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Library, local radio community mourn death of pioneer broadcaster

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

The man killed in an accident involving a van and a motorcycle on Friday was the station manager for the community radio station based at the downtown Allen County Public Library.

The accident -- at the intersection of Leesburg and Rapp roads -- critically injured 57-year-old Erik Mollberg Friday morning. Later in the day, he succumbed to his injuries.

Investigators believe it happened when the van turned into the path of the motorcycle, with Mollberg on board.

Mollberg helped guide WELT FM 95.7 when it launched last year, offering a mix of programming that ranged from music to broadcasts of local governmental meetings.

"We are the only library in the United States that has a community radio station in it," he told ABC21 shortly after the station went on the air. "It harnesses the energy of a lot of people."

Though it broadcasts at low power and, therefore, has a limited range over the air, WELT operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mollberg helped make that a certainty by recruiting volunteers to host programs and work behind the scenes.

The station celebrated its first anniversary in February.

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