Longtime Baltimore radio traffic reporter Dave Sandler, who delivered traffic reports for more than 30 years on WBAL Radio and 98 Rock as “Detour Dave,” has died after a long illness, reports the station. Sandler was 58.

Sandler, pictured above, had a number of health problems over the years, including surviving Hodgkin’s Disease as a teenager. In August, 2009, he collapsed on a softball field. A cardiologist on his team revived Sandler, and he eventually recovered and returned to work.

Sandler wrote about the experience in a book published in 2015, Taking a Detour: Life Lessons from a Near-Death Experience and the Long Journey Back.

“If somebody can come back from a near death experience, to live to tell about it, and inspire others that they can overcome any obstacle, I just thought the story needs to be told, and people need to hear it,” Sandler told WBAL at the time.  (JMORE Photo)

R2integrated announced the appointment of Jay Atcheson as vice president of marketing, joining from fleet and finance management company Element Financial Corporation, where he served as vice president of marketing.

“Jay’s tenured experience in successfully developing and executing performance-based marketing programs that nurture existing accounts and uncover new opportunities is unparalleled,” said Jennifer Quinlan, CEO of R2i. “With the internal resources and marketing capabilities of a full-service digital agency by his side, we’re excited for Jay to join us in growing our presence in 2019 and beyond.”

Prior to joining Element, Atcheson was the director of marketing and head of global marketing at Aerotek®, an operating company of Allegis Group®, the largest staffing company in North America and the fourth largest staffing company in the world.

Abel Communications added Lisa Lance as account director. A member of Abel’s leadership team, Lance will provide strategic direction for client accounts, manage and mentor Abel staff and cultivate partnerships and new business opportunities.

She most recently led the communications team for Vectorworks, a global software company that offers design solutions for the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. In previous roles, she led public relations efforts for Baltimore Center Stage and has also worked at several PR and advertising agencies.

“Lisa is a natural leader and an experienced communications professional who makes our team stronger,” said Abel Communications President Greg Abel.

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