KXRB Memory Lane: Who Is Jerry Dahmen Talking With?
Every weekday at 12:50 P.M. and Sunday Mornings at 9:00 KXRB proudly presents Jerry Dahmen's award-winning program 'I Love Life'. Stories of hope and inspiration, Jerry talks with people who have overcome life's obstacles.
What some people may not know is Jerry had a decades-long career as a multi-award-winning newsman. Working for years at Nashville's WSM Radio and years more at KXRB, Jerry talked with...well, virtually thousands of people, both famous and not.
Recently I had the opportunity to sit down and have a cup of coffee (or two) with my old friend and we came across the picture above. So who is this man that Jerry is talking to? Jerry told me it was taken at the South Dakota State Penitentiary.
People with a certain amount of age on their bones will recognize the man Jerry is talking with as Dennis Banks. Banks was the co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM), the group took over and occupied Wounded Knee, South Dakota back in 1973. After a siege of 71 days the occupation ended.
There is much more to Bank's life and story and you can read about it here. When Dennis Banks passed away at the age of 80 in October of 2017 in Rochester, Minnesota the New York Times wrote about him which you can read here.
Jerry mentioned to me that he was working on a new 'I Love Life' book. I'll let you know when it's available.
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