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Lou Buron Passed Away

Monday, January 23, 2017:   Long time client Louis "Lou" Buron died of pneumonia after a fall ten days earlier.  He was 74.  Lou is shown here with his wife Mary several years before.

Lou worked in sales at KDWB Radio in Minneapolis, MN, in 1971 and became regional vice president for Doubleday Broadcasting in 1977.  He was responsible for operations in Chicago, Detroit, Denver, St. Louis, and the Twin Cities.  Lou moved over to Parker Communications with stations in Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Hawaii, and California.

It was in 1988 that he and his business partner Mary Campbell purchased KBUN Radio in Bemidji, Minnesota.  They kept buying and building stations to ultimately owning sixteen radio stations in central Minnesota before selling and retiring in 2015.  Those stations included KBUN-AM, Bemidji, KBHP-FM, Bemidji, KKZY-FM Bemidji, KLLZ Walker,  KBUN-AM Blackduck, WJJY Brainerd, KLIZ-AM Brainerd, KLIZ-FM Brainerd, KVBR-AM Brainerd, KUAL-FM Brainerd, KBLB Nisswa, KWAD-AM Wadena, KKWS-FM Wadena, KSTP-AM Staples, KIKV-FM Sauk Center, and KULO-FM Alexandria, all in Minnesota.

Mark's comments:   Lou Buron and Mary Campbell were a good business team, devoted to radio.  They owned KBUN/KBHP in Bemidji and KIKV Radio in Alexandria, MN when I met them in 1990.  They purchased WJJY Radio in Brainerd a few years later.  That resulted in the construction of a new $800,000 studio facility in Baxter, MN, in 2000.  The project kept me very busy, along with full time station employee Dave Cox.  We spent a lot of time together wiring studios and adding new transmitters.  In the end, there were six stations in the Brainerd group.  Lou and Mary had me very busy on their projects while I was trying to satisfy the needs of thirty other client stations.  Quite a ride.

The stories go on and on.  Stop in again sometime.  I'll leave the soldering iron on for you. 
Mark W. Persons

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