Friday, April 3, 2015


On the evening of May 6th 1965, a line of tornadoes traveled across the metro area destroying many areas in the path including the Spring Lake Park and Fridley areas which sustained much of the damage.

Radio Station WCCO was on the air at the time providing warnings, information, and listener reports live to listeners who were listening on their battery operated radios when power had failed to the affected areas.

'CCO received many awards for their community service providing crucial information to the general public and undoubtedly saving lives in the process.

With the 50th anniversary of this event fast approaching, take the time to go listen to the hours of recordings that have been saved and placed on the website "RadioTapes" and are a great piece of historical record of the "Fridley Tornado" and its aftermath. And as you listen remember that this was a time when all the modern conveniences, immediacy, and advancement of electronic news gathering we enjoy today didn't exist. Instead, first person eyewitness accounts via telephone ruled the day...

WCCO Radio Tornado and Severe Weather coverage airchecks

Photo Courtesy of the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting

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