Albuquerque Broadcast Legend Art Ortega Dies
Ortega suffered from a congenital heart disorder and had survived three open heart surgeries in the past few years. He was 67. Arturo Guillermo Ortega, Jr. began his long radio career on KDEF in Albuquerque, continued on to RKO General Radio in Boston, built a strong radio presence in Columbus, Ohio, and pursued national radio opportunities in San Diego before returning to his roots in Albuquerque.
In 1985, Art returned to Albuquerque to lead a radio startup venture for Magic FM. He left the broadcast arena from 1989-1993 when he served as president/general manager of Ad Works Advertising, an $8 million agency specializing in auto advertising and television/radio production. In 1993, Ortega returned to radio. He joined Citadel Broadcasting Company/Cumulus Media where he served in a variety of capacities including Director of the Albuquerque Market, Political Advertising and Public Affairs Director, and Corporate Director of FCC Regulatory compliance for 225 radio stations. He retired from Cumulus in 2011.
Art is survived by his wife, Lynda Ortega; son, David; grandson, Dominic; step-son, Eric; step-daughter Kristine; his former wife, Margaret McYntire; and many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, colleagues, and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations in Art’s memory may be made to the Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation or to the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation. The Rosary will be recited Friday, December 6, 2013, 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima, 4020 Lomas NE. Mass will be celebrated Saturday, December 7, 2013, 10:00 a.m., also at Our Lady of Fatima.