Perry Galvin…the Walking Eagle, passed away May 11, 2019
By Jim Bartels, KNUJ GM
It’s with a heavy heart that I sit down to write a few notes about former KNUJ staffer, Perry Donald Galvin, who passed away in Fredericksburg, Virginia on May 11th.
Perry came to New Ulm in late 1959, as far as I know, and after a few months Mickelson Media assigned Perry do some projects and games for KNUJ, in addition to being Regional Editor of The Journal. Perry and Don Brand, Sports Editor of The Journal, co-founded the Player of the Week show in the fall 1962. This program continues today; and KNUJ is the only radio station in the state with this type of weekly recognition program that follows up with a season ending banquet!
Perry began full-time work for KNUJ in 1963. Between then and his retirement at the end of 1999, Perry held different duties and titles: Program Director, News Broadcaster (anchored the Breakfast News at 8:05 am for many years), Sports Director, General Manager for 8 years, and sold advertising for over 35 years.
Perry’s signature close to the Breakfast News was….’That’s the 860 Newsline, Perry Galvin Reporting.’
He was connected with many organizations in New Ulm from Rotary, Hub Club, Jaycees, New Ulm Club…and many more. His wit and fun personality were a trade mark of ‘The Walking Eagle’ as he was known.
KNUJ AM 860/97.3 FM still airs the ‘Friday Groaner’ after the Breakfast News, which was founded as Perry Donald Galvin’s Groaner during his time as the Breakfast News Anchor, and has always been sponsored by the Wanda State Bank.
For yours truly, he hired me in October of 1975, and understood my goals in broadcasting. Perry, along with Mickelson Media, and then Ingstad Broadcasting, offered me many opportunities to learn and grow in the radio broadcasting business. I’ll forever be indebted to Perry for his time and wisdom.
I’m sure Perry was greeted by long-time KNUJ staffer and Minnesota Broadcast Hall of Famer, Doris Aufderheide, we he arrived in Heaven. Perry, I’m sure, is doing ‘the news’ in Heaven and Doris is doing ‘Recipe Show.’
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. for Perry Galvin on June 1, after a visitation that begins at 11 a.m. at Minnesota Valley Funeral Home South Chapel. I’ll be bringing along some of our favorite Galvin Stories to share at that time.