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DEE COURTWRIGHT-SMOOT Celebration of Life will be Fri, Oct 7th, 1:00pm, The Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale OBITUARY
BOB ALLINGHAM, RETIRED CH. 12 STATION MGR. DIES. OBITUARY
REMEMBERING TUCSON AD FED PRESIDENTS: 1983 PHOTO HERE
CHECK OUT PATRICIA MYERS' WEBSITE MUSICSCENEAZ HERE
JACK MILLER, LEGENDARY PHOENIX AUDIO GENIUS DIES. STORY
PHIL STRASSBERG, WRITER, PR EXEC. PASSES AWAY OBITUARY
2016 REUNION BASH ANOTHER BIG SUCCESS! SEE PHOTOS HERE
DUANE SWANSON, A&M ASSOCIATES (U-HAUL), DIES OBITUARY
JIM TASZAREK, BROADCAST EXEC PASSES AWAY - STORY
VIC FIGARELLI, VETERAN VALLEY ADMAN DIES: OBITUARY
REMEMBERING BARBARA MAACK, PHOENIX MEDIA VETERAN OBIT
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MAURIE HELLE
ANDY LIMBER
JIM SULLINS
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RAY LINDSTROM
A special meeting place for ARIZONA
MEDIA AND ADVERTISING VETERANS!
ARIZONA SURVIVORS
WHO ARE THE SURVIVORS?
27 years ago a group of ad types after a few pops one night started in with the "Whatever happened tos."  Names of old media folks no one had seen for a while.  Were they retired? Out of town? Dead?
    Somebody said, "Gee, wouldn't it be nice if we could get all the old timers together and see all the folks who have been in this exciting business for years, but have now scattered hither and yon?"
    "This business?" The media and advertising biz.  Folks in radio, TV, print, PR, and all forms of communication.    
    Some of these were celebrities like the local Disc Jockeys....Jim Spero, Lucky Lawrence, Tony Evans, Dave Pratt, W. Steven Martin. Or, TV people like Bill Close, Ray Thompson, Bill Denney, and of course, Wallace and Ladmo.
    But, most of the folks were behind the scenes. The account execs., production managers, engineers, writers, media buyers, clients who believed in advertising.  Some were still active; a whole bunch were retired.
    So, let's name names.  Who were these visionaries who wanted to form a group like this? Dee Courtright, Karen DeWall,  Jim Fraser, Maurie Helle, Carole Kann, and Lisa McFadden. 
    They started it, and since 1989, there has been a "reunion" of these old-timers, or should I say "Survivors," almost every year since.  That's the name we chose, the Arizona Survivors. And, those folks listed above have done most of the work, thank you very much.
    There are no membership applications, no dues, you don't have to prove to anybody that you belong.
    Who attends these annual reunions? Usually over 100 fun-lovin' guys and gals who love this business and want to keep in touch with one another. It's that simple. 
    If you haven't been to an annual gathering, we hope you'll come next time.  We miss you, and it's a blast!  In the meantime, enjoy this site, come often, and it will be like having a good time with your old friends, 365 days a year!
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Take a look at these site features:
KRUX RADIO REUNION, A BLAST FROM THE PAST: DETAILS
JACK JACOBSON, TV EXEC, ENTERTAINER: TRIBUTE
SALUTING ART WALLER, TUCSON MEDIA LEGEND HERE
CHECK OUT THE NEW KTKT RADIO TUCSON TRIBUTE HERE
SALUTING LEGENDARY KPHO-TV DIRECTOR SHARON KELLEY
BROWSE THE ARIZONA MEDIA SURVIVORS GIFT STORE

Also be sure to take a look at Ed Sharpe's incredible site for the Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications, and Computation: smecc.org
SURVIVOR OF THE MONTH
2016 SURVIVORS REUNION BASH
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                       Ed and Bette Sharpe,
                      Glendale Daily Planet /
                    KKAT-IPTV. Click HERE.
      See all the photos from other reunions at our PAST REUNIONS Page.
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  He writes...

Well, this month, instead of asking some poor soul to come up with info so I can make them the “Survivor of the Month” I think I will just put myself here. With the shape of the presidential race turning to total narcissism, I might as well just include me in the mix. So, here I am, Narcis...oops, I mean Survivor of the Month.

I grew up in Tucson and my goal in life was to be a disc jockey. Lofty goal, huh? I did become one, working at many stations in town, and finally at the station I aspired to, the great Top 40 rocker KTKT. I also graduated from the University of Arizona with a business degree.



















In 1965 I transferred to KTKT’s sister station in Phoenix, KRUX, as a salesman and part time disc jockey. In 1968 greatness called. It was Jack Clifford at KTAR-TV, NBC, Channel 12. There I joined the sales dept. for 4 years and really learned the power of TV advertising which would be the basis of my media future.

Mac Jett and I started Lindstrom and Jett Advertising in 1972. We were famous for: 1. Putting Tex Earnhardt on the air the first time. 2. Doing the first commercials for Peter Piper Pizza. 3. Starting the famous “Starving Artists” type traveling art sales that we did for years throughout the US and eventually around the world.



















In 1980 I left the agency and teamed up with Nancy Marcum in a company called Media Arts, Intl.. Together we produced the first infomercials. Today it is a multi-billion dollar industry. We sold out to a NYSE firm in the late 1980s.

Involved in other media ventures,  I also became owner of several radio stations, TV programs, and newspapers.

In 1993 Mac and I were partners again and  started a chain of watch and jewelry stores in casinos in Nevada. We owned what was known as the “World’s Largest Watch Store.” It got plenty of media attention and the national NBC Today Show broadcast live from our store in the spring and fall-good visuals for their “turn the clocks back and forward” stories. . Bill Geist did a special feature on us for The CBS Evening News and CBS Sunday Morning.

In 2007 I retired and moved to Tucson, from whence I came. My hobbies include public speaking and creating various website...of which this is one.

I was honored by being inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Assn Hall of Fame in 2014.
Ray Lindstrom
Ray on the radio in Tucson in 1960.
Ray with rodeo star Larry Mahan and Tex Earnhardt, 1973
ABA Hall of Fame Inductees, 2014.
L-R: Ray, Linda Williams, Sharon Kelley, Todd Wallace.
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