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Former WCCO Engineer Jerry Miller Is Dead

Former WCCO Engineer Jerry Miller Is Dead

Jerry Miller, former chief of legacy station WCCO(AM), is dead, according to friend Mark Durenberger.
Miller died this week from complications due to ALS. He also was a prominent member of the FCC’s Alternative Inspection Task Force, Durenberger said.
Miller was named in 2003 to the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting’s Hall of Fame. The museum’s Web site describes him as “a consummate engineer” who believed in the power and potential of broadcasting.
Miller began in the industry in 1954 as a studio recording technician at what is now KBEM(FM) in Minneapolis/Saint Paul; he worked as an engineer at WMIN and WLOL from 1956 to 1963, before beginning his 32-year tenure at WCCO, according to the Pavek.
“As chief engineer, he was responsible for its high technical standards, and built the nation’s first touch-screen automation system,” the museum bio states. “He also served in the Air National Guard, and contributed to the early days of Twin Cities Public Television. Since 1996, he has conducted FCC Alternative Inspections in eleven states, benefiting stations with his skills in engineering and teaching, and a lifetime of professionalism, concern, involvement, and compassion.”