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Joseph Dembo, CBS Radio executive, dies at 83

Joseph Dembo, a CBS Radio executive and news correspondent who helped transform the company's flagship radio station in New York City into an all-news outlet, died Monday at his Manhattan home. He was 83.

The cause of death was cancer, said his son, Robert Dembo.

In 1967, CBS chairman William Paley picked Dembo to help transform a struggling WCBS Radio in New York City into an all-news format.

Dembo brought together a team of journalists that included Ed Bradley, Charles Osgood and Lou Adler and, by 1970, the station was broadcasting news all the time.

"My father was an absolutely dedicated journalist who discovered the joy of radio when he was quite young. It was his lifelong passion," said Robert Dembo, an executive director at NBC News. "He brought to that very strict, very high journalistic ethics. He insisted on getting it right and getting it fast. But getting it right was always first." Dembo also was an executive producer for "The CBS Morning News" network television broadcast and ran news bureaus in Rome and Athens during his 28-year career at CBS.

He left CBS in 1988 to be a journalism professor at Fordham University, where he taught until last year. - AP

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