Remembering Steve Cannon (1928-2009)

For airchecks, videos, newspaper links and more (click here)


WCCO Radio Tornado and Severe Weather coverage airchecks (click here)


Remembering Dark Star / George Chapple (1946-2012). For airchecks, videos and more (click here)  

Remembering Dick Chapman (1931-2015). For airchecks, and more, including many "Honest to Goodness" shows (click here)


Remembering Joyce Lamont (1916-2014). For airchecks, and more (click here)   Learn more about WCCO Radio broadcasters who have been inducted into the MN Broadcasting Hall of Fame on the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting website




WLAG-AM (720 kHz) The earliest recording of a program known to be carried by a Twin Cities station, "The National Defense Day Program". 

The program begins with a reading of a list of stations in the "chain" and thereby contains the only known recording of someone saying "WLAG Minneapolis" that was actually broadcast over WLAG.  WLAG had left the air on July 31, 1924.  This defense day broadcast was a really big deal in the USA that day, so the parties negotiating the funding and founding of WCCO (out of the ashes of WLAG) agreed to put station WLAG back on the air for this one night so that the station could join this early coast to coast experiment. 3 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)

1926 and 1929


Wheaties Quartet - One of the first singing commercials (both mp3 files less than 1 MB each):

1926 version

1929 version



Gophers vs Michigan play-by-play (recreation) (provided by Mark Durenberger)



St. Paul Winter Carnival Coronation Radio Broadcast  (810 kHz) 20 MB


WCCO-AM (830) - As heard on WCCO Radio, CBS Radio live coverage of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler's speech from

Berlin Sportspalats before 15,000 cheering attendees demanding that Czechoslovakia hand over Sudeten territory to Germany as broadcast on September 29, 1938. Includes translation and analysis by H.V. Kaltenborn, a brief speech segment by Joseph Goebbels, and a WCCO Radio station ID during part six. This recently discovered historical recording is one of the most complete of this speech known. #1  #2  #3  #4  #5  #6 (mp3 files from 14-16 MB) (provided by Bill Lund, Digital on Location, Woodbury, MN)

In honor of those who perished during WWII, here is a link to the United States Holocaust Memoriam Museum.


Attack on Pearl Harbor including WCCO ID announcements 17 MB


Sportscast with Halsey Hall - 1 MB (provided by Mark Durenberger)


WCCO's Paul Wann reads a flash and bulletin announcing the death of President Franklin Roosevelt  .5 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)


"School of the Air" program produced by CBS Radio/WCCO Radio featuring students from Minneapolis West High School discussing

"Is World Organization Possible?". This program aired eight days after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 10 days before the death of Adolf Hitler and 18 days before the surrender of Nazi Germany. The recording ends with a WCCO Radio ID and a live commercial for Bulova watches. (8 MB). Note:  The recording audio quality is poor.


WCCO-AM (830) - Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey reading the newspaper comics from the Minneapolis Tribune during the 

"Stay At Home" campaign during a polio outbreak. Frank Butler hosts the show with music by Toby Prin. Humphrey's children, Skip and Nancy, also appear on the show. 21 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)  FYI: The Minnesota State Fair was cancelled that year due to outbreak of polio.  The Star Tribune has published a story about this broadcast including photos:  www.startribune.com/local/blogs/116452338.html


Bernie Bierman Football Show - sponsored by Juster Brothers Clothing - including Gopher Football coach Bernie Bierman, Halsey Hall,

Babe LeVoir, Paul Wann, Ed Viehman and music provided by Toby Prin and the Juster Cheerleaders -  #1 13MB    #2 12 MB


TCF Gopher Football "Touchdown Time" pre-game show (prior to the Gopher-Purdue game) including Halsey Hall, Babe LeVoir and

Paul Wann along with music by Burt Hanson and the Wally Olson Orchestra. Halsey announces the Gopher lineup including Bud Grant (who later became head coach of the Minnesota Vikings) and Verne Gagne (who later became a professional wrestler and owner/promoter of the American Wrestling Association).  #1  #2  (14 MB each)


"Stairway to Stardom" with Cedric Adams, Frank Butler and local contestants - #1  #2  (14 MB each)


Bob DeHaven's "Our Own Bob" show broadcast from the Our Own Hardware store in Little Falls, MN - 12 MB


Schmidt's City Club with Clellan Card, Ed Viehman, Mary Davies, Tony Grise, City Club Orchestra with Wally Olson and more - 7 MB


Gopher Football (vs. Michigan) play-by-play (3rd quarter) with Halsey Hall - 12 MB


Cedric Adams Memory Time Show - 9 MB


People and Events of 1949 - 10 MB


Cedric Adams Production Room Bloopers  7 MB (contains adult language)


Cedric Adams - "Phone Call Bits" -  Sewer 5 MB - Taxes 6 MB

Early 1950s

"Your Home Town" with Cedric Adams profiling the city of Slayton, MN - #1   #2  (both 14 MB)


Schmidt's City Club with Clellan Card, Frank Butler, Mary Davies, City Club Band and more - 7 MB


   Schmidt's City Club with Clellan Card with Frank Butler, Tony Grise, Mary Davies, Velvetones, Wally Olson Orchestra and more

                  #1 6 MB - #2 10 MB (thanks to Todd Kosovich for the Schmidt's City Club image)


