Ira H. Apple, Broadcasting Manager

August 22, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Ira H. Apple, a veteran broadcasting manager who later became an industry consultant, died of a brain aneurysm Aug. 11 at Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital Center. The Reisterstown resident was 74.

Mr. Apple, the son of a furniture salesman and a homemaker, was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Kittanning, Pa., where he graduated from high school.

He began his radio career in the late 1940s when he signed a small Kittanning radio station on the air before attending high school, and then returned after school to sign off the daytime-only station.

Mr. Apple attended Pennsylvania State College in State College, where he helped establish the campus radio station. After leaving college, he served in the Army for two years at Fort Knox, Ky.

After being discharged from the Army in 1957, he went to work at WJAS in Pittsburgh and later at KQV, also in Pittsburgh, where he was news director.

He was later promoted to program director at Westinghouse Broadcasting's KDKA in Pittsburgh and held a similar position at WBZ in Boston.

In the 1970s, Mr. Apple was program director at WGSO in New Orleans before coming to WBAL as program director.

In the mid 1980s, he became a regional sales manager for Custom Business Systems Inc., a radio business software company.

A decade ago, he went to work for Traffic Directors' Guild of America as a liaison with executives of the state broadcasting associations across the U.S.

Mr. Apple was still working as a media and broadcasting consultant at his death.

He enjoyed reading and writing.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, the former Clara DeLeon; a son, David J. Apple of Westminster; a brother, Burton J. Apple of Marblehead, Mass.; and a sister, Lorriane Aronson of Pittsburgh.

- Frederick N. Rasmussen

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