RTNDA’s Welle Dead at 57

Jan 2, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Noreen Welle, the communications VP for the Radio and Television News Directors Association, died Friday at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Md. She was 57.

She had been battling multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood, for a year.

“Noreen’s colleagues on the RTNDA and RTNDF staffs and her many friends among RTNDA board and members are remembering her feisty spirit, her warmth, her humor, her talent and her dedication,” RTNDA President Barbara Cochran said Tuesday in announcing Ms. Welle’s death. “She was a remarkable person who contributed so much to our association and we will miss her enormously.”

Ms. Welle joined RTNDA in September 1997 as director of communications and immediately redesigned Communicator, RTNDA’s monthly magazine. In 2003, she assumed responsibility for membership and marketing. When RTNDA began holding its annual convention with the National Association of Broadcasters, she coined the catchy new title, RTNDA@NAB. In 2005, She was promoted to the position of VP.

She is survived by her husband, Tom, and her daughters, Lauren and Kate.

A memorial service is tentatively scheduled at 11a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 9970 Vale Road, Vienna, Va. 22181. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th floor, Norwalk, Conn. 06851; The Little Sisters of the Poor, Jeanne Jugan Center, 8745 James A. Reed Road, Kansas City, Mo. 64138; and Radio and Television News Directors Foundation, 1600 K Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20006.

(Editor: Gilbert)