Former WHO Radio Talk Show Host Jan Mickelson Dies

(Undated) -- Former WHO Radio talk show host Jan Mickelson has died. He was 74.

A message shared on social media from Jan's wife Suzy:

Jan went home to be with the Lord last night.

Our family is grateful for all the warm wishes, love, and support. Your kindness and prayers have sustained us these last few days.

Jan loved to entertain, inform, and educate. He loved his listeners, all of them. His greatest legacy is the folks he inspired.


Mickelson, who hosted a highly-rated conservative talk show on WHO Radio for nearly 30 years, suffered a stroke several years ago and had been living in the state of Nevada. The native Iowan was beloved by WHO Radio listeners and colleagues. He was known nationally for his thought-provoking talk show and on-air debates, but also for sharing information about local severe weather and other urgent news relevant to his listeners.

Mickelson was known for tackling serious topics but was equally appreciated by his devoted listeners for providing much joy and humor with his infectious laughter.

Jan Mickelson was the best at his craft. He was always prepared and knew how to get you to listen to the radio. If you disagreed with him, he would take your call first because he wanted a spirited conversation. All of us at WHO miss Jan Mickelson. 

Joel Mc Crea

Market President 


Des Moines, Iowa

The funeral will be Friday, August 11th, at Grace Church in Des Moines. A visitation will be held Thursday, August 10th from 5-7 p.m. at Grace Church.

Hamilton's funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

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