A massive heart attack is blamed for the death of Pete Pappas, co-owner of Modesto radio stations KTRB and KHOP-FM. He was 48 when he passed away in Price, Utah on August 14, 1986, while on vacation with family members.
He was one of three Pappas brothers who ventured into the radio and television business and amassed a fortune. In 1960, Pete and twin brother Mike, joined forces as co-managers and part owners of KVEG in Las Vegas. Mike Pappas is also part owner of the two Modesto stations and is expected to resume their operation. The third brother, Harry, has broadcast interests in the Visalia area.
In 1964, Pete and Mike Pappas formed Pappas Electronic, Inc. and acquired KGEN, a financially-insolvent radio station in Tulare. They later built KBOS-FM, also in Tulare and KMPH-TV, a UHF station in the Fresno-Visalia area. In 1973, Pete Pappas, his brothers and other investors purchased Modesto radio station KTRB.
The twin brothers were born in Price, Utah, the oldest sons of Greek immigrants. They became interested in broadcasting and became disc jockeys with their own program during weekends on Modesto radio station KBOX. The station later became KBEE.
Other survivors include his wife, Bessie; twin sons; and a sister