Art Carlson Dies At Age 82
The radio industry has a heavy heart today as one of its greatest advocates has passed away. The former head of Susquehanna Radio and long-time RAB board member died Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville. He was surrounded by his family. For more than six months following heart surgery, Art battled bravely against worsening symptoms. Carlson was President of Susquehanna Radio for 33 years. He was an RAB board member for 40 years.
Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads. "Art was a quiet giant. His leadership built one of the most respected radio companies in America. He created an environment of the highest quality people and top performance. He loved and served the radio industry with his involvement with the RAB and NAB boards."
Former Susquehanna Radio CEO David Kennedy. "Art Carlson changed my life. He did the same for hundreds and hundreds of other people in radio, and he did it on the strength of his passion for the business. He was one of the true pioneers of what we call radio today, having helped redefine the medium in the fifties and sixties, and the lessons he learned during that time guided him as he and Louis Appell began to build Susquehanna Radio into the company that it became. His contributions to the industry have been lasting, from his seminal role in the formative years of the Radio Advertising Bureau to his ongoing work with the Library of American Broadcasting. But perhaps most important of all, Art was a wonderful man: kind, funny, bright, creative, quirky, humble. Yes, he loved golf, but that didn't compare to his love for his family. And I had the good fortune to have worked closely with him for over 20 years, and to follow in his footsteps. If radio's best years lie ahead of it, as many believe, then it will be because the fundamental principles of the business which Art held so dear will be adapted to today's world: service to local communities, putting the listener first, marketing partnerships with advertisers and, above all, compassion and respect for employees."
Funeral services for Art Carlson will be held Wednesday, November 7 at 3 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Valley Funeral Home and Cemetery, 4750 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. A reception will follow at the Plantation House at Plantation of Ponte Vedra, Plantation Circle South, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making a donation in Art’s honor to The Mayo Clinic. www.mayoclinic.org
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