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Published October 28 2013

Neighbors: WDAY once had a monthly publication called 'Mike Notes'

The tabloid-size newspaper had some big stories on Page 1: NBC Radio was announcing its winter show lineup; a teenager from Aberdeen, S.D., had won a talent show; and this edition of the paper marked the start of its third year of publication.

This was “Mike Notes,” once the monthly publication of WDAY, Fargo, which promoted the station’s programs and personalities.

Gary Rooks, of Fargo, sent a pile of them to Neighbors, noting that his siblings and his parents “were garage and auction sale lovers, and when we were going through their boxes, we ran across these ‘Mike Notes.’ ”

These were published from 1946 to 1949. They were addressed to Ordell Olson, of Fort Ransom, N.D.

As a sampling of what the publications contained, let’s look at the one published in October 1948, 65 years ago this month.

It has the story about the shows coming up on NBC, with which WDAY then was affiliated. Some of you will remember them: “The Eddie Cantor Show,” “Ozzie and Harriet,” “Jack Benny,” “Fibber McGee and Molly” and the “Chesterfield Supper Club” with Perry Como, Jo Stafford and North Dakota’s own Peggy Lee.

It reports that guitar-playing Allen Robinson, 16, of Aberdeen, won the WDAY-Phillips 66 Talent Parade and Radio Revue, edging out Bob Overbeck, Glenfield, N.D., the Allen Trio, Pelican Rapids, Minn., Eleanor Kolstad, Oakes, N.D., and several others.

WDAY singer Al Edwards is featured in a personality profile.

The issue also gives the recent winners of WDAY’s Tello-Test Time, on which Ken Kennedy phoned people and awarded them money if they correctly answered the question, with the amount of the prize escalating by $5 each time the question was incorrectly answered. The prizes this month ranged from $10 to $65.

The $65 winner was Mrs. G.E. Erickson, of Fargo. The question Ken asked her was “What is the middle name of movie director Cecil B. DeMille?”

The answer was “Blount.”

With her correct answer, Mrs. Erickson probably could afford to renew her subscription to “Mike Notes,” which cost $1 a year.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to (701) 241-5487; or email blind@forumcomm.com