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(10/8/2012 9:54:07 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I have known Wayne since we were at Syracuse together, 35 years ago. And then we both started our careers at CBS Networks in NYC. Wayne and the very few NYC group of young black media professionals were the goundbreakers in corporate media sales.

Wayne was and continued to be a champion of diversity for the industry; and through his leadership and Presidency of the first country's black media trade group in the country, BRAINY (Black Representatives Association in New York, which eventually morphed into the today's largest diversity media trade organization, NAMIC.), Wayne tirelessly helped to introduce and mentor many black college students into the media industry. Wayne's media legacy was established right then!

But beyond his very successful media career and achievements, Wayne was a great friend for 35 years. We were kids when we met in college, and grew up to be men, husbands and fathers.

The world has lost a very special human being, a wonderful husband and a fantastic and proud father, and a great friend to many - but Heaven has gained one loving, happy and notoriously funny spirit . . . God needed Wayne to help Him run things above, and I'm sure Wayne's already getting things organized up there.

God Bless you Wayne K., and much love to Niecy, the boys and your family.

We miss you so much. . .

- Jeff Taylor
(10/8/2012 8:49:21 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Wayne was an amazing visionary and tireless champion of the business. For the entire 16 years that we were colleagues, I knew Wayne to operate with a "what if?", "why not" mindset--a characteristic that it's hard to win without. I was proud to serve on his management teams in both Charlotte and Atlanta and he was central to my landing a leadership role in what is now Clear Channel Philadelpia. Miss him already and wish comfort and peace for his amazing wife and sons.
- Larry
(10/8/2012 5:26:36 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Shocking and very sad news. Wayne was one of the best in our industry. I had the pleasure of working with him in Charlotte & benefitting from his mentorship. Wayne, you will be missed.
- Craig Hahn
(10/7/2012 8:57:04 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Wayne was a true gentleman and professional. He will be remembered & missed by all.

Tom Watson

- Tom Watson

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