Former RBR Editor Dave Seyler Dies Of Cancer

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From the earliest days of the Radio Business Report through the sale of what became RBR+TVBR to Streamline Publishing, Dave Seyler was a key member of the editorial team, serving as Editor-in-Chief in November 2012 through his 2015 departure.


Now, the radio and television industry is pausing to honor Seyler, who passed away Thursday (10/30) of cancer at his home of 14 years, Kill Devil Hills, N.C.

Carl Marcucci, an account executive for Streamline Publishing who is also a former RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief, was hired in June 1997 as an associate editor, with Seyler serving as Senior Editor under founding Publisher Jim Carnegie. “He handled transactions coverage and general news and focused on the FCC for many years,” Marcucci says. “Dave also wrote all of the snappy headlines for the front page Table of Contents for many years.”

After moving to North Carolina in 2005, Seyler continued to work remotely for RBR+TVBR.

Then came his promotion some seven years ago, directing all RBR-TVBR editorial products of the time, including the AM Report, PM Report, the Daily Tip and the Media Information Bureau.

Seyler joined RBR+TVBR in 1992 with the creation of the RBR Source Guide and Directory. He eventually slid over to the reporting side full-time, rising to Managing Editor of the weekly print version “back in the days when the company was still killing trees and using stamps,” Carnegie said at the time of his 2012 promotion.

“Dave was an excellent journalist,” said Streamline Publishing Chairman Eric Rhoads. “He was always fair, ethical, and pure in his approach, and he played an important role with RBR both under its founder, and with our company. He was a joy to work with, and someone we hold in high regard. And, he was a friend. He will be missed.”

Seyler exited in 2015. He most recently served as a contributor to TVNewsCheck, which offers a mix of original and aggregated news stories covering the broadcast television industry.

According to TVNewsCheck Editor and co-Publisher Harry Jessell, he is survived by his wife Amy and their two grown children, Sarah and Paul; three brothers; and two sisters.

Seyler did not make it to Hospice, as was planned by his family.

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  1. Dave was always a man of great wit and brought a lot of humor to the job….along with brains….! He knew our biz well and always covered it like a pro. We will all miss him and our condolences go out to Amy, Sarah and Paul.

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