John E. Konrad, broadcasting executive

He had been GM of WGTS-FM Radio

January 08, 2013|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

John E. Konrad, vice president and general manager of a Takoma Park radio station, died Jan. 2 of bilateral pneumonia at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

He was 43 and lived in Mount Airy.

The son of a Seventh-day Adventist minister and a registered nurse, John Edward Konrad was born in Hinsdale, Ill., and raised in southern Illinois, New York City and Washington, where he graduated in 1987 from Takoma Academy in Takoma Park.

He was a 1994 graduate of Washington Adventist University, also in Takoma Park, where he began his radio career.

Mr. Konrad joined WGTS-FM Radio — which is owned and operated by Washington Adventist University — and in 1996 was named the station's general manager.

During the late 1990s, he spearheaded the station's transition from classical music to its current contemporary Christian format.

The station grew from 10,000 weekly listeners to more than 600,000 during his tenure and now ranks among the Top 10 in the Washington market.

"It was the only job he ever had," said his father, the Rev. Albert Konrad, who lives in Queenstown.

Mr. Konrad was a member of New Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fulton.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7700 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park.

In addition to his father, Mr. Konrad is survived by his wife of 18 years, the former Dawn Cofield, a registered nurse; a daughter, Marina Konrad of Mount Airy; his mother, Johna Sue Mason of Columbia; and a sister, Anni Hevener of Staunton, Va.

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