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Media Release

Media Release

A tribute to Des Foster

Highly respected commercial radio administrator, and member of the Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) Hall of Fame, Des Foster passed away yesterday afternoon at the age of 88.  Formerly a newspaper journalist, Des made the transition to commercial radio in 1955 as head of news, sport and special events at Radio 2UE Sydney. He was appointed General Manager of 2GB Sydney in 1960, where he remained for a decade. His involvement with the Federation of Australian Radio Broadcasters (FARB, which changed its name to CRA in 2002) began in 1958, serving in various committee and leadership roles before being elected President in 1967.
His administrative talents helped the the radio industry thrive during a period of technological upheaval, as television became widespread and radio became prominent in cars. His lobbying experience helped guide the industry into a new era during the introduction of FM radio.
Des received an Order of Australia medal in 1986 for services to media, and was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of his lifetime commitment to radio. 
Commercial Radio Australia chief executive officer, Joan Warner, said: “Des Foster proved through his astute leadership, that radio was capable of flourishing in times of serious technological change, which continues to hold true today. He was a gentleman of the industry, and will be dearly missed. Our condolences go out to his family and his many friends in Australian radio.”

For more information, please contact Melissa Fleming (Media Manager) at melissa.fleming@commercialradio.com.au or 02 9281 6577.


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