Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program inspector R. Dale Gehman has died, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters reports. He passed away Nov. 22 at the age of 59, after nearly a decade fighting cancer.
Despite his diagnosis, Gehman continued to work and most recently conducted ABIP inspections on behalf of the MAB in October of this year. He also worked in Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, Arizona, among other states.
Gehman entered the broadcast industry at an early age in 1970. He had obtained the FCC 1st Class License with Radar Endorsement at age 16, later converting to a lifetime FCC General License. He had experience in station ownership, management, sales and marketing, programming, as well as traffic and billing systems.
Gehman also served on the Alabama Broadcasters Association’s board of directors and on the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters’ board of directors.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Darlene; a son Mathew and daughters Sarah and Abigail, as well as three grandchildren.