Mel Paradis has died after a yearlong fight with cancer, his son Brett has told Radio World. Paradis passed away late Friday night, Dec. 12, at the age of 75.
Paradis was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2008. He also served on the Minnesota Broadcasters Association’s board for 12 years, first as secretary in 1975 and later as president from 1985–86.
He started his career in 1973 with KLGR(AM/FM) in Redwood Falls, and he later purchased those stations, as well as KMSR(FM), licensed to Sauk Centre. In 1986, Paradis sold KLGR to CD Broadcasting of Minneapolis and became its chief operating officer. In addition, he also served as the vice president of operations for Children’s Broadcasting in Minneapolis.
Paradis and his sons also joined together on broadcasting ventures.
He and Brett purchased KXRA(AM/FM) of Alexandria, Minn., in 1988, and added KXRZ(FM) in 2000. Paradis also co-owned KBJJ(FM) in Marshall, Minn., from 1990–95 with Tim, his other son.
A community as well as industry leader, Paradis was recognized with his community’s Distinguished Service Award.
The family has planned a viewing for Dec. 18 from 5–7 p.m. Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar, Minn., followed the next day by the burial at 9 a.m. and an 11 a.m. Celebration Service at Evangelical Free Church in Willmar. A lunch will also be served.