Lew Dickey, Sr. passes


CumulusSadly, 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.


  1. Lew Dickey had a profound effect on my entire Broadcasting Career. He was a great man and expressed great vision for the Broadcasting Industry. He will be missed. My wife Carol & I will both keep him and his family in our Prayers.

  2. Lew Dickey will be missed. He had a procound effect on my entire career. Lew was a Mentor to many. My wife & I will keep him and the entire Dickey in our Prayers. Jim & Carol Lorenzen

  3. I personally, do not leave comments on web sites. This is an exception, maybe a first. The reason, Lew Dickey. Lew Dickey was one great broadcaster, I never worked for him, never repped him, and never had to blow smoke in his direction, but he was a rare breed. He was one of us, he earned it, did it better, had a brilliant competitive mind, and executed with great flair. We’ve lost that, he was a great leader, wish I’d spent more time with him. He was top shelf. We as broadcasters lost a good one here. He’s already missed. Jim Hilliard

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