Andover, MN – 2 October 2014 – Over 300 guests were treated to an evening of laughter and memories as the Anoka County Historical Society helped WCCO News Radio celebrate 90 years of broadcasting. The event, held at the Courtyards of Andover on the evening of October 1, also served a fundraising event for the Historical Society.

After WCCO was presented with a proclamation from the Anoka County Board of Commissioners, and a gift of congratulations by the Historical Society, Vice President/Market Manager for CBS Radio Minneapolis Mick Anselmo thanked the crowd and the Historical Society and introduced John Hines, host of the station’s mid-morning show.

For the next hour, Hines led a parade of WCCO’s past and present staff and on-air personalities to the stage where they shared stories and recollections. Memories of the 1965 tornado that devastated parts of the Twin Cities and Anoka County were among the stories shared.

Historical Society Executive Director Todd Mahon said, “This evening was such a special treat for me. Working with the WCCO staff to put this event together was a real pleasure and to see this large group come out shows what a connection the station has with its audience.”

The event raised thousands of dollars through ticket sales, donations at the event, and sponsorships from Federal Premium Ammunition, Community Pride Bank, Erhart and Elfelt Law Office, Mercy & Unity Hospitals, Northeast Bank, the Pierce Motel, and WCCO News Radio.

The Anoka County Historical Society, organized in 1934, is headquartered in the Anoka County History Center and Library at 2135 Third Avenue North in Anoka. For more information on its programs and activities please visit

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