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MPR to Name HQ After Kling

Founder honored on 50th anniversary

Minnesota Public Radio is honoring its founder, Bill Kling, by christening the headquarters building in St. Paul, Minn., after him — Kling Public Media Center.

The dedication on April 19 is timed to coincide with MPR’s 50th anniversary.

Randall Hogan was MPR board chair in 2011 when the original decision was made, said, “The board wanted to ensure that what Bill built in the culture, and the values that he embodies would be forever part of Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media … Naming the building is a permanent public recognition for his vision and his impact on the industry, the state and the country.”

Jon McTaggart, president and CEO of MPR parent American Public Media Group said, “Our 50th anniversary is the perfect time to honor what Bill created and built. His entrepreneurial spirit and passion for public service continue to inspire us as we begin our next 50 years.” APMG shares the headquarters building with MPR.