Former Broadcast Station Owner Dick Dudley Dies
August 29, 2013 at 4:26 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of former television station owner DICK DUDLEY, who died TUESDAY (8/29) of natural causes at his home in WAUSAU, WI at 89, according to the STEVENS POINT JOURNAL.
DUDLEY started as a sales account executive at WSAU-A/WAUSAU in 1947, rising to GM in 1951 and moving to WSAU-TV (now WSAW-TV) as Assistant GM in 1954 and GM in 1959, and became President of FORWARD BROADCASTING, the station's owner, in 1963 and Chairman and CEO in 1981 before the company was sold in 1988.
He later formed DUDLEY COMMUNICATIONS CORP. with brother BOB DUDLEY and owned WXMI-TV/GRAND RAPIDS an KTZZ-TV (now KZJO)/SEATTLE before selling them to TRIBUNE in 1998. He also formed DUDLEY INVESTMENTS, which had extensive business holdings in the WAUSAU area, and was known as a philanthropist in the region.