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Twin Cities broadcasting legend Roger Erickson passes away

He was a jack of all trades, and even played Bozo the Clown for a bit.

Roger Erickson did it all.

A Minnesota media personality for nearly 50 years, the radioman worked as an announcer, morning comedy show host, and even starred as Bozo the Clown before retiring in 1998.

On Monday, Erickson died at the age of 89, various outlets are reporting. It's not yet clear what the cause of death was.

According to his profile at the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame (into which he was inducted in 2001), Erickson grew up on a farm near Winthrop, Minnesota, and studied speech and theater at the University of Minnesota. It was at the U that he got his start in radio, producing programs for the school's radio station.

From there, he worked at several radio stations around the state (and managed to squeeze in a couple years in the U.S. Army) before landing at WCCO in 1959, where he would spend the rest of his career.

He's perhaps best known for his 37 years as half the radio duo of Boone and Erickson, which is believed to have been "the country’s longest-running radio team at the same station," WCCO says

As the Star Tribune notes, Erickson was responsible for announcing school closings on snowy days – something the Broadcasting Hall of Fame says he made into "an art form."

Check out the video below – it's a compilation of some of his bits from Boone and Erickson.

His longtime broadcasting partner, Charlie Boon, died in 2015 at the age of 88.

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