Mel Paradis

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Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Mel Paradis

Inducted 2008

Mel Paradis’ outstanding broadcast career began in 1973, working with KLGR AM & FM in Redwood Falls. He purchased the station in 1976 and later owned KMSR FM in Sauk Centre. In 1986 he sold KLGR AM & FM to CD Broadcasting and shortly thereafter became that company’s Chief Operating Officer. During that time he also became Vice President of Operations for Children’s Broadcasting, both companies based in Minneapolis. In 1988 he and his son Brett purchased KXRA AM & FM in Alexandria and by 2000 had added KXRZ FM. From 1990 to 1995 Paradis and his son Tim owned KBJJ FM in Marshall. He continued to hold ownership in Paradis Broadcasting of Alexandria and remained as CEO and Chairman of the Board.

A key figure in the growth of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association, he served on its board for 12 years, starting as secretary in 1975, and serving as president in 1985 and 1986. A community as well as industry leader, Paradis has served on the Redwood Falls City Council and has been president of United Way, Jaycees, Rotary International, Chamber of Commerce, and Minnesota Inventors Congress, and was recognized with his community’s Distinguished Service Award.

Mel Paradis passed away December 12, 2014, at the age of 75.