Christopher Nadler

October 26, 1958August 24, 2012

Chris Nadler, a longtime executive at Hot 97/Emmis Communications and a familiar face on the New York music scene for decades, died on Friday. Further details were not available at press time.

A press release issued by Emmis on Saturday reads in part: "We at Emmis Communications and Hot 97 are devastated by the news that one of our own has passed away. Chris Nadler was an incredibly talented, dedicated and passionate professional very widely respected by peers and colleagues. "Chris began his career at Emmis Communications in 1999 as the Sales Record Label Account Manager and has served in several key positions throughout his career, most recently as the Lifestyle Engagement Director for Hot 97, producing the Hot 97 Summer Jam Festival Stage and the monthly Who's Next Artist Showcase at S.O.B's in Manhattan. His career accomplishments are too great to list and his influence and impact on artists, music and marketing will live on."

Nadler also worked for Musicland/Sam Goody during the 1990s, among other positions. In a statement, Hot 97 SVP/General Manager Alex Cameron said: "There are no words to express how stunned and saddened I and the whole Emmis staff are as Chris was a long-time and widely cared for Emmis NY family member. He was a fantastic, creative and dynamic professional that can never be replaced. More importantly, he was a generous, selfless, person of integrity with a great sense of humor and true friend to so many. He was a dad, a husband, a colleague and dear friend. I certainly count him as one of my close friends and a special part of Emmis that will always, always be remembered.

"We will mourn and remember Chris, and we will also celebrate his life and the significant accomplishments of this incredibly cheerful, unique and warm individual. The massive outpouring of sadness and many fond memories are a testament to Chris. He was simply one of the best human beings that I've ever known and I know everyone at Emmis would echo that sentiment. Saying that Chris will be missed is an understatement and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children."

A touching tribute from Hot 97's Big Dennis reads: "Rest in peace to my boy Chris Nadler. I can't stop crying man.. he was such a good man and a pleasure to work with. Hot97 was so much better because of his work behind the scenes. I will never forget my boy!!! this is a very sad night for me."

The station's Angie Martinez retweeted Dennis' tribute, saying "Devastated," and Pete Rosenberg tweeted: "I jwoke up to the news of us losing Chris Nadler.he was the best person,great friend.. and such an amazing dad..well miss you forever friend I cannot even tell you how many HUGE and small artists owe a lot of love to Chris Nadler..he tirelessly worked so other people could shine." Matt Pinfield tweeted: "I am devastated by the lost of my dear friend Chris Nadler whose spirit, positivity and love of music helped make RXP and Hot 97 shine."

He is survived by his wife Leslie Goldman, children Coltrane and Adison sisters Marci Nadler of VA, Mary Elin Nadler MacDonald of MD, and Elizabeth McGranaham of WV. Funeral Service Bernheim Apter Kreitzman 68 Old Short Hills Rd. Livingston, NJ Monday August 27, 2012 at 11:00 am.

A Memorial Fund is being set up in his name. The information should be posted in 7-10 days.


  • Funeral Service Monday, August 27, 2012

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Alexia Loughlin

October 1, 2012

My boyfriend Bronko and I met each other, and Chris, years ago at Sam Goody. Chris was always dedicated, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and happy to share his thoughts (and promos) with us lowly managers. I did not keep in touch with him over the years, and we just saw the news on Facebook. Our thoughts are with his wife and children. We are so sorry to have to say good-bye.

Shannon McGarvey

September 6, 2012

As a teenager "interning" under Chris in the late-90's, he filled my book bag with old issues of Cream Magazine and CDs of bands I'd soon come to love. Chris worked with my dad at Sam Goody's Greenwich Village office and he spent many days kindly finding tasks for me to do.

On September 11, 2001, when I called the office frantically looking for my dad, Chris talked me down and told me that my dad was safe. Many years later, when I found myself living in New York City, Chris suggested that we meet up (as did my dad) but, somehow, those plans never quite came to fruition.

When I heard that Chris passed away, I was shocked and saddened. How could this be? What about his family? How could such a loved and respected man be yanked from this world so soon?

My deepest sympathies are with the Nadler family. I am so sorry for your loss.

All the best,
Shannon McGarvey

John McGranahan

September 5, 2012

Sorry for your loss.

John McGranahan

August 28, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss Leslie. My prayers are with you all.
John Devin

August 28, 2012

Dear Leslie, Coltrane and Adison and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss him.

August 27, 2012

Dear Leslie, Coltrane, Adison and family: I left the music biz many years ago and I honestly forgot about most of the people. When I learned of Chris' passing my heart felt heavy because my memories of him made me smile. He was always such a warm, friendly, super sweet person and I will always remember him that way. Prayers of strength to you all during this difficult time.

Crystal Bowers

August 27, 2012

Dear Leslie,
I am so sorry for your loss. Chis was a warm and caring larger-than-life guy, and he will be missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Ellyn Solis-Maurer

August 27, 2012

Dear Leslie and family: I had lost touch with Chris over the last several years but when I heard this news, I felt it in my heart. What came back to me immediately were vivid memories of Chris when I knew him back in the Metallix days when he was a friend to every publicist including myself, taking a personal interest in all of the bands we were working whether he liked them or not and in the process turning me onto artists that he loved. He was ALWAYS smiling and ALWAYS positive, a rare and inviting combination that made me always happy to see him. What a loss for all of you. My heart is with you. May his memory be a blessing. I will call him Angel Chris. All love to all of you

August 27, 2012

Dear Leslie,
I am so sorry for your loss, and heartbroken for you and your family. My prayers are with you all.
Aunt Mary Ann

Travia Charmont

August 27, 2012

I send this in celebration of the life of an amazingly creative man, a real cool and caring Father and music enthusiast who superbly rocked various shades of red hair that would make Annie Lenox envious. In fact, Sweet Dreams, happy times and lots of memorable laughs are just a few things he leaves behind for us. His creative ideas and great trouble-shooting skills made prosperous results for many. He was one of a kind and will be missed. I send in celebration of your life Chris (my fellow Mizzou Tiger). Sending prayers and hugs to your dear family and to all that love you. God bless. "TLC"