TONIGHT: KCET's SoCal Connected Reflects on the Loss of Huell Howser, Beloved Host of California's Gold

BURBANK, CA - January 7, 2013 - Tonight, SoCal Connected will air a special dedication in memory of Huell Howser (67), longtime host of KCET's California's Gold as well as Visiting with Huell Howser, California's Golden Parks and California's Green.  For nearly three decades, Howser shone light on some of California's most interesting and notable landmarks, events and destinations, from the celebrated to the obscure.


The following special guests will speak tonight about Howser, who was one of public television's most iconic figures:


·         Al Jerome, President and CEO, KCET

·         Mary Mazur, COO, KCET

·         Phil Noyes, Producer, Huell Howser Productions

·         Luis Fuerte, Cameraman, Huell Howser Productions

·         D.J. Waldie, Los Angeles historian, author and SoCal Connected contributor


Tonight's episode airs at 5:30 p.m. and repeats at 10:00 p.m.



SoCal Connected, winner of the Peabody and two duPont-Columbia awards, 17 Emmy® Awards, 19 Golden Mikes, 41 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs nightly at 5:30 p.m. with an encore at 10 p.m. (beginning Dec. 17) exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit


SoCal Connected is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation serving the Los Angeles community since 1952; Jim and Anne Rothenberg; the Maddocks Brown Foundation; The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation; and The California Endowment. 



On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time nightly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit


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What a sweetheart of a guy; I remember meeting Huell when he did a story on Leonis Adobe (Calabasas, CA) He was so patient to have a picture taken a few times with me due to a faulty camera phone I had with this event happening at the Sage Brush Cantina. He will be deeply missed and so much joy and funny moments he brought to everyone on brightening up their day, pulling a smile out of you no matter what. Like Lucy and Curley, Huell can never be replaced with his unique personality and honesty shared with us all.