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THE PASSING OF FARM BROADCASTER OLE OLSON
National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) reports:

Ole Olson
Ole Olson joined NAFB in 1964 while at KSJB Radio in Jamestown, North Dakota, and remained on the air there until 1996. He then continued his broadcast career at KYNU Radio through 2009. He returned to KSJB and maintained his NAFB membership through 2014. He occasionally could be heard on KSJB after his retirement when he filled in as a DJ or sportscaster. Those who met Ole will always remember his smile, kind demeanor, and ability to connect with his audience.

Ole's real name was actually Norman Kidd. The story behind his on-air name came about after KSJB hired a new voice from Brown Radio Institute and began aggressively promoting that Ole Olson would be joining them soon. About a week before he was to start at KSJB, the actual Ole Olson let the station know he had accepted an offer somewhere else. When Norman arrived at the station, he was told, "Your on-air name will be Ole Olson," as they didn't want to lose the momentum of the promotion they had done for Ole Olson!

The following obituary was provided by the Williams Funeral Home.

Norman Kidd, 77, of Jamestown, North Dakota, passed away Monday, June 14, 2021, in Jamestown.

Norman W. Kidd, also known as "Ole Olson," was born January 18, 1944, in Dixon, Illinois, the son of Virgil and Eunice (Billingsley) Kidd. After high-school graduation, he served in the National Guard before moving to Jamestown, North Dakota, in 1964. He became known as Ole Olson on KSJB radio, calling thousands of Class B basketball games and other sporting events, and hosting many broadcasts. He was united in marriage to Janice George on July 19, 1968, in Tappen, North Dakota, and they made their home in Jamestown. Ole loved spending time and visiting with his family
and friends.

Ole is survived by his wife, Janice Kidd; son, Barry (Trish) Kidd; daughter, Becky Miller; five grandchildren, Ryan Miller, Brady Lyter, Parker Kidd, Carson Kidd, and Bristol Kidd; and sister, Carol Kidd.


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