Joe Sample

Joseph S. Sample (1923 - )

Inducted 1994

Joseph Sample left a successful career at a Chicago advertising agency to enter the broadcasting industry in a state he has always loved, Montana. He built KOOK-TV in Billings into Montana's best-equipped station of that era. He was instrumental in bringing the first network television signal to Billings. He later acquired KXLF-TV in Butte and built it into a dominant force in Western Montana.

Seeking to unite the state's diverse areas while simultaneously grouping television stations for the national advertising market, he later acquired stations in Missoula and Great Falls, thereby forming the Montana Television Network.

Today, Joe Sample promotes both commercial and public broadcasting in Montana as president of the Greater Montana Foundation and as a major fund-raiser for KEMC Billings. Says Sample about television: "It sometimes isn't a business. It's almost an art form."

Dale Moore

Dale G. Moore (1928 - 1981)

Inducted: 1994

Dale Moore was truly a giant in Montana broadcasting. He established the first television station in Kalispell after developing and improving the first station in Missoula. At one time or another, Moore was sole or part owner of twelve radio and eight television stations in four states and Puerto Rico. Seven of those stations were in Montana.

Moore led KGVO and KGVO-TV in Missoula through difficult times. When fire destroyed KGVO-TV's transmitter on TV Mountain north of Missoula in 1966, Moore and his staff had the station back on the air in one week's time.

He believed strongly in the FCC mandate to broadcast in the public interest, always directing his managers to involve Western Broadcasting stations in all aspects of their communities.

Dale Moore died in a tragic plane crash in 1981. The inscription on his tombstone describes his life: "He had a special love for God, his family and his business."

Chester "Chet" Huntley

Chester R. Huntley (1911- 1974)

Inducted 1993

Chet Huntley, born in his parents' quarters in a Cardwell, Montana, railroad depot, became one of most recognized and respected news reporters ever to appear on radio or television. Raised on a sheep ranch near Saco, Montana, Huntley applied frontier values to his 37-year broadcasting career.

After two decades reporting for network West Coast outlets, Huntley was assigned by NBC to the 1956 political conventions where he began a 14-year association with David Brinkley. The Huntley-Brinkley Report won every award available to television news. Huntley's often controversial commentaries championed minority rights and attacked demagoguery and wrongdoing.

"Good night, Chet"/"Good night, David" became part of modern American folklore. His attitude toward his profession and his Montana roots was reflected in Chet Huntley's final broadcast: "Be patient and have courage--there will be better and happier news some day, if we work at it."

E.B. Craney

Edmund B. Craney (1905 - 1991)

Inducted 1993

Ed Craney founded five Montana radio stations, two Montana television stations, the Z-Bar Radio Network, the Montana Television Network and the Montana Broadcasters Association. He was a leader in adopting new technology for broadcasting.

He championed many broadcasters' causes, winning, for example, an unprecedented battle with ASCAP for per-play music licensing and being instrumental in the establishment of Broadcast Music, Inc. Craney passionately promoted over-the-air television for small towns by his involvement in the National Translator Association.

He founded the Greater Montana Foundation to provide rewards for broadcast excellence in Montana and to encourage broadcast students to excel.

Craney's renowned unselfishness is evident in his view of his vaunted lobbying prowess with powerful Senator Burton K. Wheeler: "I never asked for anything for me. I always asked for something for the industry."