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Legendary WCCO announcer Charlie Boone dies at 88

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Charlie Boone, for decades one of the most recognizable announcers on WCCO radio, died Sunday after a brief illness, the station announced Sunday afternoon. He was 88.

Boone was one half of the popular "Boone and Erickson" team who entertained Minnesotans on the powerhouse radio station for 37 years.

Boone and his cohort Roger Erickson began collaborating on their daily show in 1961 and they kept it up until Erickson retired in 1998.

Boone continued to host a show on Saturday morning until he retired in 2010.

Boone and Erickson's show featured skits that poked fun at politicians and satirized current events, and they also created parodies of old radio shows. Charlie Boone had a background in acting and he put those skills to good use with his repertoire of voices and dialects, WCCO notes.

The two hosts also regularly interviewed dignitaries and celebrities.

Tributes to Charlie Boone poured in on social media as word of his death spread.

Boone and Erickson were both inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2001.

Here's a video of Boone and Erickson's last show together.

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Charlie Boone is survived by his wife Carol, a son and daughter, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild, according to WCCO. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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