David Astor dead at 92


For teenagers in Maine in the 1950s and ’60s David Astor was the local king of rock ‘n’ roll, hosting “The Dave Astor Show: For Teenagers Only.” Astor died Saturday (12/10) at age 92.

Astor’s Saturday evening show aired for 16 years in Portland on WGME-TV and WCSH-TV. A reunion in June of this year drew hundreds of former teenagers to relive their memories of the show that meant music to  them and the man who hosted it.

Astor’s show featured teenagers from the various schools in the area. He will be remembered for saying, “Students could receive a C on their report card and still play their varsity sports – but only kids with the Honor Roll were allowed on my show.”

The former local TV star remained active right up to his death. He directed plays, spoke to groups about his World War II experiences and was involved in community organizations. Astor suffered a heart attack Saturday while having lunch with his son and other family members.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, December 13th at 11:00 am at Temple Beth El in Portland.