Classic Northland TV: Part 1

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated Feb 20, 2008 at 11:38 PM CDT

Television has been in the Northland for 54 years and radio even longer.

A lot of broadcasting personalities have come and gone over the years but many still hold fond memories.

A Two Harbors man is trying to keep those memories alive and Dave Anderson has his story.

"Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you. Happy birthday KDAL TV! Happy birthday to you!"

It was 1955 and this was the children's show "Tolliver's Travels". They were celebrating the first birthday of CBS 3, then called KDAL.
This is newsman Bill Krueger helping to celebrate the station's 10th birthday in 1964.

Snippets like these are rare because very little footage was saved of the Northland's golden age of broadcasting.

"Right now, coming up next we have Bananarama with Venus."

Dave Schreyer of Two Harbors is a DJ for an internet radio station.
His passion is preserving the few remaining mementos from the old days of TV and radio.

Legendary sportscaster Marsh Nelson inspired him to do that.

"When Marsh passed away, that started it. I wanted to do a book on the history and the people who put things together."

The book idea fell by the wayside but Schreyer did start a website.
The site is called "The History of Twin Ports Broadcasting."

It's full of biographies of past personalities and pictures of station souvenirs Dave has gathered from around the country.

"I noticed on ebay several KDAL radio music surveys being sold that were found in an attic in Connecticut."

Dave's effort to preserve the history of our region's media has put him in contact with several surviving legends of times past such as Carl Casperson of both KDAL radio and TV.

"Carl Casperson has been the person behind all of the leads and photos."

"Now some words from some friends of ours."

Someday, Schreyer would like to take his collection of memorabilia out of the cyber world and make it tangible to those who share his love of the era when vacuum tubes fueled TV and radio.

"Every market has a history buff like me who has put a website together. I'd like to see a museum in Duluth with some of the broadcasting stuff."

"It's a big thing in people's lives and we try to give the people what they want."

In Two Harbors, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.