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Bill Hoyt Dies; Built Gates/Harris Transmitters

Lifelong radio guy was 89

Bill Hoyt has died. He had a career in radio and broadcast manufacturing, including a long tenure building transmitters at Gates Radio and subsequently Harris Corp.

According to the Quincy Herald Whig, Hoyt was 89. He died in St. Louis.

The newspaper reported that Hoyt developed a life-long interest in radio and radio technology in high school. He served in the Pacific during World War II as a radio technician first class. He also worked in radio engineering at Doolittle Radio in Chicago. In the early 1950s he moved to Quincy, Ill., and joined Gates Radio and subsequently Harris Corp.

The obituary reports that he worked at the company until he retired in 1990, designing, building and servicing FM broadcast transmitters, and traveling a great deal, including six months in Indonesia in 1976 developing a network of stations.

Hoyt obituary