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10/31/2022

WHAT DID KQRS SOUND LIKE ALMOST 50 YEARS AGO?

KQRS AM/FM (1440 / 92.5) – Aircheck of Randi Kirshbaum from 1973 - 14 MB

Includes commercials for Schell's Beer, Uncle Sam’s, and Johnson's Baby Shampoo.

List of music played: Edgar Winter: Tobacco Road; Ben Sidran: Have You Heard the News; The Rolling Stones: Ruby Tuesday; Jerry Jeff Walker: Hill Country Rain; Moriah: Spooky Tooth; Paul Kanter, Grace Slick and David Freiberg: Your Mind Has Left Your Body;  Derek and the Dominos: Keep on Growing; Joni Mitchell: Willy; Paul Simon: Something So Right; Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Down by the River; Ruben and the Jets: Dedicated to the One I Love; Foghat: Maybelline; Paul McCartney: My Love; Carly Simon: Summer’s Coming Around Again; Herbie Mann: Hold On, I’m Comin’; Yes: And You and I; Joe Cocker: Feelin Alright; The Joy of Cooking: Laugh Don't Laugh; The Pointer Sisters: Cloud Burst; Elton John: Come Down In Time; Judy Collins: In My Life; and The Byrds: Full Circle.

Randi can be heard weekday middays and Saturdays on WRNR-FM in Annapolis, Maryland.


9/1/2022

TELEVISION COVERAGE OF RADIO STATIONS AT THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR FROM 1982, 1987 AND 1998

State Fair TV & Radio

Aired on KSTP-TV

1982

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(provided by Jay Philpott)

State Fair Radio

Aired on WCCO-TV

1987

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WRQC-FM - Rock 100.3 FM

Aired on KARE-TV

"Live In It and Win" - 1998

(provided by Jay Philpott)


8/31/2022

WCCO RADIO: SID HARTMAN SOUND-ALIKE CONTESTS FROM THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR IN 1994 AND 1995

WCCO-AM (830) - Sid Hartman Sound-Alike Contests held at the Minnesota State Fair hosted by John Williams.

1994 - 6 MB     -      1995 #1 14 MB #2 9 MB - KARE 11 TV Coverage


8/30/2022

WCCO RADIO: 20 "MINNESOTA HOSPITAL" SKITS FROM THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR SPANNING 30 YEARS!

WCCO-AM (830) - A collection of Minnesota Hospital skits performed at the Minnesota State Fair with Roger Erickson, Charlie Boone, Dave Lee, Sid Hartman, Eric Eskola, Mike Lynch, Tim Russell, Mike Max, Herb Carneal, John Gordon, Paul Flatley, and more.


8/29/2022

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Airchecks and photos provided by Danny Sigelman

U100 (WYOO AM/FM) BROADCASTING AT THE 1974 AND 1975 MINNESOTA STATE FAIR - 47 AND 48 YEARS AGO!

1974 MINNESOTA STATE FAIR

First Day of U100 (format changed during the State Fair) on August 26, 1974 - 7 MB

Jeff "Mother" Robbins - August 1974  - 1 MB

1975 MINNESOTA STATE FAIR

Chucker Morgan - 1975 - 7 MB

Includes commercials for Dayton's, Orange Crush, Minnesota Dragways and Hurrah.

Rob Sherwood - 1975 - 7 MB

Includes commercials for K-TEL "Goofy Greats" album, White Castle, Ford Pickups (sung by Merle Haggard), Clockwork Orange and Deliverance (movies).

Brother Bob Hall - September 1, 1975 - 3 MB

Includes commercials for Earthborn Shampoo, Earthborn Conditioner, Grain Belt, and WTCN Metromedia 11

Chucker Morgan - September 1, 1975 - 2 MB

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8/28/2022 

THE SEARCH FOR THE LOST RADIO PLAY-BY-PLAY TAPE OF MINNESOTA TWIN CESAR TOVAR'S GRAND SUNDAY IN 1968

Star Tribune article written by sports columnist Patrick Reusse about the search for the lost radio play-by-play tape of Minnesota Twin Cesar Tovar's Grand Sunday when he played all nine positions on September 22, 1968. Tom Gavaras, who is featured in the article, is the operator of RadioTapes.

LINK to the Star Tribune article published on August 16, 2022

JPEG of the article (in the event you are unable to access the Star Tribune website)

Edited aircheck - Herb Carneal and Halsey Hall with play-by-play of Tovar playing all nine position on September 22, 1968 (mp3)


8/26/2022 

KDWB-AM's ROB SHERWOOD BROADCASTING AT THE 1973 MINNESOTA STATE FAIR – 49 YEARS AGO!

