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11/22, 11/23, 11/28/2015


WCCO-AM - 1984

Aired on WCCO-TV

60 Years Strong



Aired on KARE-TV

Boone & Erickson - 1987


Aired on KARE-TV


wcco-am - may 1987 - kare-tv copy.jpg


Aired on KARE-TV



WCCO-AM - 2009

Aired on TPT Almanac

Boone/ Erickson - 50 yrs

WCCO-AM -  Dec. 2010


Charlie Boone Final Show

Report on Charlie Boone

Passing - WCCO-TV

Nov 22, 2015

Report on Charlie Boone

Passing - WCCO-TV

Nov 23, 2015

Report on Charlie Boone

Passing - KARE-TV

Nov 23, 2015

Report on Charlie Boone

Passing - KSTP-TV

Nov 23, 2015

Report on Charlie Boone

Passing - KMSP-TV FOX 9

Nov 23, 2015





Star Tribune

Pioneer Press

Star Tribune Obituary

Stories have also been posted at


Boone and Erickson

Minneapolis Tribune in 1981



It is with sadness that we report that WCCO Radio broadcast legend, Charlie Boone, passed away on Nov. 22, 2015. We will be posting more on Charlie Boone to this website during the next few days. The following recordings aired on WCCO-AM (830).

Boone & Erickson Show Theme Music ("Swing That Music")

Good Morning Song


Charlie Boone & Roger Erickson comedy skits:


Charlie Boone and Joyce Lamont - 5 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)


Charlie Boone & Roger Erickson -  34 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)

Boone & Erickson - From the 1970s and 1980s

Caesar and the Coliseum - 5 MB

Dragnet - 3 MB

Gunsmoke - 3 MB

The Iron Ranger - 1 MB

The Queen and the Intruder - 1 MB

Worst Jokes - 5 MB


Charlie Boone & Roger Erickson Lutefisk Lament - 1980


Charlie Boone interviews former KSTP-TV anchor Ron Magers 19 MB


Charlie Boone & Roger Erickson - Ma Perkins skit - Charlie and Rog crack up in this aircheck - 6 MB  (provided by Todd Kosovich)

October 1987

Minnesota Twins 1987 World Series Victory Parade including Charlie Boone and Roger Erickson broadcasting live from the WCCO Radio van at the front of the parade, Howard Viken, Ruth Koscielak, Herb Carneal, John Gordon, John Rooney, Harmon Killebrew, Bruce Hagevik, Eric Eskola, Jan Jirak, Dean Spratt, John Lundell and others.  #1    #2    #3    #4   (mp3 files range from 26 to 29 MB)


Boone & Erickson - The Iron Ranger skit (The Iron Ranger was a parody on Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich) - 3 MB (provided by Mark Durenberger)


Charlie Boone & Roger Erickson Morning Drive Scoped Demo 5 MB


"Minnesota Hospital" - Live at Minnesota State Fair  5 MB


"Minnesota Hospital" - Live at Farm City Day in Winthrop 6 MB


Final Boone & Erickson Show / Roger Erickson retires - #1 21 MB - #2 31 MB


"Point Of Law" with Charlie Boone - all files approximately 3 MB


Charlie Boone's Final Show - #1   #2  #3   #4   #5   #6  (mp3 files sizes range from 18 to 20 MB)


WCCO Radio Morning News with a news story about Charlie Boone's death, an emotional tribute by Dave Lee, and an interview with former 'CCO Radio morning news reporter, Steve Murphy - 7 MB


WCCO Radio Morning News - Dave Lee interviews former WCCO Radio news reporter, Bruce Hagevik, about Charlie Boone - 4 MB


WCCO Radio John Hines Show with a Charlie Boone audio montage tribute - 12 MB


WCCO Radio John Williams interviews former 'CCO Radio morning news reporter Steve Murphy - 9 MB


KNOW-FM (91.1) Morning Edition with Cathy Wurtzer tribute to Charlie Boone including interviews with Larry Haeg Jr. (former WCCO Assistant Program Director) and Steve Murphy (former WCCO news reporter) - 7 MB


KQRS-FM (92.5) Morning Show with Tom Barnard Tribute to Charlie Boone - 7 MB


KSTP-AM (1500) Joe Soucheray Tribute to Charlie Boone - 9 MB



KTCZ-FM Cities 97 (97.1) - Brian "BT" Turner from June 26, 1997 - 19 MB

(provided by Todd Fairbanks)


KDWB-FM (101.3) - Buck & O'Connor from October 13, 1987, the day after the Minnesota Twins won the American League Championship Series by beating the Detroit Tigers ... with Buck McWilliams, Chris O'Connor and Linda Evans (news) and includes the full version of a "Rev it Up" Twins Baseball tribute - 27 MB (provided by Todd Fairbanks)

Listen to more recordings when the Minnesota Twins won the 1987 World Series and 1991 World Series. Click here.



