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Bob Lind, Published January 08 2012

Neighbors: Making sure we get the right Bob

Let’s get this radio guy’s name straight. A December Neighbors column mentioned radio personality Bobby Day, formerly of Fargo. But that name is wrong, according to a writer who knows something about radio.

Earl Williams of Fargo, who was with local stations for many years, writes that the announcer’s correct radio name was Bobby Dale, of KFGO, while his real name was Bobby Bashenson.

“Bobby went on to become nationally famous,” Earl writes. “Lou Waters, a founding member of CNN News, wrote a book about Bobby’s life (titled) ‘Have I Got a Song for You.’

“In the book,” Earl says, “Lou describes Bobby as one of the most unforgettable characters he ever met. He described him as a delinquent from the streets of Minneapolis who went on to posthumously be elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland after he died in 2001.”

The man named “Day” in the earlier column might have been Deano Day, Earl says. Deano was another announcer from Fargo-Moorhead in the 1960s (he was at KQWB) who Earl says “went on to bigger and better things.”

Earl came to Fargo in early 1965 to work at KFGO as its sports director, but both Bobby and Deano had left town by then.

Earl says that when KFGO dropped sports and went to country radio, he went to WDAY, working there from 1965 to 1982. He then was with KVOX from 1983 to 1986.

Today Earl has gone on to bigger and better things, too. He’s retired.

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