Ralph Meador Remembered

Station owner also worked for Gates Radio Co., founded brokerage firm
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Ralph Meador (right) and National Association of Media Brokers President Jody McCoy in 2010 to mark Meador’s 90th birthday.

Funeral services will be held Thursday in Missouri for longtime radio broker Ralph Meador, a former radio station owner and Missouri Broadcasters Hall of Famer, who passed away earlier this week. Meador was 95.

Meador founded the brokerage firm R.E. Meador & Associates Inc., in 1970. He began his radio career in 1942 at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, as a crew chief installing and testing radio and radar systems in U.S. military aircraft, according to the National Association of Media Brokers.

“Ralph Meador was like the North Star, a fixed point of wisdom and integrity,” stated NAMB president Glenn Serafin.

Meador served with Armed Forces Radio and American Forces Network during World War II before joining Gates Radio Co. as a development engineer in 1954. He later owned and operated KLEX(AM) and KLEX(FM) in Lexington, Mo.

Colleagues in the media broker business from around the country use words like “gentleman” and “inspiration” to describe Meador, according to Serafin, who added that Meador “was a role model for the rest of us and he will be sorely missed.”

Funeral services for Ralph Meador are set for Thursday, May 28, at Second Baptist Church, 300 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Mo., at noon. Burial will follow in Lexington.

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