Chester M. “Chet” Murphy, longtime Missoula, Mont., broadcaster, died July 5 of complications from lung cancer. He was 77.

Murphy was born in Powell, Wyo., and was the former owner of KYSS-AM and KYSS-FM in Missoula. Before buying out his partners at KYSS-AM and starting the city’s first commercial FM station, Murphy worked in cable TV in Wenatchee, Wash., and at KXLY-TV in Spokane, Wash.

Murphy’s son, Max, and daughter-in-law, Sheila Callahan, own KMSO-FM in Missoula.

Murphy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marty; four children; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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