Anthony Tiano, a former president of KQED Inc., has died.
Tiano, who ran KQED from 1979 through '93, passed away Sunday at his home in New Mexico, according to a press release issued by the San Francisco-based television and radio operation. He was 71. Tiano had been serving as the President of Santa Fe Productions, a company that produced independent programming for public television stations nationwide.
During Tiano's tenure at KQED, the television station began operating on a full seven-day-a-week schedule. Tiano also worked to transform KQED Public Radio into a news and public affairs format, and worked with legendary promoter Bill Graham to broadcast an Earthquake Relief Concert that raised more than $2 million dollars for victims of the Loma Prieta Earthquake.
Tiano also ushered in locally produced programming, including "This Week in Northern California" and "Forum." In addition, he oversaw a capital campaign that allowed KQED to move all of its operations into its current home at 2601 Mariposa Street in San Francisco.
"Tony Tiano was dedicated to the mission of public broadcasting," said John L. Boland, president of KQED. "He understood that KQED needed to be more than just a broadcaster and his work to highlight the needs and concerns of the Bay Area community has served as a foundation for the KQED of today.
"Even after leaving KQED, Tony's presence was felt by the many outstanding specials he brought to KQED and other
Memorial services will be held Friday, Aug. 17, at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish in Albuquerque. In Lieu of flowers Tiano's family requests that contributions be made to Myeloproliferative Disorders Foundation MPD Foundation, 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 375, Chicago, Ill. 60606 (www.mpdfoundation.org).