Robin Hood Saturday Night Party - #1 14 MB - #2 15 MB


Melody Matinee including commercials - 7 MB


"Cedric Adams Fast Five" - Cedric's weekday five minute feature broadcast over the CBS Radio  Network - 1 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)


Cedric Adams interviews Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin - 7 MB


Cedric Adams - I'll Never Forget - 13 MB

July 1953

WCCO Aquatennial Show broadcast with Cedric Adams, Bob DeHaven, Clellan Card, Victor Borge, George Jessel, The McGuire Sisters,

Jeanne Arland, Tony Grise, Joan Iden, Minneapolis Choraliers, Wally Olson and more.  #1  #2  #3  #4  #5  #6  #7  #8  #9  (files from 8 to 13 MB)



Good Neighbor Time show broadcast from 1954 with Bob DeHaven, Maynard Speece, plus music by the Wally Olson Orchestra and

The Red River Valley Gang, and more - 21 MB


Saturday Night Party and Talent Parade with Jack Huston - 9 MB

July 1954

WCCO Aquatennial Show broadcast with Cedric Adams, Bob DeHaven, Art Linkletter, Jack Carson, Helen O'Connell, Ramona Gerhardt,

Minneapolis Choraliers, Wally Olson and more.  #1  #2  #3  #4  #5  #6  #7  #8  #9   (files from 9 to 15 MB)


"Sunrise Salute" with Allen Gray including newscast, conversation, music, etc. - 9 MB (Note: audio is a bit rough)


30th Anniversary Broadcast - #1 17 MB - #2 18 MB - #3 16 MB - #4 15 MB

Excerpt from 30th Anniversary Broadcast  4 MB


"Good Neighbor Time" - Bob DeHaven - 9 MB (provided by Aaron Mintz)


WCCO Aquatennial Show broadcast with Cedric Adams, Bob DeHaven, Bob Crosby (brother of Bing Crosby), Jan Murray (who was host of the

television game show "Dollar A Second"), Guy Mitchell and much more.  #1  #2  #3  #4 (files range from 14 to 17 MB)


First Bank Notes with Joyce Lamont and Ed Viehman 4 MB - Recording is scratchy

January 1956

WCCO Winter Carnival Broadcast from 1956 with Cedric Adams, Bob DeHaven, Johnny Carson, Steve Lawrence, Warren Hull (host of the CBS

television show "Strike it Rich") Richard Hayman, Mindy Carson, The Red River Band, Burt Hanson and others.   #1  #2  #3  #4  #5  #6  #7  #8   (files sizes 6-10 MB - audio is a bit rough at times due to the poor condition of the transcription records



Ernie Martz with "Accent on Music" including 1:05 am sign-off - 14 MB (provided by Ernie Martz)


Open Mic Program - Listeners call in message to be later played on Russian radio - 2 MB




CBS Radio coverage of the flight of Freedom 7 piloted by Alan Shepard, the United States first manned mission

into space.   #1    #2  - 12 MB each (provided by Todd Kosovich)

The flight of Freedom 7 lasted 15 minutes, 22 seconds and the spacecraft traveled 302 miles from its launch point.


CBS Radio - CBS World News Roundup - Pre-Cuban Missile Coverage - Reports that President Kennedy and officials are planning something big

today. “Extraordinary peace time secrecy shrouds this city.”  There will be a major announcement sometime today.  A lot of rumors and wonder:  Is it Cuba?  Is it Berlin?  Emergency Construction crews are working around the clock at Key West Florida.  Service men are flooding into the city.  Control Tower built and made working in one day! - 3 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)


Aircheck starts with a Halsey Hall sportscast followed by a Franklin Hobbs (Hobbs House) remote broadcast from Wisconsin State College in

River Falls (with great cheers from the students who came out to dance to the music Franklin was playing) lots of commercials and a WCCO Radio newscast. 24 MB (provided by Mark Durenberger)


WCCO Radio coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy - Click Here


Honest to Goodness special "clear channel" coast-to-coast broadcast with Dick Chapman and Randy Merriman 13MB (by Mark Durenberger)


Arthur Godfrey Show from Minneapolis Leamington Hotel with Charlie Boone, Roger Erickson and Howard Viken - #1 17 MB - #2 12 MB

(provided by Donald Dornberg)


Portions of a raw tape recorded by then WCCO General Manager Larry Haeg Sr. interviewing former 'CCO Radio GM Earl Gammons about the

early years at WLAG-AM / WCCO-AM. Mr. Haeg was off microphone but can still be heard asking the questions. 10 MB (provided by the Library of American Broadcasting, University of Maryland - thanks to Mark Durenberger for enhancing the audio)


Charlie Boone & Roger Erickson comedy skits:

October 1964

40th Anniversary Special - #1 15 MB  -  #2 17 MB

October 1964

40th Anniversary Broadcast - Radio Voices of the Past - #1 18 MB  -  #2 15 MB


Honest to Goodness  - 13 MB (provided by Mark Durenberger)


Honest to Goodness with Dick Chapman and Randy Merriman - 8 MB (provided by Larry Haeg, Jr.)


