In New Orleans, Longtime WDSU Director Dies

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Times-Picayune

Terry Gerstner Sr., a longtime fixture of New Orleans television who was admired for his professionalism and beloved for his absolute calm in a business that can be anything but, died Feb. 10 of complications of Parkinson’s disease at Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home in Reserve. He was 83.

Mr. Gerstner was at WDSU-TV for 39 years, starting in the engineering department shortly after New Orleans’ first television station went on the air in 1948. He became a floor director, the person behind the scenes who is responsible for making sure everything happens on time and on cue, and he retired as a director.


“He was a very understanding and calm gentleman,” said Jan Carr, who, with her husband, Bob, was at WDSU from 1961 to 1973. More…