Specialty Data Systems, ex-WideOrbit Sales Leader Dies


TORONTO — Exactly one year ago, he was named VP/Sales at Specialty Data Systems (SDS), following a 13-year stint as a senior sales manager at Wide Orbit.

Now, this familiar figure to radio station engineering pros is being mourned, as Jon Crossland has died. He was 68 years old. The cause of death was not released. However, SDS President Dave Cole said Crossland’s passing was sudden.

Crossland spent his formative years in Hood River, Oregon. Professionally, his Radio career includes a 12-year stint as a Regional Sales Manager with CBSI/Wicks Broadcast Solutions/Marketron. He also spent some 17 years in radio station management, and is a former Sales Manager at Entercom’s Seattle station group.

Circa December 1979, Crossland was in charge of KBFM-FM “B104” in McAllen-Brownsville, Tex.

— Editing by Adam Jacobson in Boca Raton, Fla.