Tom Snyder tributes

There’s more on the passing of Milwaukee native and television icon Tom Snyder today, with the Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal and the Journal-Sentinel’s Tim Cuprisin weighing in on the talk show host’s career. Snyder died Sunday in his home in San Francisco at the age of 71 due to complications from leukemia (In an ironic twist, another person with S.F. ties – former 49ers coach Bill Walsh – also died from complications from leukemia on Monday.)

Among Snyder’s career highlights:

– Got his start as a reporter at Milwaukee radio station WRIT-AM.

– Appeared as Pete in an episode of The Rifleman in 1961.

– Played himself on McCloud, Murphy Brown, Ink, The Larry Sanders Show, and Dave’s World.

– Anchored newscasts on KYW-TV in Philadelphia, WNBC-TV and WABC-TV New York and KNBC-TV Los Angeles.

– Hosted the Tomorrow show, a late, late Monday-Thursday night show on NBC from 1975-81. Notable guests on that show included Charlie Manson, John Lennon, Chicago’s own Steve Dahl, and the rock band U2.

– An attempt to broaden the show – renamed Tomorrow Coast to Coast – and adding gossip queen Rona Barnett – was introduced in 1981 and lasted until January 1982.

– Hosted an afternoon talk show for KABC-TV in Los Angeles in 1985 and 1986, pitted against Donahue on KNBC. Snyder’s show was canceled on Sept. 5, 1986 – to make room for a new talk show hosted by Oprah Winfrey.

-Hosted a call-in talk show for cable’s CNBC.

– David Letterman hired Snyder to host The Late Late Show at CBS, a program that ran from 1995-99.

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