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Former KPIX Personality, Broadcaster Jerry Graham Dies At 78

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Broadcaster Jerry Graham died in his Santa Cruz home on April 29, 2013, one day before his 79th birthday. (Jefferson Graham)

Broadcaster Jerry Graham died in his Santa Cruz home on April 29, 2013, one day before his 79th birthday. (Jefferson Graham)

SANTA CRUZ (KPIX 5) — Longtime Bay Area television and radio personality Jerry Graham died on Monday, a day before his 79th birthday.

Graham was born with the name Gerald Granowsky in Indianapolis in 1934. He graduated from Indiana University, with a degree in radio and television production.

Graham hosted the show “Pacific Currents” on KPIX 5 back in the 1970s. He was perhaps best known for hosting “Bay Area Backroads” on KRON-TV, which featured the area’s hidden gems.

With his wife Catherine, they also authored eight Bay Area travel guides. He was also a columnist for the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper.

Graham died of a heart attack at his home in Santa Cruz on Monday. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Memorial plans have not been announced.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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