Thursday, October 24, 2013

R.I.P.: Former KYW VP/GM Roy Shapiro Was 76

Roy Shapiro
Roy Shapiro, retired vice president and general manager of KYW-AM, who was in on the beginning of all-news radio in Philly when everybody was scared to death of such a brand-new concept, died Tuesday.

He was 76, according to

While he kept active in his retirement years, including work with numerous community and charitable causes and as a consultant to KYW, Roy suffered recently from respiratory problems.

"He was vibrant until the end," said Marc Rayfield, senior vice president and market manager for CBS Radio Philadelphia. "He was somebody who was so much bigger than life."

Dan Mason, president and CEO of CBS Radio, said: "Roy was the backbone of KYW Radio for so many years and continued to make valuable contributions to CBS Radio through his wealth of knowledge in audience-measurement research. All of us at CBS Radio will miss him, not only as our colleague, but as our loyal friend."

Scott Herman, executive vice president of operations for CBS Radio, said: "Roy was an incredible person and one of the brightest and smartest minds the broadcasting industry has ever seen. His legacy will live on through those of us lucky enough to have been mentored by him and those of us blessed to have been able to call him a friend."

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