Consulting Engineer Richard Mertz Dies At 65
Gary Cavell tells Radio Ink Mertz lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer with his wife and sons at his side. Cavell joined the consulting engineering firm that would become Cavell-Mertz in 1994. He spent more than 40 years in broadcast television and radio, cable television, and communications. Some of the jobs Mertz tackled during his successful career include, manger of technical operations for NBC’s WRC-AM in Washington, D.C. and WBT(AM)/ WBCY(FM) in Charlotte, and assistant chief engineer for Jefferson-Pilot's WQXI-AM and FM in Atlanta.
Over the years, Mertz presented technical papers at NAB conventions and at the IBC convention in Amsterdam, served on panels of industry groups, was a columnist for Radio World Magazine, and was a contributor to one of the NAB’s publications on station multiple-ownership and consolidation of facilities.
Funeral arrangements at Gawler's on Wisconsin Ave. in D.C. for 1 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 3. There will be a reception afterwards nearby in the private room at The Westchester Restaurant in The Westchester Condominiums on Cathedral Ave in Washington, D.C. Rather than flowers, the family would prefer donations to Pancreatic Action Network, www.pancan.org.