Gene Chenault Dies At 90
February 26, 2010: Gene Chenault, who with storied programmer Bill Drake headed Drake-Chenault Enterprises, died Tuesday at age 90, LARadio reports.
Chenault and Drake famously began working together in 1962, when Chenault offered Drake the opportunity to program KYNO/Fresno and KSTN/Stockton. After both stations rocketed to number one, Drake-Chenault Enterprises was formed and went on to take KGB/San Diego to the top of the ratings and launch the legendary Boss Radio on KHJ/Los Angeles.
In the '60s and '70s Drake-Chenault became a hugely influential organization, with hundreds of client stations and offering full-time formats, sales, consulting, and special features including The History of Rock and Roll. The company was bought out by Jones Radio Networks in 1985.
Radio Ink's condolences to Chenault's friends and family.