In a career spanning seven decades, Midcontinent Media founder and chairman Larry Bentson was a leader in virtually every aspect of broadcasting and communications.
Born in North Dakota in 1921, Bentson grew up in Saint Paul. He got his start in radio at the age of 12 as an actor on a children’s show called The Old Woman and the Shoe. When his uncle Ed Hoffman built WMIN Radio in Saint Paul, Bentson helped with construction after school and was a part-time engineer and announcer throughout his days at Central High and at the University of Minnesota. He joined the US Navy after graduating in 1943, serving as a Seabee officer in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific. He moved to California after the war, but returned to Minnesota and WMIN in 1949, and by 1950 had become its president.