KDWB (630) – Rob Sherwood - Live at the Minnesota State Fair on August 25, 1973 - 21 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes commercials Merit Chevrolet, Goodman Jewelers, Leon Russell at Parade Stadium, Robinson's Clothing, Coca Cola (sung by the Four Tops), The Hong Kong Cat (movie), Levi's, Pepsi, Orange Crush, Lancer's Warehouse, Donaldson's, Heavy Traffic (movie), United Stores, 7-Up, Turf Club in Houlton, WI, and Instant Homes.

KDWB (630) – Rob Sherwood live at the Minnesota State Fair on September 3, 1973 - 5 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes commercials for Townhouses of Woodbury Woods, Rosedale Center, Coke (sung by The Spinners), Castle Mobile Homes, Hal's Sportswear, Cedars Edina Apartments, Pepsi, RC Cola, and Robinson's Clothing Store.


8/25/2022 

WLOL-FM’s JOHN HINES AND BOB BERGLUND BROADCASTING AT THE 1984 MINNESOTA STATE FAIR – 38 YEARS AGO!

WLOL-FM (99.5) – John Hines and Bob Berglund (and Roger, too) broadcasting live from the Minnesota State Fair on August 25, 1984. #1 19 MB - #2 20 MB (provided by Chad Huderle)

Includes commercials for Heineken Beer, McDonald’s, Best Buy, Foot Locker, Coke, Sunkist, Ground Round Restaurant, and the Minnesota Beef Council.


8/25/2022

WCCO-AM COVERAGE OF FIFTH GRADERS TRAVELING TO A FARM IN WISCONSIN IN 1992

WCCO-AM (830) – Coverage of WCCO Ag Director Roger Strom taking the fifth grade class from Snail Lake School in Shoreview, MN to a farm near Balsam Lake, WI on May 28, 1992. 3 MB  (provided by Joe Younglove)


5/11/2022 

MINNESOTA MILESTONES – 12-PART SERIES THAT AIRED ON WCCO RADIO IN 1958

On May 11, 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state to be admitted into the union. In 1958, WCCO Radio commemorated Minnesota's Statehood Centennial Year, bringing history to life in a twelve broadcast series. This series recreated the drama of Minnesota progress from the days of the first explorers into the frontiers of the space age. Narrators were Cedric Adams, Bob DeHaven, and Dr. E.W. Ziebarth. The recordings are approximately one-hour each, totaling 12 hours. MP3 files are approximately 28 MB each.  

Minnesota Milestones 1 - Ox Carts to Rockets: The Story of Transportation

Minnesota Milestones 2 - Sod Buster to Soil Bank: The Story of Agriculture

Minnesota Milestones 3 - The Towering Skyline: The Story of Forestry

Minnesota Milestones 4 - Faith of Our Fathers: The Story of Religion

Minnesota Milestones 5 - Minnesota's Marching Men: Military Affairs

Minnesota Milestones 6 - Frontiers of Enterprise: Business Labor and Finance

Minnesota Milestones 7 - Climate for Culture: Education and the Arts

Minnesota Milestones 8 - Pipestone to Taconite: Mining and Geology

Minnesota Milestones 9 - The 32nd Star: Politics and Government

Minnesota Milestones 10 - The State of Pleasure: Sports and Recreation

Minnesota Milestones 11 - Sight and Sound: The Story of Communications

Minnesota Milestones 12 - Medicine Man to Miracle Drug: The Story of Medicine


4/26/2022

TWINS BASEBALL - SCOTT ERICKSON NO-HITTER IN 1994 - FINAL FEW MINUTES OF GAME AND POST-GAME

WCCO-AM (830) - Twins Baseball - Scott Erickson's no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 27, 1994 including the final few minutes of the game with Herb Carneal and John Gordon followed by the post-game show including an interview with Erickson. 8 MB (provided by David Valento)


4/21/2022

LOCAL RADIO STATION CELEBRITY PROMOS VOICED BY JOHN LENNON, ELVIS PRESLEY, WALTER CRONKITE, AND HARRY CHAPIN

RADIO STATION CELEBRITY PROMOS - This combined audio clip is about one-minute in length.

  • John Lennon (recorded in 1974 for KQRS Radio)
  • Elvis Presley (recorded sometime between 1955-1957 for WTCN Radio - now known as WWTC-AM)
  • Walter Cronkite (recorded in 1989 for WCCO Radio)
  • Harry Chapin (recorded in 1980 for KVSC Radio/St. Cloud)

4/20/2022

A RESAERCH PAPER ON THE BEGINNING OF WCCO RADIO ... IS IT 1924 OR 1922?

