The obituary of Ray Hubbard, which appeared in Dec. 28, incorrectly reported the title of his novel, "Majestic," and should have reported that his sons who live in Pasadena, Calif., are Bruce and Stephen. (Published 12/29/1999)
Ray Hubbard, 75, a retired vice president for programming and production of Post-Newsweek Stations Inc. in Washington, died Dec. 27 at a hospital in Sonoma, Calif. Mr. Hubbard, who had Parkinson's disease, lived in Kenwood, Calif.
In 1969, he came to Washington when he was named Post-Newsweek Stations vice president. At that time, the stations were WTOP-AM-FM radio and WTOP-TV, Channel 9. He remained in his post as vice president until retiring in 1976.
Among his innovations at the television station was Cinema Club 9, which made its debut in September 1971. Airing late Saturday night, it was a series of nearly 70 vintage Hollywood films, including 50 classics from the vaults of 20th Century Fox that had never before been shown on television.
Mr. Hubbard also worked to feature educational shows for children, including prime-time programming. He also was a driving force behind "Harambee," a daily program focusing on black culture, and "Everywoman," a prime-time show aimed at women.
In 1976, he created the "American Documents" series of 13 hour-long programs featuring the saga of America's culture and history. Geared to the country's bicentennial, the series was syndicated nationally.
After retiring from Post-Newsweek, he produced a series of children's programs for the federal government, established a nonprofit production company, Unicorn Projects Inc., and wrote a novel about Hollywood's golden age titled "Roman City," that was published by Bantam Books in 1981. He moved to California in the early 1980s.
Mr. Hubbard, a former Potomac resident, was born in Los Angeles. He was a 1942 graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and received a master's degree in theater and communications from Stanford University.
The former California high school teacher began his television career in the 1950s. He was an art director and production manager for a San Francisco station, assistant program manager for a Boston station, then moved back to San Francisco as station manager. Before joining Post-Newsweek, he had become national programming manager and public affairs executive producer of Group W, the Westinghouse Broadcasting Co. in New York.
Along the way, he had helped develop programs for such personalities as Steve Allen, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin and Regis Philbin. Over the years, he received a National Emmy Award, a George Foster Peabody Award and awards from the National Conference of Christians and Jews and the Freedom Foundation.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Marion, of Kenwood; three sons, Gregory, of Wells, Maine, and Gregory and Stephen, both of Pasadena, Calif.; a sister; and two grandchildren.