Noted Media Broker Serafin Dies


For years, veteran media broker Glenn Serafin was highly regarded for his knowledge of radio and television station transactions … and values.

Now, the media industry is paying tribute to Serafin, who passed away Monday (1/20) in Tampa at the age of 69.

Serafin was highly regarded for his knowledge of radio and television station transactions and values.

Before forming Tampa Bay-based Serafin Bros. in 1993, he spent eight years specializing in domestic broadcast brokerage and finance as a VP at international investment banking firm Communications Equity Associates (CEA).

Prior to joining CEA in 1985, he spent 10 years in news, sales and management at Associated Press. He departed AP as its national broadcast sales manager, a post which introduced him to thousands of station owners and operators.

Serafin also served two terms as President of the National Association of Media Brokers, from 2013-2017.

A New Jersey native and graduate of Fordham University in New York, Serafin earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications in 1972. Following his graduation from the school, he spent two years in New Jersey working at the Asbury Park Press newspaper and its then co-owned radio stations, WJLK-AM and noted automated Top 40 WJLK-FM 94.3.

Serafin is a native of Clifton, N.J., and was born on September 5, 1950. He had homes in Tampa and the Breezy Point beach area in Queens, New York. In November 2012, he told RBR+TVBR‘s Carl Marcucci of how he was in the middle of a massive fire during Superstorm Sandy that destroyed more than 100 homes.

Serafin is survived by his wife Josephine, daughter Rachel, son Shane and his wife Billie and their two children.

More from the RBR+TVBR Archives on the career of Glenn Serafin:

In an interview with RBR + TVBR, veteran broker Glenn Serafin offers his thoughts on the deal market for radio and TV

Seven Questions with Glenn Serafin

Veteran media broker Glenn Serafin has a lot to say about the current state of station trading and as well as analysis of where it is headed in the near future. But he has more than that to share – general financial and operational advice based on years in the biz, as well as a cordial invitation to entrepreneurs who would love to break into broadcast ownership. Check it out.


  1. For over 20 years Glenn quietly helped dozens of minority entrepreneurs to make the transition from broadcast management to ownership. Glenn was an inspiration and guide for MMTC’s 1997 entry into the brokerage business. The industry has lost a giant – this wonderful gentleman, who never sought credit for his many good deeds.

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