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REMEMBERING THE CAREER OF TAC HAMMER
A montage of airchecks of Tac Hammer including WAKX-AM (Duluth), KDWB-AM, KRSI-AM/FM, KQRS AM/FM and WLOL-FM.Lance (Tac) Hammer got his first announcing job in Sioux City, Iowa. He became a fixture in Duluth announcing and doing pop music programing at WEBC and WAKX. He moved to the Twin Cities in the early 1960s as a drivetime DJ at KDWB-AM. He later moved to KRSI, where in 1973 he instituted one of the country's first "oldies" format. In 1977, Tac joined KQRS AM/FM as a midday DJ and later rose to program director. Tac left KQRS in 1982 to join WLOL-FM as midday announcer. He was later promoted to program director and helped the station achieve No. 1 music ratings in the Twin Cities by 1984. He was promoted to general manager in 1987. Tac passed away from cancer in 1993 at age 52. 6 MB (provided by Jeanne Anderson)
Includes two newscasts and commercials for Donaldson's Brookdale, Grossman Chevrolet, STP, First National Bank of St. Paul, Up With People, Wink soft drink, Lovable's Sweetheart Bra, Bimbo's Bar with Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs and The Happiest Millionaire (movie).
KDWB-AM (630) - January 1968 - Tac Hammer - 8 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)
Includes commercials for Grain Belt Beer, Crown Auto Stores, Marigold Foods Pennant Drink and More Downstairs.
Includes newscast from ABC American FM Radio Network plus commercials for Lee Two Stage Maxi Air Filter, Leisure Lane Shopping Center in Edina, New Horizon Homes (voiced by Ernie Martz), The Electric Fetus, Young America at Southdale, Kalso Earth Shoe, Tops & Bottoms and Village Sports in Plymouth.
Includes commercials for Dolphin Waterbeds, Bob Short for Senate, Larry Reids Bloomington Chrysler Plymouth, Brandy's Restaurant, Jackson Brown at the St. Paul Civic Center, Clairol Short & Sassy, Todd Chevrolet, Excedrin, Team Electronics, Dayton's Hi-Fi Sale, Bonnie Bell at Dayton's, Audio Warehouse, Loudon Wainwright III at the Guthrie, McDonalds and Lancer. Plus Zodiac News with Nancy Rosen.
WLOL-FM (99.5) - 5/7/1982 - Tac Hammer - 3 MB (aircheck provided by Brian Carlson)
KDWB-AM (630) - A Christmas Carol from the early 1970s including Rob Sherwood, Barry McKinna, Michael J. Douglas, Adam North, Charlee Brown, Marc Anderson and True Don Bleu. 17 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)
U100 (WYOO AM/FM) TELEVISON COMMERCIALS FROM 1974-1975 DISCOVERED!
Eight :30 U100 (WYOO AM/FM) television commercials from 1974-1975 have recently been discovered. A few are pretty outrageous. RadioTapes and TC Media Now partnered together to have them professionally digitized and are now available for viewing. Thank you to Danny Sigelman for finding and providing the almost 50 year old video reels saved by his father, Mike Sigelman, who was general manager at U100. Enjoy!
(Click HERE or on the image to view the commercials)
Commercials feature Sharon Anderson (first commercial); Loni Anderson (third commercial - AM Mono), Rob Sherwood and Brother Bob Hall (Boogie Battle); and Jerry St. James and Michael J. Douglas (bed commercial). Announcers include Rob Sherwood and Brother Bob Hall.
