Park grew up on a farm near Dobson in Surry County and graduated from North Carolina State University in 1930. After holding several different jobs, he began building a communications consortium in 1961. By 1977 he reached the FCC's then twenty-one station limit. He was also buying up newspapers. Today he owns twenty-four dailies, forty-seven weekly, semi-weekly and \"shopper\" papers. Circulation for all the papers is over 600,000.