Charlie Boone is a star.  He has been on WCCO for 51 years.  Before that, he was one of the best Rock ‘N Roll DJ’s in the Midwest on KFGO in Fargo.  In fact, it was Charlie who was to emcee the infamous Buddy Holly-Ritchie Valens-Big Bopper concert in Fargo in 1959 that never happened.  In July of that year he joined WCCO Radio.

It was there that he met another young personality on ‘CCO named Roger Erickson. Charlie and Roger spent 30+ years hosting the “Good Morning Show”.  The show came to an end in 1998 but Charlie wasn’t done.  He has since hosted Saturday mornings on WCCO from 6:00-9:00.

The “Good Morning Song” is etched into the memories of Minnesotans.  As are their wonderful array of characters and bits.  Who could forget the “worst jokes’?  Or Minnesota Hospital?  There was Ma Perkins and Partyline.  There were conversations with Sid.  There was Point Of Law.

And there were serious moments too.  When Hubert Humphrey found out he was going to be Lyndon Johnson’s choice as Vice President, who was he on the air with?  Charlie Boone.  When there was a snowstorm, where did you listen to find out if your school was closed?  Charlie Boone.  When a tornado tore through the northern suburbs in 1965, who kept people safe and informed?  Charlie Boone.

December 18th will be Charlie Boone’s last show on WCCO Radio.  Charlie Boone is a true legend in Minnesota and without question, one of our finest “Good Neighbors”.  Enjoy some of our favorite moments from over 51 years of Charlie Boone on ‘CCO!

Click here to wish Charlie well or here to see some photos of Charlie through the years!

Roger Erickson and Charlie Boone talk about how they came to WCCO:

Charlie and Roger pay homage to old-time radio as only they can:

Boone and Erickson from 1978:

Boone and Erickson from 1984 (including Ma Perkins):

Boone and Erickson from 1990 (including Good Morning Song):

The “Good Morning Song” and Boone & Erickson’s Theme:

Boone & Erickson Being Introduced at Buckingham Palace Plus Bad Jokes:

Charlie Boone on Partyline:

Charlie and Roger Spoof “Dragnet”:

Boone & Erickson take on daytime soaps and try to modernize “Gunsmoke”:

What if Herb Carneal and Halsey Hall were to go to the Minnesota Symphony:

John Houseman gives Boone & Erickson a little interview coaching:

Ma Perkins helps Carol Channing with a little bit of “Hello Dolly”:

A live show favorite, here are a couple of episodes of “Minnesota Hospital”:

Boone & Erickson use song for their “Ode To Spring Training”:

Another Boone & Erickson favorite, the “Old Timers”:

A Boone & Erickson Classic, “Sid The Musical” live at the State Fair:

And of course, Boone & Erickson’s “Worst Jokes”:

Charlie and the News Crew Report on the 1965 Fridley Tornado’s:

Boone & Erickson Show During 1991 Halloween Blizzard:

Another of Charlie Boone’s passions was the Minneapolis Aquatennial. He was always the first person to talk to the newly crowned “Queen of the Lakes”!

Comments (13)
  1. Ginger says:

    The gold standard of radio..listening to you was like a visit from an old friend…most sincere thanks for everything…best wishes in your retirement.

  2. John D. says:

    The had the ability to bring joy to almost as many kids as Santa could all by naming your school…

  3. Donnie says:

    No car in MN had an AM radio it was referred to as “Boone & Erickson” tunes
    Thanks for keeping it real

  4. Linda G Lippert says:

    Thank you for all the years of truly enjoyable radio listening!!

  5. Francis Schmolke says:

    Smokey: Roger &Charlie: Two greal friends that I got to know and will be missed on the air waves

  6. Pat Hagerty says:

    I have listened to WCCO since I was a child, but the Talented Twosome provided the most treasured memories. Thanks, Charlie!

  7. Robert F Hanson says:

    Thank-You Charlie for all the great years you given to us on radio! Enjoy your retirement to the full extent! Very well deserved

  8. Craig Wilson says:

    Best wishes. You and Roger were the Cronkite of radio! ‘CCO the number one trusted radio in Minnesota and you two the number ones trusted in broadcasting!! I grew up with you listening everyday as the kitchen radio was always tuned to ‘CCO and no one would, or could touch the dial. I learned to tell the time with you and my mother. Thank you Mr. Boone and may God bless you and your family.

  9. Ric Koehn says:

    I seem to remember something about ice chunk kicking contests back in the 60’s. Am I imagining this or does anyone else remember?

  10. Tom Johnson says:

    Charlie and Roger; simply the best. I listened to them since the 60’s and I’m not sure there will ever be radio as good as that. Congratulations to Charlie Boone on his retirement!

  11. David Chadwick says:

    Want to send a message to Charlie Boone. I just posted a song called The Night Buddy Holly Died on my music site ( and it begins with his name. Based on a story told to me by Scott Beach who joined me in a recording of it thirty years ago. I just Googled Boone and found he’d just retired. Would like to communicate with him about this in addition to letting him know about it. Thanks. David Chadwick

  12. JD Manion says:

    Listening to the oldies of WCCO, Boone and Erickson, has made my day. My favorite was changing the name of Pot Holes to Chuck Holes every spring in Minnesota. Thanks for the greatest years of listening to radio. My radio never changed stations.

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