Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan informed employees that Tom Severino, long time VP/GM of the company’s Indianapolis cluster, died Sunday night after a five-month battle with cancer. He was 57.
“To those of you who knew him and loved him, his spirit will remain forever in our hearts. Tom fought a courageous battle with cancer, and his passing is hard for all of us to comprehend. His family was with him at the end, and his last hours were free of the pain that he courageously endured for these last months. Now let us remember his indomitable spirit, his remarkable courage and his wonderful life that brought a smile to everyone he touched. Tom, you lived a life with purpose. You were a great husband, father and friend. To those of us you leave behind, we will always cherish our memories. Tonight, I hope everyone says a prayer for Tom’s family, Linda, Carly, Tony and Tommy. Let us always cherish our families and friends as Tom would have wanted,” Smulyan said in announcing Severino’s death in an email to Emmis employees.
Severino joined Emmis in June 1994 and oversaw the company’s four Indianapolis stations and Network Indiana as Vice President and Market Manager. His career of more than 30 years in radio included positions as an Air Personality, Account Executive, Retail Sales Manager, Station Manager, General Manager, Market Manager and radio group Vice President.