There is a rather large file in the News Tribune attic on Jack McKenna, a former Duluth television personality who apparently began his career here in the 1950s as “Captain Q” on a children’s program and later played “Professor Fantastic” on a late-night horror show on WDIO-TV Channel 10. The next mention of him in the file is as a WDIO weathercaster in the late 1960s or early 1970s.
Jack McKenna does his weathercast at WDIO in 1977, the same year he was
chosen favorite TV personality by Twin Ports residents.
McKenna portrays “Captain Q” in the early 1960s.
After that, he made moves to weathercasting positions in Denver and San Francisco in 1973, returning to WDIO in 1975. Sometime after that, he moved to Tucson, Ariz., for another weathercasting postion that didn’t suit him well. He returned to Duluth at KBJR-TV Channel 6 in 1979 for a position as a news host. He returned to weathercasting at KBJR in about 1983. He was laid off by that station in 1989. That’s where the attic trail ends. Does anyone know what McKenna did after 1989? Do you have any stories to share about his on-air personality, style and quirks?
-Dave Ojala, copy editor