BIOGRAPHIES OF IMPORTANT
KSFO EXECUTIVES:

Dumm

WESLEY I. DUMM

Born March 23, 1895, Columbus, Ohio
Graduated 1916 with A. B. degree: Wesleyan University.
1916-1924, banking business in Wyoming.
1918-1924, staff of U.S. War Finance Corporation.
1924, established investment business in California.
1927, became a director of the Associated Broadcasters, licensee of KTAB.
1933, acquired the Associated Broadcasters. He was President, Director and sole stockholder.  Call sign changed to KSFO.
1941, at the suggestion of federal government officials, applied and was granted a license from the F.C.C. to build a shortwave station in San Francisco to offset Axis propoganda. KWID began broadcasting on May 4, 1942 with 100 KW. KWIX was established in March of 1943 with 50 KW (later KWID-2). Both stations were outlets for the Voice of America.
During World War II, Dumm and Associated Broadcasters became controlling stockholders of Universal Records, Inc., which manufactured transcriptions for Armed Forces Radio Service.
1946-50, President, Director and major stockholder of Muzart Co., Inc., a wired music company playing music for war plants and other business interests.
President and Director, KPIX, Inc., operator of KPIX Television, 1948-54.
President, Director and Stockholder of KXA, Inc., operators of KXA, Seattle, 1946-75
President, Director and minority stockholder of KPAS and KXLA, Pasadena, California, 1945-49.
President, Director of majority stockholder, KROW, Oakland, 1939-44.
President, director, minority stockholder of Columbia Empire Telecasters, Inc., applicant for TV station in Portland, Oregon.
Sold KPIX-TV to Westinghouse, Inc., 1954.
Sold KSFO to Golden West Broadcasters, 1957.

Mr. Dumm has been:

    • Member, Committee Six of the Defense Communications Board.
    • Member, International Broadcasting Committee Six of the Board of War Communications.
    • Member, Committee Three on International Broadcasting of the Radio Advisory Committee of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Information.
    • Under appointment of the Secretary of State, Special Consultant to the Office of International Information (Voice of America).
Died November 29, 1977
Phil Lasky

PHILIP G. LASKY

Born in Denver, Colorado, Feb. 12, 1906.
Attended the public school system, Denver.
In the early 1920's, worked in broadcasting in Denver, as engineer, announcer, salesman, station executive.
1933-39, U.S. Navy Reserve.
1927-35, Office and Stockholder, Intermountain Broad- casting Corporation; General Manager of its station, KDYL, Salt Lake City, Utah.
1935-40, Vice President and General Manager, the Associated Broadcasters, Inc., operators of KSFO.
Sept. 1939 to Nov. 1944: Vice President and General Manager of the Educational Broadcasting Corporation, operators of KROW.
Nov., 1944, formed KROW, Inc., General Manager and 35% stockholder.
1946, formed the Lasky Company, an advertising agency.
Sept., 1946, sold the Lasky Company to his employees and returned to KSFO.
Sept. 1946 to Sept. 1952, Vice President and General Manager of the Associated Broadcasters, Inc., operators of KSFO.
1948, participated in the formation of KPIX, Inc.
1952, became Vice President, General Manager and 14% share- holder of KPIX, Inc.; continued as Vice President of Associated Broadcasters, Inc.
1944-52, Vice President and Director of KXA, Inc., operators of KXA, Seattle.
1952, stockholder of KXA, Inc.
1954-60 Regional Vice President, Westinghouse Corporation.
Board of Directors, KQED Television, Channel 9.
Died November 14, 1989.

Lincoln Dellar

LINCOLN DELLAR


Born in Seattle August 11, 1906
B.A., University of California, Berkeleyš 1929
M.E. Harlan Advertising Agency, San Francisco
Advertising Manager, Motorland Magazine, San Francisco
Manager, KGB Radio, San Diego, 1932 (hired Art Linkletter as announcer)
Married to Grace Gould, San Francisco, 1933
Radio salesman, CBS, New York
Station Relations, CBS, New York, 1936-37
General Manager, WBT, Charlotte, NC  1938
Manager, KSFO, San Francisco, 1940
General Manager, KWID shortwave station, San Francisco, 1942-43
Chief of Radio Division, Office of War Information Pacific Bureau, San Francisco, 1943
Vice President, KSFO San Francisco, 1943.
Owner of new stations, KXOA, Sacramento, 1945; KXOB, Stockton and KXOC, Chico, 1947; KXOA FM 107.9, Sacramento
Owner of KDB-FM, Santa Barbara
Owner, Western Radio Sales (later McGavren Guild Radio)
Part owner/investor in KJR, Seattle, 1954; KHMO, Hannibal, Mo.; KXL-FM 101.1, Portland, OR
Owner, KROY, Sacramento, 1959.  Initiates Top 40 programming on KROY, 1960
Owner of other California stations, including KMEN, San Bernardino; KARM, Fresno;  KGGI, Riverside;  KPRL/KDDB Paso Robles
Partner, Cable TV franchise, Bakersfield, California.
Died June 26, 1992.
Royal V. Howard

ROYAL V. HOWARD

Born August 15, 1905
Amateur radio license 7LR, 1920
B.S. degree, Polytechnic College of Engineering
Helped build KFAT, Eugene, OR (later KORE), and KXA, Seattle
Commercial radio telegraph operator, Alaska, mid-1920s
Developed an early audio processor for radio stations, 1932 (Patent no. 2,392,334, 1946)
Vice president of engineering, KSFO, San Francisco, 1933-47
Built KWID and KWIX shortwave stations, 1942-43
Director, Department of Engineering, National Association of Broadcasters 1947-50
Technical Advisor, U.S. Delegation to the International Radio Conference, 1947
Senior member, IRE (Institute of Radio Engineers)
President and Chief Engineer, KIKI, Honolulu. 1950-68
Executive Engineer, Radio Free Asia, 1952

Al Towne

AL TOWNE

Born April 16, 1906, Bellingham, Washington
B.S.E.E., California Institute of Technology, 1929.
Transmitter Test and Development, General Electric Company, Schenectady, NY
Since 1936, Director of Universal Research Laboratories, a radio/TV consulting engineering firm.
Transmitter Supervisor for KSFO, 1936-47
Director of Engineering, KSFO and KPIX, 1947-52
Member, Institute of Radio Engineers.
Died September 12, 1979


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