Harris Willard Linder Jr., named after his father and known to most as Bill, could trace his involvement in radio back to 1940, when his parents, Harris Sr. and Irene Linder, moved to
Willmar to establish KWLM Radio.
Bill, then a student at the
was pressed into service as an announcer for the fledgling radio station.
Bill’s father sold advertising and his mother ran the office, Steve Linder
said. “My dad did everything else out of necessity.” University of Minnesota
After a stint in the U.S. Navy as a radio and radar instructor, Linder rejoined the family business which also included his brother, Don Linder. Over the next couple of decades the Linder family established KMHL Radio in Marshall, KDMA in
KWLM-FM (now KQIC) in Willmar and KMHL-FM in Marshall.
The Linders also started the franchising agreement that brought Muzak to west central
through a KWLM subcarrier.
Bill Linder’s contributions to
Minnesota broadcasting were recognized
within the industry. He was on the board of directors of the Minnesota
Broadcasters Association and became a charter inductee in the Minnesota
Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2001.
Community giving and service were important parts of Bill's life, serving and giving to many charitable organizations in the
Willmar area. The Willmar
Area Community Foundation awarded him and his family it's Award in Philathropy
in 2010. We will miss Bill. His funeral will be 3:00 pm, Sunday, October 6th at
Church in Willmar. Burial will be in .
Visitation will be from 3-6 pm Saturday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in
Willmar and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday. Fairview Cemetery