Minnesota Radio Legend Joyce Lamont Passes At 98
December 30, 2014 at 7:17 AM (PT)
Minnesota radio legend JOYCE LAMONT, whose folksy, familiar voice was a fixture on the local airwaves.died SUNDAY at age 98, according to a report in the DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE.
LAMONT grew up in DULUTH and started as a “continuity director,” writing copy for others to read on the air, then became a regular on-air presence for more than 40 years at CBS RADIO News/Talk WCCO-A (NEWSRADIO 830)/MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL and later at ENDURANCE BROADCASTING Adult Standards KLBB-A (CLUB 1220)/STILLWATER, MN, until her retirement in 2003.
She was inducted into the MINNESOTA BROADCASTING HALL OF FAME in 2001, working with many of the best-known personalities in local broadcasting, including BOB DeHAVEN, HOWARD VIKEN and JERGEN NASH.
Born in NORTH DAKOTA, LAMONT became an on-air broadcaster purely by accident. While working at WCCO as a script and ad writer in 1950, she was asked to read a couple of lines on air because a woman's voice was needed. Soon, she was featured on the popular "Morning Program" as a home economist.
LAMONT left WCCO in 1989, and found a home at KLBB, where she rejoined several of her former WCCO colleagues.
Services will be held at 1p (CT). FRIDAY at EPISCOPAL CHURCH HOMES, in the COVENTRY CHAPEL in ST. PAUL, MN.