LOUISVILLE, Ky.(WHAS11) -- Neil Kuvin, 75, who led WHAS TV from 1987 to 1991 died Monday morning, Oct. 7, in Louisville after a 5 and a half year battle with cancer. His wife Anita told us he gave 110 percent in his fight with cancer.
Kuvin was the first General Manager hired after the Bingham family sold WHAS TV to the Providence Journal Company in 1986. He oversaw the expansion of our evening newscasts, adding a 5:30 p.m. newscast and navigating the station’s move to the ABC network in September 1990. Also during his tenure, Kuvin created the WHAS TV Excel Award. The honor, which is still given out today, goes to an exceptional teacher at schools in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
After leaving WHAS, Kuvin started his own public relations and business consulting company and was running it until his death. His wife Anita told us they moved here from North Carolina 1987, and the family loved Louisville so much they never left. Kuvin, she says, decided to switch his emphasis after leaving the corporate world to helping others and devoted much of his time giving free advice to Kentuckiana non-profits, child services, and senior citizen advocacy groups. He also focused on suicide prevention.
Neil, a native of Newark, New Jersey is survived by his wife Anita, six children (five sons and a daughter) and nine grandchildren.
In July 2013, Kuvin, battling his illness, made the trip to Cincinnati to attend the TV Emmy Awards program. Former WHAS TV reporter and Crusade for Children Director Bud Harbsmeier was being honored for his 50 years of service in the TV industry. Bud's family took a picture of the two together and said Kuvin told them he was adamant about being there for Bud's big night. It meant a great deal to Harbsmeier that Kuvin insisted on attending.
Visitation is being held Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist Church on Brownsboro Road at Blankenbaker Lane. The Funeral will be held at the same location, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 in The Sanctuary of the church.