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Broadcast Pioneer Bill Dalton Passes

November 27, 2012

Bill Dalton, a broadcast pioneer and former owner of the Dalton Group of stations, has died at age 80. Dalton was the father of Diane Dalton Warren, founder of Bounceology and also of the HD Digital Radio Alliance. Dalton was one of the early proponents of FM radio and the Adult Contemporary format.
Dalton began his career with Metromedia, where he launched the company's WASH-FM/Washington, DC in 1968. He went to work to popularize the FM band, including making a move to hire popular morning personality Eddie Gallaher. WASH-FM, with its then-innovative AC format, went on to win numerous awards for its programming and news. 
Dalton later served as GM of Metromedia's KLAC/Los Angeles and WNEW/New York. In 1981, he and his wife, Susan, moved into ownership, founding the Dalton Group with WXTR in DC. They later purchased stations in Cincinnati and Charlotte.
After retirement, the Daltons continued their long-standing community involvement, and Bill founded and served as chairman of the board of the Garden of Hope & Courage at Naples Community Hospital and served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, and the Friendship Health Clinic. The Daltons also made a gift to create the Dalton Discovery Center at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, which just opened earlier this month.

Bill Dalton is survived by Susan, his wife of 33 years; three adult children; and grandchildren. A memorial service is set for December 1 at the United Methodist Church in Naples, FL. Donations in Bill Dalton's memory may be made to the Garden of Hope & Courage at Naples Community Hospital ( or the Conservancy of Southwest Florida/Dalton Discovery Center (

(11/28/2012 8:11:00 PM)
"Bilk-o's replacement was also bred at Clear Channel Radio. Meet Diane Warren. She's the Alliance’s Executive Vice President and oversees its futile marketing campaign. Also like Bilk-o, she’s been with the Alliance since its creation three years ago. And what does Bilk-o say of his replacement? “I feel that my skill set is not as strong as Diane’s.” Did he just call her a better liar?

I wonder, if he was a scumbag like his daughter?

- LMFAO!!!
(11/28/2012 3:27:22 PM)
Bill was an excellent broadcaster of the highest integrity and a great human being. I remember him with great fondness from my time banking his broadcast company in the mid 1980's. My thoughts are with his wife Sue and their family.
Susan Ness

- Susan Ness
(11/28/2012 2:31:53 PM)
We are deeply saddened to hear of Bill's passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

- Lois and Bill Kelley
(11/28/2012 11:28:06 AM)
It was with tremendous sadness that we received the news of Bill's death. He was a man dedicated to family and community and leaves a lasting impression on us all. Our thoughts are and prayers are with you, Lynne and Chip

- Lynne and Chip Shotwell

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