Max Goldberg, IJN Publisher 1943-1972, will be posthumously inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Colorado Hall of Fame, Class of 2019.
Max Goldberg was the “father of Channel 9,” (KUSA) (NBC) the first network television station in Colorado. He secured the FCC license and organized the business group that bought the station.
Goldberg’s lifelong fascination with media began as a teenager, when he tinkered with a new gadget called a transitor. He hosted his first radio show at the age of 19 in the early 1930s. He specialized in sports shows and later in public affairs, together with the late legendary Denver journalist Gene Amole.
Goldberg branched out into advertising, political campaigns, newspaper writing and fundraising.
He founded the Max Goldberg Advertising Agency in 1936, raised the funds that build General Rose Memorial Hospital in the mid-1940s and handled the publicity for the gubernatorial campaigns of Ralph Carr and Edwin “Big Ed” Johnson, and of other candidates on the municipal, statewide and federal level.
When the age of television began, Goldberg was hooked.
He hosted a weekly TV interview program on Channel 9 and later Channel 7, featuring luminaries from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy to sports personalities like Sonny Liston.
His TV shows lasted 17 years
The class of nine was announced a few weeks back, and will be inducted on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at 11:30 a.m., at the Vista at Applewood Golf Course in Golden.
As it happens, October 25 was the date of Goldberg’s death 47 years ago.