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Daily stand-up meetings

In those early years, when we were much smaller, each morning the executive team would come to my office for a 10-minute stand-up meeting. Thats right, no sitting. We all stood around the room and everyone reported:  engineering, accounting, sales, affiliate relations, sports, news, ag,...

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Learfield Sports

Many ask me:  "So, how'd you get from farm broadcasting to sports?" The answer is simple:  we had full-time leased lines and the University of Missouri network wanted to use them on Saturday afternoons. They were paying about $12,000 a year, I told them I'd...

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The Dick McHargue Network

We were a thorn in the side of the Missouri Farm Bureau for two reasons.  First the MFB had its own market reporting service that provided any radio stations with market reports via telephone--free.  The simple credit "reporting from the Missouri Farm Bureau" was the...

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Full recourse loans

Bankers want lots of security.  They aren't in the risk business.  They're more than willing to loan a business money but they want to be darn sure they can get it back--with interest.  So, they take as security (collateral) a business's inventory, its property, its...

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A new bank

At our May Board meeting in 1975 news of Exchange's refusal to renew our line of credit brought an idea from Derry.  He said he thought his friends at the small, Farmers and Traders Bank of California, Mo. might be interested in becoming our banker. ...

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