Harley Flathers

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Audio clips:
With Jack Benny, 2/7/1962
Interview with Louie Armstrong, 7/30/1964
Discussion with Ralph Jon Fritz, 3/16/1992
Playing a musical saw

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Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Harley Flathers

Inducted 2002

Growing up on the family farm, Harley Flathers loved radio, and when polio struck him shortly after high school, he turned to broadcasting and began a career that has lasted five decades.

After attending the American Institute of the Air in Minneapolis, he signed on at KAAA Red Wing (now KCUE) as sports director and farm director in 1953. Four years later he moved to KROC Rochester, working as an announcer and director of community affairs until 1968, when he moved to KNXR FM Rochester. He returned to KROC in 1971 and stayed there until moving to his current sales, promotion, and consulting position at KWEB AM/KRCH FM/KMFX FM/KNFX AM Rochester in 1981. He broadcast the public affairs program "Harley's House" live from his home, and also hosted a television program for senior citizens. His many honors include the Rochester Exchange Club's Book of Golden Deeds Award, and he was named Person of the Year by the Minnesota State Council for the Handicapped, and a Good Neighbor by WCCO Radio. A shining example of overcoming a disability through courage and dedication, he symbolizes broadcasting's commitment and service to the community.