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East Tennessee radio executive Randy Ross dies

Friends say he died Tuesday.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Radio industry veteran Randy Ross died Tuesday.

Ross was general manager for Midwest Communications. He oversaw area radio stations that included B97.5, 103.5 WIMZ and DUKE FM.

B97.5 is a radio partner with WBIR.

He'd previously worked in broadcasting in the Tri-Cities, and had been an executive at South Central Media. He had on-air and advertising experience.

Ross came to the area in 2001 as a sales manager and worked his way up.