COVERAGE OF THE 9/11 ATTACKS (9/11/2001)
KSTP-AM (1500) - 9/11/2001 - This aircheck was recorded about three hours before the attacks (5 AM central time) on the World Trade Center. Hear what the the top ABC Radio news stories were that morning (before the world changed) plus the start of "Babs (Barbara Carlson) and the Boys" show. 3 MB (provided by Stuart Held)
WCCO-AM (830) - Coverage (edited) the morning of 9/11 (from 8:08-9:50 AM central time) including CBS Radio News, WCBS Radio, CBS TV audio and more - Sept. 11, 2001 - 20 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)
Breaking News Coverage of the death of Osama bin Laden (May 1, 2011) starting with reports thatPresident Obama would be holding a late evening speech to the nation followed by about two hours of coverage. (MP3 files range from 15 to 25 MB)
WCCO-AM (830) - CBS Radio and WCCO Radio news - #1#2#3#4#5#6
KNOW-FM (91.1) - NPR, BBC and Minnesota Public Radio news - #1#2#3#4#5#6
BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE OF THE SHOOTING OF GEORGE WALLACE IN 1972
In 1972, Alabama Governor and Democratic Presidential Candidate, George Wallace, was shot five times while campaigning in Laurel, Maryland. Wallace was hit in the abdomen and chest, and one of the bullets lodged in his spinal column, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life. A five-hour operation was needed that evening, and Wallace had to receive several units of blood in order to survive. Three others who were wounded in the shooting also survived. The shooting and Wallace's subsequent injuries put an effective end to his bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
WCCO-AM (830) - Breaking news coverage on the shooting of George Wallace as reported by CBS Radio and WCCO Radio including reports from CBS Radio's Reid Collins, Bernard Kalb, and others, along with WCCO Radio's Charlie Boone, Steve Edstrom, Dick Chapman, Jergen Nash, and Steve Cannon - May 15, 1972 - 22 MB
REMEMBERING HOWARD VIKEN
Howard Viken, the legendary voice of WCCO Radio, passed away on May 1 at the age of 97. Howard joined WCCO in 1950 and began an amazing 39-year run for the station becoming one of the most recognized broadcasters in Minnesota.
After 32 years, Dave Lee retired from WCCO Radio on April 30. Dave is well known for his popular morning show and for doing play by play, but also for fundraising for the community.
He has been named Minnesota’s Sportscaster of the year six times. His television work has won three Emmys.
Breaking News on the Shooting and Death of John Lennon #1 28 MB - #225 MB - Part 1 opens with an announcement by
Howard Cosell on ABC Television's Monday Night Football that John Lennon had been shot and killed, a bulletin on NBC Television interrupting The Tonight Show, followed by airchecks from KQRS-FM, NBC Radio's The Source, WCCO-AM/CBS Radio, WWTC-AM, Mutual News, WCCO-FM, KDWB-FM, KSTP-FM, WLOL-FM and KCLD-FM. (December 8 & 9, 1980) (contributions by Stuart Held and Todd Kosovich)
WCCO-AM (830) - Breaking news coverage on the shooting and death of John Lennon from CBS Radio and WCCO Radio with Bill Diehl and Franklin Hobbs. (December 8, 1980) - 3 MB
KDWB-FM (101.3) - Tribute to John Lennon (scoped) - (January 14, 1980) #119 MB - #210 MB (provided by Arne Shulstad)
3/1/2021 (updated on 3/2 and 3/4)
REMEMBERING DAN CULHANE
Twin Cities radio personality Dan Culhane died after battling cancer and being diagnosed with COVID-19. Culhane was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a "fairly rare" blood cancer in November 2019 and was recovering from a stem cell transplant. Culhane previously worked at KQRS-FM, KLXK-FM and WCCO-AM and did voice-over work for many years.
KQRS-FM (92.5) - Tom & Dan Show - 2/11/1987 - 39 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)
KQRS-FM (92.5) - Tom & Dan Show - 10/26/1987 - Tom Barnard and Dan Culhane the morning after the Twins won the 1987 World Series including Mark Rosen and a Twins highlight tape produced by Culhane. 25 MB (provided by John Oleson)
KLXK-FM (93.7) - Dan Culhane - 9/1991 - 9 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)
WDGY radio personality Paul Geiger has retired retirement after 43 years on the air. Geiger spent most of the last decade working at WDGY-AM/FM. He previously spent 26 years at WLTE where he hosted the "Saturday Night Cruise" program. He kicked off his career in Montana and later worked in Menomonie, WI.
WDGY-AM/FM (740 - 107.1 HD2) - Paul Geiger's final show including special guests - February 12, 2021 - Part 1 42 MB -Part 2 - 49 MB (large files!) (provided by Jacob Hammond)
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WPBC AM/FM AIRCHECKS FROM THE FIRST DAY IN 1949 TO THE FINAL DAY IN 1972
WPBC-AM/FM (980 / 101.3)- For 23 years, WPBC "the People's Broadcasting Company" served the Twin Cities as a folksy, homespun, literal mom-and-pop radio station, owned and operated by Bill and Becky Ann Stewart, who also happened to be personalities on the station.
