Charles Robert Bellatti

Inducted: 1996

CHARLES ROBERT BELLATTI (1886-1953) made his mark as a publisher in Blackwell and then consolidated two Stillwater papers in 1941 to form the Stillwater NewsPress. He was positive, forthright and unafraid to make enemies if some readers disagreed with him. Bellatti’s energy propelled both Blackwell and Stillwater to become better communities. He also was founder of Stillwater’s first radio station, KSPI-AM, later bringing KSPI-FM on the air in 1951 as one of the first FM stations west of the Mississippi. His civic contributions are simply too numerous to list.