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U100 DEMO TAPE FROM 1975
WYOO AM/FM (U100 - 980/101.3) - Demo Tape from 1975 featuring Captain Billy, Jerry Brooke, Brother Bob, Rob Sherwood, Chucker Morgan and Steve (U.S.) Steele. - 9 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)
Listen to an extensive collection of U100 airchecks, from the first day to the last - HERE.
LISTENING TO SPUTNIK 1 ON WTCN-AM IN 1957
WTCN-AM (1280) "Twin Cities at Night" interviews by Bill Diehl on Sputnik 1 with calls from listeners including one listener playing audio from Sputnik 1 as heard on his shortwave radio. Sputnik 1 audio can be heard about 4:20 into the recording. 5 MB. (provided by Helen Diehl)
Sputnik 1 was the first artificial Earth satellite. The Soviet Union launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit on October 4,1957, orbiting for three weeks before its batteries died, then silently for two more months before falling back into the atmosphere.
REMEMBERING WLOL-FM 99 1/2 - 1981 to 1991
The following new recordings have been provided by Dan Seeman.
1982 Profile including John Hines, Bob Berglund, Tac Hammer, Pete Thomson, Karen Wang, Brian Acker - 11 MB
1984 Profileincluding John Hines, Bob Berglund, Tac Hammer, Bob Lange, Bill Lee, Phil Huston, Paul Douglas, Karen Wong,
Buddy Hollis - 19 MB
1985/1986 Profile including John Hines, Bob Berglund, Tac Hammer, Bob Lange, Buddy Hollis, Paul Douglas, Phil Huston, Karen Wong
- 5 MB
1988 Profileincluding John Hines, Bob Berglund, Karen Wong, Jon Drew, Dr. Dave, Denny Shaffer, David Christian, Pam Lewis
John Hines & Bob Berglund Anniversary Show Live at Grandma's Saloon -#1 (8 MB) - #2 (11 MB) (by Troy Woodruff)
Countdown '83 with Jay Philpott - counting down the top songs of 1983. Songs 36 to 1 including "Year in Review" segments with Bob Berglund and a New Year's countdown at midnight - 30 MB (provided by Ron Gerber and Eric P.)
John Hines & Pam Lewis - This aircheck was recorded a few days after the abduction of Jacob Wetterling and includes a message and song for Jacob that many Minnesota radio stations aired at the same time. 23 MB - (provided by Tom Wollenberg)
Countdown '89 with Denny Shaffer and John Drew - counting down the top 99 songs of 1989 (scoped) including a New Year's countdown at midnight - Songs 99 to 63 26 MB - Songs 63 to 27 28 MB - Songs 27 to 126 MB (provided by Ron Gerber and Eric P.)
Jammin' in the 90s#1 10 MB - #2 11 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)
Mike Miller, Eleanor Mondale & John Hines - Winter Carnival - 2 MB(provided by Steve
Mike Miller, Eleanor Mondale & John Hines - News of the Wierd- 2 MB(provided by Steve
Mike Miller, Eleanor Mondale & John Hines - one of their final shows - #115 MB - #2 9MB]
Final Two Days including switchover to KSJN-FM (Minnesota Public Radio) - 13 MB
Final day / final hour of regular broadcasting - #1 13 MB - #2 28 MB (provided by Tom Wollenberg
KQRS-FM AIRCHECKS FROM 1969 TO 1974!
(airchecks provided by Brian Person)
1969 - Alan Stone - Includes KQ Newsbeat with details on Vietnam War demonstrations throughout Minnesota and announcements/commercials
for YES - Emergency Referral Telephone Service, McGoos Bar, The Beatles Abbey Road for $3.99 at Dayton's, The Labor Temple, and Musicland. Plus a brief speech by the Reverend Ralph David Abernathy. - 16 MB
1971 - Alan Stone - Includes a newscast and commercials for the Guthrie Theater, Certs, Rosedale Center, Musicland/The Mamas and
the Papas, Theodore Hamm Company and Coca Cola Midwest Recycling Center, Clairol Long and Silky, Ribnick Furs, People's Record Shop, and International Custom Auto Fair at the Minneapolis Auditorium. - 15 MB
1972 - George Donaldson Fisher - Incudes two newscasts, And a spot for YES - Emergency Referral Telephone Service - 7 MB
1972 - John Fine - Includes commercials for Hansord, Yes and The Eagles at the Minneapolis Armory, Midwest Mountaineering, Pan Am,
Bobby Whitlock, Mr. G, United Stores, The Band: Rock of Ages, Bikeways, Wayne and Ron's Record Store, Slaughterhouse-Five, Orin Thompson Homes and a newscast including Richard Nixon, Goerge McGovern, Watergate, etc.. - 18 MB
1972 - Unidentified Announcer - Includes a newscast and commercials for Argent, One Groveland, Movie: Brother Sun, Sister Moon,
Delmonico’s House of Stereo, Grain Belt Beer, Freedom Electronics, and Certs. - 14 MB
1973 - Randi Kirschbaum - Includes a newscast about Spiro Agnew, Watergate, etc. Plus, commercials for Eveready Batteries, Grain Belt Beer,
Vinegar Joe, Sear Auto and Tires, Dayton's Records and Tapes, and Jeff Beck. - 11 MB
1974 - Alan Stone - Includes Randi Kirschbaum with events news, newscast and commercials for Schlitz Beer, Maplewood Bowl,
Grain Belt Beer, AMC Dealers (Gremlin auto), STP, Bronco Bar, Burnsville Bowl, Movie: Out Time, Minnesota Auto Specialists, Twin City Federal, Dayton's Adventures in Learning Typing Class, 10,000 Auto Parts, and Movie: Italian Graffiti. - 23 MB
KDWB AM/FM - 35 YEAR REUNION FROM 1994 - VIDEO AND AUDIO
On October 1, 1994, KDWB celebrated its 35th anniversary with former and current station personalities.