RESEARCH PAPER - Is WCCO Radio’s beginning October 2, 1924 as their record suggests … or was it really September 4, 1922?

This research paper (31 pages) was written by Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee, Mark Durenberger, who has six decades of radio, television and satellite broadcast engineering experience, including having previously worked at WCCO Radio. Mark takes us back in time to the start of WCCO Radio and the two preceding years when the station was known as WLAG Radio. - 6 MB PDF


4/19/2022

A U100 (WYOO) AIRCHECK OF MESA KINCAID FROM 1976

WYOO AM/FM (980 / 101.3 - U100) - An aircheck of Mesa Kincaid from July 1976. - 7 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Includes commercials for Alice in Wonderland (x-rated movie), Orange Crush, Yes and Montrose at the St. Paul Civic Center, Sugar Free 7-Up and Brainerd International Raceway.

Mesa Kincaid, known as "The Fox That Rocks," was the only female announcer on U100. After U100 went off the air, Mesa worked as an announcer at WCCO-FM and KSTP-FM (KS95). Then she went to KQRS-FM as part of a morning show duo known as “The Cat and Kincaid" (the Cat was Tom Barnard). Sadly, Mesa (her real name was Cheryl Holm) died of a probable heart attack in her Pine City home in 2009 at age 52.

Previously Posted Mesa Kincaid Airchecks:

WYOO/U100: Mesa Kincaid (1976) - 5 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

WYOO/U100: Mesa Kincaid (9/5/1976) -  2 MB

KQRS: Cat & Kincaid (Tom Barnard & Mesa Kincaid) from March 9, 1983 - #1 15 MB   -   #2 18 MB  (provided by Curt Lundgren)

KQRS: Cat and Kincaid (Tom Barnard and Mesa Kincaid) from May 12, 1983 - 23MB (provided by Aircheckairwaves)


4/18/2022

A TRIBUTE TO BILL DIEHL THAT AIRED ON THE STAN TURNER SHOW ON KLBB-AM IN 2017

KLBB-AM (1220) - A tribute to Bill Diehl that aired on the Stan Turner Wolf Brewing All Request Show on July 21, 2017. This show aired a few days after Bill's passing. Stan's guests included Rick Shefchik (writer/author), Don Effenberger (journalist), Tony Andreason (The Trashmen), and Bob DeFlores (DeFlores Film Project). Plus airchecks and interviews with Bill. #1 21 MB -  #2 21 MB

Bill Diehl was a newspaper columnist, radio broadcaster and pioneer television broadcaster. He worked at the St. Paul Dispatch/Pioneer Press for 53 years. He was at WMIN (1948–1949, 1951–1955), WTCN (1955–1956), WDGY (1956–1966), and WCCO (1967–1995). At WDGY, he was "The Rajah of the Records," "The Deacon of the Disks," "The Purveyor of the Platters," and "The Wizard of the Wax" with all the musical facts. Along with his broadcasting duties, he was a popular emcee for musical acts, including Buddy Holly. He played a significant role in bringing The Beatles to Minnesota in 1965.


4/16/2022

CBS RADIO'S COVERAGE OF THE UNITED STATES' FIRST ORBITAL SPACE FLIGHT WITH JOHN GLENN IN 1962 AS WOULD HAVE BEEN HEARD ON WCCO-AM

CBS Radio's pre, flight, and post coverage of astronaut John Glenn becoming the first American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Project Mercury's Friendship 7 spacecraft on February 20, 1962. Glenn circled the globe three times in a flight lasting 4 hours and 55 minutes before splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean. Coverage anchored by Dallas Townsend at Cape Canaveral. Includes remarks by President Kennedy in part seven. - #1   #2   #3   #4    #5    #6    #7    #8  (mp3 files range from 12 to 17 MB) (provided by Todd Kosovich)


4/3/2022

WCCO RADIO - ORCHESTRA BROADCAST FROM THE HOTEL NICOLLET IN 1938

WCCO-AM (810) - Broadcast of "Bill Carlson and His Band of a Million Thrills" from from the Minnesota Terrace at the Hotel Nicollet on November 20, 1938. Enjoy this unedited 25 minute recording. 12 MB (provided by Mark Durenberger)

Note: WCCO Radio was broadcasting at 810 AM in 1938. The station moved to 830 AM in 1941. In addition, the station's studios were located at the Hotel Nicollet until 1938.


4/2/2022

KSTP-AM "THE MUSIC STATION' AIRCHECK WITH MACHINE GUN KELLY FROM 1973

KSTP-AM (1500) - Machine Gun Kelly from December 1, 1973. - 5 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes commercials for Kimball Ballroom, Super America, and Jesus Christ Superstar (movie).


