Mt. Vernon Broadcasting Mogul Passes Away

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By WSIL Manager

MT. VERNON -- Broadcasting mogul Russell "Russ" Withers, Jr. passed away Friday night at his daughter's. He died of natural causes at the age of 77.

According to the National Association of Broadcasters, Withers founded the Withers Broadcasting Companies, which includes six television stations and 30 radio stations in seven states. He served as chairman of the Mt. Vernon Airport Authority, Convention and Visitor's Bureau and was the former chairman of the Illinois Public Airport Association. The Illinois Broadcasting Association also named him Broadcaster of the year in 2005.

Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon is handling the arrangments. The visitation will be held Monday the 27th at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. and the funeral will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. Both will be open to the public.

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