Rob Meyer Remembered
Laura Taylor about over 3 years ago
July 12, 2010
For Immediate Release
WMNF 88.5 fm Community Radio Receives Generous Legacy Gift
(Tampa) A financial crisis at WMNF Community Radio forced the station to lay off three of its long-time, valued employees. The station was able to rescind the layoffs after receivng news of a generous bequest from the late Robin R. “Rob” Meyer. Rob Meyer, who lived in Clearwater, passed away on December 12, 2009. Meyer loved the station and served as a volunteer and supporter of many years. He designated two non-profits, WMNF and The Hospice of Florida Suncoast, as beneficiaries of his estate and 401 (k).
Meyer’s sister, Terry Hood of Orlando, describes her brother as a music fanatic who often also spoke to her of his love for WMNF. Meyer family friend and long-time WMNF Volunteer Debbie Fink says Rob’s whole life revolved around music. “He was an avid fan, and attended every blues festival and concert around for many, many years! Going to watch a great band play the blues was Rob's favorite thing to do. Listening to WMNF was his next favorite things to do. Larry Lisk's (Tuesday Afternoon True Blues Lovers’ Edition) show was Rob's favorite program on WMNF!”
Another long-time WMNF Volunteer, Dan Klingman first met Meyer more than 18 years ago at work, and started attending concerts together. “We took many a road trip together, the most memorable being a trip to Austin in 2009 for South by Southwest. Rob was a unique person, very liberal in his views and definitely not bashful in sharing those views. He really enjoyed listening to live music and was especially fond of the blues” says Klingman.
Klingman adds that Meyer was very generous in life, too. “(Rob) was a good friend and even when his finances were short, he would reach out to help others that needed a hand. So the fact that he remembered WMNF (and Suncoast Hospice) in his will is no surprise. He definitely appreciated the range and depth of music that WMNF played on the air, and especially the live acts that WMNF brought to Tampa.”
Debbie Fink says Rob would be pleased to know his legacy gift helped WMNF in a time of financial crisis. “I think Rob would be so proud that the Meyer Family was able to help his beloved station so much, especially when in time of need.”
WMNF is deeply honored and grateful to be the recipient of this legacy generous gift. Rob Meyer’s legacy will not only live on in this station, but also in the friends and family who loved him so much.
WMNF plans to name the Record Library after Rob Meyer and will reveal a tile the station’s Legacy Wall, which names others who have left the station in their wills or given planned gifts.
For more information, contact WMNF Station Manager Jim Bennett,(813) 238-8001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.