Frischknecht was born in Brigham City, Utah to Carl and Geniel Frischknecht (née Lund), and after graduation from Logan High School, spent two years (1946-1948) in the army in Japan. He graduated from Utah State University in 1951 with a degree in speech and radio. He earned a master's degree in Radio-TV from Michigan State University in 1957.
After graduation, Frischknecht initially worked in Idaho and after earning a graduate degree in Michigan, later moved to New York City to work at PBS affiliate WNET. He returned to his alma mater to work for a time, and moved to Washington, DC to work at National Public Radio under its first president, Don Quayle, in 1970.
Frischknecht became president of NPR in 1973, and served in that capacity until 1977. He returned to television at Arizona State University's KAET in 1980 and later helped found KBAQ. He retired in 1993.
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