Ray Marshall, former Lansing-area radio manager, dies at age 51
Ray Marshall, who had been the operations manager for the Citadel's Lansing area cluster of radio stations until earlier this year, has died from a reported heart attack at his Holt home at the age of 51.
Former co-worker Dan Kelley provides much more information on Ray on his blog at classicrockfm.blogspot.com.
Lansing State Journal:
As a boy in Cleveland, Ray Zdankiewicz obsessed on radio. "He just loved it," recalled his widow, Bonnie. "Being in radio was the only thing he wanted to do." He thrived in it. Using the name Ray Marshall, he spent 16 years as a leader in local radio, prior to his death Sunday at 51. "In my 30 years of broadcasting, I've never met a better radio man," said Rod Krol, who was general manager of six local stations. Marshall - using the name he was known by - did some on-air shifts at WFMK (99.1-FM). "I remember the first time I heard him, I said, 'Whoa, this guy is really good,' " said Jack Robbins, a local DJ. Most of his work, however, was behind the scenes. "He could do it all - engineering, programming, marketing," said Scott Miller, a former local DJ at WFMK and WITL. Miller had an early glimpse, when they were the only two people at an Ohio station during the 1977 snowstorm. "He had a passion for it," Miller said... Marshall, from boyhood, had passion for radio (Tue, 10/30)