I was in the control room at KSTP-AM. It was a hot, stiflingly muggy July day.
I was screening calls for the Don Vogel show. With me in the control room were Dave Elvin, the other producer, and news director John MacDougall.
I got a call on the hotline from John Lundell. Lundell – the manager of the Twin Cities’ Metro Traffic branch – was doing an experimental traffic broadcast from an airplane that day.
Lundell told me, with some urgency, that he and his pilot were watching a tornado as they flew over the newer, sparsely-populated suburb of Blaine.
We put him on the air immediately; Lundell did play by play as he watched the storm develop.
I flipped on KARE11 on the control room TV, and watched as the Bears put up their own coverage, live from one of their choppers:
We’d beat them by a solid minute or two – but the video footage was some of the best taken of a live tornado to date.
It was one of the more amazing afternoons I ever spent on the radio.