ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Dale Ackers, president of Abilene’s first television station, died June 25 of esophageal cancer.

He was 78.

In 1953, the Ackers family bought KRBC, a 5,000-watt radio station, and named Ackers president. KRBC-TV, one of the oldest NBC affiliates, was added to the franchise later that year.

Survivors include his wife, Roy Helen Mingus, two sons and a sister.

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