Parting Thoughts: Remembering Anita Buck, broadcast pioneer

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Anita Buck and Roger Erickson entertain local children
In this photo from the Stillwater Gazette, taken in the early 1950s, Anita Buck and Roger Erickson entertain local children during an episode of "Story Time" at the WSHB studio.
Courtesy of Brent Peterson

Anita Buck passed away recently at the age of 92. She learned about broadcasting through her work with Armed Forces Radio when she served in the military in Korea.

After the Korean War, she returned to the United States and settled in Stillwater.

In the early 1950s, she became one of the few female announcers on the air when she was hired by Stillwater radio station WSHB. She hosted a number of programs on that station including "Story Time."

Buck also wrote for the Stillwater Gazette and authored several books about Minnesota history. She was dedicated to historic preservation and worked for the Washington County Historical Society.

One of her colleagues there, Brent Peterson, talked about Buck with MPR News host Cathy Wurzer.

Click on the audio player above to hear their conversation.