Former Cleveland Station Owner Joe Zingale Dies
March 12, 2014 at 4:58 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of former radio station owner JOE ZINGALE, who died MONDAY (3/10) after a battle with Parkinson's disease at 80, according to a notice in the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER.
ZINGALE, then an account executive at WHK-A/CLEVELAND, partnered with his fellow WHK salesmen NORMAN WAIN and BOB WEISS in forming the WESTCHESTER CORP. in 1964, buying WFAS-A-F/WHITE PLAINS that year and WDOK and WIXY-A/CLEVELAND the next year.
WESTCHESTER merged into GLOBETROTTER COMMUNICATIONS in 1971; ZINGALE then partnered with his cousin NICK MILETI, first owner of the NBA's CLEVELAND CAVALIERS, in buying WWWE-A (now WTAM-A) and WWWM (now WMJI)/CLEVELAND, and later bought out MILETI's interest in the CAVS before selling the franchise to TED STEPIEN in 1980. ZINGALE also owned the WORLD TEAM TENNIS' CLEVELAND NETS.