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Broadcast executive

Richard George Rakovan, American broadcast executive.


Rakovan, Richard George was born on September 26, 1938 in Elyria, Ohio, United States.


Student, Michigan State University.


Promotion manager, Jay-Kay Distributing, Detroit, 1960-1962;factory branch manager, Dot Records Distributing Corporation, Buffalo, New York, 1961-1962;salesman, Station WKBW-AM-FM, Buffalo, 1963-1965;midwest sales manager, Station WPAT-AM-FM, New York City, 1965-1967;general sales manager, Station WPAT-AM-FM, New York City, 1968-1970;general sales manager, Station WJR-AM-FM, Detroit, 1970-1974;vice president, general manager, Station WPRO-AM-FM, Providence, 1974-1979;senior vice president radio station group, Outlet Communications, Inc., Providence, 1979-1984;vice-president and general manager, Station WFYR-FM, Chicago, since 1985.


Member Rhode Island Association for the Blind (board directors), Rhode Island Advisory Committee, United States Commission on Civil Rights, Fundraising Committee, Heart of America Challenge, Chicago American's Cup Syndicate, board of directors, C.R.I.S. President R. I. Radio Information Service. Member Radio Broadcasters of Chicago (treasurer), Broadcasters Association (board directors), Broadcast Advts.

Club of Chicago, R. I. Broadcasters Association (president), Broadcast Pioneers, Illinois Broadcasters Association (Minority Intern Committee), Illinois Broadcasters Association (board directors). Clubs: Chicago Yacht. East Greenwich Yacht (Rhode Island), Irish Fellowship.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: boating, running, classical music.


Son of George Edward and Mary Ann (Muir) R. Married Cyndie Ann Janicke, September 29, 1962. Children: John, Susan, Timothy, Nancy.

George Edward Rakovan

Mary Ann (Muir) Rakovan

Cyndie Ann Janicke

John Rakovan

Susan Rakovan

Timothy Rakovan

Nancy Rakovan