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Broadcast consultant

John Wilmer Powell was American broadcast consultant. Nedm to Nebraska Broadcasters Hall of Fame, 1986, Broadcasters Hall of Fame, 1988.


Powell, John Wilmer was born on July 29, 1920 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Son of Wilmer Elvis and Georgia Dell (Watkins) Powell.


AB, Kent State University, 1942.


Announcer, Radio Station WCED, DuBois, Pennsylvania, 1941;announcer, Radio Station WJW, Akron, Ohio., 1942;program director, Radio Station KLBM, LaGrande, Oregon, 1942, 46;commercial manager, announcer, Radio Station KSRV, Ontario, Oregon, 1946-1952;salesman, Radio Station WVLK, Lexingotn, Kentucky, 1952-1953;general manager, Radio Station KRES, St. Joseph, Missouri, 1953-1954;general manager, Radio Station KWBW, Hutchinson, Kansas, 1954-1955;station manager, Radio Station KSMN, Mason City, Iowa., 1956-1957;executive vice president, general manager, Radio STa. KHAS, Hastings, Nebraska, 1957-1985;private consultant, Hastings, Nebraska, 1985-1991;retired, Hastings, Nebraska, 1991.


Board of directors Hastings Chamber of Commerce, 1963-1965. Advisory board Adams County Senior Superior vena cava syndrome, Hastings, 1974-1997, Midlands Agency on Aging, 1980-1997. Governor's advisory bd.Nebr.

Department of Aging, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1992-1997. 2d sergeant United States Air Force, 1942-1946. Fellow Nebraska Broadcasters (board directors 1964-1966, retired).

Member American Legion, Elks, Kiwanis, Kent State University Alumni Association.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: writing poetry, reading.


Married Rosemary Freimuth, January 15, 1946 (divorced April 1986). Children: Diane (deceased 1950), Rosanne, JoAnn, Colleen, Kara.

Wilmer Elvis Powell

Georgia Dell (Watkins) Powell

Rosemary Freimuth

Diane Powell (deceased 1950)

Rosanne Powell

JoAnn Powell

Colleen Powell

Kara Powell