Claude Hall (writer)

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Claude Hall (September 4, 1932 – July 7, 2017) was an American journalist and a writer for and longtime radio-TV editor of Billboard.[1][2] He is perhaps best known for having coined the term "easy listening" in 1965 in describing the sound of WPIX-FM, a radio station then heard in metropolitan New York City.[3]

Hall is the author of the e-book "Radio Wars", which was published in 2012.[3] He was born in Brady, Texas and died in Las Vegas, Nevada.[4]


  1. ^ " Library: Newport Port of Call for All Music: Billboard, July 29, 1967". Retrieved 2015-03-08.
  2. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 28. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2015-03-08.
  3. ^ a b "Claude Hall, Former Billboard Radio-TV Editor, Coined The Term 'Easy Listening,' Passes Away". July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Claude Hall