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Minn. Broadcasters Remember Jack Moore

Twin Cities FM pioneer was 89

Image courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
Colleagues are remembering Jack Moore, who died last week at the age of 89.

“A great broadcaster and terrific station owner,” wrote one colleague in posting a comment to an obituary in the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.

Moore was inducted into the Minnesota Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2004. According to the museum’s website, he launched four major FM signals in the Twin Cities, including “the first FM stereo broadcast between Chicago and the West Coast, working under great pressure to get on the air in time for a major exhibition on Nov. 16, 1961.”

He was an innovator or early adopter in the smooth jazz format, in cable radio and in satellite-delivered radio networking.

Moore also served the country in World War II, earning a Purple Heart, a Distinguished Flying Cross and five Air Medals.

“The father of a family of successful broadcasters and professionals, his optimism, humility and humor have earned him the greatest respect from even his staunchest competitors,” the museum’s biography states.

Read his Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame biography.