Legendary leader in television and business dies at the age of 96

A legendary leader in television and business, and a huge part of our success at WPLG, has passed away. Tom Murphy died Wednesday at his home in New York, aged 96.

Murphy was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Cities and oversaw its $3.5 billion merger with ABC in 1985. Ten years later, Murphy announced Capital Cities/ABC’s $19 billion merger with The Walt Disney Company.

“Tom Murphy was unrivaled in our industry, not only for his business achievements, but also for his impeccable ethics, unwavering kindness and boundless generosity,” said Robert Iger, former CEO of The Walt Disney Company. Murphy served on Disney’s board of directors until 2004.

Murphy most recently served on the board of directors of Warren Buffett-owned Berkshire Hathaway and the parent company of WPLG, Inc.

“Tom Murphy taught me more about running a business than anyone else,” Buffett told The Walt Disney Company. “Tom led by example and it was very effective whether you were pauper or prince. He didn’t distinguish between the two.”


Murphy also served on WPLG’s board of directors until his death on Wednesday.

“Tom was a legend in our industry. We were honored that he was a member of the WPLG Board of Directors. He loved radio. At age 96, he remained passionate about how we can serve our communities, said Bert Medina, President and CEO of WPLG. “But beyond his knowledge and experience, Tom was a kind, honest and ethical man. We at WPLG will miss his leadership and friendship.”

Murphy’s wife, Suzanne Crosby Murphy, died in 2009. He is survived by four children and nine grandchildren.

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