3/21/2022

Most of the mp3 audio files are about 23 MB in size.

50 "FLASHBACK TWIN CITIES" SHOWS WITH TOM OSZMAN ON KLBB-AM FROM 2012-2015

The following "Flashback Twin Cities" shows with Tom Oszman of TCMediaNow aired on KLBB-AM (1220) between 2012-2015.

Louie Anderson 10-18-2014 (BIO)

Dana Benson 1-24-2015 (BIO)

Andre and Sally Bernier 1-5-2013 (BIO)

Mike Binkley 4-6-2013 (BIO)

Tim Blotz 1-4-2014 (BIO)

Bob Bruce 2-9-2013 (former KSTP-TV sports anchor)

Kevyn Burger and Julie Kramer 6-5-2015 (Burger-BIO) (Kramer-BIO)

Johnny Canton 5-18-2013 (BIO)

Barbara Carlson 9-21-2013 (BIO)

Steve Carroll 9-7-2013 (BIO)

Jason Davis 6-8-2013 (BIO)

Paul Douglas 12-6-2014 (BIO)

Deborah Ely-Lawrence and Mike Walcher 12-21-2012 (Ely/Walcher - former WCCO-TV news anchors)

Deborah Ely-Lawrence and Robb Leer 5-4-2013 (Ely - former WCCO-TV news anchor) (BIO-Leer)

Deborah Ely-Lawrence 12-14-2013 (former WCCO-TV news anchor)

Mike Fairbourne 11-23-2013 (BIO)

Dennis Feltgen 2-26-2013 (BIO)

Karen Filloon and Dennis Feltgen 7-13-2013 (BIO-Filloon) (BIO-Feltgen)

Roy Finden 3-2-2013 (BIO)

Marcia Fleur 6-28-2014 (BIO)

Ralph Jon Fritz 10-19-2013 (BIO)

Rusty Gatenby 5-10-2014 (BIO)

Mike Stretch Gelfand 12-13-2014 (former member of the KQRS-FM Morning Show)

Bernie Grace 8-17-2013 (BIO)

Ron Handberg 8-10-2013 (BIO)

Tom Hendrick and Shannon Farnon 10-26-2013 (Hendrick - former WCCO-TV reporter) (Farnon - voice of Wonder Woman)

Bud Kraehling and Allan Lotsberg 6-1-2013 (BIO-Kraehling) (BIO-Lotsberg)

Brian Lambert 3-9-2013 (BIO)

Allan Lotsberg 3-22-2014 (BIO)

Ron Magers 7-27-2013 (BIO)

Ernie Martz 10-12-2013 (BIO)

Randy Meier 1-18-2014 (BIO)

Pat Miles 6-15-2013 (BIO)

Tom Mischke 4-26-2014 (BIO)

Neil Murray 12-7-2013 (BIO - former consumer advocate/reporter for KSTP-TV)

Ron Rosenbaum 8-31-2013 (BIO)

Turi Ryder 3-8-2014 (BIO)

Tom Ryther 1-11-2014 (BIO)

Tom Ryther and Dr. Walt Lyons 2-16-2013 (BIO-Ryther) (BIO-Lyons)

Joe Schmit 6-7-2014 (BIO)

Paul Stagg 8-24-2013 (BIO)

Joan Steffend 5-11-2013 (BIO)

Alan Stone 1-12-2013 (former KQRS-FM announcer and Program Director)

Alan Stone 12-21-2013 (former KQRS-FM announcer and Program Director)

Lindsay Strand and Chris Meltved 4-13-2013 (BIO-Strand) (Meltved - former manager, news operations & director at KSTP-TV)

Stan Turner 12-1-2012 (BIO)

Stan Turner and Peter Thiele 9-29-2013 (BIO-Turner) (BIO-Thiele)

Barry ZeVan 3-30-2013 (BIO)

Barry ZeVan 6-29-2013 (BIO)

Barry ZeVan 4-12-2014 (BIO)


3/11/2022

TWINS BASEBALL PRE/POST GAME (PLUS FINAL GAME CALL) WHEN CATFISH HUNTER PITCHED A PERFECT GAME IN 1968

WCCO-AM (830) - Twins Baseball Entire Pre and Post-Game Shows plus the dramatic final call when Catfish Hunter of the Oakland A's pitched a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins on May 8, 1968 with Herb Carneal, Merle Harmon, and Halsey Hall. - 16 MB. Note: Audio is fair quality.

