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Richard Koziol Dies, Age 64

Long-time NYC radio engineer also was active in reading for the blind philanthropist

Richard Koziol passed away on Oct. 15, age of 64. A funeral mass is planned for tomorrow in New Jersey.

He had been at work for Gatewave Inc. at a recording facility, reportedly doing what he liked best.

In his career, Koziol worked at several stations and was chief engineer for WNCN(FM). He later started a contract broadcast engineering company, Peak Communications; its clients included WNYC(AM/FM) and numerous colleges.

He was active in the area of reading services for the blind and visually impaired. Koziol became involved with InTouch, a reading service, in 1992; when it folded in 2009 he cofounded Gatewave Inc. Koziol, according to colleagues, was known for devoting seemingly endless hours and personal funds to that effort. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to Gatewave.

John Lyons, a member of Gatewave’s board of directors, encouraged friends and colleagues of Koziol to help with Gatewave: “Now is the time for the radio community to honor one of its own in this small way.”