Watch a 74 minute video of the reunion (click on photo to watch)
KDWB-FM: Airchecks from the 1994 on-air celebration including appearances by: Mark Anderson, True Don Bleu,Chuck Buell,
Lou Buron (General Manager), Bill Dorweiler (Chief Engineer), Paul Hedberg,"Bullet" Bob Lang, Jeff McKee, Donald K. Martin, Don Michaels, Barry McKinna (Barry Siewert), Lou Riegert (Lou Waters), Domino Rippey, Chris Roberts, Jackson Ross, Rob Sherwood, Sam Sherwood, Mike Sigelman and Bobby Wilde.
COVERAGE OF THE FLIGHT OF APOLLO 11 - 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface; Aldrin joined him afterwards. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Command module pilot Michael Collins flew the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface at a site they named Tranquility Base before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.
July 16, 1969 - WCCO-AM / CBS Radio - Launch of Apollo 11 with CBS Radio's Reid Collins - 11 MB (provided by Helen Diehl)
Includes a Mutual Radio newscast and an interview with Jim Donna from the Castaways, plus the following commercials: Coca Cola (Bill Cosby), Shaak Electronics, Dannon Yogurt, Paulson Bumper to Bumper Stores, Dayton's Furniture, Menards, St. Paul's Salute to Rock and Roll, Budget Power, Super America, Visa, Kelloggs, Eagle Mill Restaurant, Kris Kristofferson at Northrup Auditorium, Pioneer Car Stereo, Amoco, Lone Star Beer, Brookdale Shopping Center, Waterbed Gallery, Ultra Brite Toothpaste, NSP and Elko Speedway.
Coca Cola Golden Top 40 Countdown show with B. J. Crocker broadcast on July 11, 1981 featuring music from July 11, 1959- 12 MB
Find more airchecks of B. J. Crocker and WWTC's Golden Rock HERE.
KOLM-AM (Rochester, MN) from 1967 featuring Don Erdman
"The following recordings are from KOLM-AM 1520 in Rochester, MN recorded in 1967 .Back in 1967, KOLM was a quintessential example of what radio once was – Mom and Pop owned, decidedly local, and very much live. They ran
a tight show considering their limited resources in a small market. Don Erdman, was one of the first employees taking on the
dual roles of announcer and Chief Engineer. He also had a limited
role in sales. He was a graduate of Brown Institute for both
broadcasting and electronics with an FCC Radiotelephone First-Class
Operator License. As engineer he built out the studio and performed
routine maintenance at the studio and transmitter. As announcer he
did the morning drive as a one-man show including spinning his own
records, rip and read news, weather, commercials, and of course
announcing." (provided by Peter Erdman)
0:00 Announce: : Local event calendar Don Erdman
0:47 Announce: time and temperature Don Erdman / Jingle: KOLM 1520
Music: Melodie d'amour Ray Conniff and his
Orchestra and Singers
Music: Love is Here and Now You’re Gone The Supremes
1:52 Announce: Cut music short since it is News time! Don Erdman
2:13 Commercial: Blickle Jewelers Agency produced with live
tag by Don Erdman
2:44 Intro: News Don Erdman
2:48 News Room: Don Erdman
Rochester School Board meeting
Rochester Park Board planning for a new community auditorium
Norton Hotel fire update
Metal studded snow tires
Constitutional amendment for Presidential succession
5:00 PSA: See and be seen Agency produced
5:31 Weather: Feed from Rochester Weather Bureau Jim Anderson
6:12 Announce: current weather conditions Don Erdman
6:34 Jingle: Now back to music…
Music: A Single Girl Sandy Posey
6:48 Announce: welcome aboard to the Don Erdman show Don Erdman
7:04 Commercial: Greater Rochester’s Surplus Stores Unknown and Don Erdman
7:35 Announce: tongue-in-cheek thanks to the commercial guys Don Erdman
7:41 Jingle: The tunes are all hits…
7:58 Commercial: Sears Kenmore gas dryers (live read) Don Erdman
Music: Lovin’ You Bobby Darin
8:50 Announce: time and temperature Don Erdman
9:03 Commercial: H&R Block Agency with
John Cameron Swayze + tag by Don Erdman
10:03 Intro: Quickie Quiz Don Erdman
10:32 Announce: Quickie Quiz contest Don Erdman
Music: The Green, Green Grass of Home Tom Jones
10:58 Announce: quiz contest winner Don Erdman
11:28 Commercial: Andy’s Furniture (live read) Don Erdman
