David Sheehan has distinguished himself in the world of broadcasting with a series of trailblazing television firsts. In 1970 on KCBS-TV (then KNXT), Sheehan was the first reviewer/interviewer on a daily local newscast. In 1972, also on KNXT, he was the first commentator to ever critique television on television, drawing ï¿½biting the handï¿½ feature articles in both Time and Life magazines. In 1975, he was the first local newsman to ever work for two networks simultaneously: ï¿½America Aliveï¿½ on NBC and ï¿½The Big Newsï¿½ on CBS. In 1979 he hosted and produced the first Pay-TV monthly series in history, ï¿½Backstage in Hollywoodï¿½ on HBO. In the early 1980ï¿½s, Sheehan produced and camera-directed ï¿½Pippinï¿½ (with Bob Fosse directing the performances and choreography)—the first Broadway musical ever captured by cameras during live stage performance, for Pay-TV, cable TV and home video. In the 1980ï¿½s, at NBC, Sheehan was the first local entertainment reporter to host and produce his own series of network specials, including ï¿½Macho Men of the Moviesï¿½ and ï¿½Hollywoodï¿½s Leading Ladiesï¿½. Sheehan worked the 70ï¿½s and early 80ï¿½s on KCBS-TV, moved to KNBC-TV from ï¿½84 to ï¿½94, and finished up his 34 years of daily newscasting back at KCBS-TV from 1994 to 2004. Since then, he has been hosting three national specials every year: ï¿½Summer Movie Magicï¿½, ï¿½Holiday Movie Magicï¿½ and ï¿½Academy Awards Movie Magicï¿½, syndicated to 240 stations through his Hollywood Close-Ups, Inc. production and distribution company. David Sheehan also made a mark in live theater as the producer-director of the West Coast Premiere of ï¿½An Albee Almanacï¿½ by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee, and the West Coast Premiere of ï¿½Little Murdersï¿½ by noted cartoonist/playwright Jules Feiffer. And, Sheehan is the author of one published novel ï¿½Before I Wakeï¿½. He is the father of three children: his son Brian is the owner of the Eclectic Wine Bar & Grill in North Hollywood; his daughter Shannon is a Los Angeles real estate developer; and his daughter Kelly is a New York recording studio producer/engineer.
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