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    Don Fitzpatrick, RIP

    You may not recognize the name right away, but if you work in the business, you know (and depend on) the site he created, <a target="_blank" href=http://www.tvspy.com>www.tvspy.com</a>.

    Don's death was announced today, at the age of 56. Back in the eighties, long before Radio-Info or Inside Radio or NERW were even a gleam in anyone's eye, Don pretty much invented the idea of broadcasting industry message boards and news sites, creating the "Rumorville" (later changed to "ShopTalk") e-mail newsletter way back in 1983.

    There's a tribute to him on his site. No word yet on whether ShopTalk, still a daily institution in the industry, will continue.<P ID="signature">______________
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    Re: Don Fitzpatrick, RIP

    > You may not recognize the name right away, but if you work
    > in the business, you know (and depend on) the site he
    > created, www.tvspy.com.
    >
    > Don's death was announced today, at the age of 56. Back in
    > the eighties, long before Radio-Info or Inside Radio or NERW
    > were even a gleam in anyone's eye, Don pretty much invented
    > the idea of broadcasting industry message boards and news
    > sites, creating the "Rumorville" (later changed to
    > "ShopTalk") e-mail newsletter way back in 1983.
    >
    > There's a tribute to him on his site. No word yet on whether
    > ShopTalk, still a daily institution in the industry, will
    > continue.
    >
    Funny thing... I had forgotten my subscription to ShopTalk, and it had stopped for the longest time. Just a few weeks ago, it sprung back into life. Funny how life is...<P ID="signature">______________
    "Radio is like musical chairs. When the music stops, I sit down and say something."</P>

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    mrpariot
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    Re: Don Fitzpatrick, RIP

    > > You may not recognize the name right away, but if you work
    > > in the business, you know (and depend on) the site he
    > > created, www.tvspy.com.
    > > Don's death was announced today, at the age of 56. Back in
    > > the eighties, long before Radio-Info or Inside Radio or
    > > NERW were even a gleam in anyone's eye, Don pretty much
    > > invented the idea of broadcasting industry message boards and news
    > > sites, creating the "Rumorville" (later changed to
    > > "ShopTalk") e-mail newsletter way back in 1983.
    > >
    > > There's a tribute to him on his site. No word yet on
    > whether ShopTalk, still a daily institution in the industry, will
    > > continue.

    > Funny thing... I had forgotten my subscription to ShopTalk,
    > and it had stopped for the longest time. Just a few weeks
    > ago, it sprung back into life. Funny how life is...

    Don Fitzpatrick was YEARS ahead of his time with "Rumorville." I still read "Shop Talk" as often as I can; sites like "NewsBlues" and "TV Newser" have Fitz to thank for paving the way.

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