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John Furr Dies, Was Radio Engineer and Owner

He also founded Au Contraire Software Ltd.

Broadcast engineer and businessman John Furr has died. He was 68.

Furr died Tuesday after a brief illness. The news came to us from his friend and colleague Cris Alexander.

“After working in several stations in south Texas and a long stint as director of engineering for Clear Channel Communications in San Antonio, Furr worked as a broadcast consulting engineer as owner of Paradigm Associates,” Alexander wrote.

Furr started Au Contraire Software Ltd., which produces broadcast engineering software; his partners in that business were his wife Paula, and Cris and Phyllis Alexander. In addition, he was a station owner for several years, with Christian and country-formatted stations in the Texas hill country.

In 2011 Furr was elected to the Texas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Since retirement he spent a good deal of time on mission trips all around the world.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Paula, shown in the second photo, and his daughter, Amanda.

According to a 2011 bio by the Texas Association of Broadcasters, Furr began his engineering work at Del Mar College while interning at KUNO(AM) in Corpus Christi, and was later hired by KOKE in Austin as chief engineer.

Listen to an audio biography of John Furr from the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.