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.

Next Up

best buy

Best Buy announces bonuses of up to $500 for hourly workers

The retailer has seen business boom since the pandemic started, particularly online.


Burnsville PD: Customer sprayed chemical irritant at McDonald's workers

The incident happened in Burnsville over the weekend.

coronavirus, coronavirus test, covid-19

MN launches campaign to get students tested for COVID every 2 weeks

The state launched a youth testing campaign on Wednesday as part of its effort to control the spread of COVID.

jacob frey

Preparations for Derek Chauvin trial underway in Minneapolis

People will see "fortification" efforts and National Guard soldiers.

Willmar Police Department

Road rage leads to brawl at Willmar intersection, police say

The participants appeared to know each other, police said.

hazelewood burgers

3 Minnesota restaurants make it on 50 best burgers in America list

A travel website praised the restaurants' burgers in a recently released list.

Fire, firefighters

Firefighter critical after gun discharges during blaze, hitting him

The 35-year-old Cornell firefighter is hospitalized in critical condition

evelyn adams

After 2 years, sheriff's office seeks new leads in unsolved deadly home invasion

"The sheriff’s office is close to knowing exactly what occurred that night but needs your help," the sheriff's office said.

joseph heroff

Man charged in chase that ended with police fatally shooting suspect

The suspect who was shot has also been identified.

Royce Lewis

Twins' Royce Lewis tears his ACL, will undergo surgery

A huge blow for the former No. 1 draft pick.

Screen Shot 2021-01-22 at 9.08.16 PM

Police release cause of death for daughter of MN Supreme Court Justice and Allina CEO

Olivia Chutich died from a combination of excessive drinking and hypothermia.


The Minnesotans Hugh Hefner put in Playboy (SFW)

A lot of homegrown models have made the centerfold.

More Twin Cities TV reporters are leaving their jobs

KARE 11's Kim Insley was the first. More are following.