Remembering FM radio pioneer Everett L Dillard

Everett L. Dillard, 82, a former Washington-based radio station executive and consultant, died of cancer June 28, 1988, at his home in Titusville, Fla. Mr. Dillard was the former owner of two Washington area radio stations, WASH-FM in Washington, which he acquired in 1944, and WDON, an AM station in Wheaton which he acquired in 1953. He sold WASH in 1968 and WDON in 1974. During the 1940s he also headed the Washington-based Continental FM Network, a 52-station affiliate. He established the Commercial Radio Equipment Co. in Washington in 1942. During World War II the company sold quartz crystals to the Armed Forces. Later it specialized in radio broadcast consulting. Mr. Dillard sold that business in 1972. A native of Kansas City, Mo., Mr. Dillard graduated from Missouri State University. Before moving to the Washington area in 1942 he owned and operated experimental FM radio stations in the Midwest. He was a former president of the Frequency Modulation Association, a past president and charter member of the Association of Federal Communications Engineers and an amateur radio operator. He had been on the board of directors of the National Association of Broadcasters. In 1983 he received the Radio Pioneers award for contributions to the industry. A former resident of Silver Spring, Mr. Dillard had lived in Titusville and Cape Cod for about the last five years. Survivors include his wife, Jean Martin Dillard of Titusville and Cape Cod; one daughter, Sandra Jean Faunce of Silver Spring; one son, Donald Dillard of Annapolis; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. ---Washington Post Obit from June 29, 1988

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