ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — Longtime Minnesota radio and television personality Rodger Kent, who announced professional wrestling and hosted a fishing and hunting show, has died at age 90.
Kent died of pneumonia Friday at a nursing home in Cook in northern Minnesota, according to managing director Steve Raymer of the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in St. Louis Park, which posted Kent's obituary on Monday. Kent was inducted into the museum's Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2003.
Kent, a native of Waukegan, Illinois, moved from a radio job in Bristol, Tennessee, to the Twin Cities in 1950 to join WDGY. From there, he went to KSTP as a morning radio host and also appeared on KSTP-TV.
Kent, whose real last name was Vogel, worked at WCCO Radio for three years and then WTCN Radio and TV (now KARE-TV), as an announcer, newscaster and weather forecaster, the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1tALOd7) reported. In 1964, he created and hosted "The Minnesota Sportsman," an outdoors show that aired on WTCN until 1969.
Kent built a following while calling American Wrestling Association matches on WTCN and around the country for 25 years. Verne Gagne's AWA operated from 1960 to 1991 and was based in Minneapolis. Wrestlers of that era whose matches were announced by Kent included Baron von Raschke, Andre the Giant and the Crusher.
Kent's broadcast career also included stints on Twin Cities radio stations WAYL, KTWN and KLBB.
Survivors include his wife, Andrea, a son and two daughters. The Pavek Museum will host a memorial service on Dec. 14.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com