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WDGY-AM

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AIRCHECKS

7/14/1938 

WDGY's (1180 AM) coverage of Howard Hughes landing at Minneapolis' Wold-Chamberlin Field to re-fuel for the last leg of his around the world flight. This coverage was also broadcast over the Mutual Broadcasting System - 21 MB - (provided by Todd Kosovich)

1948

Live broadcast from Don Leary's Record and Radio Store in Minneapolis - 5 MB (audio quality is a bit rough)

   (provided by the Minnesota Historical Society with special assistance from Greg Borgen, General Manager of WDGY-AM)

1956 

Jingles - 2 MB (provided by Stuart Held)

9/7/1956

Herb Oscar Anderson including WDGY's attempt to contact the planet Mars and more - 16 MB

NOTE: As of 2014, Herb is still on the air at WOSN-FM in Vero Beach, FL.

 

1957

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WDGY-AM (1130) - Programming aircheck sampler including the Don Kelly Show (includes Ray-O-Vac battery

commercial),Dan Daniel Show (includes Burnett’s Vanilla commercial), Stanley Mack Show (includes Grandma's Molasses commercial), Bill Armstrong Show (includes Phillips 66 commercial), Bill Bennett Show (includes Coca-Cola commercial), and Bill Diehl Show (includes Hi-Spot Lemon Soda commercial). Plus, weather cast, police radar report, “Front Page News” with Joseph Della Mava including a commercial for Twin City Federal, a bulletin, “Quarter Hour Headlines” with Ralph Martin, and Night Beat with George Rice including an interview segment with Jayne Mansfield. - 19 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

1960

CRC Jingles - 3 MB (provided by Mark Durenberger and Mark Fuller)

 

1960

CRC Jingles - 6 MB (provided by Mark Fuller)

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Early 1960s

PAMS - "Little Girl" Liners - 6 MB (provided by Mark Fuller)

1960s

Various jingles from the 1960s including singing jingles for Perry St. John, Johnny Canton, Scott Burton, Diamond Jim Dandy, George Young and more

3 MB (provided by Jonathan Sucha) [Website maintenance - Audio file to be re-posted soon]

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1/6/1961

Bill Diehl including lots of great jingles - 23 MB

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1961

Peter May from 1961 - 10 MB - Includes commercials for US Navy and US Marines (provided by Curt Lundgren)

7/27/1961

Peter May from July 27, 1961 - 17 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

7/31/1961

Peter May from July 31, 1961 - 9 MB - Includes commercial for the Furniture Barns (provided by Curt Lundgren)

1963

Perry St. John - 10 MB (provided by Mark Fuller)

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7/3/1963

Hal Raymond - 14 MB (provided by Stuart Held)

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7/10/1963

Bill Diehl - 8 MB (provided by Phil Kitchen) -

1964

Sam Babcock with a portion of the "Tall Tiger Top 50 Survey" from 1964 - 11 MB 

(provided by Curt Lundgren)

Includes a partial newscast and commercials for Firestone, Greater Minneapolis Safety Council and Danceland in Excelsior

February 1964

Bill Diehl interviews Bob Reed and Tony Andreason from The Trashmen (a popular 1960s Twin Cities rock & roll band) 5 MB

At the very end of the above WDGY interview with Tony Andreason, Bill Diehl references the new Music Survey that has Freddy Cannon's Abigail Beecher at No. 13.  Here is a link to the WDGY Music Survey on Oldiesloon from Sunday, February 22, 1964 which shows the song in that position. 

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5/30/1964

 

Bill Diehl - 5 MB  (provided by Curt Lundgren) 

Includes a newscast and commercials for Vern Donnay's Brookdale Estates and Dayton's Top 10 Club.

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July 7 & 8, 1964
Sam Babcock counting down the "Tall Tiger Top 50." Included are many commercials and jingles. You will also hear the influence The Beatles had on the station's programming. #1  29 MB  -   #2  27 MB  (provided by Phil Kitchen) Phil says that the aircheck was recorded on a Wollensak tape recorder with an audio cable clipped to the speaker terminals of a Setchell Carlson tube table radio.
 

