- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls radio listeners are without the trusted voice of newsman Gene Hetland for the first time in 38 years.

The 63-year-old started at KSOO-AM in August 1976 and retired Friday, which was proclaimed Gene Hetland Day in the city.

He’s on the short list of South Dakota radio news directors who started their careers in the 1970s. Jerry Oster at WNAX-AM in Yankton says Hetland knows how to cut to the bottom line of stories quickly. David J. Law at KXLG-FM in Watertown says Hetland’s good at putting stories together because he knows how to build relationships.

Hetland grew up on a farm near Montrose, went to South Dakota State and worked at KIJV-AM in Huron before starting his morning shift on KSOO.

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Online:

Farewell by Hetland: https://bit.ly/15QMzcC

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