Edward Clair Krebsbach Interview, March 1, 1978


James D. Peterson



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Edward Clair Krebsbach responds to a set of written questions mailed to him by James Peterson. Krebsbach details the history of KGCX radio station, the second licensed radio station in Montana which was started by his father Ed Krebsbach in the 1920s in Vida, Montana. Krebsbach describes his father’s fascination with radio which led him to start and operate the station in the family’s home in the back of the Vida bank building, before moving it to Wolf Point in 1929. Krebsbach talks about some of his early memories of his father broadcasting in Vida in Wolf Point, the kinds of programs the station produced, and an electrocution accident that occurred which killed the KGCX engineer and announcer. Krebsbach also discusses growing up in Vida and Wolf Point during the 1920s and ‘30s and compares the two towns. He also notes how the citizens of Vida and even his father didn’t really understand the significance of having a radio station during that time.


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Document Type

Oral History


Krebsbach, Clair, 1921-2001; Krebsbach family; KGCX radio station; Vida, Montana; Wolf Point, Montana; Federal Communications Commission [FCC]; Ed Krebsbach; Radio broadcasters, Montana biography; Radio stations, Montana history

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Artists, Authors, and Journalists Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 032-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (13 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:33:52 minutes

Local Filename

OH_032_001.mp3; OH_032_001.pdf

Edward Clair Krebsbach Interview, March 1, 1978