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Communications executive

Irving B. Kahn, American communications executive. NCTA Larry Boggs Man of Year award, 1970.


Kahn, Irving B. was born on September 30, 1917 in New York City. Son of Abraham and Ruth (Baline) Kahn.


Bachelor of Science, University Alabama, 1939.


Advertising, publicity manager, Wilby-Kincey theatres, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1935-1938;publicity manager orchestras, 1938-1939;radio contact, advertising and publicity department, 20th Century Fox, 1939-1942;radio manager, 20th Century Fox, 1945-1946;television program manager, special assistant to, Spyros P. Skouras, 1946-1951;president, chairman, TelePrompTer Corporation, 1951-1971;president, chairman, Irving B. Kahn & Company, 1972-1975;president, Chairman of the Board, BroadBand Communications, Inc., 1975-1994;president, Chairman of the Board, Choice Cable Corporation, 1987-1990. Chairman of the executive committee, director Times Fiber Communications, Inc., 1977-1980. Chairman of the Board General Optronics Corporation, 1977-1988, Electro-Optic Devices Corporation, 1977-1981.

Director National Cable television Association, 1965-1968. Staging consultant Democratic, Republican National Convs., 1952, 56, 60.


  • Other Work

    • Pioneered the use of closed-circuit television for teaching purposes Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama, the use of large-screen closed-circuit telecasters. Co-designer automated electronic audio-visual systems.


Served as 1st lieutenant United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945. Member Society Motion Picture an television Engineers, International Radio and television Society New York, National Cable television Association, American Rocket Society, Young President Organization, International Institute Communications (trustee 1980-1982), Foundation of the Dramatists Guild (board directors 1990-1994), Phi Sigma Delta. Clubs: National Press (Washington).

Variety of America.


Married Elizabeth Heslin, September 17, 1949. Children: Ruth, Jean.

Abraham Kahn

Ruth (Baline) Kahn

Elizabeth Heslin

Ruth Kahn

Jean Kahn