KQRS-FM (92.5) - KQ Morning Show from October 28, 1991, the day after the Minnesota Twins won the World Series ... with Tom Barnard, Terri Traen, Bob Sansevere, Jeff Passolt, Tony Lee - 20 MB (provided by Todd Fairbanks)

Listen to more recordings when the Minnesota Twins won the 1987 World Series and 1991 World Series. Click here.


Current Photo Dave Malmberg

KEEY-FM (102.1) - "The Swing Years" with Dave Malmberg broadcast on May 17, 1980 - 27 MB

(provided by the family of Raymond and Muriel Harrington)

Includes newscasts by Jim West and Tal Bartell. Plus commercials for Wally McCarthy's Lindahl Olds.



KDWB-FM (101.3) - Chris Edmonds profiled in 1982 (provided by Curt Lundgren)

(click on image to view the video)



WCCO-FM (102.9) - Tim Russell and Carl Lensgraf profiled in 1982 on WCCO-TV's PM Magazine (provided by Curt Lundgren)

(click on image to view the video)


On Tuesday night (July 14), Blackout, a one hour documentary on the July 13, 1977 New York City power blackout, will air on PBS. An audio clip from RadioTapes is included in that program. The blackout plunged seven million city residents into darkness. By the time power was restored, stores and businesses had been looted and burned and thousands had been arrested. Blackout airs at 9 pm in the Twin Cities on TPT. Here is a link to the full CBS Radio News audio clip.


WLOL-FM (99.5) 1987 New Year's Eve Music Montage (edited) - (12/31/1987) This was a popular New Year's feature consisting of

music clips through the decades - 28 MB (provided by Jennifer Foxhoven)

Click here for more Music Montage airchecks.


Alan Stone Recent Photo

KQRS AM/FM (1440 / 92.5) - Alan Stone from June 12, 1973 (20 MB)

Includes newscasts and commercials for the Guthrie Theater, Schell's Beer, Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, Blue Oyster Cult: Tyranny and Mutation album, Grain Belt Beer, and Everynight Shampoo.

List of music played: Yes: And You and I (Live), Taj Mahal: Annie's Lover, Taj Mahal: Happy Just to be Like I am, The Temptations: Masterpiece, Paul McCartney: Live and Let Die, Lighthouse: Sunny Days, Boz Scaggs: Monkey Time, Mike Bloomfield - John Paul Hammond - Dr. John: I Yi Yi, Traffic: You Can All Join In, George Harrison: Don't Let Me Wait Too Long, Faces: Bad 'N' Ruin, Faces: Silicone Grown, Eagles: Twenty-One, Eagles: Out of Control, and Led Zeppelin: Over the Hills and Far Away.



WLOL-FM (99.5) - David Christian - August 8, 1986 - 8 MB (provided by Al Arneson)

Includes commercials for Brainerd International Raceway, California Cooler, Ragstock, Titus MacDuff, A Fine Mess (movie), and Sears,


Recent photo of David Christian posted to the left.


WYOO-AM/FM (U100 - 980 / 101.3) Brother Bob Hall - December 21, 1974 - 5 MB (provided by Mark Hopkins)

Includes commercials for Dynamite (album) from K-Tel, Trident Sugarless Gum, Schick Flexamatic and JC Penney Record Department.

Bob Rivard sent the photos below. When he found the previously posted U100 bus billboard image, he knew he had to have one for his 1977 era HO scale model railroad. Paul reduced the image to exact HO scale. Here it is on his GMC “fishbowl” 4B Johnson-Bryant HO scale bus. 



Randi Kirshbaum taken at her current stations: WCLZ-FM and WPOR-FM in South Portland, ME

KQRS AM/FM (1440 / 92.5) - Randi Kirshbaum from June 10, 1973 (14 MB)

Includes commercials for Pepsi (sung by Ann Duquesnay), The Flame Bar, and Led Zeppelin at the St. Paul Civic Center

List of music played: Jimi Hendrix: Castles Made of Sand, Seals and Crofts: We May Never Pass This Way (Again), Tom Rush: Child's Song, Cat Stevens: On the Road to Find Out, Canned Heat: Framed, Hot Tuna: Hesitation Blues, Doc Watson: Going Down the Road Feeling Bad, Mike Bloomfield - John Paul Hammond - Dr. John: Sho Bout to Drive Me Wild, Ten Year After: Woman Trouble, Bonnie Raitt: Since I Fell for You, George Harrison: That is All, Bonnie Koloc: Charmer, The Allman Brothers Band: Don't Want You No More, The Allman Brothers Band: It's Not My Cross to Bear, Led Zeppelin: Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Led Zeppelin: Over the Hills and Far Away, and Beck & Bogert & Appice: Lady.


