KFGO Radio and Ed Milligan
the “Veteran’s Hour”
The Fargo American Legion, Gilbert C. Grafton, Post #2, is honored to
KFGO Radio for the American Legion Press Award for hosting The Veteran's
The Veteran's Hour - “Freedom Is Not Free” - “All Gave Some, Some Gave All”
The Veteran's Hour is broadcast on KFGO, AM-790, once a month on a Saturday
from 2:00-3:00pm. The radio signal can be picked up within a couple hundred
mile radius of the Fargo/Moorhead area. The host of the show is Ed Milligan,
a combat veteran who served nearly 25 years in the U.S. Army. Ed has guests
on the show and takes calls during the hour long broadcast. ARBITRON ratings
for KFGO on Saturdays afternoons during the FALL of 2005 indicated 1,100
people were listening in the immediate Fargo/Moorhead METRO area. The TSA,
(Total Survey Area-including most of the regional counties,) estimated 3,000
people were listening to KFGO when the Veteran's Hour was broadcast.
Mission of the Veteran’s Hour: To educate military veterans, their spouses,
children and in some cases their survivors and the general public on issues
relating to military life, to foster patriotism, civic duty, fraternity,
camaraderie, and to learn from each other, share our idea, thoughts and
experiences to all, and to support the military veterans both in peace and
war and help build a better life for all of them.
Format for the Veterans Hour:
First 15 minutes: Introduction of the Veterans Hour to the listening
audience and explain our topic for this program and introduce the guests and
announce that this is a call in program and have the audience participate in
discussing the topic of our guests.
Next 15 minutes: Continue interviewing guests and bring up any highlights of
the month or any announcements that need to be put out, such as patriotic
events, fund raisers, etc.
35 minutes past the hour has been designated as the “Commissioner’s Corner”
when Bob Hanson, North Dakota Commissioner of Veteran’s Affairs, calls in
and gives an update on benefits and other information that effects US
Military Veterans here in North Dakota. He has also made appearances live at
the studio as pictured to the left.
1240-1257: Provide information that effects our veterans locally and at a
national level. Continue to interview guests.
1257: Play taps and read words of honor for all of our fallen warriors
Jack Sunday, KFGO Program Director in 2003, worked with Ed Milligan to get
the Veteran's Hour started and incorporated it into the KFGO lineup. Dan
Michaels has developed many public service announcements (promo’s) for the
KFGO Producers work behind the scenes running the sound controls, playing
audio clips, answering phones and putting callers on the program. The
Veteran's Hour would not be possible without their talent and experience in
producing the show. Bob Harris produced most of the shows from 2003-2006,
Tank McNamara has produced many of the recent shows. We thank them both!
Ed Milligan joined the Army 31 January 1955 and retired 31 July 1979 with 24
1/2 years of service. He went to Vietnam in 1962 as an Advisor in the MeCong
Delta Area in a little town called MyTho. He went back to Vietnam in 1970
for a year with the 542nd Signal Company in the center of Vietnam. Milligan
was wounded by a motar round in September 1970, mostly minor wounds but a
lot of them. Ed served in Korea in 1960 for a year and three years on
Okinawa, he also spent 7 years in Germany and has been all over the states
and at tours with the NDSU ROTC detachment in Fargo, North Dakota, for 2
years and was a senior advisor with a readiness group at Fort Snelling,
Minnesota for 3 years.
Ed Milligan belongs to the DAV, VFW, Vietnam Veterans of America, American
Legion and Uniform Services Disabled Retiree.
The Fargo American Legion is honored to nominate KFGO radio for the American
Legion Press Award. KFGO has provided over 40 hours of broadcast time over
the last three plus years for the purpose of dedicating the hour-long show
for our area veterans, their families and the general public. The management
and staff of KFGO and the Clear Channel network should be commended for
providing this service. The experts at the controls, Bob Harris and Tank
McNamara, make it all possible by producing a well run show. Jack Sunday,
who initiated the program into the KFGO line-up and Dan Michaels who
provides the promotional announcements have contributed greatly to the
success of the show.
The hero that makes it all happen (although he would object to being called
a hero) is 1st Sergeant Ed Milligan. Ed keeps on top of issues effecting
veterans, arranges guests for each show and does an excellent job behind the
mike each month. He works many hours between shows staying abreast of the
issues and getting ready for the next one. Ed's dedication to his fellow
veterans is to be commended.
Thank you KFGO and thank you Ed Milligan!
Dave Rice, Commander, Fargo American Legion