Carl Anderson, ‘good friend to community,’ dies at 81

A funeral for Carl Q. Anderson, who helped usher the age of broadcasting into western Colorado, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church.

Anderson died Saturday. He was 81.

Anderson was “a very good friend of the community,” said Bob Bray, a longtime friend and neighbor.

Anderson was president of chambers of commerce in Grand Junction and Montrose.

He was the Colorado State Broadcaster of the year in 1983 and later became president of the Colorado State Broadcasting Association. He also served as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Broadcasting in 1978 and 1979.

Anderson started as an engineer and radio announcer in 1948 with KFXJ, later to become KREX in Grand Junction.

Working with Rex Howell, Anderson helped expand the reach of television to Montrose, Durango and Glenwood Springs. He was general manager of KREY television in Montrose for several years, before becoming president and general manager of XYZ Television Inc. in 1968.

“I think he actually built the building” in which KGLN was housed in Glenwood Springs, said his daughter, Peggy Ball of Colorado Springs.

Early television viewers saw a lot of Anderson and the employees and their families, Ball said.

He appeared regularly on Thursday broadcasts with his “Ask the Manager” show and answered letters personally, Ball said.

His children and those of other employees frequently appeared in front of the camera and just as often worked behind it.

“Every year there was a Christmas show and he was Santa. All the employees would bring their children and we’d all be on television,” she said.

Anderson also was a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Junction, had served on an advisory board for Mesa State College, and was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church.

He also was a master mason and a member of the El Jebel Temple, The Royal Order of Jesters, and
The Scottish Rite.  He was Shriner of the Year in 1983 and Shrine President in 1973-74.

Anderson’s wife of 49 years, Marilyn, preceded him in death. He is survived by three daughters, Ball, Linda Bowling of Clifton and Carla Downing of Louisville; and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the El Jebel Temple Travel Fund, 4625 W. 50th Ave., Denver, CO 80212 or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Fairfax Avenue and Virginia Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 for the benefit of burned or disabled children.


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