Gordon McLendon

Gordon Barton McLendon (June 8, 1921 – September 14, 1986) was a radio pioneer and pirate radio broadcaster. He has been coined the Maverick of Radio. McLendon is widely credited for perfecting, with great commercial success, the Top 40 radio format during the 1950s and 1960s which was first invented by Todd Storz and for developing the offshore pirate radio broadcasting to both Scandinavia and the British Isles. In addition, he was active in circles of conservative business-political power in the 1960s until the time of his death. McLendon co-founded the Association for Intelligence Officers. He was a member of the Suite 8F Group. McLendon was born in a hospital in Paris, Texas, but his parents then took him to their home in Oklahoma where he spent his early childhood before moving yet again across the state line to Atlanta, Texas where he attended high school and began to develop his interest in broadcasting commentary over the school's public address system where he covered sports events. He graduated from Kemper Military Academy. He won a nationwide political-essay contest judged by journalists Arthur Brisbane, Henry Luce, and Walter Lippmann.



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