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2004 – Served on National Board of Directors for the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Won South Dakota Addys Award for Taco Bell commercial.

2003 – Served on National Board of Directors for the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

2002 – Named South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year, 43rd Annual National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Awards (April 27-29, Salisbury, N.C.) This marks the eighth time Danny has received this award as voted by his peers. Broadcast his 50th consecutive South Dakota boys state high school basketball tournament. Broadcast his 40th consecutive South Dakota men's state amateur baseball tournament. Served on National Board of Directors for the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

2001 – Inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame (Sept. 7-8, Pierre, S.D.)

1999 – Covered his 40th consecutive South Dakota state boys high school basketball tournament.

1997 – Voted "South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year" for the seventh time in his career by his peers (awarded by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in Salisbury, N.C.); Danny Olson is the first state reporter to win the award in four consecutive decades.

1995 – Inducted into the South Dakota State High School Basketball Coaches "Hall of Shrine"; named "Volunteer of the Year" by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce’s Sports and Recreation Committee.

1993 – Gov. Walter D. Miller proclaimed Aug. 21st as "Danny Olson Day" in South Dakota; Danny also was publicly honored in August by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce’s Sports and Recreation Committee in August for his outstanding leadership for numerous sports-related organizations (Howard Wood Dakota Relays, 35 years; Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce’s Sports and Recreation Committee, 28 years; North Central Conference Holiday Basketball Tournament Committee, 25 years; Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Board Council member for many years; and his other Sioux Falls volunteer work). Danny also was honored this year by being presented the Ed Tyson Reuer Award for being the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association’s "Man of the Year."

1992 – This year marked Danny’s 30th consecutive year of broadcasting the South Dakota Amateur Baseball tournament, during which he broadcast his 500th career S.D. amateur baseball game.

1991 – First South Dakota sportscaster to be inducted into the State Amateur Baseball Association "Hall of Fame" and the Umpires’ "Honorary Hall."

1989 – Gov. George S. Mickelson proclaimed Feb. 8, 1989, as "Danny Olson Day" in South Dakota in recognition of Danny’s broadcast of his 10,000th Outdoor Sports Show, a long-running radio program that featured news and environmental information about the South Dakota outdoor sports scene.

1985 – Received 25-year service award from Sports Illustrated magazine

1982 – Presented "Distinguished Service Award" by the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) for 30 years of broadcasting state high school athletic events

1981 – Named "Communicator of the Year" by the National Wildlife Federation and the South Dakota Wildlife Association in recognition of his 30-year "Outdoor Sports" radio show

1979 – First sportscaster to receive "Excellence in Broadcasting" award by his alma mater, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

1978 – Inducted into Sioux Falls Public Schools "Appreciation Hall of Fame"; inducted into Sioux Falls YMCA’s "Hall of Fame."

1977 – Traveled to Havana, Cuba, to cover a South Dakota collegiate basketball diplomacy exchange arranged by South Dakota Senator James Abourezk. Met ABC-TV Chicago news anchor Frank Reynolds during this trip.

1978 – Inducted into Sioux Falls Public Schools "Appreciation Hall of Fame"; inducted into Sioux Falls YMCA’s "Hall of Fame."

1972 – Presented "Award of Merit" by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for his leadership efforts in Sioux Falls when the NAIA track meets were held in Sioux Falls from 1965-1972.

1966 – Presented with a "Distinguished Service Award" by South Dakota State University for helping build the university’s athletics program by serving as producer and host of KSOO-TV’s weekly football show.

1956 – Named Sports Director for KSOO-TV and Radio in Sioux Falls, S.D.; presented daily sportscasts on radio and TV shows at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively, along with his responsibilities for advertising sales and production of radio and television commercials.

1952 – Organized the first Quarterback Club in Sioux Falls while serving as Sports Director at KIHO Radio (1952-1956).

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