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 Ralph Donald Foster

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Ralph Donald Foster

  • Birth 25 Apr 1893 Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 11 Aug 1984 Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 13480379

Radio/TV music pioneer and founder. Ralph was one of the first to realize the potential of radio as mass entertainment. In 1924, he and partner Jerry Hall started KGBX (a 50 watt station) in St. Joseph, MO. It started as a hobby but quickly grew into a full time vocation. The station was moved to Springfield, MO in 1932 and KWTO was born. KWTO was the acronym of "Keep Watching The Ozarks". He worked deligently to make KWTO the dominate radio station in southwest Missouri. KGBX was sold. Live talent was featured as part of their main programming. Many famous country music stars began their careers or appeared on KWTO, such as Porter Wagoner, Chet Atkins, The Carter Family, Lenny (Aleshire) and Goo Goo (Rutledge), Homer and Jethro. The OZARKS JUBILEE was an achievement of Ralph Foster. The show had a weekly viewing audience of 25 million people nationwide. It was hosted by Red Foley and guest starred many well known country music artists. Due to Ralph Foster's love and dedication to his community and his educational interests, the School of the Ozarks at Point Lookout, MO renamed their museum to the "Ralph Foster Museum" in his honor.

Bio by: J. D. McConnell


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  • Originally Created by: J. D. McConnell
  • Added: 27 Feb 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13480379
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ralph Donald Foster (25 Apr 1893–11 Aug 1984), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13480379, citing Saint Joseph Memorial Park, Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .