Don Bustany

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Donald S. Bustany (August 10, 1928 – April 23, 2018) was an American radio and television broadcaster.


Bustany was born in Detroit to Lebanese-American parents.[1] He and radio host/voice actor Casey Kasem were childhood friends, and later co-creators of the syndicated radio programs American Top 40 and American Country Countdown.[citation needed]

In the 1970s, Bustany was camera coordinator of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, and other MTM productions. Earlier he had produced local talk shows on several Los Angeles, California stations.[citation needed]


Bustany graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts from Wayne State University and an MS in Communications from Syracuse University.[citation needed]


Bustany was an activist for the Palestinian right of return. From 1996 until 2014, he produced and hosted the radio program Middle East in Focus on KPFK, the Los Angeles station of the Pacifica Radio network; he remained a correspondent to the program. The show's "mission is to fill the many gaps left by the mainstream media in their coverage" of the Middle East.[2]

He was a member of the advisory committee of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee[3] and, in the 1990s, served for four terms as president of the organization's Los Angeles chapter.

For his statements regarding the Zionist Movement and Israel, he had been criticized by such organizations as the JDL and the Zionist Organization of America.[4] He was also a member of the board of directors of the Southern California Chapter of Americans for Democratic Action.


Bustany died on April 23, 2018, in Santa Barbara, California, aged 89.[5]


  1. ^ "Making a Difference". Embassy of Lebanon in Washington, DC. Government of Lebanon. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
  2. ^ "Middle East in Focus". KPFK website. KPFK. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  3. ^ "LLEHCPA-ADC Letter of Support" (PDF) (Press release). American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. 2007-02-12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-10. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
  4. ^ "ZOA Urges FBI to Cancel Award to Official of Pro-Terrorist Group". Zionist Organization of America website. Zionist Organization of America. 2007. Archived from the original on 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
  5. ^ "ADC Mourns Passing of Don Bustany". ADC. ADC. Retrieved April 25, 2018.

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