KDWB-AM (630) True Don Bleu - June 5, 1976 -14 MB (provided by Bruce Thalhuber)

Includes commercials for Clairol Herbal Essence Shampoo, Schaak Electronics, Dayton's, Coppertone, Pepsi, Schlitz Beer, Sun In, Mudd, Minnesota Dragways, H. Salt Fish & Chips, Spokes and Sports, and White Castle.


KDWB-AM (630) - Bill Gardner (his final show) - December 14, 1973 - #1 16 MB -  #2 12 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes Michael J. Douglas with Weatherball weather and newscast. In addition, commercials for Jim Croce - I Got A Name (album), JC Penney, Beneficial Finance, Neil Diamond: Jonathan Livingston Seagull (album), Listerex, Dial Finance, Isabel Rosé Wine, Northwestern Banks, Surdyk's, Delmonico's House of Stereo, and Genie Garage Door Opener. 




Read more about the May 6, 1965
tornado outbreak - click here

1965 Tornado Coverage Scoped Highlights:  #1 10 MB#2 10 MB

WCCO Radio staff covering the 1965 tornado. Left to Right : Dick Chapman (anchorman), Bob Tibbitts (newsman), Charlie Boone (announcer) and Rob Brown (public service department who took calls). WCCO Radio received numerous awards for their coverage and credited with saving many lives.

Fifty years ago on May 6, 1965, the worst tornadoes in Twin Cities history struck the western and northern metro area. There were five tornadoes in the metro area, with another tornado just to the west in Sibley and McLeod Counties. Four of the tornadoes were rated F4 on the Fujita Scale, one was an F3 and another was an F2. There hasn't been a day since in Minnesota when there were four F4 tornadoes in a single day. Thirteen people were killed and 683 were injured.

Listen to five hours of continuous and dramatic coverage below!

WCCO-AM (830) – Coverage of the Twin Cities tornado outbreak from 7:10 pm to 12:12 am with Charlie Boone, Dick Chapman, Chuck Lilligren and others: #1 - #2 - #3 - #4 - #5 - #6 - #7 - #8 - #9  (mp3 files range 21 to 40 MB)


KSTP-FM (94.5 - KS95) Pat McKeever - August 8, 1986 - 8 MB (provided by Al Arneson)

Includes commercials for The Connection, Canterbury Downs, United Stores., and Primary Mental Health Care.


Photo credit: Twin Cities Radio People (Past and Present)

KQRS AM/FM (1440 / 92.5) - Brian McNee from June 9, 1973. 23 MB

Also includes Randi Kirshbaum providing a list of “what’s going on” events at the end of the recording. 


Commercials: Dayton’s Super Sound Sale, Grain Belt Beer, Schell’s Beer, Schell’s Beer, Everynight Shampoo, Sons of Champlin - Welcome to the Dance (album), Northwestern Bell, Guthrie Theater, Delmonico’s House of Stereo, Grain Belt Beer, and Jethro Tull at the Met Sports Center (tickets $4.50/$5.50/$6.50).

List of music played: Taj Mahal: Going Up to the Country Paint My Mailbox Blue, Paul McCartney: Medley – Hold Me Tight/Lazy Dynamite/Hands Of Love/Power Cut, Traffic: Rock ‘N’ Roll Stew, Rick Bloomfield & John Paul Hammond & Dr. John: Last Night, Seals and Crofts: We May Never Pass This Way (Again), John Prine: Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You into Heaven Anymore, Cat Stevens: Heard Headed Woman, William Russo / Corky Siegel / Seiji Ozawa and the San Francisco Symphony: Russo Three Pieces for Blues Band and Symphony, Tom Rush: Kids These Days, and Peter Frampton: All Night Long.


KDWB AM/FM (630 / 101.3) True Don Bleu - 1976 - 8 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes commercials for Rudy Luther's Hansord Pontiac, Ronco's "I Love Music" album, Froggies Family Restaurant, WCCO-TV The Scene Tonight, Texas Sweet Grapefruit and Midwest Federal.



File sizes listed next to the airchecks are approximate and have been rounded.

All of us involved with are pleased to have the opportunity to highlight so many great Twin Cities radio stations and personalities, past and present. We are occasionally contacted about donations to this website. As mentioned above, we are always looking for more airchecks. As for monetary donations, we prefer that they be given to the the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting. Located in St. Louis Park, MN, the Museum houses one of the world's finest collections of antique radio, television, and broadcast equipment and also provides educational seminars and workshops for children and adults. We encourage you to visit their website, or better yet, stop by and tour this magnificant museum. This website is not operated by the Museum of Broadcasting – we are just fans of the museum.

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