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Published December 22, 2009, 05:15 PM

Legendary N.D. broadcaster Boyd Christenson dies

WDAZ's first sportscaster was 73

By: Pat Sweeney, WDAZ

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Funeral services will be held Monday in Fargo for longtime radio and television broadcaster Boyd Christenson, who died Tuesday at age 73 after a two-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

The Rugby, N.D., native worked for many years at WDAY-TV and radio, and Prairie Public TV in Fargo before ending his career with an afternoon talk show on KFGO.

Christenson was WDAZ-TV's first sportscaster when the station signed on the air on January 29, 1967. He also worked in radio and TV in Pembina and Minot.

Christenson was a three-time winner of the North Dakota sportscaster of the year award. In 1990, he was inducted into the North Dakota Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

Christenson announced NDSU sports on WDAY Radio from 1964 to 1978, and UND men's hockey games on Prairie Public TV in the mid-1980s.

Christenson was known for his quick wit. While giving a speech in Minot in 1980, Christenson said, "My name is Boyd Christenson. I'm the public affairs director of Prairie Public Television. That means if you're having an affair and you want to make it public, I'm the guy you talk to."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.