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stations dating back to 1924 with many from the 1950s to 1980s including WCCO, KSTP, WDGY, KDWB, KQRS and others.
are listed below. Popular news related airchecks can be found on the SPECIAL POSTINGS page including coverage of major events as heard locally including tornado and severe weather, JFK and RFK assassinations, 35W bridge collapse, Apollo 11, 12 & 13 flights, Watergate, Twins World Series celebrations and more!
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DON VOGEL - MORE THAN 25 AIRCHECKS
The Round Mound of Sound, The Swami, Howard Cosell and Willie Griffin are just some of the names that were synonymous with the very talented talk show host and leader of the Don Squad, Don Vogel. Don worked at KSTP-AM from 1984-1987 and 1992-1995. Don passed away in 1995.
Don Vogel - Final show before leaving for Chicago - #1 22MB - #2 22 MB (provided by
Irwin "Irv" Schreiner) - #3 30 MB (provided by Brian Veys)
Don Vogel & Tom Mischke - #111 MB - #211 MB (provided by David Ocar)
Announcement of the death of Halsey Hall with Bill Diehl interviews with Calvin Griffith, Paul Giel, Charlie Johnson, Rollie Johnson and
Dr. E.W. Ziebarth.#128 MB - #228 MB (provided by Bill Lund, Digital on Location, Woodbury, MN)
Including commercials: Super America, K-Tel 20 Dynamic Hits, Coke (Quincy Jones & Orchestra), Cycle Rama at the St. Paul Armory, Kawasaki Motorcycles, Clairol, Ford (Pintos, Mavericks and Mustangs), Earl Brown Farm Apartments (remote with Michael J. Douglas), Milk, Certs, and Purple Barn.
REMEMBERING RAY CHRISTENSEN
It is with sadness that we report that Ray Christensen, the longtime voice of Gopher football and basketball, has passed away.
It is with sadness that we report that Johnny Canton has passed away, apparently after suffering a stroke.
From The Pavek Museum of Broadcasting website: When Johnny Canton visited a Warrensburg, Missouri, radio station as a teenager, it inspired him to begin a broadcasting career that has lasted nearly fifty years and has made him an important figure in Twin Cities radio and television. He got his first on-air job at age 16 at KLEX AM in Lexington, Missouri, and for the next several years worked in radio at stations in Colorado, Kansas City, Pennsylvania, Rochester, and Cleveland. In 1966 he joined the staff of WDGY as music director and became a much-loved and widely popular rock ‘n’ roll disc jockey and concert emcee. After 11 years at WDGY, he moved to WCCO FM (WLTE 102.9 Lite FM). The former host of Bowling for Dollars on KSTP TV and Bowlerama! on KMSP TV, he has appeared in numerous national and regional television and radio commercials, as well as such films as Airport and Mad Dogs and Englishmen. He has participated in many charity golf tournaments and other community events, and has been president of the advertising and production firm Canton Communications. One of his many claims to fame is that he was the first DJ to play John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”
A video and photos of Johnny Canton, who was inducted into the MN Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2006, can be found on the Pavek Museum website.
1959: KCMO-AM (Kansas City, MO) - Johnny Canton with actor Eddie Bracken, singer/actor Johnny Desmond - 3 MB
1962/1963: WRAW-AM (Reading, PA) - Production elements voiced/produced by Johnny Canton - 3 MB
1963: KUDL-AM (Kansas City, MO) - Johnny Canton - 1 MB
1964: WHAM-AM (Rochester, NY) - Johnny Canton - 1 MB
1965 : WHAM-AM (Rochester, NY) - Johnny Canton interview on Dick Clark's American Bandstand - 2 MB
1966: WIXY-AM (Cleveland, OH) - Johnny Canton - 1 MB
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 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)
Boston Marathon Bombings (2013)
Coverage of the Death of Prince (2016)
Election Coverage (2016)
File sizes listed next to the airchecks are approximate and have been rounded.
All of us involved with RadioTapes.com 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. As mentioned above, we are always looking for more airchecks. As for monetary donations, we prefer that they be given to the the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting. Located in St. Louis Park, MN, the Museum houses one of the world's finest collections of antique radio, television, and broadcast equipment and also provides educational seminars and workshops for children and adults. We encourage
you to visit their website, or better yet, stop by and tour this magnificant
museum. This website is not operated by the
Museum of Broadcasting – we are just fans of the museum.
of airchecks, videos and printed materials posted on this website remain
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