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NDBA Honors and Recognizes 2020 Pioneer, Bob Harris, KFGO, Fargo

KFGO personality Bob Harris Dies of Complications from Covid-19

David Walter Smith “Bob Harris”, 65, of Fargo, ND, grew up in Moorhead, MN. He attended and graduated from Technical College in Thief River Falls, MN, with an associate degree in Broadcasting and worked for various broadcasters for a collective 40 years – most notably for KFGO for 30 years under his broadcasting personality name, “Bob Harris”.

David was a humble, thoughtful, kind, and caring guy. His memory for the details and ability to connect with people was inherent. Bob’s voice rippled out from the airwaves touching and impacting so many lives. He reached people where they were with his interviews, fun facts, and love of music that made the world of his listeners large and memorable. His gift was in the small things, a contagious laugh, a thoughtful card, or a quick call or text about a random thing. He showed up. There was no hierarchy in Bob’s friendship or loyalty, everyone mattered. His family mattered, his listeners mattered, his coworkers mattered, musicians mattered, authors mattered, charity mattered, even his sister’s cat, Putter, mattered.  All deserved equal time, concern, and attention.

We take for granted how much a life can impact others, and it becomes abundantly clear when that life is cut short. David made a difference to so many. He loved and cared so deeply for others. Even though he is no longer with us we will remember him when we hear a familiar song, read a good book or donate to a favorite charity. He will be the voice in our hearts nudging us forward with encouragement, applause and curiosity. He will be missed, and the world is a better place because he was in it.

NDBA will honor Bob’s legacy at a date TBD later this year


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