Halsey Hall Minnesota Twins play-by-play - 1 MB


Twins win the Pennant - interviews with Twins players in the club house by Halsey Hall - 4 MB


Farm City Day broadcast from Lake City, MN including Maynard Speece, Roger Erickson, Howard Viken, Joyce Lamont, Jergen Nash and

Jim Hill - #1   #2   #3   #4   #5   #6  (mp3 files range from 24-31 MB) - (provided by James Schrimpf)

The above recording features many vintage commercials (which we have also isolated) including (approx. 1 MB each):

Anacin     Camel Cigarettes     Camel Cigarettes     Copenhagen Tobacco     Corn Huskers Lotion     Fresh and Air Humidifiers

Gleem Toothpaste     Great Northern Train     Local Florists     Lucky Strikes Cigarettes     Mustang     Mustang

Northwestern National Bank ("May We Help You Today")     O'Brien Paints     Pall Mall Cigarettes     Pure Oil     Sara Lee     Southdale

True Cigarettes     True Cigarettes     United Airlines ("Fly the Friendly Skies")     Vantage Watches  


Aircheck of Bob DeHaven with the Standard Oil News Roundup, Paul Giel with the sports and Roger Erickson - 6 MB - (by Mark Durenberger)


WCCO-AM (830) - CBS Radio coverage of Super Bowl I (opening and closing). The First AFL-NFL World Championship

Game in professional football was played on January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The National Football League champion Green Bay Packers defeated the American Football League champion Kansas City Chiefs by the score of 35–10. Audio quality is poor, but we thought this would still be of interest. - 8 MB


Noon Hour - #1 22 MB - #2 25 MB (provided by Bob Rivard)


WCCO and CBS Radio breaking news coverage of the Apollo 1 tragedy. A cabin fire during a launch pad test at

Cape Canaveral killed all three crew members: Command Pilot Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee. Includes a Winston cigarette commercial - 11 MB

April-June 1968

Coverage of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Click Here


An extensive collection of airchecks covering the shooting, death, funeral mass and more of Senator Robert F. Kennedy - Click Here


CBS Radio coverage of the Republican National Convention roll call to Richard Nixon's nomination - 25 MB (by Stuart Held)

July 1969

Coverage of the launch, moon landing, first steps on the moon of Apollo 11 - Click Here

November 1969

Coverage of Apollo 12 - Click Here


Sales demo sample tape - 15 MB (provided by Mark Durenberger)

April 1970

Coverage of Apollo 13 - Click Here



Party Line with Charlie Boone, Roger Erickson & Hubert Humphrey - #1 14 MB - #2 20 MB


Sales Demo -   #1 10 MB      #2 11 MB

October 1974

50th Anniversary Broadcast - #1 22 MB - #2 24 MB - #3 25 MB - #4 23 MB


Fall of Saigon CBS Radio and WCCO Radio news coverage on the fall of Saigon -  3 MB


President Ford assassination attempt - CBS Radio Net Alert 2 MB  -  CBS Radio Special Report 8 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)


CBS Radio News: Jimmy Carter wins presidential election -  2 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)


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


Coverage of the death of Elvis Presley as the news broke on during the Cannon Mess with Steve Cannon including Dan Hertsgaard, Jergen Nash,

Dick Chapman, Bill Diehl and CBS Radio. Recording also includes a CBS Radio newscast and "Newsbreak with Charles Osgood" feature that aired the following morning - 23 MB


CBS Radio 50th anniversary special (portion) and WCCO Nighttime News with Dan Hertsgaard including a report from WCCO Government

Correspondent Arv Johnson - 25 MB (provided by Brian Carlson)


Announcement of the death of Halsey Hall with Bill Diehl interviews with Calvin Griffith, Paul Giel, Charlie Johnson, Rollie Johnson and Dr. E.W. Ziebarth.  #1 28 MB  - #2 28 MB (provided by Bill Lund, Digital on Location, Woodbury, MN)



Coverage of the death of Halsey Hall with Dan Hertsgaard interviewing Allen Gray (provided by Bill Lund, Digital on Location, Woodbury, MN)



Charlie Boone & Roger Erickson - #1 26 MB - #2 34 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)

January 1978

Death Coverage of Hubert Humphrey (click here)


Aircheck from from 7-8:30 am with the CBS World News Roundup and WCCO Radio news with Howard Viken, Dick Chapman and Jergen

Nash. Sports with Ray Christensen and weather and more with Glen Olson. Howard Viken show during the final 30 minutes with news with Glen Olson and special events with Joyce Lamont. #1 23 MB - #2 20 MB - #3 21 MB - #4 17 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Includes commercials for Northwest Orient Airlines, Toro, Twin City Federal, Minnegasco, Standard Oil, Amoco, 3M Secretary 2 Copier, Minneapolis Star Newspaper, Dayton’s, Ray Eliot Buick, NSP, Western Airlines, Kline Oldsmobile, First Banks, Rosemount Inc., AC Spark Plugs, Pennzoil, Firestone, Yoplait Yogurt, Northwestern Banks, Peterson Pontiac, North Central Airlines and Nature Valley Granola Bars.

