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Shane Finch Dies

Veteran radio exec and air personality switched to supply side of the industry later in his career

Shane Finch has died.

A former radio operations manager and air personality who had worked in several markets, Finch switched to the supply side of the industry 10 years ago, most recently as sales director of Broadcasters General Store.

His passing was confirmed by Dave Kerstin of BGS.

Finch died of a heart attack on May 20, according to a post on Facebook by his family.

Prior to joining BGS, Finch held a similar role at ENCO Systems, which he joined in 2020. He also was a former vice president of business relations at MusicMaster.

According to his LinkedIn page, Finch started as a “part-time announcer/promotions gopher” at a radio cluster in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in the early 1980s.

He subsequently held roles as a morning news person, PD, music director, AE, promotions director and operations director at stations in Iowa, Wisconsin and Florida. At all of those he also worked as an air personality.

His longest tenure was with FM stations WTRS and WMFQ in Florida, where he worked for almost 18 years until 2013. He was operations director for the 50 kW country and 50 kW Hot AC stations and also did a midday airshift.

His family has posted about his passing on his Facebook page, receiving hundreds of comments. “We lost one of the most kind and positive people in the business,” said one.

Update: An obituary has been posted on Facebook with more about his life and career.