In this week’s issue… Remembering Sean Hall – Toronto FM sheds airstaff – Veteran LI morning host exits – Catholic network seeks growth
By SCOTT FYBUSH
A third-generation news guy (his dad was a Mutual news anchor and his grandfather worked in newspapers), Sean was a friend to so many of us in radio during his long career, most of it spent in and around his native Washington, D.C., where he worked for a long list of outlets including WTOP, NBC Radio, Mutual and WBIG. Up the road in Baltimore, Sean spent much of the 1980s at WBSB (where he was the final voice on the air as “B104”) and later worked at WQSR – and he even had a hand, later on, in coastal MAINE as a remote news voice for WRMO (93.7 Milbridge).
What he was though, more than anything else, was simply a phenomenally passionate lover of all things radio. Sean mentored hundreds of younger talents in his many years in the business, and he was a constant presence online, sharing his stories and knowledge even as he struggled with health problems.
He’d relocated to southwestern New Hampshire a few years back, settling in Swanzey and taking on that part-time role at WKBK, where he became not only a weekend fixture but also a coach and mentor to the station’s staff.
What happened Saturday night? Details still aren’t complete, but local media reports say he was trying to make a left turn when he crashed head-on into an oncoming pickup truck. The truck’s driver suffered only minor injuries, but Hall died at the scene. He was just 63.
Would you believe new people every day are discovering the Tower Site Calendar?
One person praised its uniqueness, saying, “There are 75 puppy calendars. There’s only one that shows off radio towers.”
Now we have barely a dozen left. And once these are gone, they’re gone. We’re not reprinting.
But for now, you can buy the standard version. Or the signed version. You can add a resealable polyethylene bag if you want to keep the calendar once the year is up. You can add a pen if you want to use the calendar as a planner. And if you never got last year’s calendar and like the pictures, we have that, too.
But our new admirer wasn’t quite right about there being only one radio calendar.
We still have a dozen copies of The Radio Historian’s 2019 calendar, too. You, our loyal customers, were so good about buying our calendar. Wouldn’t you like to have this one, too? It’s full of historic hard-to-find photos.
Check them both out now at the Fybush.com store!