DOVER, N.J. -- Robert J. Casey, 73, of Dover, died Oct. 18.
An audio-video entrepreneur, he learned his craft as a teen, being the first to use a two turntable DJ station in dances in the Yonkers, N.Y. area. His DJ station now resides at the Smithsonian Institution.
His U.S. Army service was as that of production manager for the Armed Forces Vietnam Network in Saigon in the 1960s working closely with the U.S.O. His Armed Forces broadcast from Times Square, New Year’s Eve, 1969 is reported to be the first worldwide broadcast simulcast on Radio Free Europe and the Voice of America.
Upon discharge from the service, he founded Virgo Sound in Manhattan, where he became an audio consultant and designer of sound systems for discos and countless churches, schools, auditoriums, halls, airports, theaters and public spaces from 1972-99. Following that, he worked at Dale Pro Audio as a consultant, where he created Radio Dale, a music service to promote the business. He semi-retired and worked as a system consultant from his office and studio in Dutchess County until his passing.
He is survived by his sisters, Judy (Frank) Vitolo and Mary Casey; and brother, Edward P. Casey Jr. (Patricia).
His brother William (Donna) predeceased him.
Services will be conducted from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Horn & Thomes Inc. Funeral Home, 83 E. Main St., Pawling .
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to The U.S.O , P.O. Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077-7677.
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