Mike Joseph, 90.

The consultant, who originated the “Hot Hits” term and format and who was arguably the first independent radio programming consultant, died last month of undisclosed causes. Editor’s $0.02: I was managing WHCN in Hartford when Travelers brought Mr. Joseph in to flip Classical WTIC-FM to Hot Hits—the first time the format had been deployed. . .and the second time conventional wisdom was proved wrong in Hartford. (The first time was when we all thought WCCC had lost its mind bringing in a guy named Howard Stern.)