Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame
with a yellow bill, hopped upon my window sill, cocked a shining
eye and said...." That phrase became the most famous
sign-off in area television history, and a trademark of one
of the most talented and best loved broadcasters of the era,
known as "Axel," the bespectacled children's show
host with the comical moustache and corny Scandinavian accent,
he was already one of the area's most successful radio personalities
before entering television. He began as a radio actor and
announcer at WCCO Minneapolis/Saint Paul in 1930, and also
worked at Twin Cities radio stations WDGY and KSTP. His popular
morning radio program "Almanac of the Air" began
in 1936 on WCCO. He started his television career at WTCN
TV (now WCCO TV) Minneapolis/Saint Paul in 1950. After the
tragic deaths of his two oldest sons, he decided to create
a television show for children. "Axel and His Dog"
premiered in 1954, and his ad-libbed humor, with "birdies,"
knock-knocks, and a unique version of "The Night Before
Christmas," made the show a smash hit. His death, at 62 years of age, on April 13, 1966
was mourned by fans young and old.