Five new inductees to the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame have been announced, with KARE 11 anchor Randy Shaver among them.
The Pavek Museum in St. Louis Park revealed the Class of 2020 on Tuesday, with the names representing some of the best broadcasters Minnesota radio and television has ever produced.
This year's inductees are:
- Don Egert – KDIO and KXLG.
- Allan Lotsberg (posthumous) – WCCO-TV.
- Pam Lundell – KTIS, Classic Country 104, Smooth Jazz, 104.1, MNN, KLBB and KRFO.
- Randy Shaver – KARE 11.
- Larry "Moon" Thompson – KS95.
Over his 37-year career on Twin Cities screens, Shaver has become one of the most popular news anchors in the business.
His time at the Twin Cities' NBC affiliate has seen him work as a sports reporter and a sports director, before moving to his current role as the evening news co-anchor alongside Julie Nelson.
Having twice beaten cancer, his foundation – the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund – has raised more than $7 million for cancer research over the years.
Larry "Moon" Thompson's career has taken him from Denver, to Las Vegas, and to Houston, but in the Twin Cities he became a fixture of the afternoon drive at KS95, hosting for 17 years alongside Staci Matthews.
He was forced to step away from the microphone this past fall, as he continues to battle multiple sclerosis, with which he was diagnosed in 2005.
Don Egert is a legend in western Minnesota, where he's had a 69-year career as an owner, announcer and engineer for KDIO in Ortonville, before spending 10 years in his retirement as the assistant news director at KXLG in his hometown of Watertown, South Dakota.
Pam Lundell can still be heard on Twin Cities airwaves at faith radio station 98.5 KTIS, where she hosts the 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. show on weeknights, for which she was named the NRB (National Religious Broadcasters) Media Personality of the Year in 2010. She has had an extensive career at several other metro radio stations, and is also involved in fundraising drivers for Twin Cities Public Television.
And those who grew up watching WCCO-TV in the '60s and '70s might remember Allan Lotsberg from Clancy and Willie, in which he played Willie Ketchum. He also hosted Comedy and Classics on WCCO, where he would introduce old movies and interview actors.