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            David Tower Passes Away       

    2018 TnRHoF Career Inductee 

         David Milstead, better known to radio listeners throughout Middle Tennessee as David Tower, died overnight Friday, July 28, at his home.
         David was a recent inductee into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame, receiving the honor on May 5 at the organization’s annual banquet. 

         He was born in Orange, Tex., in 1940 and came to Nashville in 1970, hired as a “news reader” for WMAK-AM radio. Within a year, David had become news director and began a career that would lead the station to a number of professional awards.  Other Nashville radio stops include WYHY-FM (Y-107) and 50,000-watt WLAC.

         His commanding air presence and concentration on local news made him a favorite source of information. David’s signature sign-off to newscasts was, “THIS (long pause) is David Tower.” When his newscasts ended at times when WMAK was switching to a nighttime signal pattern, DJs delighted in switching the signal during that pause, meaning listeners on the fringes wouldn’t hear David’s name.

         David was a strong advocate for open government and for women in broadcasting. He was a member of the journalism organization the Society of Professional Journalists (formerly Sigma Delta Chi) and served a term as the group’s Middle Tennessee president. He was also named to a governor’s commission on the status of women by Gov. Winfield Dunn.

         In his later years, David worked as a real estate agent and lived in East Nashville.

         A celebration of life will take place on Thursday, August 9th from 6:00pm until 7:30pm, with a brief service beginning at 7:00pm at 2349 Brittany Drive in East Nashville (37206).  David’s friends are invited.

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