May 19, 1996 |
Chet Forte, longtime director of ABC's "Monday Night Football" who became a radio sports talk-show host at age 55, died at 5 a.m. Saturday from a heart attack at his home in northern San Diego County. He was 60. Forte, who had a history of heart problems, had triple bypass surgery on June 17 of last year. For the last five years, Forte had been paired with Steve Hartman on San Diego-based XTRA and the two billed themselves as "The Loose Cannons."
June 19, 1995 |
XTRA sports talk-show host Chet Forte, a former Emmy Award-winning director for ABC Sports, is in intensive care at a San Diego hospital recovering from triple bypass surgery, his broadcast partner, Steve Hartman, said Sunday. Hartman said Forte, who has a history of heart trouble, had not been feeling well the past few weeks and went to a hospital for tests on Friday. He had the surgery Saturday.
March 16, 1992 |
Penalty: Chet Forte, a former producer and director of "Monday Night Football," was sentenced to five years on probation in U.S. District Court in New Jersey for mail and wire fraud, as well as failure to file income tax returns. Forte, 56, who lives in San Diego and hosts a radio talk show, pleaded guilty to those charges Sept. 14. He has admitted to a compulsive gambling problem that cost him his $900,000-a-year job at ABC Sports.
March 14, 1992
Chet Forte, longtime director of ABC's "Monday Night Football" who is now is sports-talk show host at XTRA in San Diego, was sentenced Friday to five years' probation for fraud charges linked to gambling. "I will never forget this date," said Forte, 56, who was an All-American basketball player for Columbia University during the 1956-57 season.
November 4, 1991 |
It's only a start, and it might not last, but Chet Forte is bubbling with enthusiasm over his long-awaited chance to rebuild his life. In the four years since compulsive gambling cost him everything he owned and led to his conviction for fraud and income tax evasion, Forte has been treated like a leper in the television industry that was once his domain. Not until radio station XTRA hired him as co-host of its afternoon sports-talk show was he able to find a job.
May 4, 1991 |
No matter what direction the conversation took Friday morning at the Doubletree Hotel, it kept coming back to one subject: Opportunity. Chet Forte, a nine-time Emmy Award winner as a director at ABC Sports, was introduced as a new co-host of radio station XTRA's 1-4 p.m. sports talk show, and how unusual were his opening day remarks? Well, he thanked John Lynch, chairman and CEO of Noble Broadcast Group--which owns and operates XTRA, thanked several others at the station . . .