Jack B. Allen, 89, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a longtime sales and management executive at broadcast TV stations, died on Sunday, May 3, according to his family and a published obituary, which did not report a cause of death. Jack B. Allen and Howard Cosell at an ABC Network event in an undated photo provided by the Allen family. Known for his ability connect with people and quick wit, Allen rose from mailroom attendant to stagehand on locally produced programs, then to prominent sales and executive management roles with WLS (Chicago), WABC (New York), WXYZ (Detroit), KNBC (Los Angeles) and WWJ (now WDIV in Detroit), where he led the station as general manager and provided on-air weekly editorials. In the early 1980s, Allen, who was born in Chicago, moved his family to Westport, Connecticut, to help launch the cable networks Satellite News Channel (later acquired by CNN), The Nashville Network and The Disney Channel for Group W Satellite Communications, based in nearby Stamford.
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