Vale: Radio Green Room founder and friend Jose Auditore
Tributes are flowing into The Radio Greem Room after the Facebook Group’s founder and friend of this site, Jose Auditore, passed away on Saturday.
Auditore was in hospital being treated for kidney failure and liver malfunction.
He founded the radio industry Facebook group in 2013, a popular hot spot for past and present radio professionals to connect and discuss the biz. It grew to over 5,000 members.
Auditore grew up in Mudgee and began his radio career at 2MG, moving on to work for many media and entertainment companies including 4CC, 4VL, Network Ten and record labels EMI and Virgin.
A memorial service in celebration of Auditore will be live-streamed at 10.30am on July 18, according to a post in The Radio Greem Room.
“Jose’s smile, positive attitude and energy were infectious. Whenever I talked with him he impressed me with how connected he was to all sectors of the radio industry and how he loved the audio craft. From time to time we met for a coffee and discussed formats, technology and the good ideas he had for the future of radio. Jose will be missed by all of us in the radio industry, we are all better for knowing him. Rest in Peace Jose,” radioinfo publisher Steve Ahern said.
“I think my fondest memory of Jose would be of August 2019 when he picked up my son and I in Sydney and drove us to the Radio Green Room get-together at Annandale. On the drive he shared various snapshots of Sydney – often radio-related – and as we travelled we heard a variety of music and stations that he had tuned in on his car radio. He truly was a ‘radio groupie’ – and I mean that in the nicest possible way. He was passionate about radio. He also loved hanging around with radio people and at each Radio Green Room get-together, he would always bring his copy of Wayne Mac’s ‘Don’t Touch That Dial’ radio history book that was filled with autographs of people in the radio industry. A top bloke who’ll be missed by many,” Jocks’ Journal editor Greg Newman said.
“Jose Auditore’s passion and knowledge for all things radio were contagious. Within days of acquiring Radio Today, he arrived at my office in Crows Nest to ‘say g’day’. We ended up talking about the radio biz and the media industry for hours. It was the first of many visits. He was a regular story whisperer and fact-checker on many great yarns over the past few years. He will be missed by many and remembered by all who knew him,” Jake Challenor said, publisher & editor at Radio Today and The Music Network.
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