Jack Horner: Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame – 2001 Charter Inductee
Jack Horner, “Mr. Sports,” compiled one of the most impressive lists of firsts in broadcasting history, and has set high standards for those who followed him. His career began in 1935 at KGFK Moorhead. After working at WSAU Wausau, Wisconsin, KTRI Sioux City, Iowa, WTMJ Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and KFJM/KILO Grand Forks, North Dakota, he joined KSTP Saint Paul/Minneapolis in 1944 to broadcast University of Minnesota football games and other sports. On December 7, 1947, he hosted the first live television program in Minnesota history for KSTP TV. He also broadcast the first baseball game ever televised in Minnesota, the first no-hit no-run game ever televised, and the first televised appearance of the Harlem Globetrotters. He joined KEYD TV Minneapolis/Saint Paul (now KMSP TV) in 1954, then moved to WTCN TV Minneapolis/Saint Paul (now KARE TV). He did sports programming for Twin Cities radio stations WPBC, KJJO, and KFAN. He also was active as a volunteer, broadcasting a weekly one-hour sports show for Minnesota State Services for the Blind for over 20 years.
Jack Horner passed away, at the age of 92, on January 10, 2005. He had 8 sons, a loving wife of over 60 years, raised his grandsons, JJ and Paul Horner, when he retired he read to the blind, went to church every day with his loving wife, painted, was an absolute pillar of his community.
If we could all be just 1/100th the man Jack Horner was, the world would be a perfect place.