David Dunn – Memoriam

David Dunn

 We will miss him.

David Dunn is known nation-wide as the “Director of the Stars,” for having produced and directed hundreds of Direct Response commercials, infomercials, documentaries and TV shows in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Chicago.   Dozens of these projects featured famous movie stars in their first commercials. He directed such stars as Bob Hope, Liberace, Betty White, George Burns, Edward G. Robinson, Gavin McLeod (“Loveboat”), Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Rosemary Clooney, Sally Struthers, and dozens of others! Coming from live television, he directed the famous “Romper Room” TV shows, “Hobo Kelly,” the nationally syndicated “Lloyd Thaxton Show, a daily teenage dance show seen in over 200 cities, and the syndicated “Bill Burrud Travel Shows.”  In addition he has directed hundreds of live shows, including the 6 camera Jazz Festival in France.  He has taken crews to Africa, Brazil and Guatemala to raise millions of dollars with Sally Struthers, Art Linkletter, and Pat Boone.  David was also selected by Johnny Carson’s wife to direct “Joanne Carson’s VIP’s”, a nationally syndicated talk show.

 In Los Angeles, he directed live movie premieres, the Santa Claus Lane Parade, and Toys for Tots telethons. In Las Vegas, David has been writing and directing the Fletcher Jones Automotive commercials for the past five years, as well as national commercials and half-hour infomercials for the Singer Sewing Machine Corporation, Foothill Nissan in Los Angeles, and Lexus.

David wrote an autobiographical manuscript and screenplay, “From Kansas to Hollywood!” which has been sold to a film producer in Hollywood.  It tells about how he built his own radio station as a kid and broadcast on the air in the small Kansas town where he was born.  When his parents moved to Wichita, Kansas, fourteen-year-old David practically lived on the doorstep of the NBC radio affiliate, until they decided to

hire him.  He was the youngest member of the IBEW Engineer’s Union in the United States and operated the controls for nearly all of KANS Radio’s live shows!  He even traveled statewide, doing live remotes with the station’s Country Western Band, “The Corral Gang!”  After five years, at the age of 19, TV came to Kansas and he was hired by the ABC affiliate, KAKE-TV.  He discovered that his real love was production work as opposed to engineering, so after becoming a cameraman for their live shows, he graduated to a director.   Chuck Connors, the star of “The Rifleman,” came to town and saw David’s work.  He told him that he belonged in Hollywood, so David gave his notice and was on his way!   He was hired by KCOP, channel 13 in Hollywood, where he became the Executive Producer/Director of their production department and started his career as a national commercial and show director. It’s “full circle” for David to be working in radio again!  He plans to interview stars that he’s worked with in Hollywood, plus present funny skits to fit in with the station’s format.  His new show is called “Open House With Radio Dave!”

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  1. I met David about 7 years ago when I helped him with a organ he was trying to sell. We quickly became good friends and would go out to eat together from time to time. He told me the interesting story’s about his time as a Director in Hollywood, and the stars he worked with. We kept in regular touch right till the end. I called him and we talked for an hour about a week before he passed away.

    He will be missed by those who knew him. I know I think about him daily and he is in my prayers. Thanks David for having been in my life.

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