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Published September 18, 2013, 05:40 PM

A look at Dana’s 30 years at WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Dana had already been at WDAY for 17 years when he took over for Marv. He and Kevin Wallevand are celebrating their 30th anniversary at WDAY this year. John Wheeler is right behind. They have been here half of 'DAY's history.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Dana had already been at WDAY for 17 years when he took over for Marv. He and Kevin Wallevand are celebrating their 30th anniversary at WDAY this year. John Wheeler is right behind. They have been here half of 'DAY's history.

Throughout our anniversary newscast - we'll look at the mark they're making on WDAY. We start with Dana.

1983 - Michael Jackson and the police dominated the billboard charts, National Lampoons Vacation was in theaters, M*A*S*H ended, and Ronald Regan was concerned about nuclear war.

The same year, the man who you watch nightly for your news got his start in what he calls the toy department at WDAY: sports.

Dana Mogck: “One year we did a Superbowl in the Twin Cities. We did the World Series. We did the North Stars Stanley Cup run and the US Open was at Hazeltine. You're a kid in a candy store!”

The Fargo native spent 16 years covering and calling the big match-ups of our local teams here and across the country as a reporter, anchor and sports director.

Mogck: “Probably covering the World Series, kind of growing up in a baseball family and to be able to go down and cover the Twins not once but twice - that will always stand out. That was unbelievable.”

It was an unlikely path that put him on the sports desk. He started as an accounting major at MSUM, but realized quickly his passion was somewhere else.

Mogck: “I liked athletics. I liked watching highlights and I kind of combined the two and one thing lead to another and it was like pavers were laid out that I just kept walking on.”

And it was right out of college he would get the call to work at WDAY.

Mogck: “I interviewed and did an audition, which was awful and got the job.”

And for Dana it's always been about more than just the highlights - it was about the people in the stories and telling stories that touched people - that's what made him an ideal pick to transition to news and take the reins from the retiring legend, Marv Bossart in 2000.

Mogck: “I had a philosophy that I broke. Don't be the person to replace the legend. Be the person who replaces the person who replaced the legend. And I think only Marv could've made me change my mind.”

But it was a perfect fit - as he led in sports, he's leading us in news and its constant changes.

Mogck: “Maybe it's me - I don't remember if we had electric typewriters or if they were manual where you really had to push the buttons, with two fingers, it's come a long way.”

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