Ralph and Sherwood Brunton


KJBS was started by Julius Brunton and Sons, the operators of a Willard Storage Battery shop in San Francisco.  The sons were Sherwood Brunton, 1886-1947;  Ralph Brunton, 1891-1962; and Mott Brunton.  They managed the station from 1925 to 1944.  Ralph Brunton also purchased KQW in 1934 and sold it to CBS in 1949.   Because of Ralph's ownership of KQW, the Bruntons were required to sell KJBS in 1944 when the FCC passed its duopoly rule, prohibiting the ownership of two stations in a single community.


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