Steve Cannon

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Personal Piece by Tom Mischke

Newest Postings:
"The Cannon Slump" on KGO-AM (810) San Francisco, from 4/7/1958

With Herb Brooks calling Gopher Hockey on WCCO-AM (830) from 1/24/1986,
part 1,   part 2

KSTP-AM (1500) from 9/22/1971 with Morgan Mundane and Contemporary Collins.

KSTP-AM (1500) from 11/4/1966 with Ma Linger and Bob Ryan

KSTP-AM (1500) from 12/21/1964 with Contemporary Collins, Ma Linger, and Bob Ryan

WLOL-AM (1330) from 3/1/1957 with Leigh Kamman

WLOL-AM (1330) "Noontime Slump" from 7/19/1957

Sound clips from the last radio show on October 3, 1997:
Opening segment
The Pink Slip
Leon Redbone 86's the Cannon Mess
The Funerial March
Morgan Mundane Predicts
Cannon & Sid Hartman
Cannon & Sid Hartman 2
The Cannon Calendar
Cannon Cough Button
Duet with brother Harold

Other sound clips
Play opening theme
Play closing theme

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Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Steve Cannon

Inducted 2002

He called it "The Cannon Mess," but Steve Cannon's daily show was one of the most finely tuned, highly crafted, and entertaining radio programs on the dial.

Born in Michigan, he grew up on the Minnesota Iron Range. He pursued an acting career before starting in radio in Mason City, Iowa, later moving to Bemidji, Stillwater, Duluth, and Milwaukee.

He joined WMIN Minneapolis/Saint Paul in 1953, and also appeared as cowboy "Rangler Steve" on WMIN TV/WTCN TV (now KARE TV).

In the late 1950s, after working in Los Angeles and San Francisco radio, he brought his wonderful voice back to the Twin Cities, first at WLOL and then at KSTP, where he hosted the morning show for 13 years and also worked as a sportscaster on KSTP TV.

In 1971, he moved to WCCO Radio, where "The Cannon Mess" was a hit for 26 years, a record in major-market radio. Emanating from the "basement studios," the show was highlighted by his banter with Morgan Mundane, Ma Linger, and BackLash LaRue, characters that he performed himself, but so convincingly that many listeners thought they were real. He also did play-by-play for Gopher hockey and color for the North Stars.

Steve Cannon passed away April 6, 2009, at the age of 81.