From H. Jay Melnick via Tom Mulvey
Don Stubbs, worked at KLZ in the "Old Days" Hope all is well with you...... Jay
By A.D. HOPKINS
Copyright 2006 © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Don Stubbs, former news director of two Las Vegas television stations and retired owner of small-market radio stations including one in Ely, died Sunday at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas after a yearlong battle with cancer.
Stubbs, 67, was born in Montrose, Colo. In 1957, he began a 45-year career in electronic media by spinning records at KLAK, Denver's lone country music station at the time. He graduated from the University of Denver in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in communications arts.
He worked as a news anchor, TV reporter, and assistant news director in Grand Junction, Colo.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Kansas City before moving to Las Vegas in 1972 as a reporter for the local NBC affiliate, Channel 3, then called KORK-TV and owned by Donrey Media Group, which also owned the Review-Journal.
Stubbs became news director in 1974. In 1976, he moved to the ABC affiliate, Channel 13, also as news director.
Later, Stubbs returned to radio and pioneered the all news/talk format at KVEG in Las Vegas.
In 1988, he married Dianna Stevenson of Clearwater, Fla. The couple lived in Las Vegas until 1992, when they bought a radio station in Ely, renaming it KDSF to incorporate their initials.
"We were very successful with that station because we tried big city ideas in a small city, and people loved it," said Dianna Stubbs. They did remote broadcasts from a hearse, which they painted hot pink, and named Patty Hearse.
They sold the Ely station in 1995 and went on to own stations in Pagosa Springs, Colo., and Carlsbad, N.M. In 2003, the couple retired to Las Vegas.
Stubbs was active in the now-defunct Las Vegas Press Club and more recently in the Republican Men's Club and F.I.O.R.E., a club for amateur and professional comedians.
In addition to his wife, Stubbs is survived by a sister, Patricia Bailey of Minneapolis; two sons, Donald Stubbs III of Buena Vista, Colo., and Brad Stubbs of Denver; a stepdaughter, Wende Stevenson of Dallas; and a stepson, Wes Stevenson of Athens, Texas; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.