Last Update: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
|North Hollywood Resident and KFWB Veteran Eric Williams Passes|
|Written by Diana Martinez, Editor of the San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Thursday, 03 July 2014 03:17|
Eric Williams, a North Hollywood resident and veteran of All-News KFWB from 1972 until his retirement in 2009, has passed away. Williams died after a four-year battle with cancer.
Eric was unemployed for a year before joining KFWB, but went on to celebrate more than three decades with the allnews radio station. As a senior writer, Williams contributed to scores of Golden Mike Awards won by the station and was the union shop steward. He was also instrumental in training new writers and functioned as a systems manager when the newsroom moved from loud teletype wire machines to computers in the early 1980’s.
Born in Marblehead, MA, Williams grew up in Salem. In previous conversations with Don Barrett of LARadio.com, Williams shared, “My father worked at WBZ-Boston for 20 years and he would take me to the station to watch him work.”
His father, Vern Williams, considered among the best voices in radio, also worked at KFWB News Radio.
Eric studied journalism at El Camino Junior College and San Jose State. At San Jose State he could waive an internship if he secured a full-time job. He walked into KXRX-San Jose in 1966 and was offered a job as a news reporter. A year later he joined San Jose’s KNTV-TV, where he worked in the news department for five years.
“In 1970 I got caught in the recession and the station laid off half of the 18 person news team,” he said.
Eric would leave the Bay Area and land in Southern California. At KFWB, Williams was on the front lines writing news copy on fires, earthquakes and scores of national disasters including commercial airliner crashes. “During the Mideast War I wrote hours and hours of copy. ”Williams previously described.
A service was held for Williams at the Oasis House in Sylmar last weekend.
At the service KFWB/ KNX reporter Pete Demetriou said, “Millions of Southern Californians were kept better informed because of the work of Eric Williams.”
In our next edition, the San Fernando Valley Sun/El Sol will cover the meaningful work that Eric Williams contributed that was unknown to his KFWB colleagues that went beyond his professional work in the newsroom.