puget Show” on KOMO-TV. The following year he was awarded the National Sylvania Award for the best locally produced children’s show in the United States. Following “The Captain Puget Show” he went on to host “Exploration Northwest” winning KOMO television 26 local Emmy Awards for excellence in broadcast production. The half hour program featured travelogues filmed throughout the Pacific Northwest and ran on KOMO television for 21 years. From 1962 to 1977 he also served as the host of “Challenge,” a locally produced discussion show featuring prominent Seattle community religious leaders. He was a founding member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences of which he served as local president, national vice president and national trustee. He was also the recipient of the distinguished Governor’s Award and Silver Circle Awards in broadcasting. He died shortly following his 74th birthday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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  • Maintained by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
  • Originally Created by: Darla Mays (Rodeogirl73)
  • Added: 15 Jun 2005
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Donald Edward McCune (29 Dec 1918–27 Mar 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11176866, citing Woodinville Memorial Cemetery, Woodinville, King County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Nils M. Solsvik Jr. (contributor 46486439) .