Long-time Littleton resident, noted broadcaster and former Littleton City Councilman Tom Mulvey, 87, died at home, Dec. 13, after a long struggle with cancer. He served on City Council for 10 years and was proud to have been the oldest member to serve, leaving council in 2009 at the age of 83 as mayor pro tem.
Among the many programs Mulvey supported during his tenure on council were the renovation and expansion of Bemis Library and Littleton Museum, a third Omnibus for senior transportation with weekend service, restoration of the Arapahoe County Courthouse to house the municipal court, neighborhood traffic calming measures and neighborhood revitalization, enhancements to the light rail stations including relocation of the Rio Grande Railroad Depot and construction of the Millennium clock tower, open space acquisition, and construction of the World War II memorial.
He was especially proud of his efforts in funding the extension of Little’s Creek greenway from Gallup to Caley and the walking trail on the Mary Carter Greenway along the South Platte River. He was dedicated toward working for housing programs for those in need of assistance while serving as a director on the Littleton Housing Authority from 1998 to 2005.
Mulvey’s commitment to open government included his efforts to expand the Cable TV programming on Channel 8 with live coverage of council meetings. After retiring from council, Mulvey dedicated many hours to emailing information about city council activities, city services, and community events to his extensive list of email contacts.
Mulvey’s 50 years in the broadcasting and advertising profession were acknowledged in 2009 when he was inducted into the Colorado Broadcast Professionals Hall of Fame. His early career was in sales with Channel 2 in Denver and radio stations KLZ, KOA and KOSI. He became sales manager at KHOW in 1957 and was later promoted to general manager. Mulvey also served as general manager of KBTR radio and changed the format from rock to news, just the sixth station in the country to go all news.
For more than two years, Mulvey and Merrie Lynn McNabb hosted a senior talk show that aired on KHOW, KEZW and KDEN. He also taught broadcasting at Metro State College as an adjunct professor.
Mulvey published and co-founded Media Memo, a broadcast industry magazine. In 1983 he created Colorado MAC News that stood for Media, Agencies and Clients. He later kept readers up to date on people and activities in the media business with his column in Advertising and Marketing Review magazine.
He was one of the founders of the Metro Denver Dinosaurs as well as the Broadcast Pioneers of Colorado.
Mulvey was a native of Lincoln, Neb., where he attended the University of Nebraska. He was a veteran of World War II, having entered the Navy at the age of 17.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; sons Tommy Mulvey, Phil Holland, and Patrick Mulvey; daughters Diana Holland, Kathie Holland Baratta, Suzy Mulvey Velez, and Jenny Mulvey Garcia; 17 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brother Frank Mulvey; and many nieces and nephews. He and Betty celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in February.
A memorial service will be held after Christmas. Details will be available on the Monarch Society website at www.monarchsociety.com.
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