Robert E. Free, 54, worked in Baltimore radio

March 23, 2006

Robert E. Free, a former Baltimore broadcaster, died of liver and lung cancer Friday at a hospital in Winter Haven, Fla. He was 54.

Mr. Free was born in Baltimore and raised in Waverly. He was a 1969 graduate of Northern High School and studied communications at Towson State College, now Towson University.

During the 1980s, Mr. Free worked as a producer and board operator at the old WFBR-AM handling Orioles broadcasts. He was a disc jockey at WFBR and later at WPOC-FM. He was working as an announcer at WCBM-AM when he moved to Hollywood, Fla., in 1989.

He was a salesman for Southern Bell Telephone Co. before establishing Robert Free Productions, a company that produces telephone advertising.

He was interested in genealogy and discovered that he was the ninth grandnephew of Napoleon Bonaparte and that his ancestors were the founders of Freeland, said Edmond F. Kohlhepp, a longtime friend.

There are no services.

Surviving are a sister, Margo Turner of Cumberland; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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