Dial Global's Steve Young Passes
December 9, 2008 at 5:20 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS is saddened to learn of the passing of consultant and veteran programmer STEVE YOUNG. YOUNG, who died yesterday (12/8), reportedly of a heart attack while on vacation.
"We're all just plain shocked," DIAL GLOBAL Pres. KIRK STIRLAND told ALL ACCESS.
YOUNG had spent the last eight years as Dir./Rock And Pop Programming, and then as Sr. Programming Consultant at DIAL GLOBAL (previously JONES RADIO NETWORKS), and programmed stations such as WAXQ/NEW YORK, KISW/SEATTLE and others, as well as serving as Operations Dir. at WNEW/NEW YORK.
DIAL GLOBAL released this, "Radio lost a great leader today. Our company mourns STEVE YOUNG, a friend and a mentor. STEVE was DIAL GLOBAL’s Senior Programming Consultant. Our thoughts and prayers go out to STEVE's family in CANADA."
BEAU PHILLIPS, DIAL GLOBAL's EVP/Programming remembers, "In order to hire a Canadian program director in the U.S., you must first show that no American PD is as competent. But I really wanted to hire STEVE YOUNG at KISW. So, I filled out all the forms necessary to import him from TORONTO. And those forms proved to be true. I've never met a smarter radio programmer than STEVE YOUNG."
STEVE and BEAU recently co-hosted a dinner at the NAB in AUSTIN, with some of the best programmers in the business. To honor him, DIAL GLOBAL announced that this dinner will be an annual event, in STEVE YOUNG’s honor. Each year, the company will invite America’s top programmers to share food, drink and ideas.