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Three people – Charlie Ergen, Candy Ergen and Jim DeFranco – were hauling an enormous C-band TV dish antenna via pickup truck to a customer in remote Colorado. In the early 1980s this was one of only two dish antennas owned by the developing new business. A powerful gust of wind whipped up, blowing the antenna off its trailer and into a roadside ditch. There goes half of the company.

Summed up as a bad day in the infancy of DISH, the founding trio overcame this setback to build what is now a Fortune 200 company that employs thousands and serves millions throughout the nation – a seemingly unlikely future on that blustery day.


The Rocky Mountains are unlike anywhere in the US. Spend your weekends hiking, skiing or enjoying a concert at the breath-taking Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Outdoors not your thing? Enjoy a local microbrew on a roof-top bar, see how money is made at the US Mint, or go shopping along the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall. And don't be fooled by the occasional snow flurry – Denver boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year!

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DISH Network L.L.C.
9601 S Meridian Blvd.
Englewood, CO 80112