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Herb Oscar Anderson May 30, 1928 - January 29, 2017

Herb Oscar Anderson
Herb Oscar Anderson

Herb Oscar Anderson was born on May 30, 1928, in South Beloit, Ill. His mother, the former Frieda Munson, a maid who was born in Sweden, placed Herb and her four other children in the Odd Fellows orphanage in Lincoln, Ill., after the deaths of two husbands left her too poor to raise them. He would later reunite with her.

His career began in Wisconsin, where he wrote for the Janesville Daily Gazette. After serving three years in the Air Force he started working as an on-air personality at WDBO in Orlando, Florida, then at a chain of stations in Iowa, before going to KSTP (1954-56) and then WDGY (February 6, 1956 to July 8, 1957).

From Jim Ramsburg: "Herb was morning man at Storz WDGY when I came aboard in 1956 fresh from college. He was a very nice guy, surprisingly nervous on the air, and begrudgingly played the Morning Mayor routine which we stole from Eddie Clarke at our sister station, WHB/Kansas City. It was at WDGY that Herb began to sing along with Lawrence Welk's instrumental 'Champagne Time' and came up with his 'Hello Again' theme.

CBS got him out of the Mpls market, and out of WCCO's hair, when it hired him for WBBM/Chicago. But WDGY's manager, Steve Labunski, was hired to run ABC Radio a bit later and he stole HOA away from WBBM for the network's 'Live & Lively' format where he did a weekday hour following The Breakfast Club. When that noble experiment failed, Labunski moved on to WMCA/New York City and brought Herb with him as morning man. Then WABC went Top 40 and you know the rest ..."

Here's a link to Tom Gavaras's site with a clip of H.O.A. on WDGY from September 1956

Herb Oscar Anderson in 1957 with Carole Bennett on his weekday radio show on the ABC Radio Network.
Credit Gary Wagner New York Times Feb 1, 2017