Latto’s radio legacy shows local programming matters

Yesterday we learned that Duluth broadcasting legend Lew Latto died unexpected at his home as he prepared to go to work hosting his talk radio program. Latto was a pioneering local broadcaster and the owner of several Duluth and Iron Range stations.

Though I never met him, I worked for Latto in my first media job when I was a weekend overnight guy at his station WEVE in Eveleth, Minnesota. Like many broadcast pioneers, Latto was very influential in the development of local media. Unlike many broadcast pioneers, Latto kept his own stations live and local long after most owners sold out to larger groups that automated most of the programming. I believe that is the best statement about Latto’s commitment to the region and to broadcasting. My condolences to his family and friends.


  1. I’m sorry to hear that. I’d usually listen to him when I was home on leave and in the Duluth area. He always seemed to have a very genial radio presence.

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