Grand Forks Veteran Radio Talent Bollman Dies

GRAND FORKS, ND — Jim Bollman, the longtime radio announcer whose familiar voice reached listeners throughout the Grand Forks area for decades, died Wednesday May 27.

Bollman worked for 55 years in radio, the last 45 in Grand Forks, doing mornings at KNOX-1310 AM. Bollman was also a play-by-play announcer for UND football and basketball games.

Tim Hennessy, who does play-by-play for UND men’s hockey, said he learned the radio business from Bollman. He called Bollman a “strong individual.”

Bollman’s daughter Lana Beaton said he “passed peacefully, surrounded by love” just after 6 p.m. The news of Bollman’s passing Wednesday evening came less than a day after his family announced cancer treatments had stopped and that he had started hospice care.


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