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Edward E. Krebsbach (1891 - 1970)

Inducted: 1995

Edward E. Krebsbach

Edward Krebsbach brought radio to the farmers and ranchers of eastern Montana. Using a seven-and-a-half watt transmitter in a tiny bank building in Vida, McCone County, Krebsbach began broadcasting in 1925. He first operated his station as 7TF, amateur call letters that came with equipment purchased from the Jacobs family in nearby Paxton. In 1926, the station was assigned the call letters KGCX.

Krebsbach moved the station to Wolf Point in 1929 so it could be licensed for increased power to serve a larger area, and moved it to Sidney in 1942 for the same reason. Krebsbach brought radio to western North Dakota by establishing a KGCX remote studio in Williston in 1946.

Although he was the first president of the Montana Broadcasters Association, Ed Krebsbach never considered himself a pioneer broadcaster. He simply did what he loved to do.

When his first license arrived from Washington, Krebsbach opened it and said matter-of-factly, "KGCX. That must be us."