From David Ferrell Jackson's
introduction of Don Bleu during the Class of 2007 celebration:
As I wrote these introductions, it was 18 degrees, cold and clear in
Minnesota. Maybe that explains why so many former sons of Minnesota
have found their way here.
Don Bleu and his Emmy, 1982
Already, our Hall of Fame has welcomed in Ken
Ackerman, Al Hart and Jim Lange. Dr. Don Rose once toiled in beautiful Duluth, as did Bill
To these ranks, we proudly welcome Don Bleu, a native of East Grand
Forks in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
In 1968, after an early career in Minnesota and North Dakota, the
True Don Bleu became a star at the powerhouse Top 40 station, KDWB,
in the Twin Cities, holding forth there for the next decade.
His success in Minneapolis-St. Paul led him to Top 40 giant KHJ in
Los Angeles and then, in March 1980, the Bay Area beckoned him to 99.7
KYUU. He became the morning man at KYUU in July 1981.
Since then, he has twice been named National Adult Contemporary Air
Personality of the Year by Radio & Records Magazine, and became a TV
star, hosting "The Gong Show" as well as programs for the Discovery
Channel and HGTV. Don also won a Northern California Emmy Award in 1982 for Outstanding
Achievement, Commentary/Analysis, for his recurring record reviews segment on
"Evening Magazine" on KPIX-TV (Channel 5).
These days, he’s
"Bleu in the Morning" on Star 101.3 FM, making
those Bleuper calls, and getting his legion of listeners up and on
their merry ways every day.
In 2005, True Don Bleu was inducted into the
Pavek Museum of
Broadcasting Hall of Fame, honoring the very best of Minnesota
radio. Today, the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame is proud to honor Don
Bleu as one of San Francisco’s very best, as a member of the Class
Special thanks to Don Bleu for photographs,
biographical information and special materials included in
The Bay Area Radio
Hall of Fame gratefully acknowledges the Pavek Museum of
Broadcasting, which provided some of the biographical information included in this