Former Delmarva Broadcasting Co. executive Bob Taylor has died, according to the company. He was 87.
A native of Gary, Ind., C. Robert Taylor helped found WDLR(AM) in Delaware, Ohio, in 1960. He moved to Wilmington, Del., to work for WDEL(AM) in 1966 and eventually became manager of WDEL and its sister station WSTW(FM), president/CEO of Delmarva Broadcasting and chair of the NBC Radio Affiliates Board.
He also was former chair of the Maryland D.C. Delaware Broadcasters Association and was recently inducted into its Hall of Fame.
According to a family obituary, Taylor enjoyed mentoring young people in the broadcasting industry. “Always one to stop and have a conversation, he knew an enormous number of people.” He was past president of the Wilmington Rotary Club and involved in boating and vintage car clubs. “He was also a very private person who enjoyed spending time alone in his workshop.”
He is survived by his wife Laurie Reynolds Taylor, three children, three step-children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His late wife Janet died in 1998; they’d been married 50 years.
A visitation is scheduled for the Chandler Funeral Home on Concord Pike in Wilmington, Del., for Sunday afternoon, Nov. 9. A funeral/memorial service will be Monday at Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church in Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, New Castle, DE 19720.