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Dean Speidel Dies at 83

Owner of Continental Communications bought and sold used broadcast gear

Lionel Dean Speidel has died. He was 83.

Speidel died Monday in a vehicle accident. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he was struck as he was getting out of his car to enter the building that housed his company Continental Communications in St. Louis.

Seidel bought and sold used broadcast equipment. Consulting engineer Jim Stanford knew Speidel for 30 years; he told RW Speidel, who went by Dean, had not retired and was still active in the business.

“Dean was the go-to guy nationally if you needed used broadcast equipment. He was real good at it. A lot of broadcasters knew him well.”

Stanford said Speidel moved his business from Cape Girardeau to St. Louis about 20 years ago because it was more convenient. Before Speidel went into the used broadcast equipment business, he owned stations, jocked and sold time in Cape Girardeau according to Stanford.

“He had an infectious laugh and a great sense of humor. It’s hard to describe him in a few words,” said Stanford.

Speidel was divorced and had three adult daughters. His funeral is set for Friday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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