Bob Bacon, KGOAT's beloved studio engineer, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Bob was an electronic repair man for years, servicing the community while he raised his daughters Stephanie and Melanie in Idaho Springs.
He was one of the founders of KGOAT in 1994, and through his technical intellect he brought
the station from a duct tape and bailing wire operation to the sophisticated media outlet it is today. When confronted by the FCC and asked what he did for a living, Bob famously stood his ground and said “I make illegal radio transmitters.”
Bob and his rowdy friends @ KGOAT's birth
Bob was passionate about the radio station and delighted in the joy that rippled from the station through the community. Through his efforts and many others around the country, the FCC and Congress came to realize that there was a need for community radio, which had been decimated by corporate radio takeover. This led to the LPFM initiative that brought community radio back to small town USA and led to KGOAT getting its license.
Bob was very humble, respectful of others, kind and considerate. He had a lightning quick mind and always amazed us how he could figure out any technical problem we might have. He was widely loved through the community. We will miss his famous dry humor and play on words.
Goodbye Bob, we miss you and hope you are getting our signal, wherever you are.