  • Pre-Game - Merle Harmon Show: Merle interviews Bruce Look who appeared in 59 games as a member of the 1968 MN Twins
  • Pre-Game - Cal Ermer Show: Sid Hartman interviews the Twins manager
  • Final Call
  • Post-Game Including the Herb Carneal Scoreboard Show

3/10/2022

KDWB-AM AIRCHECK FROM 1965 WITH CHARLEE BROWN - 57 YEARS AGO!

KDWB-AM (630) - Charlee Brown from March 5, 1965 including various news/public affairs segments and a newscast with Henry J. Marcotte - 10 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes commercials for The Rounders (movie), Doublemint Gum, Robert Hall, Macleans Toothpaste, Two on a Guillotine (movie), Orrin Thompson/Riverview Terrace, and STP.


3/9/2022

BUCK AND O'CONNOR "BACK TOGETHER AGAIN" ON WLOL-FM IN 1989

WLOL-FM (99.5) - Buck McWilliams and Chris O'Connor reunited for a Saturday morning show in July 1989. 17 MB (provided by Chris O'Connor) - Buck & O'Connor were hosts of a popular morning show on KDWB-FM in the mid-1980s.


3/8/2022

Hobbs House Theme Music ("Smoke Rings" by Henry Mancini)

HOBBS HOUSE WITH FRANKLIN HOBBS ON WCCO RADIO

WCCO-AM (830) - Franklin Hobbs (Hobbs House) remote broadcast from Wisconsin State College in River Falls playing dance music for the students on December 7, 1962. 5 MB (provided by Mark Durenberger)

Includes commercials for Miller, Goodman Jewelers, Downtown Minneapolis, and Uncle John's Pancake House,

 

WCCO-AM (830) - Hobbs House with Franklin Hobbs including weather reports with Ray Christensen from July 11-12, 1966. 12 MB (provided by Bill Lund, Digital on Location, Woodbury, MN)

Includes commercials for Grain Belt Beer, Isle Royale National Park, Midas, North Central Airlines, DeLaria's Kentucky Fried Chicken, United Furniture Showrooms, Paul Bunyan Center, Quarterback Deodorant and Men's Hair Spray, and Red Lodge Montana.

 

WCCO-AM (830) - Franklin Hobbs final show/hour on March 14, 1981 - 12 MB (provided by Mark Durenberger)

Includes commercials/promos for Jelarco, Octopus Car Wash, State High School Hockey coverage with Steve Cannon, Minnesota Heartland, EndoTherm, and Banks.

 

KLBB-AM (1400) - Franklin Hobbs Tribute - 1995  #1 - #2 #3 - #4 (mp3 files: 7 to 14 MB) - (provided by Missy Clark, Franklin's daughter)  


3/7/2022

WCCO RADIO/MINNESOTA TWINS PROMO CAMPAIGNS FROM 1986 AND 1989

WCCO-AM (830) - WCCO Radio/Minnesota Twins promo campaigns from 1986 and 1989 integrating pop music and game play-by-play highlights from Herb Carneal, John Gordon and Joe Angel. 5 MB


3/5/2022

TRIBUTES AND COVERAGE ON THE DEATH OF BABE RUTH THAT AIRED IN 1948 ON WLOL-AM AND KSTP AM/FM

WLOL-AM (1330) - Mutual Radio Tribute to Babe Ruth broadcast on August 17, 1948 and hosted by Bert Lytell. Opens with a WLOL station identification. 11 MB (provided by David Becker)

Includes tributes by William Harridge, President of the American League; Ford Frick, President of the National League; Mel Allen (an American sportscaster, best known for his long tenure as the primary play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees), Clark Griffith, owner of the Washington Senators; Babe Ruth interview from 1937 (while hunting); Tom Zachary (19-year career in Major League Baseball that lasted from 1918 to 1936); Waite Hoyt (an American right-handed professional baseball pitcher who played in Major League Baseball for seven different teams during 1918–1938); Albert Chandler (Commissioner of Baseball from 1945 to 1951); and a report from Bob Emerick at Yankee Stadium where Babe Ruth's funeral took place and thousands of fans got a chance to walk past the open casket of the famous home run hitter.

WLOL-AM (1330) - Dick Enroth reading The Great Babe Has Struck Out followed by play-by-play of the last half of the 7th inning of the Minneapolis Millers vs. the Louisville Colonels - August 17, 1948. 3 MB (provided by David Becker)

WLOL-AM (1330) - In The Bleachers with Stu  Mann reporting on the passing of Babe Ruth and tribute includes a recording of Babe Ruth being speaking at Yankee Stadium during "Babe Ruth Day" a year earlier. Plus one of the last interviews that Ruth gave about two-months before his passing by 11 year old Johnny Ross of Minneapolis when Ruth was in Minneapolis. August 17, 1948. 4 MB (provided by David Becker)

 

KSTP-AM/FM (1500 / 102.1 - KSTP-FM's frequency in 1948) - National Broadcasting Company (NBC) "A Ballad for The Babe" aired on August 17, 1948. Includes a station identification for KSTP AM & FM and a Bulova watch commercial. 10 MB (provided by David Becker)

All of the above recordings were recorded on Recordio Discs by David Becker's great aunt in 1948.


