Renowned broadcasting vet Wayne Brown passes

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Wayne BrownWayne Brown, a beloved and influential member of Atlanta’s media community, has passed away from a battle with cancer. With more than three decades of experience in broadcasting and marketing, Brown was recently tapped by Edgewater Broadcasting’s Streetz 94.5 FM, Atlanta’s new Hip-Hop Station, as their GM.


Brown also served as senior partner and associate publisher of Who’s Who publishing company. Prior, he worked as a regional VP and GM for the Charlotte and Atlanta markets of Radio One and for 13 years at CBS HQ in NYC for CBS network TV and radio.

A recipient of a number of awards, Brown has a scholarship in his name at his alma mater, Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications, for minority students.

The Washington, D.C. native was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and 100 Black Men of America. He leaves his wife Nyesa and two sons.

Bill Kehlbeck, SVP/The Mahlman Company, tells RBR-TVBR: “Wayne Brown was a real stand -up guy and way too young to pass.  I believe he was in the ranks with Skip Finley and those guys as on of the top 20 or 30 influential black broadcasters of time.”


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Carl has been with RBR-TVBR since 1997 and is currently Managing Director/Senior Editor. Residing in Northern Virginia, he covers the business of broadcasting, advertising, programming, new media and engineering. He’s also done a great deal of interviews for the company and handles our ever-growing stable of bylined columnists.