Simonson for the suggestion of remembering our radio friends who
have passed on.
We'll include our own articles as well as obituaries.
Edgar Yarbrough, 84, Pioneer Broadcasting Engineer March
James Edgar Yarbrough, a pioneer broadcasting engineer whose Central Florida career spanned more than 50 years, died Friday. He was 84. Yarbrough started with WDBO(-AM 580) Radio as chief engineer in 1926 and was in charge of the first television broadcast of WBDO-Channel 6 in 1954. ''He was very widely respected as a transmitter engineer,'' said Ben Aycrigg, a news anchor for Channel 6, now called WCPX. ''He was probably the last of the broadcasting pioneers.'' Yarbrough, 422 Raintree Court, Winter Park, retired from broadcasting in 1968 but remained a consultant to the television station until the late 1970s, Aycrigg said. He had a lifelong interest in baseball and classical music and had traveled to England last October to hear some of that nation's symphony orchestras. Born in Columbia, S.C., he moved to Winter Park from Shelby, N.C., in 1926. A Presbyterian, Yarbrough was a veteran of the Naval Reserve and a member of the Institute of Electrical-Electronics Engineers. He is survived by his wife, Rosalind B.; son, George, of West Yellowstone, Mont.; brother, Harrison E., of Shelby; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Garden Chapel Home for Funerals in Orlando is in charge of arrangements.
Paul Yeskel has spent over 30 years in the music business with experience as a concert promoter, on air personality at WORJ-FM 107.7, artist manager, talent agent. In 1985 Yeskel established Aim Strategies, an independent promotion and marketing company specializing in Rock promotion and retail tracking. Aim was a pioneer in new technology by developing the first computer software for tracking radio play and retail sales as well as being the first promotion entity to deliver radio reports to their clients via fax. In 1994 Aim became the first company to promote what was to later become the AAA format. Paul passed away in his sleep in the early hours of Sunday, September 23, 2007. He was 56.
Published: March 31. 2010 4:00AM PST
Oct. 21, 1952 - March 27, 2010
After an 8-month battle with cancer, David Martin Young passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2010, in Bend, OR. He was 57 years old. A funeral service will be held at Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home on Friday, April 2, at 3:30 pm. Their will be a reception following the service at a private residence. David was born Oct. 21, 1952, in St. Louis, MO, to parents, Martin and Cecilia Young. David received an Electrical Engineer Degree from the University of MO. On May 5, 1978, David married Nancy S. Bean in Godfrey, IL. They had a loving marriage of 31 years. The marriage produced one daughter, Jessica L. Young, 24 years old. David was a very smart and talented man. His passions included electrical design, electrical engineering, broadcast engineering and the performing arts. He shared his brains and skills with many companies over the years such as, McDonnell Douglas Corp., Sperry Corp., Harris Corp., Murphy Lighting Systems and Bend Radio Group. David also owned Theatre Support Systems of Orlando, FL. David also worked as an engineer at WLOQ-FM 103.1. David has many former coworkers across the nation who miss him greatly. David was admired by many for having a brilliant brain. He was constantly thinking of ways to improve and fix things. David's friends and family loved him dearly for always lending a hand to help out no matter how great or small the task was. Those closest to him also admired his unique sense of humor. David was proud of his ability to always come up with witty comments. David is survived by his wife, Nancy Young; and daughter, Jessica Young, who both reside in Bend, OR. David was an amazing man and will be missed by all who knew him. The family has placed their trust in Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home for the final arrangements. Please visit our website www.niswonger-reynolds.com to sign our electronic guest register for the family.
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