Soon to be demolished KDLH Broadcast Center holds fond memories for some

By KBJR News 1

April 30, 2014 Updated Apr 30, 2014 at 9:10 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)

Once the shining star of a modern gateway into Duluth, the former KDLH Broadcast Center is now facing imminent demolition.
In the mid 60's, it was part of the Gateway Urban Renewal project that destroyed Duluth's bowery and the once grand Lyceum Theater that once stood on the same spot.
Tony Dierckins is an author and historian familiar with the city's old buildings.

"The Lyceum had been turned into a movie house and locals were calling it the Rat's Palladium because of its state of disrepair." said Dierckins.

In the late 60's, the Broadcast Center was one of the finest, state of the art TV stations in the Upper Midwest.

"The Broadcast Center was an amazing thing. It was a beautiful building in its day." said former KDLH engineer Larry Erickson.

Aide to Congressman Rick Nolan, Jeff Anderson of Ely, worked in the Broadcast Center in the mid 90's.

"You'd watch the news in Duluth and you had all of these thoughts of this being the big city with these big TV stations with big personalities." said Anderson.

Personalities like Bill Kreuger, Bill Cortez, Marsh Nelson, Pat Kelley and Michelle Lee.
KDLH's new owners closed the Broadcast Center in 2005.
It'll soon give way to Maurice's new headquarters.
Tony Dierckins, who runs a Twin Ports architectural history site called Zenith City dot com says there's not much historical significance to the place.

"The problem with urban renewal was that it was not a high point of American architecture when these things took over." said Dierckins.

"Architects and historians say they probably won't miss this building much but the folks who worked in her halls say they will." said reporter Dave Anderson.

"Having the chance to work there and walk the halls was an incredibly exciting time for a kid who was interested in journalism and media so I will very much miss that building." said Jeff Anderson.

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