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PRESS RELEASE
March 9, 2014
For Immediate Release
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Jennifer Horn
                     CRN Digital Talk Radio
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Jack Roberts, Longtime Radio Executive and Personality, Dies

 

Extensive career spanned decades and the entire nation


 

LOS ANGELES, CA - Longtime radio executive and personality Jack Roberts died late Friday, March 7 in Los Angeles, following a long illness, CRN Digital Talk Radio announced today.

 

Roberts was 62.

 

During his extensive career in broadcasting, Roberts worked as an on-air personality, producer, program director, and general manager.

 

He most recently served as Executive Producer for CRN's programming, including the acclaimed morning program "What's Cookin Today.'"

 

"Jack truly understood and loved radio," said CRN Digital Talk Radio's CEO & President, Michael J. Horn. "He became an instant, caring friend to everyone he encountered. Not only has radio lost such a special person, but so has the world."

 

Roberts was born on May 8, 1951 in Massachusetts. A graduate of Boston College, he worked with some of the nation's top celebrity broadcasters and air talent. For more than 25 years, he booked for markets including Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Providence, and Hartford. 

 

"There wasn't a guest or celebrity Jackie didn't think he could get," Horn said, "And he almost always booked them."

 

While working as a senior producer on the nationally syndicated Dick Cavett and Colonel Oliver North radio programs, Roberts also was in charge of production for "The Jerry Williams Show" and "The Doug Stephan Show."

 

Roberts' experience ranged from working as a Top 40 format on-air personality in the northeast at a string of stations, including Boston's WRKO, WMEX in Edgartown, MA; WXKS in Newton, MA; Providence, RI's WPRO; WGUY in Veazie, ME; and WDRC in Bloomfield, CT, where he also became the station's general manager and program director.

 

He eventually became general manager and program director at WWRC in Washington, DC, WMRE in Charles Town, WV; WBET in Sturgis, MI; and WHIL in Mobile, AL.

 

Radio personality and concert promoter Ron Jacobs wrote on his blog, "Jack Roberts is great at shining the spotlight on others and not blowing his own horn." Jacobs also noted that when Roberts became ill with "some heavy medical issues," he never complained.

 

In addition to his work in major radio markets, Roberts worked with dozens of celebrities, arranging national interviews and formulating promotions and events. He worked closely with Tony Bennett; Chris Matthews; Ed McMahon; Tom Bergeron; Todd English; Bill Kurtis; Chubby Checker; Wink Martindale; Rona Barrett; Stephen J. Cannell; Mike Connors; Peter Graves; Dave Koz; Tony Orlando; Oak Ridge Boys; Lee Greenwood; Mickey Gilley; May Lu Henner; Donald Trump; Piers Morgan; John Dean; Barry Goldwater, Jr; Uri Geller; Art Linkletter; David Carradine; Brian Williams; Robert Conrad; Connie Stevens; Emeril Lagasse; Ed Begley, Jr; Wolfgang Puck; James Darren; Harry Connick, Jr;  Howie Mandel; Suzanne Somers; and hundreds more.

 

Vincent Brunetti, Roberts' best friend of 24 years, said, "Jack had such a passion for radio and his legend will live on."

 

Roberts maintained a radio-themed blog titled "HollywoodHillsGroup.com," which served as an outpost for radio industry news and personalities. It also was an avenue Roberts used to highlight people's achievements and give rising stars some publicity.

 

"There are literally hundreds of millions of people - including listeners and radio industry employees - who have enjoyed interviews Jack booked," Horn said. "Countless others enjoyed programming he produced or hosted.

 

"Guests and talent, but most especially the listeners who enjoyed what they heard...Jack's legacy will live on through them and all of us. That would make him very proud."

 

Funeral services are pending.


  

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