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9/15/2014

Pat McKay

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WYOO-AM/FM - U100 (980 / 101.3) - "Great Record Battle" with Pat McKay (1974) - 7 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes newscast plus commercials for Knights Formal Wear and Triangle Bar.


8/31/2014

Donovan & John Lennon

Donovan & Kirby Puckett

REMEMBERING DAN DONOVAN

Dan Donovan (Blaine Harvey) passed away following a massive heart attack on August 31.

Born in Philadelphia, Donovan got interested in radio growing up in Gettysburg, PA. He began his career there at WGET, later moving to WSBA in York, PA. After studying journalism at Penn State, he moved on to WICE Radio in Providence, RI, in the early 1960s. He then moved to WMEX in Boston and WCBM in Baltimore before beginning a ten-year run at WFIL AM in Philadelphia. Donovan came to KS95 FM in the Twin Cities in 1979, and joined KOOL 108 FM in 1991, bringing the enthusiasm and style that have made him one of the region’s best known and best loved DJ’s to his popular afternoon drive and Sunday oldies shows. Donovan was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2006. (Above text and photos courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting).

CAREER COMPOSITE SAMPLE

Dan Donovan - (WMEX-AM/Boston, WFIL-AM/Philadelphia, KSTP-FM/Twin Cities, KQQL-FM/Twin Cities) - 3 MB

(provided by Curt Copeland)

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WMEX-AM (Boston, MA)

Dan Donovan - 1966 - 9 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)

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WSBA-AM (York, PA)

Dan Donovan - 6/14/1967 - 10 MB (provided by Scott Lowe/Matt Seinberg)

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WFIL-AM (Philadelphia, PA)

Dan Donovan - 1971 - 6 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)

Dan Donovan - Donovan (Aug. 71) + Jim O'Brien crossplug (Feb. 1976) - 3 MB

(provided by Jay Philpott)

Dan Donovan - 1971 - 2 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)

Dan Donovan - 1/25/1977 - 5 MB (provided by Scott Lowe/Matt Seinberg)

Dan Donovan - 9/9/1977 - 14 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)

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KSTP-FM (KS95)

Dan Donovan - 1/14/1983 - 5 MB (provided by Paul Bergly)

Dan Donovan - October 1985 - 6 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)

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KQQL-FM (KOOL 108)

Dan Donovan - 1998 - 9 MB (provided by Al Arneson)

Dan Donovan - 1999 - <1 MB (provided by Curt Copeland)

Dan Donovan - 2006 - 3 MB (provided by Caleb Hanson)

Dan Donovan Tribute/Outtakes for a KQQL holiday party that never aired -

produced by Curt Copeland and Lee Michaels (they wish to stress that Dan loved this montage of his work). Contains adult language. 4 MB (from Jay Philpott)

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Dan Donovan tribute video

produced by Dan Riggs

 

Obituary: Star Tribune

   
Donovan (left) MN Broadcasting Hall of Fame with Chuck Knapp

5/24/14

KDWB-AM (630) - Rob Sherwood's final day - April 6, 1974 - 5 MB - (provided by Danny Sigelman)

WYOO-AM (980) - Rob Sherwood's first day - April 15, 1974 - 7 MB - (provided by Danny Sigelman)

(five months later, Rob changed the format to U100)


5/24/14

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WYOO-AM/FM (U100 980/101.3) - Jeff "Mother" Robins' final day - 1975 - 10 MB - (provided by Danny Sigelman)


4/19/14

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KDWB-AM (630) - True Don Bleu - July 30, 1971 - 13 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes newscasts by Michael J. Douglas and commercials for 7-UP, Auto Radio Specialists, Minnesota Dragways, Boone's Farm Apple Wine, Berman Buckskins and Willard (movie)


4/19/14

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KDWB-AM (630) - 1972 Demo Tape featuring Charlie Brown, Adam North, Barry McKinna, True Don Bleu, Dick Austin,

Rob Sherwood, Chris Roberts, Bob Lang - 10 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

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KDWB-AM (630) - Sign on announcement (Undated) - (provided by Danny Sigelman)


4/19/14

 

KDWB-AM (630) - Minneapolis Tribune TV Week article: "Rob Sherwood - Loner With a Microphone" - August 17-23, 1969.

PDF file - (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)


4/19/14

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WYOO-AM/FM - U100 (980/101.3) - Chucker Morgan at the Minnesota State Fair - 1975 - 7 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

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Includes commercials for Dayton's, Orange Crush, Minnesota Dragways and Hurrah.

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4/19/14

WYOO-AM/FM - U100 (980/101.3) - Rob Sherwood at the Minnesota State Fair - 1975 - 7 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

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Includes commercials for K-TEL "Goofy Greats" album, White Castle, Ford Pickups (sung by Merle Haggard), Clockwork Orange and Deliverance (movies).


4/19/14

 

WYOO-AM/FM - U100 (980/101.3) - Jo Jo Gunne (1976) - 3 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)


4/13/14

Coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings - WCCO-AM (830) - CBS Radio

April 15, 2013 - Breaking news coverage of the bombings at the Boston Marathon #1  #2  #3  #4 (22-28 MB files)

April 19, 2013 - Montage of newscasts: 12 AM, 3 AM, 7 AM, 12 PM and 3 PM

April 19, 2013 - Breaking news coverage - capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (staring at 6 PM) #1  #2  #3  #4  #5  #6  #7 (16-29 MB files)

April 19, 2013 - CBS News Weekend Roundup Special Edition: Boston Bombings - 37 MB


4/6/14

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KDWB-AM (630) - Rob Sherwood - January 3, 1970 - 12 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

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Includes commercials for YooHoo chocolate energy drink and Arby's.

