Fairchild, Ken June 22, 1936 October 16, 2012 Ken Fairchild, legendary newsman, trusted advisor, loyal friend, dedicated father. Ken pioneered broadcasting and communication for more than 50 years as a newsman in Houston, New York and Dallas, program director at NBC, New York, and vice president of programming for WMCA, New York. While covering Hurricane Carla, he became the first television newsman to ever report from the eye of a hurricane. As news director, and later general manager, for KRLD, he transformed the radio station into the first local all news format for Dallas. KRLD has kept the news talk format for over 30 years. Ken became an originator and creator of media coaching in the early '70s, coaching top executives, government officials and political candidates. His clients include four U.S. presidential candidates, as well as many candidates for national, state and city offices. He is best known for coaching dozens of guests before their appearances on "60 Minutes," which prompted his book Sunday Showdowns with 60 Minutes, published in 1998. His quick wit and vast knowledge will inspire generations of raconteurs to come. For 40 years Ken helped raise adoring children in his hometowns of New York and Dallas. He loved traveling with them to explore new places and experiences, but always with one stipulation: it had to be warm weather. Through his children he became a fixture and supporter of ESD's athletics program, from softball and track to volleyball and cross country. He is survived by four children, Cameron Fairchild, Kelli Fairchild Webb, Matt Fairchild and Elissa Fairchild, as well as four grandchildren and many friends, fans and family. A service will be held Friday, 10/19 at 4:00 p.m. at All Saints Chapel of the Episcopal School of Dallas, 4100 Merrell Road, Dallas, Texas, 75229. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Episcopal School of Dallas Athletic Department in recognition of Ken Fairchild.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Oct. 18, 2012