Includes commercials for Northwest Orient Airlines

October 1979

Airchecks during announcer/engineer strike. Station managers, sales people, etc. took over airshifts - 10 MB

Star Tribune article on IBEW strike - (provided by Curt Lundgren)


Announcement by Jon Quick and station VP and General Manager Phil Lewis that the 28 day IBEW strike had ended and engineers and

announcers would be returning to work - 2 MB


Joe McFarlin and Franklin Hobbs  11 MB (provided by Tom Oszman)


"Real Radio Story" Sales Demo  8 MB


"Real Radio" programming demo - 9 MB

January 1981

Curt Beckmann (News Director) talks with Bruce Laingen shortly after the release of Americans held hostage in Iran - 7 MB


March 30-31, 1981

WCCO/CBS Radio coverage of the shooting/assassination attempt on President Reagan - Click Here


CBS Radio breaking news coverage of the shooting/assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II - Reid Collins 6 MB  -  Richard C Hottelet 4 MB - 

Reid Collins 9 MB



CBS breaking news coverage on the death of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat - 11 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)



Final Minnesota Vikings game at Met Vikings (vs Chiefs) with final minute of play-by-play with Ray Scott and Stu Voigt followed by 30 minutes

of the Vikings Feedback (post-game show) with Bill Diehl, Paul Flatley, Paul Giel and Dick Enroth - 29 MB (provided by Kurt Rosselit)


April-May 1982

Extensive collection of CBS Radio newscasts covering the Falklands War - Click Here


Farm City Day broadcast from Hutchinson, MN including Roger Erickson, Chuck Lilligren, Curt Zimmerman, Bill Endersen, Dean Spratt,

Denny Long, Joyce Lamont, Ray Christensen and others including Sid Hartman interviewing Minnesota Vikings head coach, Bud Grant - #1   #2   #3   #4   #5   #6  (mp3 files range 21-28 MB)



Breaking and continuous news coverage of the 1982 Minneapolis Thanksgiving Day fire that destroyed the 16-story

headquarters of Northwestern National Bank (now Wells Fargo) and the vacant, partially demolished location formerly occupied by Donaldson's department store. Includes Steve Cannon, Rich Holter, Dan Hertsgaard, Jim Rogers and Joe McFarlin

#1 7 MB  -  #2 7 MB  -  #3 7 MB  -  #4 9 MB.


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


Sign-Off Announcement  .5 MB


CBS Radio breaking newscasts of the Beirut barracks bombing resulting in 241 American servicemen deaths- 19 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)



Staff photo taken in 1984 celebrating WCCO's Steve Murphy winning a George Foster Peabody Award for a series of special reports he wrote and produced titled "Debbie Pielow: Waiting for a Heart that Never Came."

Debbie Pielow: Waiting for a Heart that Never Came - Murphy's Peabody Award winnng reports (1983) 10 MB   

Peabody Award News Release - PDF

Back row: Larry Haeg, Karin Mengar-Davis, Howard Viken, Dick Monn and Chuck Lilligren. Front/middle rows: By Napier, Jerry Miller, Barb Piazza, Clayt Kaufman, Bruce Hagevik, Gordon Mikkelson, Steve Murphy, ?, Tom Gavaras, Curt Beckmann, ? (partial face), Betty Hammond, Sue Frase, Judy Thorpe, Maureen Mulvaney, Linda Paulson, ?, and Steve Woodbury.


Morning show with Chuck Lilligren. A CBS Net Alert bulletin breaks in at 17:40 announcing the death of Russian leader Yori Andropov. 19 MB

(provided by Todd Kosovich)


Coverage of the first launch of space shuttle Discovery along with regular WCCO Radio programming with Chuck Lilligren, Roger Erickson,

Bill Farmer, Bill Endersen, Dick Chapman, Howard Viken and others. -   #1 8 MB   #2 18 MB   #3 18 MB  #4 8 MB.  Plus, ABC Radio's coverage of the launch with Bob Walker and Vic Ratner - 8 MB.  (All provided by Todd Kosovich)

October 1984

60th Anniversary Broadcast - #1 15 MB  -  #2 16 MB

October 2, 1984

WCCO Radio celebrated its 60th anniversary with a special gala honoring 60 "Distinguished Good Neighbors" - one designated for each year

the station had been on the air from 1924 to 1984. Appearing at the event included many of the honored individuals and/or their families, WCCO Radio personalities, Charles Osgood, Harry Reasoner, the president of CBS Broadcasting Gene Jankowski, and local dignitaries. Event Program (PDF) - Speech by Jergen Nash (8 MB) about what makes WCCO Radio special and a closing speech by Charles Osgood (8 MB).


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


WCCO Radio/CBS Radio Election Night Coverage - President Ronald Reagan defeats Walter Mondale in a landslide, Senator Rudy Boschwitz

defeats Joan Growe and more.   #1     #2    #3   (each aircheck 22 MB) (provided by Todd Kosovich)


Jim Rogers - 11 MB (provided by David Ocar)


Paul Stagg, Joyce Lamont, Bill Diehl - 31 MB (provided by David Ocar)


Howard Viken - 27 MB (provided by David Ocar)


Coverage Of The Challenger Shuttle Disaster - Click Here

October 1987

Minnesota Twins 1987 World Series celebration coverage - Click Here


CBS Radio - Douglas Edwards' final hourly news broadcast - 6 MB


Charlie Boone & Roger Erickson Morning Drive Show Scoped Demo  4 MB


Brad Nessler with Minnesota Vikings play-by-play highlights from the 1988 and 1989 seasons - 2 MB


Tom Bodett - The End of the Road  - Old Log Theater

#1 17 MB - #2 13 MB - #3 15 MB - #4 18 MB - #5 15 MB

This show was recorded at the Old Log Theater (near Minneapolis) in 1989 starring Tom Bodett and Johnny B along with special guests including WCCO Radio's Boone and Erickson. In addition to hearing the show as it was broadcast nationally, you will also hear the interaction and dialog with the audience before the show started and between the segments that radio listeners never heard including retakes, audience instructions, recording of show promo, off-air performances and much more. Radiotapes has been granted permission by Tom Bodett to post this copyrighted recording.


