Sunday, June 17, 2012

Longtime Shreveport Anchor/ND Passes Away

Source: KSLA -Longtime KSLA news anchor and former Public Service Commissioner Don Owen has passed away.

Donald Lynn "Don" Owen, who also served as news director during his 30-year tenure at KSLA, died Sunday morning of complications from pneumonia.

Owen resigned from his position at KSLA News 12 in 1984 to run for and win the District 5 Public Service Commissioner seat. He was re-elected twice more, serving three six-year terms.

Don Owen is preceded in death by his wife, Dagmar, of 47 years, and survived by his son Darrell, daughter Donna and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private.


At 6:38 PM, June 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Owen resigned because of Viacom.

At 10:15 PM, June 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your service Mr. Don.

At 7:24 PM, June 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After seeing the recent segments on KSLA about former news anchor Don Owen, I can't help but find it ironic that the only time these local stations value those who were a part of their past is only when they pass away. KSLA used to be THE STATION of the ArkLaTex as it had a strong legacy of excellence; it showed in their people and their local programming. Now KSLA is just a carbon copy of what passes for a station today: lots of hype, weather forecasting technology, fancy animation, glib on-air anchors and not much depth. If it weren't for the locations in the news, it could be anystation, USA. Back in the day, viewers tuned in not for the whiz-bang techno crap, they tuned in because the people presenting the news made a difference and weren't just reading teleprompters. My how things have changed. Rest in Peace Mr. Owen, no one has yet to fill your shoes.

At 11:35 AM, June 23, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Grief, anon7:24, there is not much that a news anchor can do besides read the news off of the teleprompter. And it does not take a rocket scientist to do so. All of your hyperbole is meaningless. Don Owen was a good dependable news reader, and I grew up watching him and listening to him. There were many before him and there have been many after him. His service on the Public Service Commission was more noteworthy than his career as a talking TV head. He made regional long distance affordable for the first time. I remember when I would call my brother in a distant state with family news, then ask him to call my sister who lives 15 miles away with that news, because the interstate long distance rates were so much cheaper than a call to the next town down the road. Don Owen changed that.

At 11:39 AM, June 23, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I the only person who thinks that Don Owen and Gerry May look alike? I guess if they were related, it would have been mentioned.

At 1:56 PM, June 23, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:35AM -- Thanks for adding to the fact that Mr. Owen made significant contributions outside of his TV career. But I have memories of him doing much more than being "...a dependable news reader..." If that's all that people remember about him than clearly folks don't understand much about his job as News Director and Managing Editor of the news dept. back when he was at KSLA. He helped shape how news was covered back in the day and did a lot more behind the scenes in getting certain stories covered that other news depts. would gloss over. He had credibility and clout and did so much more than read lines from a box, unlike a vast majority of talking-head news anchors today.

At 11:09 PM, June 24, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the poster who said "there were many before (Don Owen)..." I beg to differ. He was the first TV news man at KSLA and KSLA was the first station in Shreveport. So if there weren't any TV newsmen in this area before Don Owen. That's a historical fact.


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