WDIO-TV Posts

Video Archive: Attempting to save UMD’s Old Main

During WDIO-TV’s annual March of Dimes Telethon circa 1990, Dennis Anderson introduced a Colder by the Lake Comedy Theatre slide presentation by Bruce Ojard featuring old Duluth buildings as a plea to convince the city to preserve the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Old Main building instead of tearing it down.

The building was destroyed by fire on Feb. 23, 1993.

Video Archive: WDIO-TV Halloween Weather Report

From the haunted film vault comes this 1970s clip featuring WDIO-TV weatherman Jack McKenna, two mice and Dracula. Also featured at the end are anchorman Dennis Anderson and sportscaster Bill Stefl.

Happy Halloween!

WDIO-TV Personalities Circa Early 1970s

Dennis Anderson, anchor
Bill Stefl, sports
Jack McKenna, weather
Jim Schwinn

Summer of ’65: New TV station in the works for Duluth

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Fifty years ago — Aug. 18, 1965 — the DNT reports the Duluth Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on a proposal to grant a special permit to Channel 10, Inc., to operate a television station.

Speaking of Northland’s NewsCenter …

I am taking this moment to shamelessly plug two stories from last week. Both Renee Passal and myself profiled the Superior-based Genesis Attachments.

The company supplied the gigantic steel shears used to cut the bleeding Deepwater Horizon oil pipe last Thursday.

Fun Fact*

For me, doing this story brought out the unavoidable side of my imagination that creates terrifying, ocean-dwelling robots armed with savage instruments of war.  (Not that they truly exist, but if they did, we humans could outfit them with some crazy shit).

Admittedly, Passal with WDIO had the story first.  And I’m not saying that my version is better.  However, think of it this way:

Could you resist a story about gigantic, robot-controlled, underwater cutting tools?

-MS

More retro Duluth TV

Someone just posted a bunch of old WDIO news, sports and weather promos on YouTube. Here is an assortment of 1970s-era holiday spots — lots of glimpses of old TV news sets and technology … and a brief appearance by Dennis Anderson.