Radio has lost a true legend. Top 40 radio pioneer PAUL DREW died of natural causes at VICTOR ROYALE ASSISTED LIVING in GLENDALE, CA; he was 78.
DREW launched his radio career in ATLANTA, as a DJ at WAKE, WGST and WQXI -- the latter station promoted him to PD. He also held PD gigs at CKLW/WINDSOR-DETROIT, WIBG/PHILADELPHIA, KFRC/SAN FRANCISCO and KHJ/LOS ANGELES. After programming KHJ, DREW was promoted to VP/Programming for RKO Radio, overseeing the stations in NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, BOSTON, SAN FRANCISCO, WASHINGTON, MEMPHIS and FORT LAUDERDALE.
He was also a partner in the radio consulting firm DREW-ATKINSON ASSOCIATES, and was appointed Director of the USIA's RADIO MARTI PROJECT by President RONALD REAGAN.
In addition to countless friends and colleagues, PAUL is survived by his former wife, ANN. Funeral arrangements are private