Facebook Twitter



Howard B. Anderson1928 ~ 2014Howard Ballantyne Anderson, devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, passed peacefully in his sleep on January 21, 2014, at home in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 85, with his wife Midene holding his hand by his side. Howard succumbed to Multiple Myeloma and complications from Parkinsons' Disease. Widely known for his keen sense of humor and the perpetual twinkle in his eye, it seems fitting that Howard was smiling as he left us. The youngest of three sons, Howard was born on May 24, 1928, to Howard B. Anderson and Mildred Salzner Anderson in Denver, Colorado. Howard attended the University of Utah, where he studied Radio Speech, and more importantly won the heart of Midene McKay. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on January 31, 1951, and subsequently enjoyed each other's company for 63 years, raising four children together- Kirk, Kerri, Katie, and Kent- in Los Angeles, California. Howard had grown up loving the radio, and knew from a young age he wanted to own a radio station. After beginning his career at KDYL-TV in Salt Lake City, Howard moved to WFAA-TV in Dallas, and then ABC Films in Chicago and New York. His career later took him to Los Angeles, to Twentieth Century Fox Television, the Hughes Television Network, and ultimately the Summa Corporation. Howard made his childhood dream come true in 1980, when he created KHWY, and became the "Big Broadcast Baron of Barstow." Beyond his career, Howard cherished his years as an LDS Mission President, serving as the President of the California Mission from 1962 to 1965. Howard also enjoyed his years on the Board of Directors of the Polynesian Cultural Center, as well as those he spent as Bishop of the Westwood Ward and as Los Angeles Stake President. In addition to his wife, Howard is survived by four children, nineteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Westwood Ward building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located at 10740 Ohio Avenue, Los Angeles, 90024.In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund.