October 22, 1989
Two black businessmen from Chicago, Bertram Lee and Peter Bynoe, became the first minority owners of a major league sports franchise Saturday, purchasing the National Basketball Assn.'s Denver Nuggets for $65 million, with backing from media executive Robert Wussler. An earlier bid by Lee and Bynoe to acquire the team fell through when they failed to raise enough capital by an Oct. 10 deadline.
October 31, 1989 |
Robert J. Wussler is not exactly your run-of-the-mill Washington executive. A 30-year veteran of broadcasting, Wussler has spent his entire career working in the glittering world of network television, rubbing shoulders with the famous, the politically powerful and the rich. He has Hollywood connections and Walter Cronkite's home phone number. He is the kind of guy who always has a ringside seat at heavyweight prize fights, right next to billionaire Donald J.
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June 14, 2010 |
Robert J. Wussler, a CNN co-founder and a longtime CBS executive, has died after a long illness. He was 73. Wussler died June 5 at his home in Westport, Conn., spokesman Arthur Sando said. Robert Joseph Wussler was born Sept. 8, 1936, in Newark, N.J., and graduated in 1957 from Seton Hall University with a bachelor's in communication arts. He started his 21-year career at CBS working in the mailroom and rose to become head of the sports division and then president of the network.
February 2, 1989 |
Mission to Moscow: Robert Wussler, senior executive vice president for Turner Broadcasting System, is in Moscow to work on plans to get CNN's signal into Russian homes. One scenario would distribute CNN on a VHF frequency in exchange for a fee from the government, a distribution method that has been used in the past (during summits, for example). Another deal in the works is to distribute CNN on a Russian satellite.
August 11, 1994 |
Partnership Bets on Electronic Wagering: NTN Communications, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based interactive TV company, has sold a 50% stake in its IWN subsidiary to Command Performance Network Ltd. for $10 million. NTN has been developing interactive programming and technology for the horse racing, parimutuel and gaming industries. CPN is headed by former CBS and Turner executive Robert Wussler.