(Above newspaper images courtesy of Todd Kosovich. Todd notes the following: "Interesting that Republican Luther Youngdahl rode in the car with Democrat Truman and DFLer Humphrey. It was a 21 mile motorcade and was on Johnson street when it passed the WPBC specially built platform.")
1972 Sign Off with "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You" (provided by Richard Sigurdson)
11/3/1972 - WPBC-FM - Final minutes of broadcasting - 6 MB (provided by Phil Kitchen)
11/3/1972 - WPBC-AM / WYOO-AM - Final minutes of WPBC-AM and start of WYOO-AM - 27 MB (provided by Phil Kitchen)
WPBC-AM verification (QSL) letter from 1951 (provided byCPRV)
COVERAGE (SEVEN HOURS) OF THE STORMING OF THE US CAPITOL BUILDING AND THE RESUMPTION OF THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CERTIFICATION
WCCO-AM (830) CBS Radio Coverage from 3:00-10:00 PM Central Time on January 6, 2021 - #1#2#3#4#5#6#7 (MP3 files sizes 26 to 31 MB)
REMEMBERING WCCO-AM AND STAR TRIBUNE SPORTS JOURNALIST SID HARTMAN
Sports Huddle with Sid Hartman and Dave Mona broadcasting with a live audience from the Roger Maris Golf Tournament in Fargo, ND on June 30, 1991. Includes sports discussion with Sid & Dave, special guests including Hank Bauer and Frank Quilici, the Tom Kelly Show, questions from the audience, lots of stories from Sid, and more. #1 22 MB - #2 17 MB
Sid Sound Alike Contest from Mall of America on June 24, 1993 hosted by Mike Woodley with judges including Mark Rosen, Dave Mona and others. - 29 MB
WCCO RADIO HAS POSTED AN EXTENSIVE NUMBER OF SID HARTMAN RECORDINGS AND PHOTOS - LINK
Dan Barreiro with a tribute to Sid Hartman with Bud Grant, Ben Leber, Chad Hartman, Lou Nanne and Patrick Reusse broadcast on October 19, 2020. -#1 33MB #2 34 MB
WCCO-AM - 1993
TV Commercial (Shootout)
Sid Hartman - Mark Rosen
WCCO-AM - 2009
Aired on KARE-TV
WCCO-AM - 2/17/2016
Sid Hartman and MarkRosen Commercial
Sid Hartman featured on NBC Sunday Today Show
WCCO-AM (830) - Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey reading the newspaper comics from the Minneapolis Tribune on August 18, 1946 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)
The Following Airchecks are Featured on the Special Postings Page. Check them out!
WCCO-AM Severe Weather Coverage (1939 to 1991)
Hubert H. Humphrey Recordings/Airchecks (1946-1978)
WCCO Radio Civil Defense Announcements (1961)
Coverage of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (1963)
Coverage of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King (1968)
Coverage of the Assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy (1968)
Coverage of the Apollo 1 Tragedy (1967)
Coverage of the Flights of Apollo 11, 12 & 13 (1969-1970)
Coverage of the Assassination Attempt on George Wallace (1972)
Coverage of Watergate and the Fall of President Nixon(1973-1974)
Coverage of the Vietnam War (1964-(1975)
Coverage of the Death of John Lennon(1980)
Coverage of the Shooting of President Ronald Reagan (1981)
Coverage of the Falklands War (1982)
Coverage of the Challenger Shuttle Disaster (1986)
Coverage of the Twins World Series Celebrations and Victory Parades (1987 & 1991)
Coverage of the Start of Operation Desert Storm (1991)
Coverage of 9/11 Attacks (2001) and Death of Osama bin Laden (2011)
Coverage of 35W Bridge Collapse (2007)
Coverage of the Death of Michael Jackson (2009)
Coverage of the Tucson Shootings (2011)
Coverage of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (2011)
Coverage of the Shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School (2012)
Boston Marathon Bombings (2013)
Coverage of the Death of Prince (2016)
Election Coverage (2016)
Minnehaha Academy Explosion (2017)
Coverage of Disappearance and Location of Jayme Closs (2019)
Election Coverage (2020)
File sizes listed next to the airchecks are approximate and have been rounded.
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