WSNQ (Saxonburg, PA) President and GM Ken Hawk has informed Radio Ink that Allegheny Mountain Network Founder Cary Simpson has passed away. Simpson was a radio operator in the Navy during World War II. In the 50s, Simpson began building a group of small radio stations which became known as the Allegheny Mountain Radio Network. He had been the owner and president of WTRN Radio since its inception. He was a member of the NAB, RAB and chairman of the small market committee.
Hawk said he had the privilege of calling Cary a friend, mentor and colleague since 1992. “He was truly a giant among small market broadcasters, and proved that people were more precious than profits. He was a compassionate, caring, and kind human being who was generous to a fault, whether it was with his time or his resources. My staff and I extend our deepest sympathies to Cary’s children Ted and Barbie, and the rest of their family, and the people who worked for him that were always treated like family.”