BFA Establishes The Bill Burton Memorial Fund

The Broadcasters Foundation of America has established The Bill Burton Memorial Fund in honor of radio’s most ardent ambassador, known for his trademark words of encouragement, “Be Fabulous.”

Burton died Dec. 20 as a result of head injuries suffered from a fall at his home. At 85, he remained an active advocate for radio and the head of the Detroit Radio Automotive Group, traveling the country giving “Why Radio?” presentations to top decision makers in the advertising community. 

“Bill’s influence inspired countless individuals in the radio business,” observed long-time friend and colleague Carl Butrum, former Broadcasters Foundation executive and previous president of Eastman Radio, where he worked with Burton for many years.

“Radio owes Bill our gratitude for his wisdom and for imparting to us his boundless positive attitude, which infected everyone who came into contact with him. We mourn his loss, but remember the great man with The Bill Burton Memorial Fund,” Butrum added.

Burton started his radio career at Eastman Radio, eventually leading the rep firm as its president and chairman. 

Donations to the Bill Burton Memorial Fund are being accepted at the Broadcasters Foundation website at, or by calling 212-373-8250, or emailing [email protected].


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