Tom Kerver, the longtime business editor at Cablevision magazine and a well-known industry pundit in his own right, died April 7 at a family home on South Padre Island, Texas. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. He was 69.
Kerver, a self-styled curmudgeon who held strong opinions that often made their way into print, wrote many cover stories for Cablevision over the years and covered all of the principal business stories in the industry during his career.
He was well known to most if not all of the industry's key business figures.
A U.S. Army veteran - friends and colleagues in Denver and elsewhere affectionately called him "the Colonel" -- he worked at Cardiff Publishing as financial editor of Cable Television Business from 1982 until he joined Cablevision in the late 1980s. At the time it was owned by Chilton Publishing and, until it ceased publishing in December 2001, was a sister magazine to Multichannel News.
A few months later, he began writing a weekly commentary page for the newly launched daily fax Multichannel Newsday.
The headline of his first fax column was vintage Kerver: "No Sacred Cows: You Won't Find any B.S. or Spin Here."
Kerver is survived by his wife, Nancy; two sons, Kenneth and Stephan; and two daughters, Suzanne and Sarah.
A funeral service is planned on South Padre Island on Monday, April 12, and friends said plans have begun to hold a memorial later, likely on a Saturday in Denver.