KFGO's Bob Harris dies after battle with COVID-19

Longtime personality held a variety of roles at Fargo radio station

Singer Eddie Money hugs KFGO's Bob Harris in 2015. Photo courtesy of KFGO / Special to The Forum

FARGO — Longtime Fargo radio personality Bob Harris of KFGO died Friday, Dec. 11, after a battle with COVID-19.

The Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre's Facebook page posted:

"FMCT is heartbroken to hear of the passing of our friend, Bob Harris. Bob was a kind-hearted man with a laugh that could fill any room. A tremendous supporter for theatre and music in our community, his arts advocacy on the KFGO airwaves will never be replicated."

Harris, who was 65, held a variety of roles at KFGO. He was an on-air personality, producer and podcast host.

"Bob did anything you asked and more. I just wish I would've said 'thank you' more," said KFGO operations manager Joel Heitkamp. "For decades Bob was a part of our lives. And we're better for it."


A Moorhead native whose real name was David Smith, Harris was known in the music community as giving airtime to local bands. He was often seen at community theater and arts events and had performers on his show as guests to promote their shows.

Harris' sister, Jeannie Smith, told KFGO this week Harris was admitted to Sanford Health on Thanksgiving. His heart stopped beating due to a lack of oxygen, Smith later told The Forum.

Word about the radio personality's condition started getting out late Tuesday when Lend A Hand Up, a subsidiary of Dakota Medical Foundation, called out on its Facebook page asking for prayers for Harris, “who is suffering right now.”

“He has passionately helped us build awareness of hundreds of fundraisers through the years. He has such a big heart. Let's give him a piece of ours right now,” the post stated.

Harris' latest show was the "Harris Happening," which was recently turned into a podcast.

KFGO posted an article on its website saying Harris had a broadcast career of more than 40 years and that he counted the late Bobby Vee and Shannon Curfman as close friends.

Harris is survived by his son, Chris, of Fargo, according to KFGO.

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Mike McFeely is a columnist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began working for The Forum in the 1980s while he was a student studying journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He's been with The Forum full time since 1990, minus a six-year hiatus when he hosted a local radio talk-show.
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