Wednesday, September 4, 2013

NOLA Radio: R.I.P. Newsman F. Michael Franklin

F. Michael Franklin
F. Michael Franklin, an award-winning broadcaster who worked at three radio stations during a 33-year career in New Orleans, died Friday at St. Theresa Specialty Hospital in Kenner.

He was 82, according to

A native of Marshfield, Wis., who came to New Orleans in 1965, just before Hurricane Betsy struck, Franklin was news director and an anchor at WNOE-AM until 1973, when he moved to WGSO-AM, where he spent a decade as a news anchor and reporter as well as a talk-show host and a weekend sportscaster. 

He was a news anchor and reporter at WWL-AM from 1983 to 1992, and he returned to WGSO for a year in 1996. He retired in 1998.

Franklin started his broadcasting career as disc jockey, engineer and news director at KTRF-AM in Thief River Falls, Minn., from 1955 to 1960. From 1960 until he moved to New Orleans, Mr. Franklin was a news director, reporter and newscaster at two AM stations, WROK and WRRR.

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