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Educator And Former KLCC General Manager Jim Dunne Dies at 96

KLCC archives

Former KLCC General Manager Jim Dunne has died. He was 96-years-old. 


Dunne chaired the Lane Community College Media Arts Department from 1977 to 1990.  

For 12 years, he was a Professor of Mass Communications at Washington State University.  His former student, KLCC Membership Director Kris Fox, remembers Dunne as "a demanding professor, both feared and respected in the halls of the Edward R. Murrow buildings at WSU."   Dunne was instrumental in boosting KLCC’s power in western Oregon.

Credit KLCC archives
Jim Dunne, left at the dedication of the new KLCC satellite in 1978.


He also was a World War II veteran, who served as part of the 10th Mountain Division as a skiing infantrymen, fighting German troops in the north Italian alps.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
Kris Lindstrom Fox has been with KLCC since 1981, becoming Membership Director in 1987. She has overseen the growth of KLCC membership to more than 6,000 members, and taken Radiothon from $18,000 in 1981 to $285,000 in 2013. She is also co-coordinator of the KLCC Microbrew Festival, held in Eugene every February.