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Dennis Anderson to be Inducted into MN Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Created: September 13, 2019 09:32 AM

Dennis Anderson, the former anchor of WDIO News, is being honored this weekend.  He's one of four inductees into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the Pavek Museum in St. Louis Park.

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He stopped by Good Morning Northland on Friday to talk about the honor.

"I feel like I'm at home," Anderson said.  "I spent 42 years in this room." 

Since retiring eight years ago, he said it's changed a bit since he's visited.

"They've upgraded many things since I retired eight years ago," Anderson said.  "I'm still having fun.  I do the Almanac North program with Julie Zenner." 

Anderson got the call about five months ago, telling him he was going to be inducted.  He said he's been feeling anticipation for the ceremony ever since.  

"It sort of puts the cap on my career," Anderson said.  "It kind of says what you did was worth it and it's just a very humbling honor, because there's so many great, big-name people who are in the Hall of Fame and I just don't feel like I'm even qualified to be there." 

The ceremony will include a speech from Anderson and a video to showcase his work.   He said it's going to be a great evening for him and his family.

"My children and their spouses will be there," Anderson said.  "Of course my dear wife, who I could never have done any of this without her."  

He said with the long and odd hours and time away from home, his wife, Judy, and his kids were troopers through it all.

"If I look back, I just discovered in my reviewing of what I have done over the years, there's so many big stories that have happened here in the Northland since this station went on the air in 1966," Anderson said.  "Those stories have a lot of meaning to me.  There were tragedies, there were joys, the City of Duluth met some financial issues in the 70s, nobody knew if it would recover, but to see all the growth, change, and development throughout the Northland all the years I've been on." 

On December 1, Anderson will have been on the air in the Northland for 58 years.

"That's a long haul," Anderson said. 

Congratulations to Denny on the incredible honor! 

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