Omni Broadcasting was a small-market radio broadcasting company based in Bemidji, Minnesota. The company was owned and operated by Louis H. Buron, Jr., and Mary Campbell, who formed it in 1988. They relocated from the Twin Cities to Bemidji, where, in 1989, the company acquired Paul Bunyan Broadcasting Company's two stations, KBUN and KBHP. The offices and studios were located at 502 Beltrami Avenue in Bemidji.

Hubbard Broadcasting announced on November 13, 2014 that it would purchase the Omni Broadcasting stations.[1] The sale was completed on February 27, 2015.[2]

Awards

The Omni Broadcasting stations won many industry awards for community service over the company's quarter-century of broadcasting.

KBHP(FM), Bemidji, won the National Association of Broadcasters' Crystal Award five times, in 1994, 1997, 1999, 2007, and 2010.[3][circular reference]

WJJY-FM, Brainerd, won NAB Crystal Awards in 2001, 2003, and 2007.[4][circular reference]

In 2008, Omni Broadcasting was a winner of the 10th annual Service to America awards. In partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota, each December the company's stations broadcast an annual 24-hour "Radiothon to End Child Abuse." In 2007, Omni stations provided free airtime valued at $276,000. The 2007 radiothon raised over $220,000. More than $2 million had been raised since the partnership began in 1989, at the time of the company's recognition for its service in 2008.[5]

In 2011, in recognition of its long-term commitment to community service, KBHP(FM) was awarded the NAB's Crystal Heritage Award, only the second broadcast station to have been thus honored, from the time of the award's inception in 2008.[6]

In October 2007, Buron was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in Golden Valley, MN.[7]

Death

Lou Buron died on January 23, 2017, at age 73.[8]

Stations

At the time of its sale to Hubbard, Omni Broadcasting owned and operated sixteen stations in four different markets across Minnesota:

Bemidji

Brainerd/Baxter

Wadena

Alexandria

References

  1. ^ "Hubbard Picks up 16 Stations From Omni". Radio Ink. November 13, 2014. Archived from the original on November 13, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "Hubbard Closes on 16 MN Stations from Omni". Radio Online. February 27, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  3. ^ "NAB Crystal Radio Awards". Wikipedia. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "NAB Crystal Radio Awards". Wikipedia. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "NAB Education Foundation Announces Service to America Winners". National Association of Broadcasters. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  6. ^ National Association of Broadcasters https://www.nab.org/documents/events/awards/crystalawards/crystalheritage.asp. Retrieved March 8, 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  8. ^ Matthew J. Liedke. "Regional radio icon Lou Buron dies at age 73". The Bemidji Pioneer. Retrieved March 23, 2020.