Sol J. Paul, former publisher and president of Television/Radio Age, died Monday of complications from a stroke. He was 78.

Paul, a former reporter and advertising manager, started now-defunct Television/Radio Age in 1953. He also owned and published CableAge, a business publication of the cable TV industry, plus the World Radio and TV Handbook, an international radio and TV directory, published in Copenhagen.

Paul began his professional career in college, working as an administrative assistant to Congressman James P.B. Duffy. He worked as a reporter for the Washington Post from 1939-40, and a Washington correspondent for Gannett newspapers.

In 1941, he became a feature writer for Broadcasting magazine, later switching from the editorial to the business side, becoming Midwest manager for the magazine. In 1946, he transferred to New York, where he worked as ad manager.

In addition to his publishing activities, Paul also co-wrote the comedy series “McGarry and His Mouse” and the dramatic series “This Is the Underground, ” which ran on CBS.

Services will be held tomorrow in Rochester, N.Y.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret, two daughters and a son.

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