2/27/2022

BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE OF THE 1968 INVASION OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA 

WCCO-AM (830) - WCCO Radio and CBS Radio breaking news coverage of Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia on August 20-21, 1968. This scoped aircheck begins about two hours before news of the invasion broke and continues with excerpts from the following hours.  - #1 22 MB  #2 32 MB


2/26/2022

AIRCHECK OF REV 105 "REVOLUTION RADIO" FROM 1994 

REV 105 broadcast under the call signs KREV, WREV, and later KCFE on three different frequencies (105.1, 105.3 and 105.7) and played a fairly wide variety of music, mostly alternative rock.

KREV-FM / WREV-FM (105.1 / 105.3) - REV 105 "Revolution Radio" with Dave Anton and Christine from October 16, 1994 - 13 MB (provided by Jon Ellis - NorthPine)

Includes commercials for Uptown Bar, Dunwoody, and Minnesota Broadcasters Association.


2/25/2022

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U100 (WYOO) TOP 500 SONGS COUNTDOWN FROM 1976 

WYOO-AM/FM (980 \ 101.3) - The conclusion of the Top 500 Songs Countown (Songs #7 to #1) with Chucker Morgan from 1976. 3 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes commercials for Hypnotist Michael Jackson, Listerex, Dayton's Drivers Training School, and When Women Lost Their Tails (movie).

Plus a listing of all 500 songs (click on the images to the left).


2/24/2022

THE LAST DAYS OF LINCOLN - A FIVE PART SERIES THAT AIRED ON WCCO RADIO IN 1965 

WCCO-AM (830) - The Last Days of Lincoln. A five part re-enactment series that aired in 1965 on the 100th anniversary of the death of President Abraham Lincoln. #1  #2  #3  #4  #5  (mp3 files approx. 15 MB each) - (provided by Bill Lund, Digital on Location, Woodbury, MN)


2/17/2022

REMEMBERING MINNESOTA TWINS GREAT HARMON KILLEBREW 

Harmon Killebrew was a prolific power hitter who spent most of his 22-year career in Major League Baseball with the Minnesota Twins. At the time of his retirement Killebrew had the fifth-most home runs in major league history.


2/14/2022

WLOL-FM AIRCHECK WITH DENNY SCHAFFER AND JOHN DREW FROM LATE 1980s 

WLOL-FM (99.5) - Denny Schaffer from 1988 including John Drew with the announcement of a $50,000 winner in the WLOL $100,000 Cash Scavenger Hunt live from Burnsville Center - 2 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)


2/13/2022

WLOL INTERVIEW WITH SAM SHERWOOD FROM 1971 

WLOL-AM (1330) - Sam Sherwood interview from November 11, 1971 - 27 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

As a disc jockey, program director, and later general manager of KDWB-AM, Sam Sherwood was one of the key figures in the Top 40 era of AM radio, and eventually became vice president of parent company Crowell Collier Publishing. When KDWB was sold, Sherwood joined Entertainment Communications and pioneered the beautiful music format with WAYL-FM, where he spent ten years as general manager. (Description and photo courtesy of the Pavek Museum)

Includes commercials/promos for Mutual News, Robinson's Menswear, President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (voiced by James Brown), Lake Street Bootery, and US Postal Service.


2/12/2022

WDGY-AM AIRCHECK WITH JOHNNY CANTON FROM 1975 

WDGY-AM (1130) - Johnny Canton from August 28, 1975 - 6 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes a newscast, WDGY promos, and commercials for Schuler Shoes, Larry Reid's Bloomington Chrysler Plymouth, Craft Village, Montgomery Ward, and West Photo.

Note: There is storm static on the recording.


2/9/2022

VIDEO OF WCCO RADIO'S BOONE & ERICKSON MORNING SHOW IN 1989

WCCO-AM (830) Video of WCCO Radio's Boone & Erickson Morning Show from 1989 with Charlie Boone, Roger Erickson, Eric Eskola, Jim Kelly, Bill Endersen and Roger Strom. This was produced in 1989 as video production project by a student at the University of Minnesota. Click on the image to view the video.


