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Longtime Central Minnesota Broadcaster Hilger Dies

08/20/2013 - 3:20 AM

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Longtime Central Minnesota Broadcaster Hilger Dies
Andy Hilger, Photo courtesy of Miller Carlin Funeral Homes

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Longtime central Minnesota broadcaster and businessman Andy Hilger has died. He was 83. WJON-AM reports Hilger died Sunday at St. Benedicts Senior Community in St. Cloud.

Hilger landed a job at WJON in 1958 as a night-time disc jockey under the name "Tin Pan Andy." He eventually bought WJON in 1965. He later added WWJO, KMXK and KKJM.

For 40 years, Hilger wrote and produced daily editorials for WJON. He also built WJON Cablevision in the late 1960s, bringing cable television to the St. Cloud area.

In1998, Hilger sold WJON, WWJO and KMXK to Regent Communications of Cincinnati. He kept contemporary Christian station KKJM and later donated it to the St. Cloud Diocese.

Hilger was inducted into the Minnesota Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2006.