LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — George Nicholaw, the former general manager of KNX 1070 Newsradio, has died at the age of 86.

Nicholaw’s longtime secretary, Pat Smith, confirmed his death to the radio station.

Nicholaw’s career started at a radio station in Salinas, longtime colleague and KNX 1070 Business Anchor Frank Mottek recalled.

“Nicholaw was there on day one, when KNX flipped to all-news in 1968,” said Don Barrett, editor at LARadio.com. News of Nicholaw’s death was first reported on the site.

From 1968 to 2003, Nicholaw served as general manager of KNX 1070, according to the radio station.

“He was a fine gentleman and a broadcast pioneer,” Mottek remarked on air. “He took an enormous amount of pride in journalism, and in excellence in broadcasting.”

Nicholaw died at his home on Saturday evening after being hospitalized with an infection.

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