Steve Friedman, longtime director of copyright administration at PBS, died April 4.
Friedman was responsible for the recovery and distribution of U.S. and Canadian cable and satellite copyright loyalties to stations and producers. “He was known throughout the public media system for his integrity, as well as his music acumen and copyright experience,” PBS said in a statement.
He joined PBS in 1985 as a copyright associate.
Friedman earned a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., with concentration in German and classical Greek languages.
For many years, he volunteered at Learning Ally, formerly Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic, where he voiced audiobooks for people with visual or learning disabilities.
Friedman is survived by two brothers, Jon Friedman and his partner, Chantana Bishop, and Michael Friedman Sr. and wife Linda; a sister, Roseanne Hochuli, and her husband George; as well as a niece and nephew.
A memorial service is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. May 17 at Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. Participants are encouraged to bring a song, story, photo or other memories to share.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Learning Ally (20 Roszel Road, Princeton, NJ 08540), earmarked for DC studio or programs.