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George A. Collias

August 16, 1927 - June 13, 2017

Obituary


George A. Collias, 89, founder and president of Century Broadcasting Corp., died Tuesday, June 13, in Deerfield. Mr. Collias served as a U.S. Army paratrooper toward the end of World War II and was in active duty in the Army Reserves for twenty eight years. He graduated from Northwestern University and Loyola University School of Law, and had a five-year career as a lawyer at Baker McKenzie. He then launched a broadcasting company, Century Broadcasting. In 1964, Collias and a college buddy bought their first FM radio station in St. Louis, Missouri. Over the next...

George A. Collias, 89, founder and president of Century Broadcasting Corp., died Tuesday, June 13, in Deerfield. Mr. Collias served as a U.S. Army paratrooper toward the end of World War II and was in active duty in the Army Reserves for twenty eight years. He graduated from Northwestern University and Loyola University School of Law, and had a five-year career as a lawyer at Baker McKenzie. He then launched a broadcasting company, Century Broadcasting. In 1964, Collias and a college buddy bought their first FM radio station in St. Louis, Missouri. Over the next thirty-four years, Century Broadcasting, a Chicago-based company headquartered in the John Hancock building, grew its broadcasting empire playing rock, jazz and easy listening over the air waves in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, St. Louis and Tampa. When deregulation loosened ownership of radio broadcasting in the 1990s, Collias sold the company's final hometown station, WPNT-FM, in 1996.
Mr. Collias was a leader at the Hellenic Foundation, and an active member of Leadership 100, an endowment fund for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese that supports the ministries of the church. He loved to sail, travel, and spend time with family.
Mr. Collias is survived by his wife, Sharon Ann, and children Chip (Cindy) Dell, Deborah (Scott) Dell, Linda (Kurt) Berlin and the late Scott Dell; brother Nick (Jane), and his late sisters Eugenia Collias, and Danae Kornaros; his grandchildren, Jason, Ashley, and Rudy (Tricia) Dell ; Eva, Oliver, and Abel Chamberlin, and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be this Tuesday, June 20, 9:30am until time of service 10:30am at St. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 1401 Wagner Road, Glenview. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, IL
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ascension of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Church, 1207 Riverwoods Road, Lincolnshire 60069, (847) 482-1200. Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. For funeral information 847-251-8200