12:01 Announce: current weather conditions (with fumble) Don Erdman
12:28 Music: unknown song Les Baxter the Chorus and
12:44 Jingle: KOLM 1520
12:55 Announce: temperature Don Erdman
13:01 Promo: Joe Fine Show Agency produced
Music: Look What You’ve Done Pozo-Seco Singers
0:00 The four/fore most letters…
0:22 The swingin’ one…
0:36 Stay with us for the news…
0:54 In Rochester…
1:06 The station that really cares…
1:20 From the sunny side of the dial…weather
1:30 If you follow a sport…
1:52 We are your kind of people…
2:18 Now back to music…
2:32 The only way to fly… (jazzy)
2:48 We have amused you…now it’s time to news you…
3:09 Totally informed…Completely entertained…
3:43 No work and all play makes for the perfect blend…
4:12 The tunes are all hits…
4:28 This was a record that was…the station that made it big
4:44 KOLM gets you up, up, up…
5:02 The one with the fun…it’s Don Erdman
IN MEMORY OF PETER TORK - THE MONKEES ON KDWB-AM IN 1967
The Monkees were in the Twin Cities for a concert and broadcast from KDWB's "Secret City" with a remote from the hotel where the band was staying. Featuring Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones.
The recordings feature candid, silly and serious moments from The Monkees - a wonderful collection of recordings during the two days The Monkees took over the radio station.
August 3, 1967 to 4 am on August 4, 1967: Starting with coverage of the Monkees' airplane arrival at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport followed by Michael, Peter, Micky and Davy broadcasting from "Secret City" playing records, performing a skit, and some candid comments by Micky about criticism concerning the group not playing all instruments in their songs, thoughts about The Beatles, and more. Includes KDWB personalities Charlie Brown, Earl Trout, Tac Hammer, Bobby Davis and newscast by Robert Davis. #1 30 MB - #2 21 MB(provided by Curt Lundgren)
August 4, 1967 (3:00-6:00 pm): Mostly featuring Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork spinning records with Michael having fun insulting KDWB advertisers including Dayton's and J A Gerber Jewelers and Peter playing the banjo. Includes newscast by Don Miller. #1 16 MB - #2 23 MB - #3 19 MB - #4 8 MB (provided by Phil Kitchen and Jeanne Anderson)
Includes commercials for J A Gerber Jewelers, Durkee Seasoned Spices, Ray Conniff "This is My Song" album, Pedwin Shoes, Baskin-Robbins, Preparation H, Heileman Old Style Beer, Minnesota Dragways, NCC Drive-In Theaters, "The Big Mouth" with Jerry Lewis (movie), Dad's Root Beer, Mobile, Wrigley's Spearmint Gum, Schlitz Beer, Coca Cola (sung by Ray Charles), STP, Summer Blonde Hair Spray, Honda and Hamm's Beer.
KQRS-FM (92.5) - Alan Stone's final day broadcast on January 11, 1980 - 6 MB (provided by David Carlson)
1/13/2019 + 1/16/2019
Coverage of the Disappearance and Location of Jayme Closs
1953: WCCO Aquatennial Show broadcast with Cedric Adams, Bob DeHaven, Clellan Card, Victor Borge, George Jessel, The McGuire
Sisters, Jeanne Arland, Tony Grise, Joan Iden, Minneapolis Choraliers, Wally Olson and more. #128 MB - #235 MB
1954: WCCO Aquatennial Show broadcast with Cedric Adams, Bob DeHaven, Art Linkletter,
Jack Carson, Helen O'Connell,
Gerhardt, Minneapolis Choraliers, Wally Olson and more. #1 29 MB - #238 MB
1955: WCCO Aquatennial Show broadcast with Cedric Adams, Bob DeHaven, Bob Crosby (brother of Bing Crosby),
(who was host of the television game show "Dollar A Second"), Guy Mitchell and much more. #122 MB - #222 MB
1956: WCCO Winter Carnival Show with Cedric Adams, Bob DeHaven, Johnny Carson, Steve Lawrence, Warren Hull
(host of the CBS television show "Strike it Rich") Richard Hayman, Mindy Carson, The Red River Band, Burt Hanson and others. #1 24 MB - #2 30 MB (audio is a bit rough at times due to the poor condition of the transcription records)
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)
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)
File sizes listed next to the airchecks are approximate and have been rounded.
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