Doug Warne had never been to Nervous Nellie’s afore I appropriate that we accommodated there. By the time I accustomed he had already exchanged business cards with Jeannette, one of the owners. “She’s Swedish!” Doug exclaimed the way one adeptness cry out back they’ve apparent a gold nugget.
True to the appellation of the radio show, Doug and I talked for a abounding Scandinavian hour. The Ballard News allotment can’t accommodate about all of what we discussed and the amount of one cavalcade didn’t accord me a adventitious to allege to Doug’s radio partner, Ron Olsen. I will though.
I abstruse that like my own mother, Doug’s mother’s name is Dorothy. I already jokingly proposed a abutment accumulation for the abounding accompany that I accept whose mother’s name is Dorothy. I’ve noticed that decidedly amid those of us whose parents grew up in the midwest there is a approved deluge of Dorothy’s. Doug afterwards told me that afore his mother confused to the Hearthstone that there were eight Dorothy’s on her block in Ballard. Who knew?
I additionally accept to acknowledge that I still haven’t absolutely heard the Saturday morning program. Last anniversary I remembered on the actual day and time but accomplished that my stereo arrangement radio needs to be re-tuned to accept AM stations. I can consistently go out and sit in the car.
Ballard News Tribune, December 5, 2007
The Scandinavian life, in hours
Last ages I collection beyond Lake Washington on the I-90 amphibian arch and followed abstruse admonition apropos a arresting driveway and a ample flagpole. As directed I took an elevator to the fifth floor, alike admitting I didn’t apperceive if I was in the appropriate building. By some miracle, aural the hum and convulse of the accessories central T-Mobile headquarters, there was a apartment for Sandusky Radio, and in a baby flat to the rear Doug Warne was recording The Scandinavian Hour.
Doug Warne and his radio accomplice Ron Olsen accept been recording The Scandinavian Hour every anniversary back 1959. Listed by Historylink.org as the longest active bounded indigenous radio program, Doug and Ron aftermath and bear a association account board, interviews and Scandinavian music every Saturday morning to their alert audience. As Warne told me back we met, it was easier to move the appearance amid stations over the years than it was to alternation the admirers to chase them.
Doug Warne cold-called me in September to ask if I would accord a adventure for their 42nd anniversary Christmas Special. The Scandinavian Hour currently broadcasts on AM 1150, KKNW on Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m. The Christmas Appropriate is absolutely two appropriate broadcasts; one on Christmas Eve, the added on Christmas Day.
I was in and out of the Renton flat aural bristles account but Doug Warne agreed to accommodated in Ballard so I could apprentice added about how he and Ron Olsen had appear to aftermath the Scandinavian Hour for forty-eight years. Both Doug and Ron accelerating from Ballard High School, although they didn’t accommodated until a Scandinavian amusing accident afterwards graduation. In 1958 Doug was captivated to ascertain The Scandinavian Hour accepting aloof alternate from the University of Oslo. But at the end of the broadcast, the host appear it was the final show. A academy apprentice had been hosting the affairs but was affective on to a bi-weekly job aloft graduation. Afterwards calling to beef the program’s demise, admitting accepting no accomplishments in radio, Doug was anon hosting. He had recruited his acquaintance Ron Olsen, in allotment because of his adeptness to accommodate Scandinavian music, and so the affairs was saved. Doug makes the consecutive forty-eight years complete like a breeze – conceivably because he and Ron are both semi-retired and acquisition it so abundant easier to alter the radio affairs now than they did while alive full-time and adopting their families.
Doug came to acquaintance me because he’d apprehend the At Ample column; although he’s not a subscriber. The Ballard News Tribune cable is a allowance to his mother Dorothy Nelson Warne, a near-lifelong Ballardite, now active at The Hearthstone by Greenlake. His mother was one of the aboriginal Adams Girls from the Ballard elementary academy and she will be 99 years old this month. Doug’s mother saves The Ballard News Tribune for him; he doesn’t accept the affection to acquaint her back he’s already apprehend it elsewhere.
Every time that we’ve announced on the phone, Doug has actually been in the average of article – a cavern in the Southwest or the Ballard Bridge. His bland radio articulation consistently sounds enthused and energetic. In being Doug seems added calm but acutely actual affianced in activities – planning the anniversary Christmas trip, affair up with his babe and granddaughter, demography his mother for drives, accessory the Commercial Club dinners, confined on the Lath of several Scandinavian organizations, disposed to investments, and of course, befitting The Scandinavian Hour active forth with Ron Olsen. Doug recalls that his wife Lena consistently said that if he put as abundant activity into added enterprises as he did the program, he’d be actual wealthy.
We met at Nervous Nellie’s, aloof two blocks arctic from his grandmother’s aboriginal home in Ballard. His Swedish mother and Norwegian ancestor met on a dark date at yet addition Scandinavian Amusing accident aloof as he afterwards met his approaching wife Lena back she was a Swedish barter student. Afterwards she alternate to Sweden he attempted to woo her long-distance. Finally he went to Sweden to accomplish his case in what his radio accomplice Ron Olsen coined a allurement mission. Nonetheless he succeeded and they were affiliated in her hometown of Eskilstuna. Doug retired several years ago from teaching; as a Junior High Academy abecedary he won best of the top awards in his profession, Golden Apple, Christa McAuliffe, State Abecedary of the Year. Besides his family, his added affection has consistently been The Scandinavian Hour. As he said, “I would accept done it for free, but we bare to eat.”
Inquiring about the approaching of The Scandinavian Hour acquainted like allurement Doug Warne about his own mortality. He and Ron agnosticism that their own accouchement will booty over the radio program. At present it strikes them as easier to do it themselves than to alternation anyone to booty over. There will be time afterwards to anguish about affairs athenaeum and their bequest but for now, afterwards forty-eight years after a absent program, they accept baffled the art of befitting the affairs afloat, alike in “dicey times.”
Doug acicular out for me area his wife was built-in on a map of Sweden. Amid his alarm in September and our affair in November, Doug has agilely absent Lena, his wife of 40 years, to cancer. Now he’s aggravating to break alike busier than usual. He has a new granddaughter, there’s the added assignment of advancing the Christmas specials, his mother’s altogether approaching…and consistently The Scandinavian Hour to produce. Refusing to let the blaze go out on the long-running account program, Doug Warne has accumulated a altered affectionate of wealth, and he is affluent indeed.
Copyright 2007, Ballard News Tribune, reprinted by permission
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