Sports Programming demo - 2 MB


Tiananmen Square protest coverage from CBS Radio and WCCO Radio's Rich Holter, Denny Long and guests - #1 (19 MB) - #2 (16 MB) - #3 (10 MB)


CBS Radio World News Roundup and WCCO Radio's coverage of the fall of the Berlin wall - 14 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)


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


WCCO-AM (830) "Moscow to Minnesota" with coverage of the visit to Minnesota by Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev including

Ruth Koscielak, Roger Erickson, Dimitri Simes, Eric Eskola, Steve Murphy, Bruce Hagevik, Jan Jirak, Mark Ginther and Mary Ann Rentas.   #1 21 MB - #2 17 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)

Includes commercials for Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Quality Lincoln Mercury, Fuller O'Brien Paint, Delta Faucets, Thompson Oak Furniture, Blaine Dodge, Minnesota Beef Council, Dermoplast Pain Relieving Spray, Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly, and Flintstones Vitamins.


Coverage of the start of Operation Desert Storm - Click Here


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

October 1991

Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series celebration coverage - Click Here


Timothy D. Kehr on the Denny Long Show - 8 MB (provided by Dave Olson)

Timothy D. Kehr has passed away in September 2013. In the mid 1960s, Kehr produced “Liar, Liar,” by the Castaways (Billboard #12). He also arranged and produced “Nowhere to Run” By the More-Tishans, secured recording contracts for Crow (“Evil Woman Don’t Play Your Games With Me”), Northern Light (“Minnesota”) and others. Kehr managed two music publications: the Music Scene and the Insider. In 1967 and '68, Kehr wrote the column "Musically Yours" for the local TV Digest. From 1968-1980, Kehr worked for Columbia and Epic Records, Motown, 20th Century, and Polydor. During this time, Billboard Magazine named him executive of the year 1972 Through 1978. In 1980, Kehr left the record business to open his own advertising agency in the Twin Cities. Kehr also developed himself as a local television personality as a host of late night television from 1976-1986. In 2010, Kehr broadcast the True Oldies Christmas Show on WDGY-AM.


Tim Russell's Final Show (first time) - 5 MB (provided by Keith Schad) - Note: Aircheck has some technical problems.

March 1993

Phil Hendrie Show - 7 MB

March 1993

Tribune to Jergen Nash aired shortly before his death - 24 MB (provided by Brian Carlson)


Phil Hendrie's - First show on WCCO-AM on March 25, 1993 - #1 21 MB - #2 22 MB - #3 27 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)


Phil Hendrie - A rare show when Phil explains and re-introduces his characters due to criticism and misunderstanding by station listeners

#1 20 MB - #2 20 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)


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


Phil Hendrie - More than 3 Hours!  #1 37 MB  #2 25 MB  #3 29 MB  #4 22 MB  #5 25 MB  #6 27 MB - (provided by Anthony Thompson)


Phil Hendrie Final Show on WCCO Radio - #1   #2   #3   #4  #5   #6 (14 to 28 MB) (provided by Don Roux)


WCCO Radio/CBS Radio coverage of the O.J. Simpson Bronco Chase - #1 19 MB - #2 26 MB - #3 23 MB


Wes Minter - Promo/contest tape - 6 MB (provided by Irwin "Irv" Schreiner)


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


Tim Russell - 14 MB (provided by Al Arneson)


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



Coverage of New Years midnight as 1999 turned into 2000 2 MB (provided by Brian Keenan)


Coverage of the attacks on 9/11 - Click Here 


Coverage of the death of Paul Wellstone 10 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)


Coverage of the capture of former Iraq leader, Saddam Hussein

  • CBS Radio/WCCO News  #1  26 MB  #2  26 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)
  • Jack Rice and Eric Eskola. - 25 MB (provided by Mark Durenberger)


35W Bridge Collapse Coverage - Click Here


Barack Obama wins presidential election - CBS Radio/WCCO Radio coverage - 4 MB


Coverage of the death of Michael Jackson - Click Here


Coverage of the reporting of the death of Walter Cronkite by WCCO Radio's Jeff McKinney, Mike Max and CBS Radio - 9 MB


Shootings at Fort Hood - Starting with the news breaking on WCCO Radio followed by CBS Radio reports throughout the afternoon - 20 MB


Breaking news coverage of the verdict announcement in the Tom Petters trial - 16 MB


Final Minutes of the last Don Shelby Show - 5MB

1/12 to 1/18/2010

WCCO Radio/CBS Radio Haiti earthquake coverage starting when the news first broke on 1/12 followed by reports that aired later that day

and the following six days:  1/12/2010  1/13/2010  1/14/2010  1/15/2010  1/16/2010  1/17/2010  1/18/2010 (mp3 files range from 1 to 6 MB)


CBS Radio news coverage of the death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others including dozens of Poland's military, political

and religious leaders - 2 MB.  Plus, coverage from the English language service of Polish Radio (4/10/2010) 11 MB


Excerpts from Eric Eskola's final day including Dave Lee, Sid Hartman, Governor Tim Pawlenty, Bruce Hagevik, Steve Murphy, Telly Mamayek,

John Rash and Cathy Wurzer - 21 MB


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

     Coverage on WCCO-TV and KARE-TV:

