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Hall of Fame 1986

Don Searle

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Don Seale gained success and influence nationally while keeping his Nebraska ties through ownership of KMMJ, Grand Island, from 1936 to 1967.

The Searle family put KOIL on the air in 1924-25 in Council Bluffs. They sold it in 1933 and Don moved to Topeka,KS, as General Manager of WIBW. He was there through Alf Landon's presidential nomination, leaving in 1937.

Searle went to Omaha as General Manager of KOIL, KFAB and KFOR, then part of the Ceetnral States Group. From 1944 to 1946 he was General Manager of KGO, San Francisco, CA, a sation controlled by the Blue Network. He moved on to Los Angeles to be Vice President of ABC's Western Division and General Manager of KECA (which became KABC in 1946).

In 1947 he suffered a heart attack and resigned from ABC. After recuperation, he started the National Home Institute, a Galen Drake type show originating out of Chicago. In 1953 he joined a group that included Bob Hope to put KOA T, Denver, on the air; Searle was General Manager and a stockholder. He resigned in 1954 and returned to Los Angeles.

In 1948, he purchased KXXX in Colby, KS; in 1957 he bought KIOA, Des Moines, and a short time later, KFNF, Senendoah, IA. He sold KIOA and KFNF a few years later; in 1960 he sold KXXX.

Afteer the sale of KMMJ in 1967, Seale left Grand Island and retired to his Monterey, CA, home where he lived until his death on October 31, 1971.

Searle was active in professional an civic organizations. He belong to the Masons; Rotary, Men's Garden Club of Los Angels, and Bohemian Club of San Francisco.

His hobbies included photography, numismatics, and according to his daughter, "collecting everything known to God". He bought two fo the five flagpoles from the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics for KXXX and KMMJ.