Walter C. Miller, Longtime Producer for the CMA Awards, Dies at 94


Later in his career, Miller directed television events including New Orleans Jazz Festival 1969, Johnny Cash and Friends, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and the Barbra Streisand special The Belle of 14th Street. Miller worked with numerous musicians throughout his career, among them Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra.

“Walter Miller was my friend and mentor,” says Robert Deaton, CMA Awards executive producer. “Everything I know about producing great television I learned from Walter Miller. Walter had a long list of accomplishments and credits and working with the biggest names in entertainment. However, I know that working in Nashville and with the CMA Awards was closest to his heart. He loved our artists, and in return we counted Walter as one of our own. Today we say thank you, you will be missed and rest in peace dear friend.”

He was nominated for 19 Emmy Awards, winning five trophies in the years between 1972 and 1999. In 2007, Miller received the CMA Presidents Award, followed later by the Irving Waugh award for his lifelong service to the organization.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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