That Door Marked Private
Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame
Television pioneer Kenn Barry helped create, direct, and
produce the country's first nightly news telecast.
While a student at the University of Minnesota and while
serving in the US Army during World War II, he worked as
an actor, announcer, and producer at KSTP Minneapolis/Saint
Paul. After the war he served as program director of University
radio station KUOM, and then at an Iowa radio station before
returning to the Twin Cities in 1948 as the first production
manager of KSTP TV Minneapolis/Saint Paul. He directed and
produced nearly all of the station's live programs, and
pioneered the craft of television news. The show he helped
create for KSTP TV in 1949 was the nation's first regularly
scheduled nightly 10:00 p.m. newscast. He also created,
directed, and produced the Twin Cities' first weekly film
documentary, "That Door Marked Private," and helped
oversee the transition to color television. He became KSTP
TV's director of public relations and special projects in
1975 and Hubbard Broadcasting's director of conference planning
He retired in 1986, but remained active, serving on the
boards of many community and cultural organizations.
Kenn passed away, at the age of 81, on August 29, 2002.