Veteran broadcaster known as "Captain Jim" dies at 88

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A veteran broadcaster whose television and radio career in Minnesota and North Dakota spanned nearly seven decades has died.

The Fargo Forum reports Jim Rohn, who was affectionately known as "Captain Jim," died on Monday at the age of 88.

He got his start on the radio in 1946 at KSJB-AM in Jamestown, North Dakota, but it wasn't until the 1950s and '60s that he endeared himself to viewers of KXJB-Channel 4 as "Captain Jim" in the popular children's show of the same name, the newspaper says.

He would retain this monicker throughout his career, during which he proved himself to be a versatile broadcaster, working as a weather reporter, news anchor, a producer, and a television host on programs such as "Polka Party," "High School Teen Quiz," and "Welcome Inn," according to the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.

Valley News Live says that in 1972 he made the move from Fargo to Alexandria, Minnesota, where he worked as a weather forecaster for KCMT-TV until 1990.

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Such was his love for the industry, he kept on working until last month for radio station KIKV-FM in Sauk Centre.

"He loved coming to work every day, but his age and his health caught up with him," Dave Vagle, general manager at KIKV-FM, told the Forum.

"Between Fargo and Alexandria he's an institution, without a doubt."

Rohn was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2003, with his entry on the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting website reading: "A true pioneer in broadcasting, Jim Rohn has touched the lives of thousands of listeners and viewers in Minnesota and North Dakota."

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Jan. 17, at the Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home on Seventh Street South, Fargo, the Fargo Forum notes.

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