TOP 40 RADIO PIONEER AND CKLW PD PAUL DREW DEAD AT 78

 

 

Radio Pioneer Paul Drew Passes Away In Glendale

 

One can only imagine the great radio tales Paul Drew regaled fellow residents with at Victor Royale Assisted Living, an airy facility in the south end of Glendale just a few blocks away from Forest Lawn. Per an orbit in Billboard by Gail Mitchell, this early architect of the top-40 format knew many of the great ones:

Drew worked with and/or mentored a diverse array of radio personalities, programmers, consultants and industry writers. That list includes consultants Jerry Clifton and Guy Zapoleon, writers Gerry Cagle (Network 40), Walt “Baby” Love (Radio & Records) and Jerry Del Colliano (Inside Radio), as well as air personalities Rick Dees, Dr. Don Rose, Jay Thomas and Charlie Van Dyke.

Paul Drew, program director at CKLW in 1967.Drew, a graduate of Wayne State University in his native Detroit, began his professional radio career in 1961 as a DJ with Atlanta station WAKE. He later moved crosstown to WGST and then WQXI, where he was promoted to program director. Leaving WQXI in 1967, Drew moved on to programming gigs at CKLW in Windsor, Ontario-Detroit, WIBG in Philadelphia, KFRC in San Francisco and former Los Angeles powerhouse top 40 KHJ.

In the early ‘70s, he was appointed VP of programming for RKO Radio, a nationwide chain whose roster at one time included KHJ and sister KRTH, KFRC, WOR & WXLO (99X) New York and WHBQ Memphis, among other stations in Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C. Their formats ranged from top 40 and adult contemporary to classical, oldies and talk.

During the course of his career, Drew worked with and/or mentored a diverse array of radio personalities, programmers, consultants and industry writers. That list includes consultants Jerry Clifton and Guy Zapoleon, writers Gerry Cagle (Network 40), Walt “Baby” Love (Radio & Records) and Jerry Del Colliano (Inside Radio), as well as air personalities Rick Dees, Dr. Don Rose, Jay Thomas and Charlie Van Dyke.

The Detroit native’s various radio programming assignments included stints with KFRC in San Francisco and KHJ-AM in Los Angeles. The latter at 930 AM is now a Spanish-language station known as “La Ranchera,” but back in the day, it was a Top 40 power house dubbed “Boss Radio” and buffeted by some great Johnny Mann Singers jingles.

Another highlight of Drew’s career occurred in 1984, when President Reagan appointed him as the first head of a pet foreign-aid project, Radio Marti. The initiative involved beaming U.S. radio programming into Cuba by means of a government-operated radio station. Drew, 78, died of natural causes.

Drew is survived by his former wife, Ann. Funeral arrangements are private. RIP.

Former Top 40 radio pioneer and former CKLW program director Paul Drew
Top 40 radio pioneer Paul Drew passed away yesterday, May 16

 (News source: BillboardBiz; May 16, and Mediabistro.com FishbowlLA; May 17, 2013).

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