MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A legendary Twin Cities radio personality is retiring from News Radio 830 WCCO.

Charlie Boone, who has been with WCCO for more than 51 years, will sign off after his Dec. 18 show.

For 30 years, he co-hosted mornings with Roger Erickson.

All next week, the station will have special programming to pay tribute to Boone.

Comments (23)
  1. Ocelot says:

    These days, anyone at the same job 53 DAYS is considered a= veteran!

    1. Jim Norrj says:

      Growing up, my Dad quoted Charlie Boone at least once a day, before I even left for school in the morning. A magician at creating laughter, this man.

  2. Dave says:

    The KARE story quotes him as saying, “These almost 52 years have been a gift. CCO is where I met my radio partner Rog Erickson and where I met my life partner, Carol Heen who is the most important interview of my life.” says Boone

    Life partner, eh? Not wife? Not spouse? Life partner? Vote DFL, Charlie?

  3. JohnA says:

    Life partner is a common phrase these days, used by Democrats and Republicans alike, you nitwit.

  4. John says:

    Thank You Charlie for all the wonderful laughs, stories, and good times on the radio. We will always remember you and Roger and the special Christmas shows with Santa and his elves. How wonderful all those years were listening
    to the best radio pair in Minnesota history. It will never be equaled……

  5. Win Borden says:

    Your great work over so may years much appreciated.

  6. Dan from Inver Grove says:

    From one of the vast unwashed listeners…You and Rog invented early morning radio !You lifted the early morning risers on their way to work by giving them a good laugh and the all important news…..wish you were both on today…enjoy your retirement!

  7. Billy says:

    Daniel Boone was a man. Yes a big man.
    With an eye like an eagle and as tall as a mountain was he.
    Daniel Boone was a man. Yes a big man.
    He was brave, he was fearless and as tough as a mighty oak tree.

    From the coonskin cap on the top of ol Dan to the heel of his rawhide shoe
    The rippin’est roarin’est fightin’est man the frontier ever knew.

    Daniel Boone was a man. Yes a big man.
    And he fought for America to make all Americans free.
    What a Boone. What a wonder. What a dream comer truer was he.

  8. Dorothy says:

    As a transplanted Minnesotan (now living in the Middle East) I remember waking up as a girl to the smell of fresh brewed coffee and the “Good Morning” song…it was one of the strange little things I missed when I moved away from Minnesota…My children wake up to their mom’s rendition of the song every morning…..such fond memories of the morning show….may your retirement be blessed with as many fond memories as that of my childhood!

  9. Dennis S says:

    Thank you Charlie for your service and entertaining. As son of a western MN farmer we’d listen to Boone and Erickson sing Good Morning to a list of towns–and all the people of the upper midwest as we’d head out to till, plant or harvest. Thanks to Charlie and all who made it happen. Enjoyed seeing him and other “CCO personalities at “The Fair.” “CCO has been a great companion through my life.

  10. John Barbari says:

    I will miss you very much Charlie. Many great memories of the morning Boone and Erickson show. What a great pick me up.
    I am a native of the Twin Cities and now live in central Florida.
    I listen to your Saturday morning show via internet.
    I wish you the very best Charlie.

  11. Don & Joan Daniels says:

    We had our clock radio tuned to hear ‘Good morning, good morning, it’s grand to be on hand’ etc…..and lots of laughs got us going! thank you and enjoy your retirement! God bless!

  12. Al & Hildred says:

    My wife and I sat next to Boone and Erickson at lunch one day at the Continental Rosewood Room of the Northstar Inn evesdropping on their conversation which left us in stitches. I think they were baiting us with a lot of ridiculous comments. We laughed all the way home and I still get a chuckle out of the memory. Thanks to both of you guys for all the merriment you shared with us over the years. Have a GREAT retirement.

  13. Ken Engstrom says:

    Wow! What a legacy. Growing up on the Iron Range my dad would have the gong turned up…”Northwest Orient AIR-lines”. At some point, your voices/impressions would come on impacting me with true theater of the mind. Thank you.

  14. Gordy & Kathie says:

    Charlie – our morning started with you and Roger since 1959, and were faithful listeners. We now listen to you on the radio via our computer in Florida. We will miss you and wish you well. Thank you for your years of service to ‘CCO and especially to we the public.

  15. Wayne Pederson-KTIS says:

    Charlie-one of the best radio guys anywhere. Classy, informative, funny, engaging, authentic. Thanks for the hours of great radio.

  16. Chuck says:

    Boone & Erickson in the morning were a few of the people that made WCCO the Good Neighbor. Too bad that Good Neighbor tradition isn’t alive anymore. Maybe the station could start to replay the Boone & Erickson morning show in place of that lousy morning show they have now.

  17. Cande Nelson says:

    The snow was blowing cold in Marine On St Croix back in the 50s and 60s but my dad would already be on his way to work at Whirlpool by the time I got up in the mornings. The old radio waa always on and you guys would be singing the Good Morning song. Nothing was more exciting on a wintry day than to hear you guys say, “Stillwater schools – Closed”. My sisters and I enjoyed Santa and the elfs so much. Such good memories that are wonderful to share with so many our age.

  18. Jerry Stens says:

    Charlie, WOW… 51+ years. What a ride. Fond memories here of meeting and working with you at that little recording studio in the old Times Building. At first I was so nervous working with you, Roger and all the “stars” from ‘CCO. I am truly Blessed for having known you all. I hope you and Carol enjoy a wonderful retirement.

  19. Hensel says:

    I’m so old I remember Charlie as a DJ in Fargo and before that, in Wadena. Charlie, Roger, and of course, Maynard, were my morning wake-up. Congratulations and I’m sure Carol will keep you busy on the farm.

  20. Lee Bachman says:

    Charlie, you can’t quit. Who will announce the school closings with both you and Roger gone? See you guys at the Old Log Theater. Lee in Mpls.

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