Richard Heffner

In 1961, Richard Heffner played a leading role in the acquisition and activation of Channel Thirteen, New York’s first public broadcasting station. He was the station’s founding General Manager until 1963, when he left to establish Richard Heffner Associates, Inc., a communications consulting firm. Heffner is also the founder, producer, and host of Richard Heffner’s Open Mind, which first broadcast in May of 1956. Heffner was present for the Thirteen’s opening night broadcast strike and the origination of the station’s “wise old owl” logo, created by Academy Award-winning animator John Hubley.