Long-time FF radio announcer rememberedPublished 10:45am Friday, March 29, 2013
With the passing of Jack Brush last week, Fergus Falls lost one of its most cherished community voices. As a broadcaster and business owner, Brush’s personality was one that carried throughout the area.
Brush graduated from the Brown Institute in Minneapolis and started his broadcasting career in Longview, Texas. He worked with KBRF from 1961 to 1981 before starting KJJK, where he acted as the general manager from 1981 to 1985. Brush also worked at the Fergus Falls Community College and Lake Region Community Television from 1985 to 1993.
Brush was part of the news and sports programming broadcast at KBRF and KJJK and was remembered after his death as a man who used his talents to better where he lived.
Local radio announcer Craig Olson came to town in 1981 and met Jack as he was leaving KBRF to start KJJK. The two also worked together with Lake Region Community Television in the early 1990s.
“I think Jack was always a community minded guy who liked to report on the events and people who did things here,” said Olson. “He experienced the business at a variety of levels and really shared his expertise with the community.”
Olson also appreciated the attitude Jack brought to work everyday.
“He was always positive,” said Olson. “I don’t think I ever heard him complain.”
Representative Bud Nornes started working with Brush in 1966 at the radio station and the two still met for breakfast until his death. Nornes said that positive attitude lived on through Brush’s entire life.
“I don’t ever remember him having a grumpy day,” said Nornes. “Even as he was suffering somewhat, he still had that smile. He could lighten up any conversation.”
For both Olson and Nornes, Jack’s influence on the city will live on through the people he mentored and broadcasted with over his 30 plus years in the business.
“He was truly just one of those people you will never forget,” siad Nornes.