Duke Wright Death, Obituary – Duke Wright, who had served as the Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Communications in the Wausau/Green Bay area of Wisconsin, passed away on December 21st, 2022 as a result of natural causes. He passed away with his family surrounding him in his final moments. The transformation of Midwest Communications into one of the most successful privately owned and family-run radio operating firms in the United States is largely ascribed to Duke, whose birth name was Duey Edward Wright Jr. Duke hosted a live music program on WSAU TV in Wausau when he was just 15 years old.
The station is located in Wausau. Later on in his career, despite the fact that he was a good musician, he chose to pursue a career in radio broadcasting rather than a career in music. He thought that this decision was one that suited him well. Duke was a pioneer in the field of radio, and he was the first person to notice and capitalize on new advances that had a huge impact on the organization. In the beginning, he gambled his money on rock & roll from the 1950s. WRIG Inc. was formed by Duke, together with his parents, in the city of Wausau, in the state of Wisconsin, in the year 1958. “Big WRIG” 1400 began playing today’s CHR.
In 1964, Duke launched WRIG FM 101.9 with the expectation that FM radio will one day become the major form of communication.
In 1971, Duke launched Midwest Communications Inc. and WROE FM in Appleton, which is located in the state of Wisconsin. Both of these endeavors took place simultaneously. While he was in charge of Midwest Communications, the firm successfully executed 16 acquisitions, all of which contributed to the business becoming what it is today. The goal of Duke University is to supply the areas served by its broadcasting stations with the most excellent programming and broadcasters. He was a fervent believer in the capability of the medium to bring people together via the common experience of listening to music.
Mary Kay, Michael Wright, and Jeffrey Wright are the individuals primarily responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization. The inventive skills of Midwest Communications, as well as the company’s sales and marketing professionals and business support team, which included Duke’s own children, were a big hit with Duke, and he was quite happy with all of these aspects. Duke was involved in the broadcasting sector and served on a variety of boards and committees throughout his career. It has been revealed that he will be inducted into not just the Wisconsin Rock & Roll Hall of Fame but also the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Radio INK magazine included Duke on their yearly list of “Radio’s 40 Most Powerful People,” and they gave him recognition for it.