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Longtime Media Broker Passes

Jerry Johnson was well-known throughout the Midwest

Jerry Johnson, a highly regarded media broker across the Midwest, died last week in the Minneapolis area after a long illness at the age of 72.

Johnson worked at WCCO(TV) in Minneapolis before founding his own brokerage firm Johnson Communications Properties, which he operated for 25 years. Johnson led the Minneapolis area office of Media Services Group beginning in 2007. Media Services Group provides brokerage services for radio stations, television stations, cell towers and new media businesses, according to the company’s website.

Johnson’s obituary in the Minneapolis Star Tribune noted he was known for a “great sense of humor, contagious smile and simple enjoyment in the company of friends and family. He was an avid outdoorsman, spending many fall mornings in the comfort of a duck blind.”

Glenn Serafin, president of the National Association of Media Brokers, said, “Going back to the very early days, Jerry always was a fixture at our gatherings and at state and regional broadcast industry conventions. His contacts were terrific, especially across the Midwest. We will miss his knowledge and his pleasant personality.”

Johnson’s memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Nativity Lutheran Church, in St. Anthony, Minn. Memorials can be made to Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis in Johnson’s name, according to the obituary.