R&R Family, Friends And Industry Mourn Dick Krizman's Passing
February 20, 2013 at 4:00 AM (PT)
Everyone at ALL ACCESS is extremely saddened to report the untimely passing of our dear friend, DICK KRIZMAN (2/19), following a battle with pneumonia.
From 1973 to 1995, DICK KRIZMAN helped guide RADIO & RECORDS NEWSPAPER as its VP/GM & Sales Manager. This followed a long career with ATLANTIC RECORDS culminating as its WEST COAST GM. During the early days of R&R he helped co-Founders BOB WILSON and ROBERT KARDASHIAN transform this new trade into one of the biggest publications ever in our industry.
R&R's BOB WILSON told ALL ACCESS, "I was extremely lucky to have had DICK as a partner at R&R for so many years, and it would not have become as big as it did if it were not for him and his help and friendship."
RAB President & CEO ERICA FARBER worked with DICK when she was Publisher at R&R. She told ALL ACCESS, "DICK was a true original. From the beginning and for many more years DICK was a major contributor to the success of R&R. He worked closely with R&R founder BOB WILSON and they remained lifelong friends. With his strong opinions and a great work ethic DICK was a true pleasure to work with. And that he drank a DEWAR's now and then made me adore him that much more."
ALL ACCESS President & Publisher JOEL DENVER noted, "I first met DICK in the mid-70s. When I joined R&R in 1980 and became CHR Editor in 1981, he always had my back. DICK was a truly amazing person -- he stuck up for and helped everyone during our time at R&R. He was our VP/GM ... All seeing, all knowing -- the toughest exterior with a heart of butter. DICK, you were one of a kind -- and you have helped so many, including me, when we made stupid moves. We are eternally grateful for your friendship and support."
ARBITRON Dir./Marketing RON RODRIGUES commented, "I had the pleasure of working for DICK for ten years at R&R. He knew every facet of the radio and record industries and served as a sounding board to how every department at R&R should operate ethically and effectively. DICK was a no-nonsense guy but had a heart of gold and was always supportive when it mattered. I was honored to be his colleague and will miss him dearly."
NANCY HOFF, who worked with KRIZMAN as his assistant for all of those years at R&R, told ALL ACCESS, "GOD gave me a brother as I didn't have one in real life. I so miss you."
Former R&R SVP BILL CLARK noted, "There is a big void in my world today with the loss of DICK KRIZMAN, one of my dearest friends and a former R&R colleague. While I first met Dick when I joined R&R, he became first and foremost a great friend and confidant, and a trusted, dependable colleague second. Dick was one of a kind in the very best sense of the word. His friendship and loyalty were deep and unwavering. He had a heart of gold and his word was truly his bond."
No word yet of a celebration of DICK KRIZMAN's life ... we'll advise as we hear of it.