“Voice of the Vikings” celebrates 45 years
Christen returns to press box
Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:13 AM
The names on the jerseys have changed over the years, but one constant for the Decorah football program has been the voice coming from the press box.
Looking through the glass at the press box, Decorah’s Elliott Christen takes his normal pose with the mic during a football game. Christen, a former Decorah School System teacher, administrator and coach, has been the public address announcer for Decorah for 45 seasons, beginning with the first game of the 2014 campaign Sept. 5. Christen also has worked on the radio during his career.
For over four decades, Decorah’s Elliott Christen has provided play-by-play for the Vikings as the public address announcer.
As Decorah opens its home schedule Friday, Sept. 5, Christen will again take his familiar seat in the press box, welcoming fans to Viking stadium for his 45th season.
In addition, he’s also lent his voice to Luther for the past 30 seasons.
Finding his calling
Christen’s ascension to the press box began during his college days at Luther. The speech major started broadcasting at KDEC in the 1950s, thanks to Ken Bjerke, the former owner of the station.
After graduation, Christen served in the U.S. Army for two years, before returning to Decorah and KDEC for three years. He spent the next four decades in education, starting out at Northwood-Kensett from 1961-63, then at Newton from 1963-1970, before returning to Decorah for the next 31 years.
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