Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame
2001 Charter Inductee
One of the industry's most colorful characters, Rod Hurd was
a pioneer and a leader in southeastern Minnesota broadcasting.
After serving in the US Navy during World War II, he began
his broadcasting career as an announcer and salesman for stations
in Iowa, South Dakota, and later managed KFJB Marshalltown,
Iowa, and KSFH FM San Francisco, California. He came to KWNO
Winona in 1950. He became co-owner in 1961 and served as president
and general manager until retiring in 1986. He was a member
of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association board of directors
for many years, enjoyed tennis and golf, and was active in
many civic organizations. He was also known for his unfettered
and unconventional editorials about local issues, one of which
even appeared in the national press in the "Dear Abby"
Rod Hurd passed away October 19, 1992.