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Bob Lind, Published May 28 2012

Lind: Love of radio news turned to life of music

Recent stories here about former local radio personalities hit home for Lance Johnson, Dilworth.

They led him to write about a couple of them: Charlie Boone and Bobby Dale of KFGO.

Bobby’s show followed Charlie’s, which was called “Boone in the Afternoon.”

“Charlie had an incredibly beautiful voice,” Lance says. “He later accepted a position with WCCO in the Twin Cities.

“In 1956-1958,” Lance says, “I was news director for campus radio KDSC at the North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University) and Charlie allowed me to take material off the KFGO Teletype machine, the news stories they didn’t want. I would read them verbatim on my 6 o’clock show.

“I also had an interview program in the evenings once a week, and I remember interviewing a student intellectual about the recently launched Sputnik by Russia.

“KDSC was managed by a student named Joe Kobinski, who ruled with an iron hand. Nothing got by him, and he demanded excellence at all times. After he graduated in pharmacy, he moved to White Bear Lake, Minn.

“I had a lot of fun at the station. I was the only one who wanted to do news.

“The station ran off a 75-watt carrier current that didn’t go much beyond the campus borders. I doubt if we had many listeners.

“I dropped by there a few years ago, and the old studio had been turned into a store room.”

But radio’s loss of Lance as an announcer became the music world’s gain. Lance went on to form the Johnson Organ Co., Moorhead, which builds and repairs organs, and he is the longtime player of the Wurlitzer organ in the Fargo Theatre.

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