CARTER AND EDWARD PATE, JR.
Born in 1919 in Savannah, Georgia, Andrew Skip Carter
built his first radio in high school and later worked as a radio
engineer. After serving in the Army during the war, Carter studied
at the RCA School of Electronics and New York University. Edward
Pate was born on April 13, 1915 in Kansas City and received an MBA
from the University of Chicago.
Carters goal was to own and operate his own station, but
his efforts were thwarted by racial attitudes of the 1940s. A letter
chronicling his difficulties appeared in Broadcast magazine and
caught the eye of former Kansas governor Alf Landon, who owned four
radio stations. Landon hired Carter to run KCLO/Leavenworth and
subsequently helped Carter get an FCC license. Pate offered his
financial support and business acumen and in 1950, the two men launched
KPRS/Kansas City, the first African-American owned and operated
radio station west of the Mississippi.
Carters grandson Michael became president of the KPRS Broadcasting
Corporation in 1987, making KPRS the oldest radio station continually
owned and operated by African-Americans.
Andrew Carter died in January 1989.
Andrew Carter and Edward Pate, Jr. were inducted into the Radio
Hall of Fame in 1995.
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