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Bob Lind, Published October 21 2012

Lind: Fargo radio announcer found creative way to skip tough name

Here are a couple of items stemming from the past days of radio. One advises on how you can read about and hear one of the major programs again, and the other is of an announcer who ad-libbed his way out of trouble.

Breakfast club

Neighbors has had lots of mail from fans of Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club program.

Well, a reader who wishes to remain anonymous writes that Amazon.com has several books about the program, and at least one of them includes a CD of the show.

Fast ad-lib

This yarn comes from retired radio announcer Earl Williams, Fargo.

Earl tells of the time another Fargo announcer (Earl doesn’t remember his name) who was about to go on the air with the news.

For some reason, he didn’t have time to check over the copy off the wire, so he went on the air reading it cold.

One of the stories reported that a dictator of a South American country had been assassinated.

The announcer read that much. Then he came to the dictator’s name. It was long and difficult, and he had no idea how to pronounce it. So he said, “His name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.”

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