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Rod Halvorsen
Rod HalvorsenRod was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, and grew up near Emmons and in Kiester, Minnesota. He grew up with the undue hardship of being the only boy in a family with 6 sisters!! He graduated from Kiester High School in 1970.

Rod attended Brown Institute in Minneapolis during 1971 & 1972. He graduated in June of 1972 and started with KSUM on October 5, 1972. His first job at KSUM was as night time sign-off man at the transmitter site. "one of my duties was to read broadcast tower base current readings every night after pattern change. This meant walking through a sheep pasture regardless of rain, sleet, snow, wind or what the sheep left behind! Through the magic of remote control, we were able to move downtown in the summer of 1973. In the spring of 1974 I went from sign-off man to sign-on man!!" Rod is now the News Director at KSUM and KFMC.

Rod has been doing sports on KSUM since 1977 and became Sports Director in 1986. "My two biggest thrills have been broadcasting Fairmont's participation in the 1990 State Boys Basketball Tournament and the 1993 State Baseball Tournament. I also assisted Broadcasting Legend Ray Scott once when he came to broadcast a Fairmont Football Game."Other highlights include the Fairmont Cardinal football team's first time in the Metrodome in the 1992 state semifinals, the Fairmont girls basketball team's first trip to the Minnesota State Girls Basketball Tournament in 2007 and Fairmont's return to the state baseball tournament in 2010 and 2011, plus the Cardinal football team in the State Championship game in the Metrodome in 2011.

Rod received an honorary Cardinal Red letter"F" from Fairmont Area Schools in 2005 and a plaque from the Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association when KFMC was inducted into IRRMA in 2013.

Rod is a 2015 inductee into the Fairmont Cardinal Athletic Hall Of Fame for his contributions to Fairmont sports through KSUM over the past four decades.

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