Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame
Alver G. Leighton
2001 Charter Inductee
Al Leighton has enjoyed a distinguished broadcasting career
of nearly five decades, and is one of the key figures in central
Minnesota broadcasting. He served in the US Army in World
War II, and entered broadcasting in 1951, when he joined KLIZ
Brainerd as a news and sports reporter, later going into sales
and learning all aspects of the radio business. In 1958 he
became general manager of KDLM Detroit Lakes, eventually becoming
its sole owner.
After 18 years in Detroit Lakes, he moved
his corporate headquarters to Saint Cloud, and moved to his
present downtown location in 1982. The Leighton Enterprises
family includes Detroit Lakes stations KDLM AM and KBOT FM,
Saint Cloud stations KCLD FM, KNSI AM, KZPK FM, and KCML FM,
as well as KYCK FM, KNOX AM, and KNOX FM, Grand Forks, North
He is a past president of the Minnesota Broadcasters
Association and has been active in many community organizations
over the years.
Al Leighton passed away June 28, 2012.