Paul McLane is editor in chief of Radio World.
Radio World family members are remembering Skip Tash today.
Skip was one of the first people to welcome me when I joined Radio World
and its then-parent IMAS Publishing 19 years ago. As a member of RW’s sales
team in the 1990s, he was one of the hard-working professionals who made Radio
World what it was and is, and who yet who remain in the background for most readers.
Trust me though when I tell you that Skip’s clients and
friends will never forget him.
He attended Perkiomen
School in Pennsburg, Pa., and the University of Miami before completing his
bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland and launching a career in media
advertising. “One of his proudest moments was helping in the late 1970s to get ‘Staying
Alive’ by the Bee Gees into rotation at many different radio stations,” the
family wrote in a program at this weekend’s funeral service.
After selling time, Skip moved over to selling space. He worked for six
years as vice president of ad sales for Broadcasting & Cable, then took a
similar position at the National Association of Broadcasters before coming to
Radio World and IMAS. The latter part of his tenure overlapped with the
earliest part of mine.
He would become our associate
publisher, managing millions of dollars in ad revenue for three international
trade publications with a combined circulation of 60,000, in addition to launching
and managing numerous special projects.
But as hard as he worked, and as proud as he was of what we did
here, it’s not those things that we remember as our friend departs.
I recall Skip’s love of golf. I remember his expressions of
love for his wife Krystina, his quick energy, his ready expressions of concern
for me. Personal warmth and good cheer are what others remember too. Radio
World Advertising Coordinator Caroline Freeland talks about Skip’s stutter when
he got excited as well as his enormous laugh. She met her husband through Skip:
“I will always be thankful for him as he introduced Craig and I and the rest is
as they say ‘history’!”
“Skip was funny, caring and full
of life,” recalls Rogelio Ocampo, editor in chief of Radio World América Latina.
“Always with a big smile. He made you feel like you were the only person in the
room when he was talking to you.”
Skip later would go work
as executive VP of BuyBidSell.com. He eventually became EVP of FMiTV Networks,
national interactive sales manager at Comcast Spotlight and, most recently, president
of interactive media sales for Norstar Media Networks.
was involved with the Washington DC Police Foundation, WPO at Sibley Hospital, Seed
a Need Organization and the Greater Bethesda-Chevy
Chase Chamber of Commerce. And for 37 years he was a member of the journalism honor fraternity Kappa Tau
Our friend and colleague died
Thursday after keeping pancreatic cancer at bay for almost three years, always while
showing his trademark humor and grace. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
Montgomery Hospice, www.montgomeryhospice.org/donate.
It makes me happy to know that even in his illness — as
recently as a couple of weeks ago — Skip was still socializing, having lunch
with the friends he enjoyed so much.
Carmel King, today
the executive vice president of our Broadcast
& Video Group, told me, “I can’t think about Skip without laughing,
because everything about him was funny. Working with him for almost 10 years,
there were a million moments — it’s hard to single any one out. He was smart
and funny and caring and warm and friendly and loyal — a good man and a good
friend. I’m so glad I had the chance to know him, and to learn from him about
radio, sales and life in general. He was uniquely Skip — a true treasure.”