Former WDIO Weatherman Jack McKenna Dies

Updated: 12/09/2013 10:59 PM
Created: 12/09/2013 3:58 PM

Jack McKenna, the original WDIO weatherman, has died at age 91.

Wisconsin Public Radio reporter Mike Simonson, who had worked with McKenna on the "Radio Superior" series, said McKenna died late Sunday afternoon.  "I spoke with him just last week. His wit and wisdom remained with him to the end," Simonson wrote on the "Radio Superior" Facebook page.

Simonson said arrangements haven't been made but services will be held early next summer.

McKenna worked at WDIO as promotion manager and weathercaster beginning with the station's sign-on in 1966 until 1973, when he left for a job in a larger market.  He had worked for other Twin Ports radio and TV stations for 16 years prior to joining WDIO.

McKenna was a graduate of Duluth Denfeld High School and attended Duluth State Teachers College and UMD.  He served in the Air Force during World War II and was awarded the Air Medal and cluster.

Jack McKenna appears on an early 1973 WDIO/WIRT newscast
McKenna delivers his farewell from WDIO-TV on June 22, 1973.

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