Name: Hyland, Robert
Profession: Business Person
Born/Started: Mar. 25, 1920
Died/Ended: Mar. 05, 1992
Description: Robert Hyland was born and raised in St. Louis on Lindell Boulevard. His father was a well-known surgeon in the field of sports medicine who served as the team surgeon for the St. Louis Cardinals and Browns for more than 30 years.
Hyland attended Saint Louis University and played baseball there. The St. Louis Cardinals offered him a contract to play baseball, but he declined . He began his radio career in Chicago as a salesman. In 1951 he moved back to St. Louis and began working at KMOX radio, a CBS affiliate. There he became senior vice-president of CBS Radio and general manager of KMOX Radio.
He was know for his workaholic tendenncies and his ability to hire exceptional talent. Some of the radio personalities he hired include Jack Buck, Bob Costas, Harry Caray, Jack Carney and Jim White.
Hyland established the idea of talk radio, which was copied throughout the country. The format at KMOX was called "At Your Service." Experts in various fields would be available to answer listeners´ questions.
Hyland married Martha Claiborne, with whom he had two children. After she died, he married Patricia Sowle and had two more children.
Hyland was very much involved in civic ventures. He founded the drug and alcohol treatment center at St. Anthony´s Hospital, which was named after his father. He served on the boards of the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Municipal Opera, and received many honorary degrees and awards. In 1988 he was chosen as the St. Louis Man of the Year. [Final Resting Place, p. 145]
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