|Birth: ||Feb. 25, 1941|
|Death: ||Jul. 25, 2011|
Vernon R. Baldwin, age 70, owner and president of Baldwin Broadcasting passed away at his home on Monday, July 25, 2011, following a courageous struggle with Parkinson's Disease. He was a devoted Christian and deeply loved by his family and friends. Many who knew Vernon attest to the powerful impact he had on their lives and careers.
He was born on February 25, 1941, in Jackson County, Kentucky to Walter and Edith (Price) Baldwin. He was educated in the Jackson County School System. On June 1, 1962 he was united in marriage to Marcella (Vaughn) Baldwin in Hamilton, Ohio.
Vernon worked on his family farm until leaving Kentucky at age 17. In 1966, he opened Tidy House Furniture in Hamilton, Ohio, later changing the name to Plaza Home Furnishings. He successfully owned and operated his furniture business for 22 years. Vernon was affectionately known by his customers and many friends as "Cousin Vern".
In 1984, Vernon made the transition into the broadcasting industry with the purchase of radio station WCNW 1560 AM in Fairfield, Ohio. In 1990, the FCC granted him the license for WNLT 104.3 FM. It was the first license granted in 22 years, as well as the last available frequency in the Cincinnati area. In gaining this license for WNLT, Vernon achieved his dream of bringing 24-hour Christian music to the Tri-State. In 2002, he realized his goal of attaining well-known Butler County radio station WMOH 1450 AM. He continued his role as president of Baldwin Broadcasting throughout his life. Baldwin Broadcasting is comprised of WNLT 104.3 FM (Cincinnati, Oh), WCNW 1560 AM (Fairfield, Oh), WMOH 1450 AM (Hamilton, Oh), WKLN 102.3 FM (Wilmington, Oh), WVRB 95.3 FM (Nicholasville/Lexington, Ky), WWLT 103.1 FM (Manchester/London, Ky) and WKYB 105.9 FM (Burgin, KY).
Vernon was a charter member of the YMCA and served on the executive board for many years. He valued his affiliation with the YMCA and developed many friendships at the Y. Vernon attended Princeton Pike Church of God. He was formerly Chairman of the Board at Hamilton Christian Center, where he attended for many years.
Vernon is survived by his wife, Marcella; children, Melissa and Curtis Jackson, Susan and Chris Theiss; grandchildren, Courtney and Craig Baker, Chase Jackson, Chad, Makenzie, and Gabrielle Theiss; sisters, Carol (King) Streater and Betty (Bill) Rudder. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lonnie Baldwin, his parents, Walter and Edith Baldwin and in-laws Lenox and Bessie Vaughn.
Funeral services for Vernon R. Baldwin were held at Princeton Pike Church of God, 6101 Princeton-Glendale Road, on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Barry Clardy, Rev. Johnny Wade Sloan, and Rev. Darlene Bishop officiating. Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the church.
MEMORIALS: The family requests memorial contributions be made to K-Love Radio at klove.com or to K-Love Radio, P.O. Box 2098, Omaha, NE 68103 or to Operation Serve, P.O. Box 18070, Fairfield, Ohio 45018
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Record added: Jan 16, 2012
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