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Texas broadcasters mourn loss of Dick Oppenheimer

Pioneer Broadcaster Dick Oppenheimer passed away March 21. He was 84.

His long career in Texas and beyond exemplifies a standard of excellence in service to his employees, station, communities, state and industry.

In 1966, he moved to Houston to manage KYOK-AM, one of only two early Black-programmed stations. Within two years’ time, KYOK was one of the top rated stations in the market and eventually became one of the highest-rated stations in the country.

In 1980, he purchased KHFI (K-98), establishing one of Austin and Central Texas’ premier and top-rated radio stations of all time.

Since his earliest days, Oppenheimer worked tirelessly to advance the broadcast industry.

He served on the TAB Board of Directors from 1981-87 and for eight years on the NAB Board of Directors.

There will be a graveside service on Friday, March 23 at 3 pm at Austin Memorial Park.

Broadcasters honored him as TAB's Pioneer of the Year in 2009.

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