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Carlyle D. “Lyle” Leeds (1927 - 1987)

Inducted: 2007

Carlyle D. “Lyle” Leeds

Carlyle D. “Lyle” Leeds was born in Havre and spent 40 years there as a broadcaster. He began his career in 1947 at KAVR as an announcer. He and partner Stan Stephens purchased KOJM in 1962. Lyle served as President and General Manager of the station from 1965 until his death in 1987. In 1975 he built and put KPQX-FM on the air.

He was also a co-founder and working partner of cable television systems in Havre, Glasgow and Sidney.  Lyle was a member of the Broadcast Pioneers, President of the Havre Chamber of Commerce, Montana Chamber of Commerce and a member of the US-Canada Committee of the Chamber. He served on the boards of Blue Cross of Montana, Citizens Bank, Northern Montana Hospital and Northern Montana College. He was admitted to “Who’s Who in the World” for his many humanitarian acts.

Lyle was a Past President of the MBA and a graduate of the University of Denver. As his partner Stan Stephens said, “Lyle was a warm, kind and unpretentious man who is greatly missed to this day by a legion of friends.