December 1, 2013 FMQB sends its condolences to the family and friends of longtime broadcast Lew Dickey Sr., who passed away at the age of 86. The father of Cumulus President/CEO Lew Dickey Jr., the elder Dickey began his 50 year broadcasting career at Storer Broadcasting’s WWVA-AM in Wheeling, WV. He was promoted within Storer to leadership positions at KDKA-TV/Pittsburgh followed by WAGA-TV/Atlanta. In 1958, he left a successful corporate career to start Midwestern Broadcasting by acquiring WKWK in Wheeling. In 24 months, he turned around the failing station, and began to expand. In 1965, he bought WOHO-AM/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 and 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.
Lew Dickey, Sr., is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia; six children: Pat, Lew, David, John, Michael and Caroline; and eight grandchildren.