Fred Lundgren is a broadcast licensee who owns an interest in several radio stations. He is also the co-founder and CEO of mediasurplus.com, Inc., an Internet business, which is currently in the final stages of development.
Mr. Lundgren is 52-years-old. His wife Linda is a native of Houston and has been a real estate agent since 1980. They live in the Sundown subdivision with daughters Eden and Brianna. Sundown is an unincorporated community between Houston and Katy, Texas. Lundgren has two grown sons and four more step-children from a previous marriage.
Mr. Lundgren was born in Elgin, Texas and grew up in a farming community in eastern Travis County. As a youth, he was a leader in 4H and FFA and president of his high school science club. He received awards and recognitions from each of these organizations.
After graduation, Lundgren moved to Houston and attended "The Career Academy of Broadcasters". After successfully completing the Academy, Lundgren continued his education with engineering courses from the Columbia School of Broadcasting which earned him an FCC Radio and Telephone License and qualified him to perform engineering duties at most commercial radio stations.
Thereafter, Mr. Lundgren was employed at several Central Texas radio stations where he gained practical knowledge of programming, sales, management and engineering. This experience was essential when, in 1976, Lundgren founded Bastrop County Communications, a corporation that applied for, and received a license for Radio Station KELG 1440 AM at Elgin, Texas, a full time station serving the Austin, Texas market.
During the 1970s, Mr. Lundgren also developed and managed a sizable family farm and ranch operation and a small fleet of over the road trucks. The challenges facing Lundgren during the 1970's led him to co-found several organizations including a member-owned cooperative, a member owned Water Supply Corporation, a member-owned State Chartered Credit Union, and a member-owned marketing Corporation. He also served in leadership positions in his local church, and served rural advocacy organizations such as the Texas Farmers Union, and the American Agricultural Movement. All this earned Lundgren the reputation of a man who gets things done.
Soon, Lundgren was appointed as local election judge in Travis County and became active in county politics.
When government funding was announced for "Green Thumb," a federal employment program for older Americans, Fred was appointed as the field supervisor for the first six county pilot program. In this position, he hired the Green Thumb employees, and then identified, organized, and managed their publicly funded projects from park renovations to day care centers.
In 1979, Lundgren was chosen by the Texas Synod of the Lutheran Church of America to serve on the "Interreligions Task Force On Food Policy". The task force sponsored a multi-faith national conference in Washington D.C. which eventually produced a joint policy paper on food and hunger issues.
These activities drew Mr. Lundgren further into public life. In 1981, he was hired by State Representative Dan Kubiak (now deceased). In that capacity, Lundgren worked between legislative sessions as the clerk for a special state legislative committee known as the "Select House Committee on Fire Ant Control." The committee secured emergency funding for the distribution of chemicals that were used to control the ants in schools, parks and other public places.
In 1983, Mr. Lundgren sold his business interests and accepted a high profile position as Special Assistant to the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. Immediately thereafter, Lundgren received an appointment as Staff Director to Governor White and Commissioner Hightower's joint advisory committee and he continued in that capacity throughout White's term in office.
For most of his tenure in State Government, which spanned eight years, Mr. Lundgren was a TDA spokesman and convention speaker. He represented TDA in dozens of Washington meetings with House and Senate Agriculture Committee members, and served as the liaison to Federal regulators at the FDA, EPA and USDA, as well as attending many conferences on food and trade issues in other states. Lundgren also worked closely with the "Little Texas White House", officially known as the Office Of State/Federal Relations, which was the liaison between State and Federal Government.
During several statewide rulemaking procedures, Lundgren served as a hearing's examiner for the Department of Agriculture.
In 1984, Lundgren took a leave of absence from the department and worked in several political campaigns including the Presidential primary campaign of Jesse Jackson and the Walter Mondale Presidential campaign during the 1984 general election cycle.
In 1985, Mr. Lundgren received an "Outstanding Service Award" from the State Advisory Committee. Over the years, Lundgren received numerous awards and recognitions from trade organizations, and non-profit groups.
In 1988, the Department Of Agriculture recognized Lundgren for "Outstanding Service To The People Of Texas" an award presented to Mr. Lundgren by the Commissioner Of Agriculture.
Mr. Lundgren left State Government in 1989 to pursue business interests which included several media properties and a fifty-percent partnership in a sizeable oil and gas production company which, by 1991, had grown to approximately 300 wells, 75 leases, and a natural gas gathering system covering over 10,000 leased acres. Lundgren and his business partner sold the company in September of 1991 during the spike in crude oil prices caused by the Gulf War.
In 1992, Lundgren took a career pause to fulfill a thirty-year commitment to himself by co-authoring the book, The Nature of Wealth. The book contains original economic formulas gleaned from a one hundred year historical dissection of the American capitalist system. The Nature of Wealth was underwritten by The National Organization For Raw Materials, a conservative "think tank" and by Acres USA magazine, a leading advocate for environmentally safe foods. Lundgren considers The Nature of Wealth his most noteworthy achievement.
In December of 1994, The Nature of Wealth was published and Lundgren resumed his business career full time.
During 1995, Lundgren became a 1/3 partner in the company that successfully moved a new radio station into the Houston, Texas market. That station is KILE 1560 AM, Bellaire, Texas; formally licensed to Port Lavaca, Texas. The station debuted in February of 1997 with ethnic programming serving immigrants from five continents.
In 1997, Lundgren and several Houston business partners founded mediasurplus.com, Inc., a business which creates a secondary market for the surplus advertising inventory of radio, television, and newspapers. Mediasurplus.com was chartered in January of 1999 as a Texas Corporation. It will debut during the year 2001.
Currently, Lundgren serves as President of mediasurplus.com, and has traded his interest in KILE radio for two other companies that hold radio station interests in Washington State and California. Lundgren also serves as an engineering consultant to other broadcasting companies.
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