Our September, 2017 luncheon will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (third Tuesday of each month), again at The Fryn' Pan Restaurant, the corner of 4th Street and Main Avenue in downtown Fargo! We'll gather at our regular time of 11:30 A.M. We had strong attendance at our August luncheon but it was good to see all who joined us. Great conversation.
Both Barry and Eldora Dresser were on hand for a report on Don's condition. He passed away shortly thereafter and many of us attended Don's funeral and celebration of life at the Dilworth Lutheran Church. God bless the memory of Don Dresser, one of the founding members of our Alumni group and, for many years, called our entire membership list to remind them of the luncheon. He encouraged me to start a newsletter and weekly emailed communication. The issues of the newsletter I produced are all archived below along with other WDAY-Z historical material.
I updated some broken links to various issues of the newsletter and all should be working now. Plan to be in attendance for our September luncheon on September 19th!
In June, we also enjoyed a strong attendance at our luncheon...in fact, Linda Kovell, Fred Kovell's widow, joined us for the first time (more later on that and a photo) and Rob Kupec had a news crew to shoot some interviews on the 60th anniversary of the 1957 Fargo tornado. ....come and join us in August! - Larry Gauper
Here's a photo of the April, 2017, attendees - more photos coming, check back here:
Well-attended reception in celebration of Howard Campbell's 90th Birthday on April 5, 2017, in the food court at West Acres Shopping Center. Watch Kevin Wallevand's outstanding video coverage of the celebration by clicking here. It appears Howard had a fantastic day and everybody had a great time!
Still photos of Howard's party still to come. Stay tuned..and check back here. - LG
BOB ARONSON ON JAY THOMAS WDAY-AM SHOW 10-6-2016 FROM JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA! Bob reported on what was happening as he and his family prepared for the hurricane; he banters with his grand niece, Kerstin Kealy, co-anchor on WDAY-TV. To hear an audio file of that interesting appearance by Bob, click here
For those of you not on Facebook, where the following post and photos below appeared after the May luncheon, I'll re-post that info here along with three photos:
Our WDAY-Z Alumni & Friends luncheon was held on May 17, 2016, at the Fryn' Pan Restaurant and our gang welcomed a couple of new friends to our fold. In the third photo below, on the left is Colburn Hvidston III, the now retired photo chief at the The Forum; then Conrad Rose, retired WDAY-TV videographer and photographer (a luncheon regular), and, on the right, the subject of numerous photos by those two shutter bugs: retired Fargo Municipal Judge Tom Davies. What a dynamic trio!
Colburn even contributed a door prize which was by former WDAY-TV newsman and KVRR-TV news director, Jim Shaw, shown in the first photo below (Jim currently writes a column for The Forum and appears on WDAY Radio Friday mornings at 11:00 AM with Sandy Buttweiler). The door prize was a pillow emblazoned with a photo from WDAY Radio's past: (L-R, front) Little Joe Samness, Harry Jennings (former Forum staffer) and in the back row: Warren "Dutchy" Gerrels, Don "Axel" Wardwell, Dorothy "Linda Lu" Fandich and Les "Esty" Estenson. A fun time was had by all. Come back soon, Colburn and Tom, and keep up your excellent record of attendance, Conrad! (Click on each picture for a larger image).
MORE PHOTOS from today's luncheon will be in the next WDAY-Z Mike Notes Reprise newsletter...possible in the August, 2016 issue.
Below is a photo showing some of the 21 attendees we had at our March 15, 2016 luncheon. More photos coming in the May, 2016, Mike Notes Reprise.
Below are two photos from our January luncheon, with 22 attendees! Great turnout. In Feburary, the Fryn' Pan moved us to a larger room that's worked out perfectly. Thanks to everyone who attended! Let's keep it up, gang!
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Lunch is "dutch" - the gratuity is included on your check. While there is no buffet, as such, there is a "soup and salad bar" that accompanies a sandwich order. Browse the Fryn' Pan's full menu by clicking here.
Note: Unlike our former venue, we must spend, as a group, at least $50 to have the room. So we need YOUR attendance!
I try to produce an occasional PDF newsletter called Mike Notes Reprise. ALL of our monthly newsletters I've produced so far are stored below. You can read them - using Adobe Acrobat Reader which is most likely on your computer - or after you OPEN an issue, note the little "down arrow" at the top of your screen. If you click on that arrow, you will download the document to your computer or other digital device. You'll also find a number of audio files and photo essays, below.
Mike Notes Reprise newsletters:
- Issue #31 - March 2016
- Issue #30 - February 2016
- Issue #29 - January 2016
- Issue #28 - October 2015
- Issue #27 - July 2015
- Issue #26 - June 2015
- Issue #25 - May 2015
- Issue #24 - March 2015
- Issue #23 - September 2014
- Issue #22 - August 2014
- Issue #21 - July 2014
- Issue #20 - March, 2014
- Issue #19 - February 2014
- Issue #18 - May 2010
- Issue #17 - April 2010
- Issue #16 - February/March 2010
- Issue #15 - January 2010
- Issue #14 - November-December 2009
- Issue #13 - October 2009
- Issue #12 - September 2009
- Issue #11 - August 2009
- Issue #10 - July 2009
- Issue #09 - June 2009
- Issue #08 - May 2009
- Issue #07 - April 2009
- Issue #06 - March 2009
- Issue #05 - February 2009
- Issue #04 - January 2009
- Issue #03 - December 2008
- Issue #02 - November 2008
- Issue #01 - October 2008
- Interview about Roy Pedersen - Larry Gauper chats with Mike Kapel on WDAY 9-18-2015
- "The Texas Ranger" (Lars Birklid) broadcast sampler (circa 1945)
- "The Texas Ranger" (Lars Birklid) fiddling jam session (1975)
- The late Norm Selberg's daughter, Karen, found some excellent art created by her dad during his career as a graphic artist at WDAY-TV. For best color results, download the file after you open it in your PDF reader. To view the file, click here.
- Photos from Roy Pedersen's 96th birthday
- Photos from Roy Pedersen's 97th birthday
- Photos from Roy Pedersen's 98th birthday - 2015
- Roy Pedersen 2010 luncheon photos
- WDAY Radio TOWER collapse photos
- WDAY 90th Anniversary Photo Album (produced by Steve Tschida, WDAY)
- ADDING PICTURE TO SOUND: Early Television in North Dakota - by Bill Snyder (PDF)