Wednesday, May 09, 2012
K/MEN Tom Becker
Our belated condolences go out to the family and friends of veteran broadcaster Tom Becker, who died on Tuesday, April 24 in Ramona, CA at the age of 68. Becker, also known by his air name of Bo Donovan, began his radio career in 1964 at KXO in his hometown of El Centro, CA. Two years later, Becker was named PD/morning personality at KDES-AM & FM/Palm Springs, CA. Subsequent stops included KROY/Sacramento and KMEN/Riverside, and, from 1971-1973, Becker held programming and on-air positions in Los Angeles with KDAY, KLAC and KBQ. Becker was later named Director of Programming for SRO Broadcasting in Seattle and supervised all nine SRO stations, including the mighty KZOK, which rocketed from zero to No. 1 in 63 days.
In October 1976, Becker joined Tuesday Productions in San Diego as VP of its Broadcast Division. In 1984, Becker formed the creative services firm Silvertree Inc. and served as the company's President and Creative Director. An avid pilot, Becker devoted himself full-time to airport management for the County of San Diego after retiring from the creative services industry. Becker is survived by his wife of 44 years, Cova; two children; two grandsons; and his mother, Grace. "Bo was a great broadcaster and one of the nicest, funniest guys I have ever known," said Greenhouse Marketing Group's Jim Hampton, who used to work with Becker back in the day at Ken Draper and Chuck Blore's syndication company, programming db. More details on Becker's life and accomplishments can be found in his obituary, where people can also leave messages for his family.