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DAVID ROLLAND, LONGTIME AZ MEDIA PROFESSIONAL DIES: OBIT
TEX EARNHARDT, CAR MOGUL, TV ICON PASSES AWAY DETAILS
SEE RAY ODOM'S TERRIFIC VIDEO ABOUT HIS LIFE, BOOK:HERE 
GENE ACKERLEY, TUCSON AD LEGEND, DIES AT 97: STORY 
JAY TAYLOR, TUCSON AD EXEC, HUMORIST, PASSES: STORY
SHERWIN BLOCK, AD SPECIALTIES OWNER LEAVES US: OBIT
GEOFF HOGWOOD, PHX RADIO/TV ANNOUNCER PASSES: OBIT
KARL ELLER, AZ MEDIA GIANT, PHILANTHROPIST, DIES: STORY 
SANDY GIBBONS, PHX PERSONALITY, ACTOR PASSES:OBIT
MICHAEL ARRA, PHX TV NEWS REPORTER/ANCHOR DIES: OBIT
BILL MORTIMER, LONGTIME TUCSON ANNOUNCER PASSES: OBIT 
PAUL LANCASTER (ROGER COLLINS) RADIO EXEC, DJ DIES:OBIT  
VINCE LEONARD, FORMER CH. 12 ANCHOR PASSES AT 92: OBIT
BEN REID, 40 YR. STUDIO VETERAN AT CH. 10 PASSES AWAY:OBIT
MAC JETT, PHX ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE DIES AT 76: OBIT
LARRY MARTEL, LEGENDARY KPHO ANCHOR PASSES: VIDEO BIO
JIM SPERO - PHOENIX RADIO LEGEND PASSES...OBITUARY 
BOB MELTON, PHOENIX RADIO EXEC - KRUX, KUPD DIES:STORY
PATRICIA MYERS, WRITER/MUSIC PROMOTER, LEAVES US: LIFE
DEE COURTWRIGHT-SMOOT, PHOENX PR EXEC, PASSES OBIT
BOB ALLINGHAM, RETIRED CH. 12 STATION MGR. DIES. OBITUARY 
JACK MILLER, LEGENDARY PHOENIX AUDIO GENIUS DIES. STORY

Read our columnists as they reminisce about the old days...
MAURIE HELLE
ANDY LIMBER
JIM SULLINS
and "What's New" from our Webmaster
RAY LINDSTROM
A special meeting place for ARIZONA
MEDIA AND ADVERTISING VETERANS! 
ARIZONA SURVIVORS

WHO ARE THE SURVIVORS?
Many 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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The Arizona Media Survivors remembers the great Karl Eller for his financial support of our organization.  We miss this media giant.

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
REMEMBERING TUCSON AD FED PRESIDENTS: 1983 PHOTO HERE

Also be sure to take a look at Ed Sharpe's incredible site for the Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications, and Computation: smecc.org 
NO FUN...WE SURE MISSED IT, DIDN'T WE?
Yup, Saturday, April 18, 2020 was this year's big day for our annual reunion. We had a new location (University Club of Phoenix) and were looking forward to seeing our old friends again. Alas, it was not to be, as the coronavirus kept us away.

So we were forced to cancel.  Your reunion committee will keep abreast of the latest news and gathering restrictions. Hopefully, we will be able to get together next year. We'll let you know.
We hate missing a year, but such is life. Heck, at our age we don't even like to buy green bananas.

IN THE MEANTIME, 
Why not enjoy looking at past year's reunions. To relive some great days of the past with so many of our old friends, many of whom are no longer with us, take a look at our PAST REUNIONS PAGE. 
JUST CLICK HERE.

Tex Earnhardt Passes Away
     Legendary car dealer and advertiser Tex Earnhardt passed away April 18. He was 89. He opened his firs dealership in Chandler in the 1950's. He started television advertising in 1969 appearing in his own commercials with his famous line, "This ain't no bull."
     Since those humble beginnings he became one of the nation's largest car dealers with many locations featuring many brands. He said he owed his success to his TV ads.