Posted at 1:38 PM on March 14, 2011
by Julia Schrenkler
Listeners, friends, do you remember Arthur Hoehn? Can you recall his voice? We have lost him.
Arthur Hoehn, Minnesota Public Radio's first professional announcer, died Saturday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 72.
Hoehn was a MPR mainstay from the beginning, more than 44 years ago. He was the first professional announcer at MPR's first classical music station, KSJR in Collegeville. Hoehn presented all its music programs, live or taped. He was the first voice of what would become MPR's signature orchestral programs, including its live broadcast of the Minnesota Orchestra.
As noted in the MPR News piece, Hoehn appeared on Midday before his inductiong to the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame: MPR's Arthur Hoehn headed to Hall of Fame.
He is a part of MPR's history, and may be a personal part of your own listening history. I'm sorry to write that I did not know him here in the workplace, but hope you had the chance to know his voice.