Broadcast icon Kevin Meath dies after Friday crash
Henrietta, N.Y. – A man, well-known in the local broadcast community, has died following a crash in Henrietta Friday afternoon.
The crash happened around 10:45 a.m. in the area of East Henrietta Road and Route 390.
Deputies say a Subaru driven by 64-year-old Kevin Meath was traveling northbound on East Henrietta Road and was approaching the intersection of East Henrietta and 390 on a green arrow. According to a witness, a Chrysler entered the intersection from the Jefferson Road feeder ramp at a high speed. The witness said, as the Chrysler entered the intersection, Meath’s Subaru hit the front driver’s side of the Chrysler. This reportedly caused the Chrysler to deflect and hit a Nissan Altima stopped at a red light. The Subaru also reportedly deflected and came to rest in front of the Nissan.
The driver of the Chrysler, 89-year-old Louis Polumbo, suffered minor injuries. The driver of the Nissan was not hurt.
Mr. Meath suffered life-threatening injuries at the scene. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he later died.
Meath, the son of late radio personality Eddie Meath, was an icon in the broadcast community, working at stations such as WHAM, WVOR and, most recently, at WYSL as sales manager. He was also actively involved in a number of organizations, including the Press Radio Club and the Eddie Meath Penny Fund.
Former WHAM owner Jack Palvino said Meath was a man with a heart of gold, and added that Friday was a, "sad, sad day for the broadcast community, indeed."
"Kevin Meath will be sorely missed," said Palvino. "He was a good friend to many, many people, and we couldn't be sorrier to have him leave us."
President and CEO of WYSL Bob Savage was a well-loved community leader in media, sports and charitable good works.
"He was a worthy successor to the legacy of his his dad, late TV host Eddie Meath, who championed hospitalized kids with the Annual Eddie Meath Children’s Fund starting Christmastime 1963," said Savage. "Kevin was also a dear friend and a cherished member of the WYSL Radio family."
Meath is survived by his wife, Linda, two children and two grandchildren.