April 15, 1998 |
James B. Conkling, former director of the Voice of America and a recording executive who helped create the Grammy awards in music, has died. He was 83. Conkling, who was former president of Columbia Records and founding president of Warner Bros. Records, died Sunday at Sutter Oaks Alzheimer's Hospital in Sacramento. His family said he had suffered from the disease for several years. President Ronald Reagan appointed Conkling to head Voice of America in June 1981.