1965

Wonderful WDGY jingles - 3 MB

1965

All American Jingles - 2 MB

1965

Mort Crowley -  #1 - 10 MB  - #2 - 11 MB

December 1966

Johnny Canton - 8 MB (provided by Aaron Mintz)

1967

Johnny Canton - 1 MB

1968

Johnny Canton - Interview with Roger Miller and Andy Williams - 2 MB

1968

Johnny Canton - Interview on Dick Clark's American Bandstand - 1 MB (intro by Canton)

JOHNNY CANTON

1959: KCMO-AM (710 Kansas City, MO) with actor Eddie Bracken,

singer/actor Johnny Desmond (7/13/1959) - 3 MB

1962/1963: WRAW-AM (1340 Reading, PA) - Production elements

voiced/produced by Canton - 3 MB

1963: KUDL-AM (1380 Kansas City, MO) Aircheck - 1 MB

1964: WHAM-AM (1180 Rochester, NY) Aircheck - 1 MB

1965 : WHAM-AM (1180 Rochester, NY) Interview on Dick Clark's

American Bandstand - 2 MB

1966: WIXY-AM (1260 Cleveland, OH) Aircheck - 1 MB

Canton personalized jingles and liners - 3 MB (intro by Canton)

Various interview (snippets) - 3 MB (intro by Canton)

Learn more about Hall of Fame broadcaster

Johnny Canton on the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting website

11/10/1967

George Young - 2 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

5/25/1968

Diamond Jim Dandy (final show). Part 1 with newscasters George Young - Part 2 with newscaster Curtis J. Johnson. - #1 16 MB - #2 9 MB

 

9/6/1969

Diamond Jim Dandy - 8 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Includes commercials for Minnesota Dragways, Mennen Dry Deodorant and Schells Beer.

1971

Jimmy Reed - 8 MB

1971

(Canton Appearance in

the 1970 movie Airport)

 

Johnny Canton (includes Schaak Electronics commercial) - 7 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren

1972

Donald K. Martin - 16 MB (provided by Donald K. Martin)

December 1972

Boom Boom Bailey - 9 MB

5/2/1972

Charley Van Dyke and Donald K. Martin - 10 MB (provided by Donald K. Martin)

1973-1974

Mark Anderson - 4 MB (provided by Al Arneson)

March 1973

Mark Anderson - 7 MB (provided by Al Arneson)

3/20/1973

Boom Boom Bailey - 5 MB (provided by Al Arneson)

3/22/1973

Michael - 15 MB (provided by Al Arneson)

6/2/1973

Curt Perry - 4 MB (provided by Al Arneson)

11/22/1973

Michael with newscast - 4 MB (provided by Al Arneson)

11/28/1973

Charlie Van Dyke & Donald K. Martin - 16 MB (provided by Al Arneson)

11/28/1973

Johnny Canton & Donald K. Martin - 11 MB (provided by Al Arneson)

Learn more about Hall of Fame broadcasters Johnny Canton

and Donald K. Martin on the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting website

6/19/1974

Michael + newscast with Burt Ross - 8 MB (provided by Al Arneson)

6/21/1974

Boom Boom Bailey - 4 MB (provided by Al Arneson)

 

September 1974

Wolfman Jack live in studio on the Jimmy Reed Show - 7 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)

 

May 1975

Catman (Tom Barnard) - 2 MB

July 1975

Catman (Tom Barnard) - 8 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)

 

October 1975

Catman (Tom Barnard) - 6 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)

11/9/1976

Diamond Jim Dandy and Johnny Canton - 26 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Includes a newscast with Mark Anderson and commercials for Pannekoeken Huis, WDGY Incredible Contest, Holiday Village Stores, Dayton's, Levi's for Feet, Goodman Jewelers, 1977 Subaru, Northwestern Bell, Winn Stephens Datsun North, Dolomite ski boots and WCCO-TV Scene Tonight.

11/17/1976

Johnny Canton - 7 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

1977

Catman (Tom Barnard) - 2 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)

 

7/7/1977

Catman (Tom Barnard) Final show - 7 MB. (provided by Alan Stone)

Includes commercials for Y-11 Album Special, Coca-Cola, The Amazing Rhythm Aces at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, Y-11 Count The Winners weekend, 7-11 fight against Muscular Dystrophy, Supertramp "Even in the Quietest Moments" album discounted with Butterfinger or Baby Ruth wrapper, and Black Sunday (movie).

