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Al Seltz, Fergus Falls, Minn., Published June 23 2012

Memories of WDAY’s early years

I’m past 81 now, but I have vivid memories of WDAY’s early years, beginning in the 1930s as follows:

My dad, Rev. Alfred C. Seltz Sr., served a Lutheran church in Ogema, Minn., when I was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes, Minn., in 1931. He and Mom had moved to Ogema in 1927. Twins Ruth and Judy were born in 1928, I was born in 1931 and brothers Roger in 1935 and Jack in 1937.

In 1932, we moved to Frazee, Minn., and Dad served there until 1942, when we moved to Alexandria, Minn.

During those Ogema and Frazee years, WDAY broadcast a Lutheran church service every Sunday. It was organized and managed by Rev. Grumm, who served a Lutheran church – Missouri Synod congregation in Fargo. (I think Grumm is correct.)

My recollection is that most of the time Pastor Grumm preached the sermon himself, but on occasion he did enlist one of his nearby Missouri Synod colleagues to help out. I’m not sure if they (the speakers) were recorded or live.

But let me tell you, it was a mighty exciting day in our house when Dad’s voice came over WDAY. I recall one other pastor who took a turn: Pastor Robert Heyne of Detroit Lakes.

The move to Alexandria took Dad out of the picture, but his interest in WDAY and the Lutheran program remained all his life. I recall him saying, I think in the 1970s (he died in 1981), that WDAY’s Lutheran program was still the oldest continuous Lutheran church program in the nation. Is that still so? Is it still on the air? I suspect my own church-going habit will interfere, but on future Sundays, I will try to stay tuned to WDAY to find out.

Oh yes, every day after school, I hurried home to listen to “The Green Hornet” and perhaps three or four other “cartoon” shows. I don’t think I’ve ever thanked you … Thanks!