Remembering Bill Armstrong

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Former KOSI owner and Hall of Fame broadcaster Bill Armstrong passed away on Tuesday at the age of 79.

Bill Armstrong was born in Fremont, Nebraska on March 16,1937. He attended Tulane University and the University of Minnesota. He has received honorary degrees from five Universities.

Since holding his first radio job in Fremont, Nebraska, Armstrong has maintained a lifelong interest in broadcasting. He owned KOSI-AM & FM in Denver, and was President of television stations in Idaho and Wyoming. He also served as President of the Colorado Springs Sun newspaper.

When he was just 22, Bill and his parents bought KOSI-AM on August 28, 1959. KOSI FM signed on in 1968. Armstrong sold the FM to Westinghouse’s Group W in 1981. He sold the AM (which had become KEZW in 1981) to Westinghouse in 1986.

Bill served 28 years in public office, starting with being elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1962 when he was just 25. When Colorado was awarded a 5th congressional district, he won the position and served as the U.S. Representative from Colorado from 1973 to 1978. In 1978, he ran for U. S. Senate, defeating incumbent Floyd Haskell. He served 12 years. He was a member of the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Banking Committee and the Senate Budget Committee. For 6 years, he served as Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

While in the Senate, Armstrong led a four-year effort to gain live, gavel-to-gavel radio and TV coverage of the Senate proceeding so America can monitor their elected representatives as they conducted the national business.

Bill became president of Colorado Christian University in 2006, and announced his retirement in February 2016.


We thank Bill Armstrong for all he did for broadcasting in Colorado and for his lengthy career serving Colorado. Our thoughts are with his family.

Steve Conklin

Broadcast Pioneers of Colorado

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