One of the most popular, respected and influential independent radio station owners/operators in the radio industry, William O’Shaughnessy died (5/28) at the age of 84 after a battle with urothelial cancer. He died at his home in Litchfield, CT after being treated at Colombian Presbyterian and Smileow Cancer Center in CT. For years up to the time of his death, O’ Shaughnessy served as Chief Executive Officer and Editorial Director of Radio Whitney, the parent company of Westchester-based community stations WVOX and WVIP which broadcast in the northern section of the New York metropolitan area. O’ Shaughnessy was a former president of the New York State Association of Broadcasters and President of Public Affairs of the National Association of Broadcasters. He was a prolific author of many books about radio and the colorful people he met and worked with over the years, including AirWAVES » (1999), Everything comes back to me now (2001) and More riffs, ramblings and raves (2004). He was working on a book called city ​​dwellers at the time of his death. He has received numerous awards for his service to the broadcasting industry and his local community. SPEAKERS editor Michael Harrison released the following statement: “Bill O’ Shaughnessy was more than an accomplished broadcaster and author. He was a living symbol of the most glorious ideals of radio—both in substance and in style—and he was one of modern America’s most influential and inspiring supporters of the First Amendment. Services will be held at Lloyd Maxcy, 16 Shea Place in New Rochelle, NY on Tuesday, May 31 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at Saint Anthony of Padua, 49 South Street, Litchfield, CT on Wednesday, June 1 at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the O’Shaughnessy family would appreciate a donation in his honor to the Broadcasters of America Foundation: https://broadcastersfoundation.org/donate/

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