Radio and TV exec Walter M. Windsor died Feb. 29 in Atlanta, Ga. after battling pneumonia. He was 89.
Windsor was also an authority on American popular music from 1920-1960 and creator of Songdex.net, a resource site for recordings and sheet music.
Born in New York to a vaudeville performer father, he began his career at the age of 16 as a radio singer and joke writer for W.C Fields, served in the U.S. Army and then became a general manager in radio.
He went on to manage TV stations in several markets, eventually becoming the corporate head for groups of TV and radio stations, including many years at WFTV in Orlando, Fla. When WFTV was sold in 1984, he became head of the new owner’s broadcasting division. He retired from that position in 1986, then spent several years developing a concept for a new television network while acquiring and managing a group of radio stations.
Windsor also acted and sang in regional stage productions, both in community and professional theater.
He is survived by four children; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a brother.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer or the Susan G. Komen Foundation.