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4750 Palm Valley Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
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CARLSON Arthur William Carlson Jr., fondly known as Big Guy by his grandchildren, 82, passed away on November 3, 2012. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, he graduated from the University of Minnesota's School of Business at age 20. Art was a tireless advocate for the radio industry. He served as President of Susquehanna Radio Corporation, retiring in 1995 after a 35 year tenure. Art was a former Chairman of the Board of the Radio Advertisers Bureau and an active board member of the Library of American Broadcasting. During his career in radio, Art helped pioneer several major industry developments, ranging from the evolution of and application of radio research to the sudden rise of the Top 40 format. Art was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1985. He is survived by his beautiful wife of 34 years, Linda; son, Terry of Naples, FL and his wife, Jill, and their daughters, Grace and Jenna; daughter, Kathryn of Lancaster, PA and her husband, Tom; daughter, Jennifer of Alexandria, VA and her husband, Tim, and their children, Maddy, Josh, Phoebe and Millie; son, Robert of Grand Rapids, MI and his daughter, Kaytelin; son, James of Evanston, IL and his wife, Moira, and son, Will. An avid golfer, Art loved playing the game as well as spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of Sawgrass County Club for 36 years and a member of The Plantation at Ponte Vedra for 17 years. He was a longtime resident of York, PA before retiring permanently to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1995. Arthur was a radio icon, sports fanatic and dearly loved husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at Ponte Vedra Valley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making a donation in Art's honor to The Mayo Clinic www.mayoclinic.org or The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation at www.libraryofamericanbroadcasting.com. Please sign the online guestbook at www.pontevedravalley.com. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Nov. 6, 2012
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