May 2011



WCCO-AM (830) - Harmon Killebrew obituary with Dave Lee (2011) - 6 MB


CBS Radio coverage of the final launch of the space shuttle Atlantis - 7 MB


Coverage of the landing of the of the space shuttle Atlantis






WCCO-AM (830) - Tribute to Eleanor Mondale by Susie Jones (9/17/2011) - 4 MB


WCCO-AM (830) - News & Views segment featuring Eleanor Mondale hosted by Susie Jones including the above tribute and comments from current/former WCCO staff and listeners #1 20 MB - #2 13 MB (9/18/2011)


Television Coverage:  WCCO-TV    KARE-TV    KMSP-TV     KSTP-TV              Newspaper Coverage:  Star Tribune     Pioneer Press


DNR Loon Nongame Podcast with Eleanor Mondale (9/3/2010) - 1 MB

More airchecks of Eleanor Mondale are posted on the WLOL page.




Breaking news coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act including

the first reports and speeches by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Obama. - 25 MB


Breaking news coverage of the shootings in Aurora, Colorado as broadcast on July 20, 2012 between 3-7 am central time

including CBS Newscasts and special reports, coverage on Overnight America with John Grayson, WCCO Radio newscasts, etc. 24 MB


Breaking news coverage of the mass shootings at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis including Adam Carter,

Daphne Adato, Edgar Linares, Susie Jones, John Hines plus reports on CBS Radio newscasts and simulcast coverage from WCCO-TV including Bill Hudson. - 20 MB



WCCO and CBS Radio coverage that President Obama has won re-election - 6 MB


Tribute to Steve Murphy, WCCO Radio news journalist and managing editor, on his retirement - #1  (14 MB)  - #2  (16 MB)

Appearing: Mick Anselmo, Charlie Boone, Adam Carter, Steve Enck, Roger Erickson, Eric Eskola, Bruce Hagevik, John Hines, Susie Jones, Denny Long, Mike Lynch, Telly Mamayek, Steve Murphy, Tim Russell, John Williams.



Halsey Hall Bloopers - 3 MB


Sign Off - 1 MB (provided by Mark Durenberger)


How the Vikings Came to Minnesota by Charlie Boone & Roger Erickson - 3 MB


Clellan Card (undated) - 2 MB (Provided by Todd Kosovich)


Jergen Nash - 2 MB


Boone & Erickson - Minnesota Hospital - live from New Ulm, MN - 5 MB (provided by Mark Durenberger)


Boone & Erickson Show - Dragnet - 3 MB (provided by Mark Durenberger)

WCCO-AM (830) - Charlie Boone and Roger Erickson

Comedy bits from the 1970s through 1990s (provided by Charlie Boone)

Britons reflecting on Americans

Buckingham Palace Hotel

Father Francis Mulcahy


John Houseman gives Boone & Erickson interview coaching

Martha Stewartville Christmas Special

Minnesota Hospital from New Ulm (July 12, 1997)

President Reagan

Send in the Plows

"Sid the Musical" from the Minnesota State Fair

The "Jimmy" Carter Family



Mark Durenberger

Jerry Miller

1996 and 2001

An "audio tour" of WCCO's Coon Rapids transmitter plant with Mark Durenberger and former WCCO Radio Chief Engineer Jerry Miller (2001) -  27 MB (provided by Mark Durenberger).  Plus, an aircheck of Jerry Miller with Steve Cannon talking about Jerry's retirement from WCCO Radio (July 1996) - 9 MB

WCCO-AM (830) - Show Opening Theme Music


CBS RADIO - News Hourly Sounders

WCCO-AM (830) / CBS Radio - CBS Radio recordings (provided by Jeff Miller) - All clips <1 MB unless specified

  • 4/17/60         - CBS News broadcast sponsored by Chevrolet
  • 7/13/68         - CBS News Morning report intro
  • 1970             - Douglas Edwards CBS Radio newscast
  • 11/14/1970    - Richard C. Hottelet CBS newscast on Marshall University (Huntington, WV) airplane crash
  • 6/18/1973      - CBS World News Roundup with Dallas Townsend
  • 9/8/1974        - CBS Radio Newscast on the pardoning of Richard Nixon by Gerald Ford
  • 5/14/1976      - Lowell Thomas' last broadcast on CBS Radio - 5 MB
  • 7/13/1977      - CBS Radio Net Alert on New York City Blackout

Holiday Airchecks


CBS Radio - Newsmark:  50th Anniversary of the CBS Radio World News Roundup

Klaxon Weather Sounder

WCCO-AM Klaxon as it sounded in 1965 (used for more than two decades afterwards)

WCCO-AM Klaxon as heard during severe weather coverage on June 25, 2010

(KQRS-FM Klaxon Parody - Undated)





News Hourly Sounder 


Jingles - 4 MB


"Real Radio"   Full Vocal   -   Instrumental


"60 Years Strong"  Full Vocal   -   Instrumental

Mid 1980s

"Welcome to the Real World"   Full Vocal   -   Instrumental


"Turn to a Friend" jingles: Full Vocal (long version)   -   Instrumental (long version)   -   Soft Full Vocal   -   Soft Instrumental   -   R&B Full Vocal

R&B Instrumental   -   Rock Full Vocal   -   Rock Instrumental   -   Pop Full Vocal   -   Pop Instrumental   -   Promo Bed Music

