Ross Love dead at 64


The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the death of local entrepreneur and civic leader Ross Love. We knew him as a radio group owner. He was 64.

Having already achieved success as an executive at Cincinnati’s most prominent company, Procter & Gamble, Love struck out on his own in 1995 and bought a local radio station, WIZF-FM. From there he built the Blue Chip Broadcasting group, one of the nation’s largest Urban radio groups. He sold the 15-station group to Radio One for $190 million in 2001.

But Love wasn’t yet finished in radio. He bought an AM in Cincinnati and built it up with a black-oriented news/talk format as “The Buzz.” He sold that station, WDBZ, to Radio One in 2007 for $2.65 million.

Love died Tuesday at a Cincinnati hospital after a brief illness.