Well-known southern Illinois broadcaster Erv Coppi passed away Wednesday at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.
The 92-year-old Royalton native hosted a popular weekend movie series on WSIU television where he shared his knowledge and love for classic films.
Coppi's broadcasting career started in 1951. His stops included radio stations in Marion, Herrin and West Frankfort.
Coppi also served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where under the direction of General George Patton, his unit received three gold battle stars, the final for the Battle of the Bulge, signaling the end of the conflict in Europe.
There will be no visitation or funeral services. Contributions in Coppi's memory can be made to PAWS in Anna or the International Friends Club, c/o the SIU Foundation.