Former KFGO Farm and Ranch Director Larry Ristvedt has passed away at the age of 71 after a long bout with A-L-S. One of the true legends in broadcasting, whom it was an honor to know and work with for many years,
"How's it going today, Bob-oh" was the greeting I would get almost everyday. In fact I think he invented that version of my name. Not to many others use it.
He had his own vocabulary at well. "Gooshes and Gooshes" which meant you had a lot of something. "Jamouche" you were a goofball of some kind. 'A tish or a tick" -markets were up or down slightly. There were dozens! As a matter of fact we used to have a big piece of note board where we kept track every time a new one popped up.
One time Larry was doing a remote ag broadcast from a fire hall filled with farmers. I remember giving him a big laugh by asking him on the air if it was "o.k. to yell movie in a crowded firehouse." .
I was once subbing for the Redhawks stadium announcer, Larry, was selling lemonade in the concourse and they took a chance and asked us to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch. I asked the packed house to" do themselves a favor and drowned us out." They happily did that!
I could go on and on but I have to tell you I learned a lot from this man in the world of radio and I considered him a friend outside of these studios as well.
Rest in Peace Uncle Lar...