Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame
Robert C. Fransen
Robert C. Fransen has been an important part of broadcasting in
Minnesota for nearly sixty years.
Best known for making WTCN TV Minneapolis/Saint Paul (now
KARE TV) the top rated independent station in the country
during his eighteen years of leadership, his career began
during World War II, when he produced radio shows for the
US Army. He joined the news staff of WCCO Minneapolis/Saint
Paul in 1946. After a term as news director at KYSM Mankato,
he moved to what is now WCCO TV Minneapolis/Saint Paul in
1949, working as an announcer, director, production manager,
and weatherman. He put WEEK TV Peoria, Illinois, on the
air in 1952, and then was hired to staff and program KEYD
TV Minneapolis/Saint Paul (now KMSP TV) in 1954. He moved
to WTCN TV in 1957 and worked as an account executive and
sales manager before his promotion to vice president and
general manager. He later served as vice president and general
manager of KITN TV Minneapolis/Saint Paul (now WFTC TV)
and as general manager of KSTP AM Minneapolis/Saint Paul.
His many honors include the National Academy of Television
Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Award.