Founder Of KUOO And A Lakes Area Icon Passes Away
(South Lake, Tx.)-- A longtime broadcaster and icon of the Iowa Great Lakes has passed away. Paul Hedberg died this past Thursday in Texas.
Hedberg formerly owned and operated numerous radio stations in Minnesota and Iowa and put KUOO on the air on April 1st, 1985.
Hedberg was also known for his generosity and was a vibrant supporter of the Iowa Great Lakes. He and a group of investors purchased the Arnolds Park Amusement Park from Chuck Long in 1987. Hedberg recalled his involvement in that effort in an interview with KUOO news in August of 2015. He says it's likely the park wouldn't be here today if it hadn't been for that group of investors...
"Well I don't think there's any question about that. I mean it certainly needed a lot of renovation. One of the big mistakes we made right out of the chute, and Chuck Long admits, too, you know, it was his concept to remove the Roof Garden, and we did. We took the Roof Garden down which was one of the signature buildings when it came to the lake and we all can see now that was not a good idea."
Hedberg would go on to support the park, even after he and the group of investors sold it in 1996. Paul and his wife Julie purchased some musical instruments that are still present in the park at Queen's Court...
"I did it as a gift. Julie and I did it as a gift to the park. It's been a part of our life and I think it's another attraction. I mean people tend to come back to a place where they're having fun. Harmony Park is an area where old and young alike I think can have some fun so that's why we did it. We hope the people enjoy it."
Hedberg was also very active in the Jerry Dyrkhopp Iowa Great Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, which puts on the classic boat show each summer at the Arnolds Park waterfront.
Paul Hedberg was 81.
A memorial service will be held later this summer in the lakes area. Memorials may be made to the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting; 3517 Raleigh Avenue, St. Paul, Mn. 55416.
You can read his complete obituary by clicking here.