Vincent I. Kraft

Vincent Kraft was Seattle’s first broadcaster.  In 1919 he created a local sensation by playing phonograph records over his amateur station 7XC.  On July 2, 1920, he broadcast the results of the Dempsey-Carpentier fight for the local audience.  Kraft’s little station soon became KJR, and he later built additional stations in Portland, Spokane and San Francisco, and tied them together to create the Northwest's first radio network.  He sold those stations in 1928 but operated KXA in Seattle and two stations in Alaska through the 1930s.