Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame
G. David Gentling
2001 Charter Inductee
G. David Gentling and the Gentling family pioneered radio
and television in southern Minnesota. His distinguished broadcasting
career began in 1937, when, after attending the University
of Minnesota, he joined the sales staff at KROC Rochester,
which was owned by his father, Gregory P. Gentling, and had
just begun broadcasting in 1935.
He served in the US Navy
as a flight instructor during World War II. After the war,
he returned to KROC and took over as general manager when
his father passed away.
He put Rochester's first television
station, KROC TV, on the air in 1953. He took full control
of the Southern Minnesota Broadcasting Company in the middle
1960s, and put KROC FM on the air in 1967. The company sold
its television station (now KTTC TV) in 1976 but expanded
its radio operations, which now include three stations in
Rochester and six in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Always active
and respected in the industry and the community, he co-founded
the Minnesota Broadcasters Association and was one of its
He passed away, at the age of 75, on September 29, 1991.