Broadcast Exec Lew Dickey Sr. Dies

Radio and television station owner, father of Cumulus CEO, passes away at 86

Lew Dickey Sr. veteran broadcaster, died on Thanksgiving Day at 86. Dickey began his 50-year broadcasting career at Storer Broadcasting’s WWVA-AM in Wheeling before being promoted to leadership positions at TV stations KDKA Pittsburgh and WAGA Atlanta. In 1958, he started Midwestern Broadcasting by acquiring radio outlet WKWK Wheeling; holdings later included TV outlet WLIO Lima (Ohio). 

Dickey is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia; six children: Pat, Lew Jr., David, John, Michael and Caroline; and eight grandchildren.

Lew Jr. is chairman, president and CEO of radio station group Cumulus Media. “My dad was an enormously talented broadcaster and, more importantly, a deeply devoted husband, father and mentor,” he said. “He touched the lives of many people and will be dearly missed.”