Former Seattle Radio Station And Sonics Owner Barry Ackerley Dies
March 22, 2011 at 4:15 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of former radio station and SEATTLE SUPERSONICS owner BARRY ACKERLEY, who died MONDAY (3/21) after suffering a stroke SATURDAY in RANCHO MIRAGE, CA at 76.
ACKERLEY worked in advertising sales for BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS, STONER OUTDOOR ADVERTISING, and ADVAN before forming his own billboard company, GOLDEN WEST OUTDOOR. He then joined COMBINED COMMUNICATIONS as NSM, and in 1975 bought OBIE MEDIA, which became THE ACKERLEY GROUP. The company owned radio, television, and outdoor advertising properties in over 20 markets in six states before being sold to CLEAR CHANNEL for $495 million in 2001; the company's SEATTLE radio cluster included KJR-A, KJR-F, KUBE, and KHHO-A. He owned the SONICS in 1983-2001.