John Bordes, chairman of Greater Media, died Thursday. Bordes was named chairman-CEO of the company in 2000, and remained chairman in 2002, after Peter Smyth shifted from president-COO to president-CEO.
Raul Alarcon Sr., a pioneer in Hispanic radio in the U.S., died Wednesday in Miami at the age of 82. Alarcon fled Cuba when his 14 radio stations were nationalized. He worked as a disk jockey before acquiring WSKQ-AM in New York in 1983. His Spanish Broadcasting System grew into the largest publicly traded Hispanic-controlled media firm in the U.S.
Former Illinois state Rep. Larry McKeon, who in 1996 became the state's first out elected official, died Tuesday in Chicago. He was 63. "He may have gone in there as the first openly gay state legislator but he is leaving as a very good legislator who happened to be gay," state Rep. John Fritchey, D-Chicago, said when McKeon announced his retirement in 2006.
Lynne Harvey, radio producer and wife of longtime radio broadcaster Paul Harvey, died on Saturday of leukemia. Lynne and Paul Harvey married in 1940. She was the first producer inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.