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Paul Gregg

Engineer, Broadcaster, Gentleman, Gentle Man, Friend

Paul Erwin Gregg
January 15, 1924
May, 2014

6/6/14 - We are heartbroken to have to report the death of Paul Gregg this week in El Paso, at 90 years of age. The family has sent word that "After a thorough investigation it has been determined that the cause of Paul Gregg's passing was heart failure. The autopsy results showed that the arteries of his heart were fully blocked." 

There was no one nicer or quicker to help others than Paul Gregg.

For seven decades, he has been remembered for his work with Grainger, Gates Radio, Sparta, Cetec, Bauer Transmitters.

Paul was the force behind the first (and only) professional transmitter kit - the Bauer 707. With Paul's assembly manual, the kit was so simple that they could hire a "Kelly Girl" to come to the NAB Show in Chicago and build one in public. At least report it is still in use.

More than 700 of the 707s were sold, and many are still in use.
 

Paul started in radio in 1939 in Wisconsin. Moving to San Francisco in the early 1940s, he was the Chief Engineer for KLS (later KWBR, KABL, and now KMKY). At the end of 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, returning to KWBR in mid-1946. Late in the 1950s, while selling Gates Radio gear, he met and began working with Fritz Bauer. Paul was there as it morphed to Cetec (which included Schaefer, Jampro, and Sparta).


In addition to the 707, Paul designed one of the very first solid-state audio consoles, the Bauer 910.

In 1968, he formed what became Elcom-Bauer, selling limiters, transmitters (including a model used all over Vietnam and one of the first solid-state AM transmitters - the SS-1000),  and other products, which were especially popular in Mexico.

It was 1993, when, as US Sales waned, he moved the company to El Paso, Texas.

 


From El Paso, Paul continued and enhanced his relationship with Radiorama, one of the large radio companies in Mexico, including holding technical seminars for the engineers there, refurbished transmitters, did some local contract engineering.  

 

Even as he turned 90 this year, Paul still kept busy in his El Paso shop, supporting the Bauer and Sparta transmitters - and virtually everything else that callers as requested from him.
 

Paul was just as kind to a ham who wanted help converting a 707 for use on one of the ham bands as he was to a corporate engineer calling for information or parts.
 

And, then there was all the history of the industry that he was happy to share; he was there for much of it. From his early days as a DJ to equipment sales to product design and support, Paul always was a joy to speak with - even moreso to visit in person, at the NAB shows, in his shop, or at the German restaurant down the road.
 

When we started the Hall of Achievement during my years of editing Radio Guide, there was no ques-tion who would be the first honoree - it just had to be Paul Gregg.

We were honored by two of Paul's daughters flying in to Las Vegas to surpriuse him at the Lunch Gathering. It made the day one to remember!

 

Paul leaves behind three daughters (two of them pictured above), Paula, Jennifer, and Susan, and hundreds of friends throughout the broadcast industry. There will be no service. Per his wishes, the family will be spreading his ashes outside the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

The Bauer and Sparta parts and manuals will be sent to Goodrich Enterprises in Omaha, NE. 

You may wish to come back to this space later for any addition information received, including several more celebrations of Paul's life.
 
Glenn Leffler remembers Paui.
Buc Fitch remembers Paul.

And here are some personal recollections by his friends.
If you would like to add to this page, with your thoughts on Paul Gregg, please use this link.

      

 

 

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