After 54 years in radio, local radio stations owner Bob Johnson is being inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He will be inducted along with WCCO sports journalist Mark Rosen and longtime Twins play-by-play man Dick Bremer at a ceremony in Minneapolis Sept. 29.
Johnson purchased KRBI AM in St. Peter in 1960. In his 46 years with KRBI he added an FM band and station River 105. Over his career he owned five other stations. In 2003, KRBI and River 105 were sold to Three Eagles.
One of Johnson’s proud memories was the reaction of the station during the 1998 tornado that devastated St. Peter. The storm damaged both of the station’s towers, knocking it off the air. KRBI erected 6-foot steel poles with wires running between them to get the station back on the air in fewer than five hours and began delivering emergency messages to residents.