In this week’s issue… Remembering Sean Hall – Toronto FM sheds airstaff – Veteran LI morning host exits – Catholic network seeks growth 

By SCOTT FYBUSH

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*Sean Hall had only been a NEW HAMPSHIRE radio newsman for five years or so  but he was so much more than just a weekend/fill-in anchor on WKBK (1290 Keene).

Hall died in a car crash on Route 32 in Richmond Saturday night.

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.

December. It’s December.

Chanukah has ended. And now there are only two weeks until Christmas.

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