E.D. “Bob” Merrill began his broadcast career in 1953 as a weekend disc jockey in Yuba City, CA while stationed at Beal Air Force Base. Following the service, he moved to Great Falls where he worked in sales at KFBB-TV. In 1964 he was named manager of KFBB radio and in 1966 became the manager of KFBB-TV.
In 1967 Bob was transferred and named V.P. and General Manager of KTWO in Casper, WY. At KTWO he created the first Wyoming Capitol News Bureau and served as President of the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters. Bob transferred back to Montana in 1974 and served as the V.P. and General Manager of KULR-TV for the next fourteen years.
In addition to serving as the President of the Montana Broadcasters Association, Bob also served as the Finance Chairman of St. Vincent Hospital, was a founding member of Forward Billings, originated the Phone-A-Friend program for latch-key kids in Billings and was a member of Montana’s trade mission to Japan and Taiwan.
The Greater Montana Foundation thanks Cordillera Communications and their Television stations throughout Montana for providing studio, production and edit facilities for the Legacy Broadcasters Initiative interviews. Without their generous support, this project would not have been possible.
The Legacy Project of the Greater Montana Foundation is produced in coordination with the Montana Historical Society. Many thanks to all who work and donate to MHS and its great work.