TNNs Kagen Dies After Hit by Train

Ken Kagen, vice president of research at TNN: The National Network, was killed by a train on Long Island in the early morning of Dec. 8, authorities said last week.

Kagen, 52, was on his way home from a Chistmas party MTV Networks held at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom on Dec. 7. He was struck by a Long Island Rail Road Train at the Bethpage, N.Y., station at approximately 1:10 a.m., said Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Tom Kelly.

The incident is still under investigation, Kelly added.

An 11-year veteran of the network, Kagen was the head of research for TNN and Country Music Television, working first under Group W Satellite Communications, later CBS Cable and, most recently, MTV Networks.

Kagen joined TNN and CMT in December 1989 as director of research, and was promoted to vice president of research for CBS Cable in June 1998, TNN spokeswoman Cheryl Daly said.

From 1984 to 1987, Kagen was vice president of marketing and research at Blair Entertainment. He was director of scheduling and programming for The Entertainment Channel from 1981 to 1983.

Earlier, Kagen held posts at TeleRep and Ziff-Davis Broadcasting Co.

Kagen was killed the day before his 53rd birthday, Daly said. He is survived by his wife Linda, his son Robert, 25, and his daughter Jamie, 22.