Bill Burton Passes at 85
The MAB is sad to pass along the news that Bill Burton, President/COO of the Detroit Radio Advertising Group, passed away this past Saturday (12/20) at age 85. Bill was a friend to the MAB, to broadcasters throughout Michigan and to the country.

From D.R.A.G. Treasurer Mike Koehler: "Bill was all about staying positive and keeping it simple and in that vein, there will be no funeral and the family has asked that flowers, etc. not be expressed to the family, but if you personally wished to do anything, Bill’s favorite charity was the Salvation Army.   Sometime in 2015, there will be a celebration for Bill."

From Radio Ink: "Bill Burton started his radio career at the then-independent rep firm Eastman Radio and was President/Chairman when Jacor bought Eastman in 1987. He's headed DRAG since 1995, and consistently traveled the country giving "Why Radio" presentations to top decisionmakers in the advertising community. Burton estimates that, during his 30-year-plus career, he's contributed to about $300 million in radio sales."

Bill Burton was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2002.

In a memo to MAB staff on Sunday, MAB President/CEO Karole White stated "Bill was the only person who made you feel great and more successful just by standing next to him and chatting.  Boy did he know how to give a compliment.  What a terrific man and great friend.  No details yet of any arrangements.  You will be missed Mr. Fabulous.  My prayers are with Carol and Bill's family."

Check back here for more information as it becomes available.  The Radio Ink announcement of Bill Burton's passing can be found here.

Radio's Best Friend, Michigan's own Art Vuolo, prepared this tribute video to Bill:

Posted on Sunday, December 21, 2014 (Archive on Saturday, January 10, 2015)
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