Jack French, a radio personality for almost 40 years who was known as Grand Fork, N.D.’s first TV sportscaster, died July 9 in Erskine, Minn. He was 79.
French died at the Pioneer Memorial Care Center, where he lived for the past two years.
He came to Grand Forks in the mid-1940s to work at KILO, one of only two radio stations in town. He moved to KNOX, the other station, around 1950.
He became the city’s first sportscaster when KNOX added a TV station. He delivered play-by-play during the first televised U. of North Dakota hockey game in 1958. He also hosted the first local daily radio show.
In 1963, French became a minority owner and general manager of Grand Forks’ third radio station, KRAD. He continued to do a sports show until his on-air retirement in 1980.