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Hall of Fame 1972

Richard Chapin



In March 1953, Richard W. Chapin joined radio station KFOR as an Account Executive, his beginning in broadcasting.  In September, 1953, he was named General Sales Manager and was named General Manager of KFOR Radio and Television in April 1954.


In January 1958, he was elected Vice President of Stuart Investment Company, the Parent Company of Stuart Broadcasting Co.


Under Chapin’s management and direction, they added to KFOR and KFRX in Lincoln, Nebraska, the following stations, KSAL-AM and KYEZ-FM, Salina, Kansas; KOEL-AM/FM, Oelwein, Iowa; KWTO-AM/FM in Springfield, Missouri; KRGI-AM/FM, Grand Island, Nebraska.


Stuart then branched out and Chapin purchased for the Stuart Company Imperial Outdoor Advertising with plants located in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa and Springfield, Illinois and newspapers in Wahpeton, North Dakota; Breckenridge, Minnesota and Torrington, Wyoming.


In 1956, in recognition of his countless contributions in civic and community activities, Chapin was the recipient of the City and State’s “Outstand Young Man Award”.


In 1969, he was awarded the Distinguished Nebraskan in Broadcasting Award by the Nebraska Broadcasters.


In May 1971, he received the Lincoln Ad Club’s Silver Medal Award as Lincoln’s Advertising Man of the Year.


In June 1972, Chapin was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters.  His election as Chairman capped 11 years of NAB service including four two-year terms on the radio board and two years as Chairman of the Radio Board of Directors.


In September 1973, Chapin was given an Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Nebraska Broadcasters Association and was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame.


In March 1974, he received the National Association of Broadcasters Distinguished Service Award, the broadcast industry’s highest award a broadcaster can receive.


In April 1983, Chapin was presented the Lincoln Foundation Award.  The award was established in 1983 and recognizes an individual for service on a national level that reflects credit to the City of Lincoln and State of Nebraska.


In January 1983, Chapin was elected Chairman of the Radio Advertising Bureau, which is the national advertising trade association.  Chapin is the first person ever to be elected as Chairman of the Radio Advertising Bureau and the National Association of Broadcasters.


In November 1985, Stuart Broadcasting was purchased by DKM Broadcasting and Chapin was named President of DKM Broadcasting Midwest.


In 1987, Chapin became a partner and Vice President in the R.C. Crisler & Co., Inc. Brokerage Company and opened a Crisler office in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Chapin formed his own media brokerage firm in 1989, Chapin Enterprises, which he continues to own and manage.


In 1989, Chapin purchased radio station KSYZ in Grand Island, Nebraska which he helped manage and sold in 1999.


In 2001, Chapin received the American Broadcast Pioneer Award from the Broadcasters Foundation.


In 2003, Chapin received the Broadcasting Pioneer Award from the University of Nebraska College of Journalism.


In 2009, Chapin received the Dean’s Award from the University of Nebraska College of Journalism.


Chapin has received many broadcasting awards and citations throughout the years.  He served two terms as President of Nebraska Broadcasters Association as well as having served as Secretary/Treasurer for eight years.