Duke Wright, 83.

The president and CEO of Midwest Communications—a privately owned multi-market station group, a true rarity these days—died earlier this month. Duey “Duke” Wright bought his first station in Wausau in 1958. Over the years, the company expanded, and now owns more than 80 stations in nine states. According to the company website (pre-mortem), “Duke’s vision is to provide the communities he serves with the best programming, and the best technical facilities, led by the best broadcasters. It is that love and passion for creating the best and providing excellent service for our clients, that extends into everything Midwest Communications does.”