Tom Rounds Passes After Surgery
June 2, 2014 at 3:40 PM (PT)
Renowned radio broadcasting innovator and producer TOM ROUNDS died last night in LOS ANGELES at age 77 from complications related to a minor surgical procedure. His wife and business partner of 49 years, BARBARA ROUNDS, was at his bedside when he passed away.
ROUNDS was Founder/CEO of RADIO EXPRESS, INC., the world’s leading supplier of entertainment programming to radio outside the U.S. Before that, he founded the largest American syndicator, WATERMARK, in the late ’60s, then headed the team that launched and marketed AMERICAN TOP 40 WITH CASEY KASEM. After ABC acquired WATERMARK in 1982, ROUNDS started RADIO EXPRESS in 1985, which enabled him to introduce AMERICAN TOP 40 syndicated programming into the SOVIET UNION, on top of 70 countries outside the U.S.
"We are deeply saddened by T.R.’s passing and will miss his humor, his wisdom and his kindness profoundly," RADIO EXPRESS VP/Sales JESSICA D’AGOSTIN said. "He was a great man, and loved his wife, his family, and radio with all his heart. We will continue to move forward at RADIO EXPRESS in his honor and as a living tribute to the example T.R. set for excellence in all things."
ROUNDS is survived by his wife, BARBARA; daughter, MICHELLE; son, TOMMY; stepdaughter, DEBBIE; and four grandchildren ELI, MARGAUX, LUCY and NICCO. A memorial service will be held in LOS ANGELES at FOREST LAWN - HOLLYWOOD HILLS on SUNDAY, JUNE 8th at 5p. Memorial donations may be made to CITY OF HOPE CANCER CENTER (www.cityofhope.org).