Elton Spitzer, 84.

spitzer-eltonThe owner of a little radio station that could — WLIR in Hempstead, NY (Long Island) — a station that gave many industry luminaries their start – has died of complications related to Parkinson’s. When I was managing another station on Long Island, we spent many an evening in the studios of WLIR with then-program director Ken Kohl listening to live performances of artists on the brink of breaking out. I never knew Mr. Spitzer, but I will always appreciate the fact that he gave a ragtag group of hippies free reign to create a great Progressive Rock radio station.