Monday, January 7, 2019

R.I.P.: James M. Rupp, Radio-TV Broadcaster

James M Rupp
Radio-TV broadcaster  James M. Rupp died December 28, 2018 at his home in Minneapolis area.

He was 83-years-of-age.

Rupp was a television & broadcasting industry pioneer who was born on November 7, 1935, in Pocatello. He graduated from Idaho State University in 1957 & received a Master's degree in Radio & TV in 1959 at Ohio State University.

Rupp began his career in broadcasting in 1959 at Arbitron in Maryland. He then rose to General Manager at Cox Communications, Broadcast Division, in Atlanta where he was responsible for managing all television & radio stations and opening up their New York office.

In 1978 he met with Warren Buffett who helped him find his final role as President & CEO of Midwest Communications in Minneapolis.

Under Rupp's leadership, WCCO TV & Radio won awards for the very best stations in the nation.

Rupp also initiated one of the first US satellite teleports through Midwest Cable & was a pioneer in Satellite Music Network.

He served on the boards of King World Productions (distributor of Wheel of Fortune & Oprah), United Video, American Women in Radio & TV, Science Museum of Minnesota & First Trust Company of St Paul.

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