November 16, 2016
NABOB MOURNS THE PASSING OF FORMER NABOB BOARD MEMBER BILL SHEARER
We are deeply saddened to report that William (Bill) Shearer, a member of the NABOB Board of Directors in the 1980s and 90s, passed away November 1st, after a lengthy illness. During his tenure on the NABOB Board, Bill Shearer was the General Manager and then eventual owner of KGFJ(AM) in Los Angeles. Bill was highly regarded in the industry as an excellent station manager and leader.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Bill Shearer was a graduate of the University of San Francisco. He was a Korean War Veteran who served for over 20 years in the United States Army.
Bill Shearer moved to Los Angeles in the early 60s and began his career in business. He was a true salesman, having sold just about everything before finding his way into radio. Over nearly four decades, Bill Shearer held sales, executive, and ownership positions at several radio stations, including: KLOS, KAGB, KACE, KGFJ/KUTE, and KGFJ. In addition to his very active membership in NABOB, he also worked with the National Association of Market Developers (NAMD), Southern California Broadcasters, and American Urban Radio Networks until his retirement.
In addition to his ground-breaking, successful roles in radio, Bill Shearer was active in the community working with organizations advancing media, business and civil rights opportunities for African Americans. He was active with the Los Angeles Urban League and NAACP. Bill Shearer was also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and a member of the First AME Church, Los Angeles. His Memorial Service was held Tuesday, November 15, at 11:00 am, at First AME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018.
Jim Winston, President of NABOB said, “Bill was an active and dedicated member of NABOB for many years. He had a great knowledge of the broadcast industry, and I relied upon him frequently. Bill always had a quick wit and could be counted on to keep any meeting on a positive and productive track. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and colleagues.”
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James L. Winston
National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, Inc.
1201 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 200
Washington DC 20036
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