Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame
Trongard’s distinctive voice was part of the
lives of listeners and viewers throughout the Midwest for
over fifty years.
His distinguished career began in 1953 at KXRA Alexandria,
followed by positions at KSDN Aberdeen, South Dakota, and
KDIO Ortonville. He moved to the Twin Cities in 1959 as
news director at WLOL, which soon put his play-by-play talents
to work on Minneapolis Lakers and Minnesota Muskies basketball
and University of Minnesota football and basketball. He
joined KSTP in 1968, where he broadcast Minnesota Pipers
basketball, produced Minnesota Vikings football and Minnesota
North Stars hockey broadcasts, and did player and coach
interviews. He also hosted Minnesota Gopher football coach
Cal Stoll’s show on KSTP TV. He was the public address
announcer for Minnesota Kicks soccer, and also did professional
wrestling telecasts for eight years. He joined KEEZ FM Mankato
in 1982, where he did morning drive, news, and sports for
eleven years before moving to KTOE/KDOG Mankato in 1993.
He continued to broadcast sports on KTOE/KDOG and
on KXAC/KRRW St. James for many years, and was an important part of the
community in southern Minnesota until he passed away in June of 2005 at the age of 72.