Longtime Station Owner Alexander M. Tanger Dies At 94
June 26, 2014 at 3:57 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of MARLIN BROADCASTING Chairman ALEXANDER M. TANGER, who died JUNE 21st at home in NEWTON, MA at 94.
TANGER started his career after serving in WORLD WAR II as a salesman at WHDH-A and WHDH-TV/BOSTON. He bought WLKW-A-F/PROVIDENCE in 1966, then partnered with GENERAL CINEMA CORP. to buy several major market stations. He founded MARLIN, now overseen by son WOODY, which owned Classical WFLN/PHILADELPHIA and Classical WTMI/MIAMI and still owns Classic Rock WCCC/HARTFORD and the BEETHOVEN NETWORK; he also founded MARINER BROADCASTING, the MAINE-based owner of Classical "W-BACH" stations in NEW ENGLAND.
Grandson TODD heads WESTPORT COMMUNICATIONS LLC, owner of WBOQ/GLOUCESTER, MA, the former W-BACH station now Classic Hits "NORTH SHORE 104.9."
TANGER earned a degree from BROOKLYN COLLEGE in 2001, 64 years after first enrolling as a night student; his initial enrollment was cut short by WORLD WAR II. He is a member of the NEW ENGLAND BROADCASTERS HALL OF FAME.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of TANGER may be made to HELPING HANDS MONKEY HELPERS, 541 Cambridge St., ALLSTON, MA 02134.