Bud Kraehling was part of the Twin Cities airwaves for 50 years! He was first heard locally on WTCN radio (1280AM) in 1946. Three years later, he transitioned to the new WTCN television which later became WCCO-TV. (This was the original incarnation of WTCN-TV on Channel 4. The second WTCN-TV on Channel 11 came later.) Bud Kraehling was a trusted and well-loved local personality from the beginning until his retirement from WCCO-TV in 1996.
Here is the complete weathercast from “The Scene at Six” on December 7, 1972. Legendary news anchor Dave Moore can also be heard on this tape, bantering back and forth with Bud. Audio quality is actually pretty good since this was recorded off my parents’ Packard Bell color console TV instead of my small Wards Airline black and white portable. Recording method was the ‘ol “pencil mic in front of the speaker” method. I was 8 years old at the time, so I hadn’t yet discovered the magical properties of patch cords! So, there is some background noise. Not too much, though. I used a Spartan-Atlantic portable tape recorder and Audio Magnetics C-60 “bag cassette” to make this recording.