Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame
2001 Charter Inductee
One of Minnesota's best known and best loved
television personalities, weatherman Bud Kraehling, began his
50-year broadcasting career as a favor for a friend. When WCAZ
Carthage, Illinois, was short of staff, a high school friend
working as an announcer there asked him to stop in and help out,
getting records ready to play and reading the market reports on
the air. After six months, he moved on to WGIL Galesburg,
Illinois, before serving in the US Army in the Philippines during
World War II. In 1946 he came to the Twin
Cities as an announcer at WTCN Minneapolis/Saint Paul, and entered
television on WTCN TV (now WCCO TV) in 1949. In 1950, he began a
five-minute 10:00 PM television weather report for Taystee Bread.
Over the next decades, he saw many changes in television weather
coverage. He wrote forecasts on the "Weather Window" for crowds
gathered outside the studio, and later worked from the "Shell
Weather Tower," an elaborate set with weather maps, dials and
gauges, as well as from more conventional settings. Through it all
he has been a reassuring presence that viewers loved and trusted.
He retired in 1996.