A: RadioTapes.com a collaborative effort of many individuals. The website is operated by Tom Gavaras. Tom has been an avid radio historian for many years.
The majority of the un-credited airchecks on RadioTapes are from his collection. Tom previously worked in marketing and operations at WCCO Radio/ Midwest Radio Networks and at WWTC-AM when the station was known as "The Golden Rock." Thank you to the many contributors (see below) who have provided airchecks to this website. Special appreciation to Mark Durenberger, Jay Philpott, Todd Kosovich and others for their inspiration and guidance to this website.
Q: What is the best way to listen to the audio files on RadioTapes?
A: Due to the large size of some of the MP3 audio files, the recordings are best played using a high-speed connection.
Some web browsers will start playing audio files when you click on them. Others won't start playing until the file loads (which can take a while with large files). If you are using a PC, and the audio files don't start playing when you click on them, we suggest that you use another browser (like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox). Or, download the audio files to your computer (see below).
Smartphones - Most of the audio and video files can also be played on many smartphones especially when you have a faster connection.
Q: Can I download and save the audio mp3 files to my computer for later listening?
A: Yes. If you are having problems playing audio files, this is your best option to avoid long delays.
• PC: Right click the file with your mouse.
Be sure to note the default directory to which it downloads or create a special directory of your own for
this purpose. Click "save."
• Mac: Press “option” key and click your mouse over the file name
Q: How can I contribute airchecks and materials?
A: We are grateful for all aircheck and printed material contributions. Our primary focus is the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area. We are always looking
for good quality historical recordings (audio and video). We accept various types of audio formats (CD, cassette, reel-to-reel, transcription record, etc.). If you send us an original tape, we will carefully transfer it to a digital format and promptly return it to you along with a CD copy. Or, you can e-mail mp3 recordings and scans. For more information, please contact us.
Q: Why are all the songs edited/scoped?
A: In respect of the licensed use of copyrighted music, we are unable to include full songs in the airchecks.
Q: Do you accept financial donations?
A: As noted on the home page, we recommend that if you wish to make a financial donation, please send it to the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
RadioTapes.com features airchecks/materials provided by the following people. Thank you!
Michael J. Ashwood
Larry Haeg, Jr.
Family of Raymond and
Larry "Hutch" Hutchinson
Ben Patrick Johnson
Jeff R. Lonto
Donald K. Martin
Fr. Michael Miller
Irwin "Irv" Schreiner
Kevin St. John
Plus donors who have requested to be anonymous.
Ownership/copyright of airchecks, videos and printed materials posted on this website remain with the radio and television stations that produced them. The purpose of RadioTapes.com is educational and is intended only for private, non-commercial use.
RadioTapes.com is a part of RadioTapes Inc., a non-profit company registered with the State of Minnesota.