 

 

4/6/14

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KDWB-AM (630) - Bob Reed (aka Chuck Roast) - January 4, 1970 - 17 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

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An interesting aircheck with KDWB news director Bob Reed having to fill in for an ill overnight KDWB DJ, so he uses the name Chuck Roast. Includes newscast and commercials for J. A. Gerber Jewelers and Berman Buckskin,

 

 

4/6/14

WYOO-AM/FM - U100 (980/101.3) - Jerry St. James & Michael J. Douglas - December 1975 - 20 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes Rex King performing the "Night Before Christmas (1975 version)," Julie Child-Like, newscast with Michael J. Douglas, and commercials for Mustang II, Schaak Electronics and Listerex.

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WYOO-AM/FM - U100 (980/101.3) - Jerry St. James & Michael J. Douglas - December 1975 - 19 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes Rex King and his daughter Cindy, sportscast with Michael J. Douglas, and commercials for Midland Records and 20th Century Motors.


4/6/14

WYOO-AM/FM - U100 (980/101.3) - Bus Side Photos - approximately 1975 (provided by Danny Sigelman) - CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE

           


3/30/14

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KSTP-AM (1500) John Hines and Charlie Bush - 1977 - 14 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes commercials for 7-UP and Brookdale Pontiac Honda.


3/30/14

 

 

KDWB-AM (630) - Adam North - 1973 - 21 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

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Includes commercials for Dixie Mobile Homes, Hudson Sports & Travel, Solarcaine, Schell's Beer, Doublemint Gum, Country Club Malt Liquor, JC Penney, Sisters (movie), Twin City Honda, Vega car show Rosedale Center, Melanie at Carnegie Hall record at Musicland,Como Park Apartments, RC Cola, St. Croix Valley Sports, Old Style Beer and Burnsville Burningham Apartments.

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3/30/14

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WYOO-AM/FM - U100 (980/101.3) - Rob Sherwood Saturday Night Show - 1975 - 9 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

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Includes commercials for Pepsi Cola and Alvin Lee & Co. at the St. Paul Civic Center.

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3/30/14

WYOO-AM/FM - U100 (980/101.3) - 1975 Demo


3/23/14

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KDWB-AM (630) - Rob Sherwood - 1973 - 15 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes commercials for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show and Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids at the Minneapolis Armory, Hals Sportswear, Sun Scene '73 Fashion Show, The Godfather (movie), Everynight Shampoo, Zayre Shoppers' City, Coca-Cola (sung by The Fortunes), Atlantis and 7-Up.

KDWB-AM (630) - Rob Sherwood - Live at the Minnesota State Fair - 1973 - 21 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes commercials Merit Chevrolet, Goodman Jewelers, Leon Russell at Parade Stadium, Robinson's Clothing, Coca Cola (sung by the Four Tops), The Hong Kong Cat (movie), Levi's, Pepsi, Orange Crush, Lancer's Warehouse, Donaldson's, Heavy Traffic (movie), United Stores, 7-Up, Turf Club in Houlton, WI and Instant Homes.


3/23/14

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KDWB-AM (630) - Advertising rate cards - June 1, 1972 - PDF File (provided by Danny Sigelman)


3/23/14

WYOO-AM/FM - U100 (980/101.3) - Rob Sherwood & Mesa Kincaid- 1976 - 8 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes commercials for Coca Cola and The Nail Restaurant.

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WYOO-AM/FM - U100 (980/101.3) - Rob Sherwood & Michael J. Douglas - 1976 - 11 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes a commercial for Tenpenney Two Restaurant.


3/23/14

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WYOO-AM/FM - U100 (980/101.3) - Advertising rate cards - October 1, 1974 - PDF File (provided by Danny Sigelman)


3/23/14

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WYOO-AM/FM - U100 (980/101.3) - Newspaper ad- 1975 - PDF File


3/23/14

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WYOO-AM/FM - U100 (980/101.3) - 400,000 Busy Signals Sales Piece - October 1974 - PDF File (provided by Danny Sigelman)


3/23/14

WLOL-FM (99.5) - Music Surveys - PDF Files - (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)


3/1/14

Coverage of the Vietnam War

August 5, 1964 - WCCO-AM (830) - CBS Radio News Special Report: The Crisis in Vietnam - 22 MB

(provided by Bill Lund, Digital on Location, Woodbury, MN)

January 18, 1966 - WCCO-AM (830) - WCCO News Director Jim Bormann and Senator Walter Mondale travel to Vietnam.

Includes interviews with Minnesota soldiers, war battle sounds and more - 25 MB (provided by Bill Lund, Digital on Location, Woodbury, MN)

April 30, 1975 - WCCO-AM (830) - CBS Radio and WCCO news coverage on the fall of Saigon -  3 MB

April 30, 1975 - KFMX-FM (104.1) - NBC Radio newscast on the fall of Saigon - 3 MB

April 30, 1975 - KSTP-TV - NBC Nightly News (audio) - Coverage of the fall of Saigon - 16 MB


In 1975, the Internet did not exist. To hear newscasts/reports from foreign countries, in some cases, a shortwave radio was needed. The following is a rare English language shortwave recording from the Voice of [North] Vietnam as received in Minnesota the day Saigon fell. Plus, a shortwave recording from the BBC. Audio is rough on both recordings, but if you listen closely, you will hear history "as it happened."

Voice of Vietnam announcing the fall and liberation of Saigon - April 30, 1975 - 2 MB

BBC reporting on the fall of Saigon - April 30, 1975 - 5 MB


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