SEATTLE — King Broadcasting Co. founder Dorothy Bullitt, one of the richest women in America and a pioneer in American television, died Tuesday at her home from heart failure. She was 97.
Bullitt, a Seattle native, entered the broadcasting business in 1947 when she acquired a small radio station located in Seattle's Smith Tower. She changed the call letters to KING.
King is one of the largest privately held communications companies in the West. The company includes television and radio stations in Spokane, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco, Honolulu, and Boise and Twin Falls, Ida., a video-cable company and other related enterprises.