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Jim Offerdahl Forms Radio Gearheads

New equipment and services company includes John Lackness as director of sales

Jim Offerdahl

Longtime contract engineer Jim Offerdahl is launching a radio technology service and equipment sales business called Radio Gearheads. Veteran equipment sales exec John Lackness has joined as director of sales.

“We will concentrate on sales, installation and engineering services, with the office being headquartered in Fosston, Minn.,” Lackness told Radio World.

“Installation, buildouts and engineering will also be headquartered from there, too. I will remain in San Antonio, Texas.”

John Lackness

According to its website, Radio Gearhead’s services will also include repair and maintenance of transmitter sites and studios, as well as FCC-required measurements, due diligence, and technical support by phone and remote access.

The company will also be a dealer of new and used equipment. The website currently lists 14 brand names, and Lackness said he is working to sign up more equipment manufacturers to represent. 

“Currently we have transmitters from several manufacturers signed on, as well as coax, audio processing, antennas, audio mixers and peripheral equipment.”

Lackness has spent more than four decades in broadcasting. He began as a jock in San Antonio and has worked for manufacturers including Marti, Tieline and, most recently. Broadcast Electronics. He also has experience at equipment and services companies Crouse-Kimzey, SCMS and RF Specialties. He can be reached at [email protected].

[Related: Jim Offerdahl was featured in Mark Persons’ article “What Happens When Lightning Hits?”]