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. Since his teens, Tom collected airchecks thinking that one day someone might enjoy listening to them. 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. Today, he manages the operations and marketing for consumer shows/events produced in the Twin Cities.
Thank you to the many contributors (see below) who have provided airchecks to this website. Special appreciation to Mark Durenberger, Jay Philpott, Todd Kosovich, Jeff Lonto, Curt Lundgren, Ron Gerber, Paul Bergly, David Ocar and others for their inspiration, guidance and contributions 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.
PC Users - Audio files play best using one of the following web browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari or Opera. These browsers will allow you to listen to an audio file as it downloads (rather than waiting for the entire file to download before you can begin listening to it).
Macintosh Users - See the web browsers listed above.
Smartphones - Most of the audio and video files can also be played on smartphones such as the iPhone Droid, etc., especially when you have a faster G3 or G4 connection.
the latest Windows Media Player (version 12), you can not listen to audio files when loading, which can result in a delay of minutes before you can hear the audio.
Q: I'm still using an earlier version of Windows Media Player. How can I set Windows Media Player to be my default player?
A: After opening Windows Media Player (PC users):
• Click on the Tool tab at the top
• Click on options
• Click on “File Types” tab
• Click on MP3 audio File (mp3)
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.
Larry "Hutch" Hutchinson
Ben Patrick Johnson
Jeff R. Lonto
Donald K. Martin
Fr. Michael Miller
Irwin "Irv" Schreiner
Plus a number of donors who have requested to remain anonymous.