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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 obit 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.

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Nielsen Folds Radio & Records

R&R.pngNielsen Co. has shuttered weekly radio and recording industry newspaper Radio & Records, a company spokesperson confirmed this morning.

A report about the pub’s closure written by R&R Washington bureau chief Jeffrey Yorke was picked up by a few publications, including The Hollywood Reporter, which is also owned by Nielsen.

According to Yorke’s account, publisher Howard Appelbaum called a “Town Hall Meeting” for R&R staff across the country, where he “told employees that it was a ‘tough decision’ but that the magazine’s ‘macro did not work’ in this economic climate.” Yorke reported that all jobs had been eliminated and that some of R&R‘s coverage would be moved over to Nielsen-owned Billboard. (Update: Billboard will run the radio airplay charts that R&R used to publish, but none of the editorial that the pub would have covered.)

Nielsen spokesperson Gary Holmes told FishbowlNY that less than 30 jobs had been eliminated. Those positions are “scattered around the country” with a majority in Los Angeles. R&R‘s current issue is the pub’s last, Holmes said.

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