ALL ACCESS and Sidebeat Music are sad to report the passing of WADE JESSEN, who served as BILLBOARD Sr. Charts Mgr. for Country, Christian and Gospel formats.
JESSEN reportedly suffered a heart attack early this morning (3/5). He was 53.
Jessen had been with BILLBOARD since 1994 after a successful career in radio that included stops at KSOP/SALT LAKE CITY and WSM-A/NASHVILLE. Concurrent with his duties at BILLBOARD, JESSEN hosted nights on SIRIUSXM’s “Willie Roadhouse” Classic Country channel, a forum which enabled him to put his encyclopedia-like knowledge of Country music on full display for listeners.
Everyone at ALL ACCESS and Sidebeat Music extend our deepest sympathies to JESSEN’s friends and family.
Services are pending.
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