1/18/2022

WDGY-AM NORTH COUNTRY MUSIC RADIO AIRCHECK FROM NEW YEAR'S DAY 1978 WITH PAUL JOHNSON 

WDGY-AM (1130) - Paul Johnson including newscasts with Ron Rohr on January 1, 1978 - 7 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)


1/17/2022

WHAT DID WYOO SOUND LIKE BEFORE U100? AN AIRCHECK FROM 1973 IS POSTED BELOW.

WYOO-AM (980) - Michael O'Shea, Bob Chase and Gary Wilcox "golden oldies format" including news and sportscasts fron November 30, 1973 - 15 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes commercials for Pizza Hut; Dayton's Record and Tape Department; Oldies But Goodies LPs available at Montgomery Ward, Zayre Shoppers' City and Dayton's; and Dart Sport Convertible at Twin City Dodge Dealers.


1/16/2022

KDWB-AM AIRCHECK WITH TRUE DON BLEU AND PETER HUNTINGTON MAY FROM 1970

KDWB-AM (630) - True Don Bleu including a newscast with Peter Huntington May from February 26, 1970 - 7 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes commercials for Merit Chevrolet, The Beatles' Hey Jude LP at JC Penney, Magoo's, Rosedale and Southdale Bridal Shops, and M.L. Novak Jewelers.


1/15/2022

WDGY-AM AIRCHECK WITH CHARLIE VAN DYKE AND DONALD K. MARTIN FROM 1973

WDGY-AM (1130) - Charlie Van Dyke and Donald K. Martin from November 13, 1973 - 10 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes newscast and commercials for Anacin, Eastern Airlines, GAC Finance, Target, Fairview Chrysler Plymouth, Joyous Christmas LP at Beneficial Finance, Hansord Pontiac, Xerox, Sears, First Minnehaha National Bank, and Quality Mercury.


1/14/2022

MORE U100 (WYOO AM/FM) AIRCHECKS WITH JERRY ST. JAMES FROM 1976

From the tape archives of Michael Sigelman, who was General Manager of U100, the following new airchecks are being featured:

WYOO AM/FM (980 / 101.3) – U100 with Jerry St. James and Michael J. Douglas from January 14, 1976 with school lunch cooks Betty and Irma and reading Twin Cities area school lunch menus (with lots of sound effects), Rex King (The World’s Only Singing Weatherman), Julia Childlike, and Hot Flash News of the Morning. #1 30 MB - #2 45 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes commercials for the Stand Theater in downtown St. Paul showing The Concert for Bangladesh, The Ten Commandments, and Juicy Fruit Gum.

WYOO AM/FM (980 / 101.3) – U100 with Jerry St. James and Michael J. Douglas from March 5, 1976 with school lunch cooks Betty and Irma and reading Twin Cities area school lunch menus (with lots of sound effects), Rex King (The World’s Only Singing Weatherman) and Hot Flash News of the Morning. #1 32 MB - #2 23 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes commercials for The Zoo, Tompall and The Outlaw Band, Twin City Honda, Schaak Electronics, Stereo Buys, Midland Records, Juicy Fruit Gum, Ford and Lincoln Mercury Dealers, and Gable and Lombard (movie).
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WYOO AM/FM (980 / 101.3) – U100 with Jerry St. James and Michael J. Douglas from 1976 with school lunch cooks Betty and Irma and reading Twin Cities area school lunch menus. 6 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)


1/2/2022

KSTP-AM AIRCEHCK FROM 1975 WITH CHUCK KNAPP AND CHARLIE BUSH

KSTP-AM (1500) - Chuck Knapp and Charlie Bush from February 12, 1975 - 11 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes the following commercials: Chevrolet, Rafferty and the Golddust Twins (movie), 13th Annual International Autorama at the St. Paul Civic Center, Ridgedale, Juicy Fruit Gum, Kava Instant Coffee, Thom McAn Shoe Store, First Bank, and Pracna on Main.


1/1/2022

CBS RADIO'S LOWELL THOMAS BREAKS UP LAUGHING IN THIS REQUESTED 1968 RECORDING

In May 2020, we received the following comment/request which we posted on the Comments page:

"Years ago on WCCO radio, a national news report was being carried about a fat man at a circus who had died. He apparently was so big that he couldn't be carried in a hearse so he was being buried off of the end of a pickup truck. As the announcer was relating the story he starting snickering and tried control himself. This evolved into belly laughs and eventually he was squealing like a baby pig. Over the years ‘CCO would replay this clip. Would loved to hear it again." Darald W."

