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Jerry Black (1935 - )

Inducted: 2004

Jerry Black

Jerry Black spent nearly a half a century building radio in Shelby, MT. He joined the staff of KIYI (now KSEN) as a salesman in 1955 and became manager of the station two years later. In 1976 Jerry and his partners purchased the station and in 1978 he built northern Montana’s first FM station, KZIN. Under Jerry’s leadership KSEN / KZIN have consistently been leaders in news and local programming, winning a National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award for public service.

Mr. Black remains active in the Shelby Chamber of Commerce, Shelby Development Corporation, Kiwanis Club, MSU Alumni Association and is a former member of the Montana Ambassadors.

Following his retirement he began a second career winning election to the Montana State Senate from District 44. As one of his colleagues noted, “Jerry Black epitomizes everything that is real and wholesome about being a broadcaster in Montana in the final half of the twentieth century.”