|Dave Dedrick started his broadcasting career in 1944. On May 19, 1953, he became South Dakota's first T.V. announcer on the air when he signed on with KELO TV. Dave Dedrick has become synonymous with KELO-LAND TV to not just thousands, but generations of viewers across the U.S. He is one of the most renowned personalities in KELO-LAND.
Mr. Dedrick has come to symbolize talent, integrity, honesty and overall principle through his efforts to better the lives of those around him, and in so doing, bringing creativity, grace and character to the people.
From the thunderous applause of thousands, to a quiet conversation with a child, Dedrick proves that he indeed possesses the wisdom of Solomon and the strength of Atlas.
Dave attended Longfellow School and Washington High School, working at KSOO/KELO radio during his junior and senior years, beginning his broadcasting at age 15. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served 4 years in the Marines and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant.
Returning to Sioux Falls, Dave enrolled at Augustana College and married MarJean Schuknecht on Dec. 2, 1949, eventually enhancing the family tree with 3 children and 4 grandsons. After 18 months of college, Dave was recalled to active duty with the Marine Reserves during the Korean War. He returned to Sioux Falls in Feb. of 1952.
It was then that Dave first met Joe Floyd and assumed the job of manager of the Star-Lite Drive-In Theater. He did not have a clue that Joe Floyd was negotiating with Sam Fantle for the purchase of KELO radio. Joe knew that the FCC had granted KELO a building permit for a TV station in Sioux Falls. That coincided with Joe's plans exactly and Dave spent the next year transferring his allegiance back to broadcasting.
Joe Floyd built the first television station in SD (KELO-TV) and Dave was the first announcer on television on May 19, 1953. This was the beginning of a 44-year career in the television industry. News, sports, weather, commercials and variety shows all filled his albums of memories. But on March 7, 1955 Dave launched a whole new facet of television in the area, known as Captain 11.
Captain 11 focused on the children of the 4-state coverage area. For the next 42 years, Captain 11, played by Dave Dedrick, was host to 3 generations of children and appeared in about 180 towns and cities across the region. As it turns out, Dave became the longest running host of children's show in the history of television.
Other accomplishments would include 17 years on morning radio, and 16 years of bowling shows that were televised for Sioux City, Iowa. Dedrick hosted more than 25 telethons, along with 44 years of weather shows.
Dave Dedrick was the recipient of so many awards and plaques, including induction into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame at SDSU. The national Weather Service presented him with a Special Service Award for decades of service to the people of KELO-LAND. Governor Janklow issued an Executive Proclamation designating Dave's last day on the air as "Dave Dedrick Day" across South Dakota. The Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese awarded Dave the "Bishop Dudley Excellence in Media" award on Sept. 17, 1998.
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