Newsman Ron Tindiglia, `Stood For Integrity'

Posted: November 12, 1997

Ron Tindiglia, a broadcast executive in Philadelphia and New York for three decades, died Monday of cancer. He was 51 and lived in Harrison, N.Y.

Tindiglia, who carved a career of excellence in an industry where the product dissipates in moments and reputations may last little longer, left a legacy in the legions of broadcasters he mentored and helped from Philly newsrooms to New York executive suites. Among them was Dave Neal, an assignment editor at WCAU-TV (Channel 10), who in 1975 was assistant news director at KYW-TV (Channel 3). Neal was a street-savvy guy who was the quiet influence behind people such as Jessica Savitch and later Herb Denenberg and others. Then a new news director came in and Neal was out. Nothing personal. New bosses need to make room for their pals.

``Before I had time to drive from 5th and Market [KYW studios] to Mark 70,'' his home in Cherry Hill, ``there was a call there already with Ron offering me a job at Channel 6 as a news manager. He was small in stature but big in heart.''

It was vintage Tindiglia.

His loyalty to friends and ability to see and develop talent were cutting-edge characteristics that were part of his daily routine. Those traits, plus a strong work ethic, propelled a meteoric career. He was an extroverted yet soft-spoken man with what friends described as a ``magnetic'' personality.

For the past 31 years, one of Tindiglia's closest friends was Channel 3 anchorman Larry Kane. They talked every day. The two met in 1966 when Kane was a newsman at WFIL Radio and Tindiglia, a recent Temple grad, was a production assistant.

``He was perhaps the best person I've ever met in my career,'' said Kane. ``He is basically responsible for much of what you see that is good quality in TV news today. He really was the preeminent manager-journalist of his time.''

``Over the years he had many opportunities to go to the network and declined because he loved being in the newsrooms at the news desk. If you asked anybody about Ron Tindiglia they'd tell you he was responsible for more careers than almost anybody.''

When Tindiglia was news director at WABC in New York in 1975, he brought Kane up to the station.

Kane said Tindiglia ``never forgot the viewer. I think a lot of people in our business program for themselves and forget the needs of the viewer.''

At 21, Tindiglia was a producer at WFIL. Then after a brief stint in Boston, he went to WABC in New York, where he helped develop the ``Eyewitness News'' format. In later years he held executive positions at stations in Los Angeles and New York. At the time of his death he had his own consulting firm.

``He stood for integrity and ethics in journalism and never wavered,'' said Kane, ``and he had an incredible devotion to his family. He did two things: he worked, and he went home.''

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Misti; a son, Jeremy; a daughter, Nicole, and a brother, Peter.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Gregory's Church, 215 Halstead Ave., Harrison. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Rye, N.Y.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Coxe and Graziano Funeral Home, 767 Boston Post Road, Mammaroneck, N.Y.

Contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Church, Box 470, Saranac Lake, N.Y. 12983.

NANCY B. KISER Nancy B. Kiser, wife of the late Daily News sports columnist Jack Kiser and herself a contributor to the sports pages, died Oct. 31. She was 56 and lived in Sparks, Nev.

The former Nancy Saunders was raised in Southwest Philadelphia. She wrote a column on handicapping horse races called ``Nancy's Fancies'' for the Daily News in the early 1980s. Her husband Jack died in 1993. She moved to Nevada from Folcroft about 15 years ago.

``She was a wonderful mother and a loving, giving person,'' said Charlotte Halterman, her daughter. ``She enjoyed writing the column, especially when she did [handicapping] better than Jack.''

Kiser was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. She also was a member of the Philatelic Society and was one of the first female members of the Tennessee Squires.

Survivors also include two sons, Eugene and Steven Smiley, and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at her Folcroft home. Contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, Box 2246, 200 Island Ave., Reno, Nev., 89505.

OBIE BRONNER Obie Bronner, a member of Mount Pleasant Kingdom Hall, died Saturday. She was 88 and lived in Mount Airy.

Bronner had worked for about 20 years as a machine operator for the Norman Lampshade Co.

Survivors include two daughters, Doris Manley and Hazel Keels, 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a sister, Elvira Boswell.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Pleasant Kingdom Hall, Ardleigh Street and Gorgas Lane, where friends may call two hours before the services. Burial will be in Rolling Green Memorial Park in West Chester.

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