Roger and Greg

Roger Gardner and Greg Brown have been with Learfield for a long time and on Monday I talked about how they came to join the company and the contributions they made at an important time in our history. There's more to their stories and I...

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OSU

It was early 1984.  We now had radio rights deals with three schools: Missouri, Iowa State and Kansas. Athletic directors were learning from each other that there was money in granting exclusive rights to broadcast their games on a radio network.  Oklahoma State decided to...

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Derry sells his shares

It was the summer of 1985. Ronald Reagan was President. Interest rates for all of us -- not just credit card interest, but home loans, business loans, car loans -- were well above 12 percent; some nearly 20 percent. The economy was on the skids....

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Iowa State Cyclones

Our new satellite technology enabled us to feed audio anywhere without the limitation of telephone circuits.  It just seemed natural to begin broadcasting the games of other Universities.  Missouri was our first; Iowa State our second.  Iowa has three state-wide universities:  Iowa, Iowa State and the...

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A terrific investment

Recall there were four men who helped Derry and me start this business financially:  Buell Baclesse, Jim Wunderlich, George Stiles and Jack Murphy.  Jack died in July, 1975, and his wife, Lela, took his shares.  Remember, Buell, Jim, George and Jack owned fifty percent and...

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