Larry Keene, In Memoriam 10/11/1939 - 10/19/2018

Larry Keene, WMID, obituary, broadcaster, radio, TDGA

Larry Keene 79, of San Juan Capistrano, CA and formerly a 34 year resident of Beesley’s Point, NJ, a graduate of Ocean City High School (NJ) Class of 1957 passed away suddenly at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA on Friday October 19th. He was beloved and will be sorely missed.
Larry was a pioneering broadcaster of 65 years duration. He along with his partners founded WSLT in Ocean City, NJ and WWOC in Avalon. NJ. Larry began his broadcasting career at the age of 14 when he happily obtained his first position as a go-fer at WOND in Pleasantville, NJ which quickly led to an on-air opportunity. Larry grabbed that microphone and never looked back. His career blossomed as a popular local radio personality on WMID in Atlantic City and he held rock and roll royalty-studded, record-breaking hops at the old Ocean City Convention Hall and at venues as far as away Asbury Park.

Over the years Larry experienced almost every career opportunity in broadcasting including management of broadcasting facilities, creating The Miss America Radio Network, and ownership of several radio stations and founding two local newspapers. His last morning was spent working on his influential broadcasting trade association, The Traffic Directors Guild of America (TDGA) which he founded 18 years ago.
Larry leaves behind his beloved wife of 58 years Carol (Holmes), his cherished daughter Joanne E. and son-in-law James D. Hall, Jr and his two very precious granddaughters Emma and Adeline Hall all of California., his sisters Audrey Hart, Susan (Hart) Kaitz, Sharon Hart and brother Rick Hart all of New Jersey plus many very special nieces and nephews He was preceded in death by his father Leon H. Keene, his mother Thelma (Trimble) Hart and his daughter Cathleen L. Keene.

According to Larry’s wishes there will be no traditional funeral but sometime in the spring of 2019 his ashes will be scattered near his boyhood home in Lancaster, PA and his family and friends will gather together to remember and reminisce about him. There will also be a California family gathering to be held in the near future.

His family is currently looking for someone to take over the TDGA helm, who will show it as much care and attention as he did. Thank you for your patience and understanding.