Former WCCO Radio Newsman Rich Holter Dies

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A highly-respected former WCCO Radio news anchor and editor, Rich Holter, has died at age 72. He had numerous health problems in recent years.

Holter delivered news to radio audiences in Minnesota for more than three decades including several years at WCCO Radio. He was well known to WCCO listeners not only for his newscasts but for his concise coverage of weather. He often was heard during weather emergencies such as tornadoes and snowstorms.

“He was a bulldog in the newsroom but with a big heart,” said WCCO morning editor Steve Murphy.

“He was my mentor when I first came here years ago. I learned so much from him and always had the highest regard for Rich as a newsman and person,” said WCCO reporter Bruce Hagevik.

WCCO meteorologist Mike Lynch said Holter was always calm during emergencies.

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Holter held top local and national positions with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and received the union’s highest award, the George Heller Memorial Award.

He also spent three years in the U.S. Army. Holter is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sandra, and three grown children.

  • Jon Zimmer

    Rich Holter also used to work at rock station WDGY 1160 AM in Minneapolis in the 1960s and early 1970s as News Director, among other things, if I am remebering it correctly. He hosted a great call-in news show every Sunday night from 9 p.m.-Midnight.

  • A Listner

    I remember Rich very well as a listner. RIP Rich. My sympathy to the family>

  • Brian Tolzmann

    Rich was a fine on-air presence….the consummate professional broadcaster.
    My path crossed with Rich’s many times when I worked in radio in Minneapolis back in the 1970s.

    My condolences to his family.

  • Larry F.

    Good night Rich, please give my regards to Saint Peter.

  • Jeri Miller

    Rich sported the tough exterior of the hard news journalist; inside he was warm and empathic. He was a leader in the newsroom and I am honored to have worked with and learned from him. My best to his family at home and at WCCO Radio. Jeri Miller, a former WCCO Radio news director.

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