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St. Louis television pioneer Ted Koplar passes away

Edward J. “Ted” Koplar passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family April 4, 2021. He was 77 years old. 

Koplar was known as a pioneer and innovator in the television industry and beyond. A native St. Louisan, he grew hometown favorite KPLR-TV into one of the most successful independent television stations in the country. In a career filled with accomplishments, Koplar also launched Voltron, an animated TV sensation that swept the nation, and pioneered a revolutionary technology that made television interactive. More than anything, those he worked with remember him for his enormous heart and extraordinary kindness. 

Edward J. “Ted” Koplar

Koplar’s first love was always his family. He met the love of his life, Nancy Scanlon, when she appeared on the “Harry Fender Show” broadcast out of the Steeplechase Room of the Chase Park Plaza

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