EVESHAM TOWNSHIP, NJ -(SBN)- Randy Alexander, president of Randex Public Relations and a 20-year veteran of the music publicity industry whose clients included music legends Bobby Rydell, Robert Hazzard, Deep Purple, Joe Piscopo, Randy Bachman, the Amazing Kreskin, the Steve Miller Band, and many others, died at home Sunday after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 62.
Alexander was an award-winning journalist for several papers, including the Courier-Post and the Times of Trenton, before switching over to publicity more than 20 years ago. He headed Randex Communications, was an executive board member of the Philadelphia Music Alliance, and was a member of the Grammy Recording Academy.
Alexander joined former Asbury Jukes musician Tony Palligrosi, executive director of the Light of Day Foundation, at the SBN studios two years ago for an in-person interview to discuss the foundation’s upcoming music festival to raise money and awareness for research hoping to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related neurological illnesses “through the awesome power of music.”
You can hear that interview in the player below.
“He began his new journey peacefully in his home in Marlton, N.J. surrounded by his family,” said family spokesperson Renee Pfefer Sunday night in an update on the GoFundMe page she set up to help Randy’s family defray medical expenses. “The words do not exist that can begin to express the gratitude to you all who have donated and prayed for him. Randi (his wife), Zoe, and Harrison (their children) send their heartfelt thanks for the overwhelming love, generosity, and support which has been a blessing and will never be forgotten.”
Read Randy’s obituary in the Asbury Park Press.
The fund-raising campaign has already collected more than $30,000 in pledges. You can contribute by clicking on the button below.
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. He refocused on multimedia journalism and podcast production after a long career in corporate branded journalism and public relations.
He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced a wide range of audio and video podcasts in his other role as managing partner of State Broadcast News’s parent, The Lubetkin Media Companies.
Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional.
In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in July 2021 he was named secretary of the chapter. In August 2021, he was honored by SPJ with one of the organization’s 2021 Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Awards, given to regular members of an SPJ chapter who go above and beyond in serving their chapter.
Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996.
Steve also has reported on-camera and produces virtual conferences for NJSpotlightNews.org, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC.
From May-November 2019, he produced and reported a weekly podcast, The CRE News Hour, a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry.
From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta.
Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies.
Earlier in his career, Steve reported on rock music at the Jersey Shore for the Asbury Park Press, and was a broadcast news anchor and production engineer for WJLK-AM & FM, then owned by the Press. He also worked as a general assignment reporter for the Red Bank Register, Shrewsbury, NJ.
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