Sadly, Lew Dickey, Sr., passed away over the Thanksgiving holiday at age 86. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia; six children: Pat, Lew (Cumulus CEO), David, John (Cumulus COO), Michael and Caroline; and eight grandchildren. Here is the obituary:
“Legendary Broadcaster Lew Dickey, Sr. Passes at 86
Lew Dickey, Sr., began his storied 50-year broadcasting career at Storer Broadcasting’s WWVA-AM in Wheeling. He quickly became a rising star within Storer being promoted to leadership positions at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh followed by WAGA-TV in Atlanta. In 1958, he left a successful corporate career to start Midwestern Broadcasting by acquiring WKWK in Wheeling. In 24 months, he turned a failing station into the market leader and began to expand. In 1965, he bought WOHO-AM in Toledo and added WWWM-FM in 1973. Shortly afterwards, he bought WLIO-TV in Lima in partnership with the Toledo Blade. In 1992, he purchased WALR-FM & WCNN-AM in Atlanta.”
“My dad was an enormously talented broadcaster and, more importantly, a deeply devoted husband, father and mentor. He touched the lives of many people and will be dearly missed,” said Lew Dickey, Jr.