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Richard D. Gleason

Dick Gleason, President of Gleason Media Services, attended the University of Maine in Orono and earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing.

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  • In the early 70’s, he served as regional director for H&R Block income tax service and was appointed as marketing specialist on their regional advisory board.
  • From 1972 to 1975, he assisted in establishing WTOS-FM on top of Sugarloaf Mountain and served as it’s first manager.
  • In 1975, he purchased an FM radio station in Norway, Maine, known today as WOXO-FM.
  • In 1976, he purchased an AM radio station in South Paris, Maine, known today as WKTQ-AM.
  • In 1977, he formed Gleason Marketing Services to assist businesses in building their sales. That same year, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserves as a captain in infantry.
  • From 1982 to 1985, he served as a part time marketing instructor for the University of Maine in Auburn and he has done workshops for the SBA.
  • In 1985, he purchased an AM radio station in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, which today operates as WEZR1240.
  • In 1987, he opened Computers and Electronics, a Radio Shack Dealer in Oxford. Maine. It grew into one of the largest dealers in Northern New England and the company bought it back from him 12 years later in 1999.
  • In 1990, he purchased WTBM-FM in Mexico, and
  • In 2000, he purchased the AM station in Rumford, WTME, and
  • In 2014, he purchased a Lewiston FM station at 105.5, so that he now owns and operates six radio stations.

He has served as President of:

  • The Norway / Paris Kiwanis Club,
  • The Oxford Hills Area Development Corporation,
  • The Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce, and in 1989,
  • Founding President of the United Way of Oxford County.
  • Other Western Maine activities have included:
  • Corporator of Norway Savings Bank and Stephen’s Memorial Hospital

In Lewiston-Auburn, he has served on community groups including:

  • Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce (Chair, 2005)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Auburn-Lewiston
  • USM Corporate Partners
  • The Future Forum of Lewiston-Auburn
  • Auburn Business Association
  • Healthy Androscoggin
  • Business Advisory Board for Congressman Michaud
  • Advisory Committee for Central Maine Community College
  • City Of Auburn, Maine
    • Councilor 2006-2007
    • Mayor 2009-2011
  • United Methodist Church of Auburn
  • Taylor Pond Yacht Club
  • Edward Little High School building committee
  • The School of Business of the University of Maine

He currently serves on the following boards:

  • The Chapman House (residential care facility)
  • Central Maine Community College Foundation (Chair 2014-15)

And serves as a corporator for:

  • Auburn Public Library
  • Boys & Girls Club of Auburn-Lewiston
  • Mechanics Savings Bank

He has received Recognitions including:

  • Broadcaster of the Year, Maine Association of Broadcasters
  • Business Leadership Award, Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce
  • Business Cornerstone Award, from the Maine Senate
  • Honorary Degree, New England School of Communications
  • Legion of Honor, Kiwanis International
  • Ray Geiger Award, Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce
  • Achievement in Business Award, University of Maine School of Business
  • Citizen of the Year of Auburn, Maine (2008) - Auburn Business Association
  • Business of the Year (2015) - Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce

He has been married to his wife, Kathy, since 1969 and lives in Auburn. He has three daughters and seven grandchildren.

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