Just recently, we received the following from an anonymous contributor (and the aircheck below):

"I see an entry from May 28, 2020 with which I can help. I’ve attached a portion of a broadcast of “Lowell Thomas and the News” which, I’m quite sure, is what the poster remembers. I believe that I narrowed the year of the broadcast to 1968 as that was when the book referenced by Thomas was published."

WCCO Radio/CBS Radio - Lowell Thomas breaks up laughing - 1968 - 1 MB


12/30/2021

1972-1973 KDWB-AM New Year's Party Broadcast

KDWB-AM (630) - New Year's Party broadcast from 1972 to 1973 with Rob Sherwood, True Don Bleu, Bob Lange and Michael J. Douglas. Note: Audio quality is fair as it was recorded off-air. 12 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

Includes commercials for Jeremiah Johnson (movie), Pepsi, Quaker State Motor Oil, Ultra Brite and General Motors Corporation.


U100 (WYOO) "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" FROM 1974

WYOO-AM/FM (U100) - A Christmas Carol from 1974 including Rob Sherwood, Steve "US" Steele, Michael J. Douglas, Captain Billy, Jerry Brooke, Art Snow, "Brother" Bob Hall and more. 40 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)

 

12/8/2021

 

A FEW RARE TWIN CITIES AIRCHECKS FROM THE EARLY 1990s

KBCW-AM (1470 - Brooklyn Center) - A recording of this station from 1991 featuring Real Country format. Though call letters were

KBCW, outside of the top of the hour legal ID, the station promoted itself just as "KCW." - 4 MB (provided by Jacob Hammond)

WDGY-AM (630) - Station Promo - (provided by Jacob Hammond)


12/4/2021

KSTP-AM AIRCHECKS OF BOB YATES - BOB'S RADIO BASICS

The following are KSTP-AM airchecks of radio personality Bob Yates provided by Kenny Olson (who also appears in most of the recordings). Some of the recordings includes sports discussion with Patrick Reusse, newscasts with Linda Evans, ABC Radio Newscasts, and more.

August 1990 - Broadcast from Minnesota State Fair - 12 MB

June 4, 1991 - (Bob makes a call to China for takeout rat food) - #1 28 MB - #2 27 MB

November 1, 1991 (Great Halloween Storm) - 25 MB

August 15, 1992 - #1 26 MB - #2 26 MB

November 9, 1992 - #1 25 MB - #2 25 MB

December 4, 1992 - #1 26 MB - #2 28 MB

January 5, 1993 - Aircheck -- 26 MB


11/28/2021

REMEMBERING THE CAREER OF TAC HAMMER

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.

A montage of airchecks of Tac Hammer including WAKX-AM (Duluth), KDWB-AM, KRSI-AM/FM, KQRS AM/FM and WLOL-FM. 6 MB (provided by Jeanne Anderson)

WAKX-AM (1320 - Superior/Duluth) - Sept. 30, 1965 - Tac Hammer - #1 6 MB -  #2 - 9 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)

KDWB-AM (630) - 9/28/1966 - Tac Hammer - 23 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Includes two newscasts, Don Riley's Spot Check on Sports and commercials for Grain Belt Beer, Wrigley's Spearmint Gum, Sussel, St. Paul Life and St. Paul Suburban Newspapers and Dayton's, Ruffles.

 

KDWB-AM (630) - 10/11/1967 - Tac Hammer - 19 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

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.

 

KRSI-FM (104.1) 10/25/1973 - Tac Hammer - 13 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

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.

KQRS-AM/FM (1440 / 92.5) - 4/18/1978 - Tac Hammer -   #1 15 MB   -   #2 18 MB  (provided by Curt Lundgren)

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 (provided by Brian Carlson)

WLOL-FM (99.5) - 1983 - Tac Hammer - 2 MB   


11/24/2021

KDWB-AM "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" FROM THE EARLY 1970s

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)


11/3/2021

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.


MORE AIRCHECKS


The Following Airchecks are Featured on the Special Postings Page. Check them out!

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  • 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 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)
  • Storming of the US Capitol (2021)

File sizes listed next to the airchecks are approximate and have been rounded.


We are pleased to have the opportunity to highlight so many great Twin Cities radio stations and personalities, past and present. We are occasionally contacted about donations to this website. We are always looking for more airchecks. As for monetary donations, we prefer that they be donated to the the Pavek Museum. Located in St. Louis Park, MN, the Pavek Museum preserves and presents the history of electronic communication and provides a learning environment for those interested in the science of electromagnetism and sound. The Pavek Museum also houses one of the world's finest collections of antique radio, television, and broadcast equipment. We encourage you to visit their website, or better yet, stop by and tour this wonderful museum. This website is not operated by the Pavek – we are just fans of the museum.


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