9/2/1977

Format change from Top 40 to Country - #1 8 MB  -  #2 8 MB (provided by Jay Philpott & Bob Rivard)

 

1977

Gary Stone - Country - 3 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

October 1978

Jimmy Reed - Country - 5 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)

June 1981

Hal Hoover - 10 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)

Jay Philpott writes, "Hal worked at KQRS from about May 1977 to February 1981. On his last show, he hinted that he would be back on Tuesday "somewhere over the radio." That turned out to be a six-month stint at WDGY. He debuted on Stereo 101 during the Minnesota State Fair exactly six months after leaving KQRS. Apparently, KQ was OK with him working at WDGY, but held him to the six month non compete before he could go to KDWB-FM. He stayed at 101 for about three years and went back to KQ in '84 as KDWB-FM started sliding back to CHR. He left KQ about '85 or '86 and worked at KJJO Hot Rockin' 104 for a couple of years there before heading up to Duluth where he worked for KKCB, B-105. He's out of radio now and in the automotive business."

10/20/1984

Paul Johnson - 10 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Includes an NBC Radio newscast plus commercials for Rapid Sports Center, Anheuser Busch LA Beer, Sanka Brand Decaf Coffee, and Mita Copier

1986

Rick Stephenson, James Doohan (Star Trek's Scotty) and an excited caller - 3 MB (provided by Rick Stephenson)

1989

Rick Stephenson and Charlie Bush - 4 MB (provided by Jeff Sibinski)

 

9/18/1990

Sports Warp with Guy Green and Greg Harrington - 28 MB (provided by Brian Veys)

January 1991

Sports Warp with Guy Green and Greg Harrington (1991) - #1 14 MB -  #2 14 MB (provided by Brian Keenan)

6/8/1991

News Radio/Sports Radio IDs and various promos - 2 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)

  

1992

WDGY-AM - KDWB-FM (630/101.3) Rase station IDs that mention both call letters - .5 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)

2006

WDGY Radio Rey ID (630 AM) - Spanish Programming

2008

WDGY Jingle (740 AM) - True Oldies Channel

9/5/2010

WDGY (740 AM) - "The WDGY Classic Weekly Countdown" with Larry Ravenswood featuring the top 10 songs from the WDGY 30 Star Survey from Sept 4, 1970. 13 MB. The actual WDGY survey featured can be found at Oldiesloon here.


   (Click on button for WDGY music surveys)

Happy Hollow Boys brochure (1930) - PDF

WDGY QSL 1945

(provided by CPRV)

Station profile

1951

 

The History of WDGY Radio - 126 page 1970 master's thesis Jerry Verne Haines 4 MB PDF

Billboard - 1990 (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)

 

WDGY-AM T-Shirt from the 1970s-1980s - click on image to enlarge - provided by Bob Vesely:


VIDEOS

WDGY-AM

Aired on WUSA-TV (KARE)

1986

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WDGY-AM

Aired on KARE-TV

1987

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WDGY-AM

Aired on KARE-TV

1988

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WDGY-AM

Commercial

1988

WDGY-KDWB Rivalry

Aired on KARE-TV

2002

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PHOTOS

The following WDGY-AM North Country Radio images are scanned from a children's book called "Careers with a Radio Station" (written in 1983 by Mark Lerner with photographs by Milton J. Blumenfeld). Click on photos to enlarge.

Andrea Jo Atkinson,

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Ron Rohr,

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Jim du Bois,

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Russ Bohaty,

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Bonnie Vogan,

Researcher

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Gary Stone,

Program Director

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Rose Nebo, 

Account Executive

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Ken Stone, Sales Manager

Sheri Ettinger, Account Exec.

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Barry Siewert,

Production Director

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Don Dahl, 

Chief Engineer

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Barb Gehlen,

Traffic Manager

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Paula Halker,

Steve Douglas, Continuity

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Judy Dibble,

Promotions Director

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Lucy Meyers,

Promotions Assistant

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Dale Weber,

General Manager

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