The name “Learfield”

We incorporated as "Missouri Network, Inc." in November of 1972; never expecting to grow beyond the boundaries of the state.  We'd outgrown the state of Missouri for our Ag Network with affiliates in bordering Illinois, Iowa and Arkansas.  So, we used the "Missourinet" name for...

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Lela Murphy resigns as shareholder

After Jack Murphy died in July 1975 (see blog post of March 6, 2008), his widow, Lela, was going to sell Jack's shares.  Buell had the deal pretty well done. But then she talked with her lawyer.  I'm sure he said: "Hmmm, let's see, Lela,...

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Stormin’ Norman

I consider Norm Stewart a great friend today. "Stormin' Norman", legendary coach of Missouri Tiger Basketball is--as you've read--one of the greatest coaches ever. Additionally, he and his wife, Virginia, are two of the nicest people ever and among Missouri's (as in the state's, not...

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NYT: 26 years ago

Columnist Phil Dougherty of the New York Times did a column on September 23, 1982 on this new business of regional networks.  I was president of NASRN at the time, so much of the article is about me.  Humble ole Clyde. You'll enjoy reading it....

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The first ten years

After ten years in business, Learfield had grown considerably but was plagued by debt caused in large part by over a half-million dollar in losses by Missouri Life magazine from '77 to '81.  At the end of the company's ten years in business, October 31,...

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