Donald S. (Don) Bustany (born August 10, 1928) is an American radio and television broadcaster.
Biography [ edit ]
Bustany was born in
Detroit to Lebanese-American parents. He and radio host and voice actor [1 ] Casey Kasem were childhood friends, and later co-creators of the syndicated radio program and American Top 40 . American Country Countdown
In the 1970s, Bustany was camera coordinator of
, The Mary Tyler Moore Show , and other MTM productions. Earlier he had produced local talk shows on several The Bob Newhart Show Los Angeles, California stations.
He has a BA in Liberal Arts from
Wayne State University and an MS in Communications from Syracuse University.
Bustany is an activist for the
Palestinian right of return. Since 1996, he has produced and hosted the radio program Middle East in Focus on KPFK, the Los Angeles station of the Pacifica Radio network. The show's "mission is to fill the many gaps left by the mainstream media in their coverage" of the Middle East. He is a member of the advisory committee of the [2 ] American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and, in the 1990s, served for four terms as president of the organization's Los Angeles chapter. For statements that have been critical of the Zionist Movement and Israel, he has been criticized by such organizations as the JDL and the [3 ] Zionist Organization of America. [4 ]
Bustany is also a member of the board of directors of the Southern California Chapter of
Americans for Democratic Action, a liberal political group. [5 ]
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