Tom Land dead at 51


Journal Communications reports the death of Tom Land, the Vice President of Programming for the company’s 32 radio stations. He died at age 51 after being diagnosed with cancer last August.

According to the account in Journal Communications’ flagship Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Land first felt pain in his back while at the Memphis airport on a business trip. After tests back in Milwaukee he learned he had stage four lung cancer which had already spread to his bones.

Throughout his treatment Land and his wife, Glenda, shared news with friends via a blog. He tried to remain upbeat, even while reporting the spread of the cancer. Land died Thursday (5/26) in hospice care.

“His passion was for local radio, making that connection with people,” the J-S quoted Journal Broadcast Group Exec. VP Steve Wexler as saying of Land.