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KYW’s Shapiro Passes Away

Former two-decade VP/GM retired in 2003

Roy Shapiro, long-time stalwart for CBS Radio’s KYW(AM) news station has passed away, the Philadelphia station announced. He was 76.

Upon retiring in 2003, Shapiro was VP/GM of the station and had been so for 20 years. He spent 42 years with CBS Radio.

A release lists other positions as Vice President/General Manager of Group W Radio Sales and Vice President of Strategic Planning and Research in New York. He served on air and in management. The release credits him with being a co-developer of the all-news format in 1965.

President and CEO of CBS Radio Dan Mason said, “Roy was the backbone of KYW radio for so many years and continued to make valuable contributions to CBS Radio through his wealth of knowledge in audience measurement research. All of us at CBS Radio will miss him — not only as our colleague but as our loyal friend.”