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Danny Olson - Inducted 2003

Born April 8, 1922 in Story City, Iowa. 1941 Mason City (Iowa) HS grad. 1949 Luther College grad. A Sioux Falls radio institution, Olson broadcast the state high school basketball tournaments for 50 years and state amateur baseball tourneys for 40. He did play-by-play for Sioux Falls high school games for 31 years, for Augustana for 28 years and for Sioux Falls College for 23 years. He was elected South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year eight times. Olson came to Sioux Falls in 1952 as sports director of KIHO-AM radio. He joined KSOO radio in 1956 and was there until 1983. He was at KELO radio full-time from 1984-94 and part-time from 1995-2003. Feb. 8, 1989, was proclaimed "Danny Olson Day" by Gov. George Mickelson in recognition of Olson's 10,000th "Outdoor Sports" broadcast. Aug. 21, 1993, was proclaimed "Danny O Day" during his 31st straight year of state amateur baseball tourney broadcasts. Olson is a member of the North Central Conference, the South Dakota High School Basketball Coaches Association, the Sioux Falls YMCA and the state amateur baseball association halls of fame as well as the South Dakota Hall of Fame and the Sioux Falls Public Schools Appreciation Hall of Fame. In 1977, he was the recipient of the first "Sportscaster of the Year" award by the South Dakota High School Coaches Association. In 1982, he received the Conservation "Communicator of the Year" award by the National Wildlife Federation and the South Dakota Wildlife Federation. In 1999, he was voted Male Athlete of the Year by the South Dakota Senior Games Association. At Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Olson competed in golf and track and began his broadcast career. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DANNY, visit

Photo No. 3 is Danny and Sioux Falls native and commissioner of the American Football League Joe Foss

Photo No. 4 is Danny and Baltimore Orioles first baseman Boog Powell

Photo No. 10 is Danny and Minnesota Twins great Rod Carew

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