The Bill Burton Memorial Fund


BroadcastersFoundationThat’s the name of a new charitable cache of cash that will be put to the use of broadcasters in need by the Broadcasters Foundation of America, founded in honor of the late and fabulous Bill Burton.

The long-time advocate for the radio business in general and the Dertoit Radio Advertising Group in particular passed away 12/20/14.

“Bill’s influence inspired countless individuals in the radio business,” observed long-time friend and colleague Carl Butrum, former Broadcasters Foundation executive and previous President of Eastman Radio, where he worked with Burton for many years.  “Radio owes Bill our gratitude for his wisdom and for imparting to us his boundless positive attitude, which infected everyone who came into contact with him.  We mourn his loss, but remember the great man with The Bill Burton Memorial Fund.”

BFA described its use of donations, stating that it has “…distributed millions of dollars in aid to thousands of broadcasters and their families who lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen family tragedy.  Individual membership is only $150 a year and can make a difference in the life of a colleague who has fallen on desperate times.  Donations can be made as a personal gift to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund, and corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative.  In addition, a bequest may be made through the Foundation’s Legacy Society.”

Donations to the Bill Burton Memorial Fund are being accepted at the Broadcasters Foundation website at, or by calling 212-373-8250, or emailing [email protected]