Dick Newman dead at 73


Radio veteran Dick Newman has died, as reported to RBR-TVBR by his longtime friend David Feinblatt, President/GM of WLNY-TV Long Island. Newman was 73.

Feinblatt said Newman worked as an AE with several rep firms before joining WPIX-FM New York in 1972, where he advanced to General Sales Manager 1973-77. He then held sales management positions with Media Corporation of America, John Blair & Company and RKO Radio Sales, where he became Manager of the Radio Syndication Department. In 1985 Newman and Ed Milarski formed REMN Communications, with Newman as VP of Sales.

 After serving as a consultant for several syndicators Newman returned to local radio as Local Sales Manager for WRCN-FM Long Island.

Even after “retiring” to Florida Newman served as General Manager of Robinson Media Group and consulted for Money Mailer.

“I had the pleasure of working with Dick during his WRCN days when I served as General Manager.  Dick was a very unique individual who brought old world skills, charm, and a style of selling to the modern day world of spot sales.  He was one of the few ‘old school guys’ who successfully transitioned into the world of new technology with his laptop, using e-mail and every other available online tool for selling advertising.  Dick made some people cry, but he made many more laugh.  He loved teaching and mentoring young protégés, giving many account executives their first job in radio sales, but as a senior member of most staffs, he also enjoyed being the student, staying fresh with ‘new school’ ideas.  Dick left this world with many unsung accomplishments in our industry,” said Feinblatt.