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Broadcaster Doug Gruber best remembered for public radio roles

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Longtime local jazz broadcaster Doug Gruber died Wednesday, Northeast Indiana Public Radio said. He was 77.

Gruber stepped down from his roles at NIPR last month because of health concerns, the station said on its website. It said he was recently diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

NIPR said Gruber joined WOWO as a reporter in the 1960s, leaving in 1967.

As a student in the late 1950s, he worked in broadcasting as an assistant program manager and afternoon disc jockey at Purdue University, NIPR said.

Gruber joined public radio as a volunteer in the 1990s, first broadcasting classical music on WBNI and then jazz for WBOI.

“Doug has been an integral part of 89.1 WBOI and Classical 94.1 WBNI for nearly 20 years,” Peter Dominowski, NIPR president and general manager, said when Gruber left last month.

“Whether being a host for jazz or classical music, or reporting on the TinCaps or Komets, Doug’s distinctive voice was welcomed and trusted by our listeners.

“Our stations – and our community – are a better place because of his many talents as a broadcaster. No one could possibly replace his unique talents.”

No public services are planned at this time, NIPR said.

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