A farewell to ‘Oats’ Legrand

Odis Legrand has died.

Mr. Legrand was a broadcasting legend in Fergus Falls, Minn.

He was profiled almost 10 years ago by the late Bob Reha of Minnesota Public Radio.

He broadcast more than 4,000 football games and Sports Illustrated once referred to him as “the voice of small town America.”

Sadly, many people of small-town America — and certainly big-city America — have no idea in today’s media universe what that means and how important it was.

If you can dust off the RealPlayer program, you can listen to some of Legrand’s play by play.

Odis Legrand was 95.

  • Rob

    Growing up in the area, ‘Oats’ was indeed a legend. I listened to many of his broadcasts, and played in a few games he called. Listening to his game calls was always entertaining, and the couple of times I met him in person, he was unfailingly kind and gracious.

    RIP, Oats.

  • Stefani LeGrand

    I will miss you dearly Grandpa… just know we will be there to love on Grandma until she can be with you. I am so proud of you and the memories you gave us and left for us.