JOHN IRVING

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IRVING John Ralph Irving, of Rockville, MD, died of cancer on January 9, 2018 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. John was born to Ralph Irving and Bertha (Barnjum) Irving on April 19, 1947 in South Berwick, ME. He was raised in Vermont and Maine. John got his start in radio playing with ham radios in junior high school. In high school, he furthered his early career by working as a weekend radio rock and roll disc jockey. He was a graduate of Montpelier High School in Montpelier, VT and of Johnson State College in Johnson, VT. From 1969 to 1971 John served in the US Army Infantry in Vietnam and Germany, achieved rank of Sgt (E-5) and was honorably discharged. John's career in radio news spanned over four decades. From 1972 to 1977 he was the News Director at WDEV-AM in Waterbury, VT and specialized in state house and state government news. For the next year, he was a Freelance Reporter for Associated Press Radio in Washington, DC and covered Congress, the White House, State Department, Supreme Court, and other federal agencies. For three years, beginning in 1978, John was a General Assignment Reporter and an occasional NBC Radio News Anchor for WRC-AM in Washington, DC. He was also the weekday Host of a news-oriented radio talk show at WRC from 1981 to 1982. In 1985 John married Holly Berry whom he met while they were both working at WRC. From 1982 to 1995 he was the News Director for WKYS-FM in Washington, DC where he also anchored the morning news, and produced news/public affairs programming. From 1995 to 2006 John worked for Metro Networks, first as the Washington, DC News Bureau Chief where he was the primary News Anchor for several Washington radio stations and was deeply involved in the development and launch of the Metro Source wire service. Next, he was the Northeast Regional News Bureau Chief for Metro Networks also as a primary News Anchor and with oversight of 11 Northeast major market news operations. Finally, as the National Director of News Bureau Operations for Metro Networks-Westwood One, John oversaw the operations of over 70 Metro Source news bureaus and provided training and support to 60+ writers, editors, and producers for the Metro Source Operations Center in Phoenix, AZ. From 2006 to 2014, he was the Managing Director for Strauss Media Strategies. John retired in 2014, but came back to radio as a fill in News Anchor for Westwood One in 2015. John was a talented and creative radio news professional and a decorated solider. He was also a sensitive soul with a wry sense of humor. He was a voracious reader, eclectic music lover, occasional photographer, and cat whisperer. More than anything he was deeply proud and amazed by his talented daughter Erica. John was a devoted and loving son, sibling, husband, father, in law and friend. He was preceded in death by his sister Patricia (Irving) Frederick. He is survived by his wife Holly Berry Irving, daughter Erica Berry Irving, his sister Kathy J. Irving and William R. Iacono (husband) and uncle George Barnjum. Funeral services and burial will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to SOME (So Others Might Eat) at some.org.
Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 21, 2018
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