Texas Broadcaster, Marti Unit Creator George Marti Dies At 95
December 15, 2015 at 4:47 AM (PT)
GEORGE MARTI, the TEXAS broadcast station owner whose eponymous invention became the standard for remote broadcasting, died SUNDAY (12/13) at 95, according to the CLEBURNE TIMES-REVIEW.
MARTI became an engineer at KTAT-A and KFJZ-F/FORT WORTH in 1936, moved to full-time in 1938, and, after serving as a Marine in WORLD WAR II and working back at KFJZ through 1946, founded KCLE-A/CLEBURNE, TX in 1947, KCLE-F in 1949, and KKJO/ST. JOSEPH, MO in 1953. He launched MARTI ELECTRONICS in 1960, marketing his MARTI remote units and studio transmitter links. MARTI sold the electronics company in 1994 to BROADCAST ELECTRONICS but continued to own interests in several radio stations. He also served as Mayor of CLEBURNE in 1974-1986 and founded the MARTI FOUNDATION to help JOHNSON COUNTY youth attend college.