News Jingle/Sounder   -   Weather Jingle/Sounder   -   Traffic Jingle/Sounder   -   Sports Promo Music  

Early 1990s

News You Want People You Know Jingles


Minnesota's 830 Jingles - 5 MB (provided by David Ocar)




WCCO-AM (720 -- frequency the station used in the 1920s) - Verification Card mailed in 1925 - JPEG File


WLAG-AM (720 AM)

1924 *

      WCCO-AM (720 kHz)

Radio Digest 4/25/1925


WCCO (720 AM)

Mid 1920s


WCCO (810 AM)

1929 *

WCCO-AM (810 kHz)

Newspaper ad (approx. 1930)

(provided by Mark Durenberger)

WCCO (810 AM)  


WCCO (810 AM)


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WCCO-AM (830AM) 

25th Anniversary - 1949


WCCO-AM (830 AM)

1950s Cedric Adams

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WCCO-AM (830 AM)

30th Anniversary - 1954


WCCO Radio (830 AM)

News Parade

August 1952

August 1953

August 1954

August 1955

August 1956

August 1957

September 1958

WCCO Radio (830 AM)

Illustrated programming guide


WCCO Radio (830 AM)


WCCO-AM (830 AM)

Program Brochures

(MN State Fair 1970 or 1971)



(Star Tribune mention)

WCCO Radio (830)

Star Tribune Article on IBEW Strike - 1979

WCCO-AM (830 AM)

1968 *

WCCO Radio (830 AM)

Rate Card - 1977

WCCO-AM (830 AM)

Program Brochures

(MN State Fair)







** = Provided by David Ocar

WCCO-AM (830 AM)

Program Brochures

(MN State Fair)





** = Provided by David Ocar

* = Provided by the Committee to Preserve Radio Verifications             


CBS Radio - The Magic of Radio Transmission (approx. 1940) - PDF File - 13 MB

PDF file best viewed if you "right click" the file and save to your computer.

"Calling All Women" studio ticket (3/28/1945) - JPEG File

A Content Analysis of WCCO Radio during 1967 - Master's Thesis (120 Pages) - 9 MB PDF


WCCO-AM (830) - An article from the April 1969 issue of Greater Minneapolis magazine, which was published by the Chamber

of Commerce. A script of WCCO Radio's Charlie Boone and Roger Erickson at the 1969 Mid-Winter Baseball Banquet predicting what the Twins opener would be like ten years in the future in 1979. (provided by Jeff R. Lonto) - PDF file




1971 magazine ad promoting Minnesota North Star play-by-play broadcasts (3/14/1971) PDF File. (provided by Brian Carlson)


Article about Charlie Boone and Roger Erickson

Minneapolis Tribune in 1981 - 3 MB PDF


Article "Tapping the Strengths of WCCO" (9/14/1984) PDF (provided by David Ocar)


Welcome to the Real World "Evolution of Modern Man" magazine ad (approx. 1985) 1 MB PDF


Newspaper Ads - 1987:  #1  #2   - 1988:  #1  #2  PDF Files





WCCO-AM (830) - Oversized Marketing piece from 1988 with detailed programming listing (measuring 28"x 21"). 

PDF file.  Note: You will need to zoom in to read the copy.

WCCO Insider - Feb. 1994 - 2 MB

WCCO Insider - Fall 1994 - 3 MB

WCCO Newsletter - Fall 1988 - 4 MB

WCCO Newsletter - Fall 1989 - 3 MB

WCCO Tune In - Newsletter parody - 1990 -13 MB

Magazine ads from 1991 PDF files (provided by David Ocar)

Marconi Award         Good Morning Show         Tim Russell Show         Twins Baseball


WCCO-AM Cedric Adams

Edward R. Murrow - Pt 1

Person to Person - 1956

WCCO-AM Cedric Adams

Edward R. Murrow - Pt 2

Person to Person - 1956

WCCO-AM Real Radio Commercials


WCCO-AM - 1984

Aired on WCCO-TV

60 Years Strong



Aired on WCCO-TV

PM Magazine - 1984



Aired on WTCN-TV

1984 - Report on EBS


Aired on WUSA-TV  

AM Stereo - 1985



Aired on WUSA-TV  




Turn To A Friend

TV Commercials - 1987


Aired on KARE-TV

Turn to a Friend - 1987



Aired on KARE-TV

Boone & Erickson - 1987


Aired on KARE-TV


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Aired on KARE-TV




Aired on WCCO-TV

Mark Rosen - 1988

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Station Demo Tape

Turn to a Friend - 1988


TV Commercials


WCCO-AM *** Part 1

The Nighttalk Wedding

5/23/1992 - Dark Star

WCCO-AM *** Part 2

The Nighttalk Wedding

5/23/1992 - Dark Star


Station Demo




TV Commercial (Shootout) 1993


70th Anniversary - Pt 1




70th Anniversary - Pt 2




"Every Step of the Day"

