Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame
2001 Charter Inductee
Hired as an announcer just days before the station opened,
Jack Lynch found a home at KWLM Willmar. He stayed there for
five decades, and made many contributions to broadcasting
and to the community as well. He was the first announcer hired
by KWLM when the station went on the air in 1940. He left
to serve in the US Air Force in 1942, but returned to KWLM
in 1946, and served as general manager for the next 40 years.
Even after his retirement in 1986, he still did sales work
and on-air interviews for the station. He served as mayor
of Willmar and helped found its United Fund and Habitat for
Humanity organizations. He served as president of the Minnesota
Higher Education Coordinating Board, and was active in many
other community organizations. His many honors included the
Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Award and the Jaycees Distinguished
Citizen Award. His outstanding career and accomplishments,
not only in broadcasting but also in community service and
involvement, set high standards for his fellow broadcasters.
Jack Lynch passed away, at the age of 77, on March 4, 1999.