KARB - FM 98.3 - Price, UT

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Eastern Utah Broadcasting Company, licensee of radio stations KOAL AM and KARB FM in Price, Utah is one of the oldest radio station operations under ... See more continuous family ownership. The history of it is the history of the people involved in it over the years since it went on the air in October, 1936. KOAL was founded as Radio Station KEUB by its three original owners, Jack Richards, Frank Carman and Sam Weis. It went on the air at the 1450 position on the dial. A couple of years after it began broadcasting Jack Richards bought out Carman and Weis. Frank Carman was a young electronic engineer who hand built the original 100 watt transmitter of KEUB. For the first couple of years he lived in the studio of the station. He subsequently returned to Salt Lake City where he founded and built radio station KUTA, later changed to KLUB 570. Sam Weis was a local businessman who later moved to southern California. One of the interesting elements of the history of KOAL is the life of Jack Richards. He was born in 1895 and raised in New York City. His family was prominent and his father and grandfather both has seats on the New York Stock Exchange. Jack was very intelligent. He graduated from Yale University with a major in the French language. Following graduation he was commissioned in the U.S. Army as an officer and was sent to France to be an interpreter. Following WWI he returned to New York where he worked in his father's business and enjoyed the roaring 20's to the fullest. He was an excellent golf and tennis player and occasionally played golf with the legend Bobby Jones. He survived the stock market crash of 1929 and continued to work in the brokerage business. In about 1935 when he was approaching 40 he fell in love with his father's 24 year old secretary, Rita Reynolds. Without family approval they were married and Jack was virtually disowned from the family. Because Rita had some lung problems they loaded their belongings into their car and headed for the great American Southwest to seek their fortune. Jack obtained employment at a radio station in Gallup, New Mexico and there he learned about the broadcasting business. After some time he decided to seek his own radio station and met up with Frank Carman and Sam Weis. They wanted to start a station and have it located midway between two cities so that it could draw business from both towns. They narrowed the choice down to Nyssa/Ontario, Oregon and Price/Helper, Utah. They settled on the Price/Helper pair and constructed the station approximately half way between the two towns in the building the station presently occupies. After obtaining full ownership of the station Jack and Rita constructed an apartment adjacent to the studios and became an honest-to-goodness mom and pop operation. Jack sold the advertising and ran the business. Rita took care of the bookkeeping and much of the copy writing. They operated this way until approximately 1965. The present owner of the company is Tom Anderson, adopted son of Jack Richards. Tom was raised in Price along with a brother and a sister after their father left them. Tom's mother died when he was 17 years of age, leaving him with no place to live and a year of high school left to complete. He moved in with his newly wed sister and brother-in-law to complete high school. Shortly after the beginning of the school year his speech class teacher, Neil Warren told him about a part time job opening at the radio station and encouraged him to apply. Tom got the job and during the course of the year he and the childless Richards became acquainted and they were impressed with his desire to leave to attend the University of Utah. Jack called an acquaintance, Slim Wycoff, who owned a trucking company in Salt Lake and arranged for a job for Tom. Following graduation from the University of Utah with a BS in Marketing, Tom returned to Price to serve as salesman/manager for the Richards. At that time Jack was 70 years old. Rita Richards died in 1971 and Jack continued in the station but with less involvement than before. In 1980 when Jack was 85 and Tom was 40, Jack legally adopted Tom. Jack died in 1986 at the age of 90. In 1945 KEUB Changed its call letters to KOAL and increased its power to 250 watts and at about the same time switched its operating frequency from 1450 to 1230. From 1937 to approximately 1952 radio was a medium of programs. Variety programs, news programs, serials and soap operas filled the airways. There was music, too but generally it was music programs. A half hour of classical, a half hour of country, a half hour of popular music, a request hour and there were even programs featuring live local talent from the studio. Until the 1980's KOAL maintained a grand piano in its studio.

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Price - Utah, United States - English

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P.O.Box 875 Price, Utah, 84501. USA

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