TV Spot - 1995


Aired on KARE-TV

1995 Sid Sound A-Like


Aired on TPT Almanac

1997 Steve Cannon

WCCO-AM - Part 1 *

Aired on KMSP-TV

1997 Steve Cannon

WCCO-AM - Part 2  *

Aired on KMSP-TV

1997 Steve Cannon

WCCO-AM - 1998

Roger Erickson

"This is Your Life" video

WCCO-AM - 1998 *

KARE-TV WCCO-TV KSTP Roger Erickson retirement

WCCO-AM - 2004 **

Roger Erickson interviews his pig, Sheldon

WCCO-AM - 2009

Aired on KSTP-TV

Steve Cannon Death

WCCO-AM - 2009

Aired on WCCO-TV

Steve Cannon Death

WCCO-AM - 2009

Aired on KMSP-TV

Steve Cannon Death

WCCO-AM - 2009

Aired on KARE-TV

Steve Cannon Death

WCCO-AM - 2009

Aired on TPT Almanac

Steve Cannon Death

WCCO-AM - 2009

Aired on KARE-TV

Sid Hartman

WCCO-AM - 2009

Aired on TPT Almanac

Boone/ Erickson - 50 yrs

WCCO-AM -  Dec. 2009

Aired on WCCO-TV

Don Shelby - Final Week

WCCO-AM -  Dec. 2010


Charlie Boone Final Show


Aired on WCCO-TV - 2011

Eleanor Mondale Death


Aired on KMSP-TV - 2011

Eleanor Mondale Death


Aired on KSTP-TV - 2011

Eleanor Mondale Death

WCCO-AM - 2012

Aired on KARE-TV

Death of Dark Star

WCCO-AM - /2012

Aired on WCCO-TV

Death of Dark Star

WCCO-AM - /2012

Aired on KSTP-TV

Death of Dark Star

* = provided by David Ocar   ** = provided by Paul Bergly  ***=provided by Curt Lundgren


A very early early recording of WCCO-FM (One of the station's first evenings) - Steve Edstrom - 25 MB (provided by Mark Durenberger)


Jingle - .5 MB


Paul Stagg - 7 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Includes a commercial for K-Mart. Includes a WCCO-FM newscast.


Greg Gears - 5 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Includes commercials for Music of the Big Bands promo with Tom Ambrose and Arts and Science Fund. Starts with newscast.


Carl Lensgraf - 23 MB - (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Includes commercials for Kline Oldsmobile in Roseville, Spaghetti Emporium, Schaak Electronics, Sears Men’s Store, Leon & Mary Russell and Firefall at St. Paul Civic Center, Shirt Shack, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings (movie) with Richard Pryor, Apache Plaza Craft Show, Jennie-O Brand Turkey Roast, Iten Chevrolet, NSP, Zantigo Mexican restaurant (name change from Zapata), Sure Footing, Dayton’s RCA and Zenith TV sale, Musicland and Turquoise Turtle in Richfield. Plus ABC Contemporary Newscast, Sven Skarnasdag and more.


Peter May - 14 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Including newscast ready by Peter May, ABC Contemporary newscast plus commercials for Pizza Factory, Wally McCarthy's Lindahl Olds, Venus Waterbeds and Knights Formal Wear


Insider Newsletter - PDF


Tom Ambrose7 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)


Carl Lensgraf with Captain Buzz Studley 5MB - Curt Lundgren 6 MB - Paul Stagg/Tim Russell/Bill Henderson 7 MB - Peter May 9 MB

Terri Davis 5MB - Tim Russell 14 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

August 1977

Tom Ambrose - 4 MB (provided by Ron Gerber)


Jerry Brooke - 13 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Includes commercials for Wally McCarthy Lindahl Oldsmobile, Schaak Electronics, Veterans Administration and K-Mart. Includes ABC Contemporary newscasts.


Peter May - 21 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Includes commercials for Sun In (hair lightener), US Navy, Contac, Rudy Boschwitz, New Horizon Townhomes, Musicland, Shivers (movie), Saint John's Preparatory School, Winwood Edina Condominiums, Grease (movie), Audio Warehouse, JC Penny’s Summer White Sale, North Central Florists and Super America. Also includes WCCO-FM newscast.


Terri Davis  #1 10 MB   #2 13 MB   (provided by Curt Lundgren) 

Includes local WCCO-FM newscasts, ABC American Entertainment Network newscasts, and commentary by Pat Chapman of ABC News on the kidnapping and death of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro. Plus, commercials for Firestone, Wally McCarthy's Lindahl Olds, Northwestern Banks, Pannekoeken Huis, Hartz 2 in 1 Plus Collar, Master Charge, Contac, Jim Christy Pontiac and GMC Truck, Oxy Scrub, and Public Libraries.

1979 (provided by Al Arneson)


Paul Stagg, Ray Scott newscasts, plus character voices by Carl Lensgraf & Tim Russell including Captain Buzz Studley, and more.

#1 19 MB - #2 19 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Includes commercials for Video Den (read by Ray Scott), Consumer's Guide '79, Wild Wings, Dayton's Energy Consultants, Larry Reids Bloomington Chrysler Plymouth, Borton Volvo, Award Realty, US Post Office Express Mail, RW London & Co., Minneapolis Star, Toyota, Hubert W. White, IBM (get a small business computer starting at $18,000), 7-11 and Schaak Electronics (read by Ray Scott).


Terri Davis - 5 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)


Sales Demo - 5 MB


"The Rude Awakening" with Tim Russell and Carl Lensgraf - 23 MB (provided by Tom Oszman)


Johnny Canton, Charlie Bush, Tim Russell - 6-7 AM -  #1 10 MB  -  #2 11 MB




(approx. 1980-1992) *

WCCO-FM (@1980-82)

$25,000 Giveaway

Aired on WCCO-TV *

* = Provided by Curt Lundgren