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Lee C. Frischknecht Papers


Lee C. Frischknecht Papers
Frischknecht, Lee C.
Collection number:
NPBA 94-2
19.50 linear feet
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Mass Media and Culture
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

Lee C. Frischknecht has spent his professional life in educational and public broadcasting. In 1964, he joined National Educational Television as its Director of Field Services. There, he coordinated relations with individual stations and aided in organizing the technical operations. Six years later, after overseeing the University of Utah's radio and television station, Frischknecht joined National Public Radio as Director of Network Affairs, performing many of the same functions he had at NET. In 1972, he became NPR's vice president, with duties of corporate and long-range planning. He became president in 1973, focusing most of his efforts on relations with member stations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Congress. After leaving NPR in 1978 for many consulting projects, Frischknecht joined Arizona State University's station KAET in 1980 as Education Telecommunications Manager. There, he administered all educational and instructional facets of the station's operations until he retired in 1993. He died in 2005. The collection documents Frischknecht's work in public broadcasting from his early work with NET through his tenure at NPR, and ending with his work at KAET.

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