When I was a kid, in the 1980s, my mother would listen to WCCO radio in the mornings as I was getting ready for school. Each jingle and sounder for news stories was a signifier to me about how much time I had left before I had to go out the door. Some of it I didn’t make a lot of sense to me, even though I heard it every day. To this suburban kid, the regular agriculture reports may as well have been about activity on Mars. I could tell it was important. They sure seemed to talk about it enough, but I never could understand why we needed to hear how much sorghum was selling for each day.
When winter storms hit, WCCO had the power to make or break my day. It was this station that all school kids and parents tuned in to find out if the school closed because of the weather. I imagine that most of the state tuned into hear the venerable Boone and Erickson announce if their school had closed. Their words would make kids jump for joy or hang their heads.
On October 1, ACHS will hold a recognition dinner for WCCO as they celebrate the 90th year of broadcasting. For the entirety of those 90 years, their radio tower in in Coon Rapids has sent out the signal heard across the state, and, with the right weather conditions, across the world. This should be a terrific celebration as WCCO personalities from the past and present will be on hand to mark the occasion. Be on the lookout for information about the event and buying tickets.
In the meantime, we want to hear what your WCCO memories are. Add your comments below, or drop us a note at 2135 Third Avenue North, Anoka, MN 55303. Tell us about commercials and advertisers you remember, who your favorite hosts were, or other ways WCCO radio played a part in your lives.