Maxon (Max) Sayre

Maxon (Max) Sayre

Max was born in 1919. He grew up in Waterford, California. He was bitten with the radio bug in 1933 when he was a Sophomore in high school. Max built his own radio set and the very first radio station he listened too was KTRB which, incidently, had just gone on the air in 1933.

After high school Max joined the Army Signal Corps and received what he described as a college equivalent education in radio. His education and experience prepared him for the Federal Communications Commission First Class Radio Telephone exam which he subsequently took and passed. After the Army he was hired by Bill Bates at KTRB. In addition to the engineering expertise that Max provided to KTRB, he built KTUR in Turlock and designed KROG in Sonora as well as numerous other radio stations up and down the valley.

Max is known to many local individuals who went into broadcasting because he was a mentor and radio instructor for fifteen years at Modesto Junior College. He retired from MJC in 1983.

Max and his bride Virginia were married for 30 years and made their home in Waterford. Virginia passed away in 2012, Max in 2004.

Max Sayre and Cal Purviance Interview

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