|Martin Busch is a native of Beadle County, South Dakota. He was born to Paul and Marie Busch of Wolsey, South Dakota. After graduating from Wolsey High School in 1940, Martin attended Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) in Mitchell on a music scholarship. He remained a DWU until he enlisted in the Navy in 1943. He served in the Pacific during World War II until 1946 and continued reserve status for a total of 30 years.
Upon his return to South Dakota, Martin enrolled at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1948. He went on to teach at Wolsey High School and Brookings High School. Then, in 1954, he returned to USD where he began his Masters in Fine Arts (MFA).
It was during that time that Martin's interest in radio broadcasting began. He was instrumental in the development of public broadcasting both on radio ad television. Martin held national and regional board positions in early years to establish two regional educational networks and the current PBS national network.
|Home Town (Wolsey, SD)|