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KQRS AIRCHECK FROM 1977 WITH KEVIN ST. JOHN - LAST FREE FORM RADIO SHOW
KQRS-FM (92.5) - Kevin St. John final free form radio show on June 29, 1977 as the station switched to controversial highly structured format with music chosen by a consulting firm in Atlanta. #1 20 MB - #2 20 MB (provided by Kevin St. John)
Article from the August 3, 1977 Minneapolis Star about the format change at KQRS.
The aircheck includes the following commercials: The Cabooze Bar, Little River Band's Diamantina Cocktail album, Pabst Blue Ribbon commercial sung by The Spinners, Moody Blues Caught Live + Five album, Knights Formal Wear, Schmidt Beer, America and Poco at the Civic Center Arena, Bob Seger's Night Moves album, Frankie Miller's Full House album, Sound of Music, Fire Sale movie, Wrangler Jeans, Coca Cola, Paramount Marine, Bronco Bar, EMS Lob Pine, MTC Bus, Greater Minneapolis Area, Board of Realtors, Schmidt Beer, and MGM/NBC/ABC Liquor Warehouses. Plus a KQRS Speakout Citizen Editorial.
Includes the following music (scoped): Christmas and Beads of Sweat by Laura Nyro, Trouble by Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, Light Shine by The Youngbloods, Hard Times by Danny O'Keefe, Natural to be Gone by John Hartford, Kow Kow Calqualator by Steve Miller Band, Scarecrow's Dream by Dan Fogelberg, Lady of the North by Gene Clark, Buzzin' Fly by Tim Buckley, Cyprus Avenue by Van Morrison, Spoon River by Steve Goodman, Teardrops Will Fall by Ry Cooper, That Song About the Midway by Joni Mitchell, Sin City by Emmylou Harris, See You Later I'm Gone by The Marshall Tucker Band, song by Richard Torrence, Traffic Jam by James Taylor, Two Mile Pike by Barefoot Jerry, They Can't Take Away Our Music by Eric Burdon & War, Can You Hear the Music by The Rolling Stones, You Can't Always Get What You Want by the Rolling Stones, St. Stephen (Live at The Filmore West San Francisco) by the Grateful Dead, The Heart of the Battle by Roy Buchanan, Wild Dogs by Tommy Bolin, Words (Between The Lines of Age) by Neil Young, and Time Run Like a Freight Train by Eric Andersen.
Kevin St. John (1978)
KQRS AIRCHECK FROM 1975 WITH KEVIN ST. JOHN
KQRS-FM (92.5) - Kevin St. John aircheck from February 14, 1975 - #1 28 MB - #2 28 MB (provided by Kevin St. John)
The aircheck includes newscasts, Earth News, and the the following commercials: Embers, Sound of Music, The Launching Pad, Knights Formal Wear, Becklund Jewelers, The Coffee House Extempore and Tim Weisberg at Northrup Auditorium.
Includes the following music (scoped): Lonesome L.A. Cowboy by the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Till The Morning Comes by the Grateful Dead, You Just Can't Stop It by The Doobie Brothers, I Just Can't Give You Up by the Average White Band, Hold On I'm Coming by Rita Jean Bodine, Sweet Little Sixteen by John Lennon, Rock and Roll Doctor by Little Feat, Amy by Elton John, Hey Queen by Barefoot Jerry, The Man Who Couldn't Afford to Orgy by John Cale, Pay the Price by Buffalo Springfield, Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell, Eco-Catastrophe Blues by Brewer & Shipley, Davey Blue by Herbie Mann, Just too Many People by Melissa Manchester, Darlin' Dear by Chicago, I Feel the Same by Esther Phillips, Midnight Rider by Gregg Allman, Penguin in Bondage by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, The Noonward Race by the Mahavishnu Orchestra Feat/John McLaughlin, Mother Goose by Jethro Tull, Apple Cider Re-Constitution by Al Stewart, Just That Wind by Heartsfield, The Hobo Song by Old & In The Way, This Troubled Mind by Arlo Guthrie, Wild Bird by Michael Murphy, The Train That Carried My Girl from Town by Doc & Merle Watson, Love Song to Me by Johnny Winter, You Told Me Baby by Bonnie Raitt, Leaving Whipporwhill by Leon Russell, Monkey by Brian Protheroe, and Oh Well Parts I & II by Fleetwood Mac,
WWTC-AM FORMAT SWITCH FROM JAZZ TO THE ORIGINAL GOLDEN ROCK IN 1988
WWTC-AM (1280) - Format switch from KSNE-AM The Breeze jazz format to WWTC-AM with the Original Golden Rock format on May 27, 1988 kicking off with an oldies music montage followed by "Ugly" Del Roberts. Also includes an MNN Radio newscast with Bob Ryan and a commercial for KTCJ-AM encouraging jazz listeners to tune to that station. - 16 MB
THE NEW MUSIC CHALLENGE SAMPLER
The New Music Challenge sampler with Dan Hertsgaard, Alan Lotsberg, Pat Proft and Wayne Luchau. This show aired on WCCO Radio from 1990-1997, RBN Network from 1998-1999, and syndicated on the Minnesota News Network and on KLBB Radio from 1999-2003. - 19 MB (provided by Dan Hertsgaard)
BUD GRANT INTERVIEW ON KS95 WITH KNAPP AND DONUTS FROM 1984
KSTP-FM (94.5) - Knapp and Donuts (Chuck Knapp and Michael J. Douglas) from December 1984 including an announcement from Vikings Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mike Lynn, that KS95 would be the new flagship radio station for Vikings Football play-by-play plus an interview with Bud Grant, who was brought back to the Vikings as head coach following the firing of Les Steckel - 20 MB
6/20/2020 (Audio files updated on 7/3/2020)
TWIN CITIES RADIO LEGENDS APPEAR ON BOB TOTAL COUNTRY
KLCI-FM (106.1) - For the last day of Spring on June 19, 2020, BOB Total Country cooked up a summer surprise bringing back Twin Cities radio legends to shine a light on Alzheimer’s including Chuck Knapp, Jon Engen, Dan Hertsgaard, Mac McAnally, Steve Wohlenhaus, Orly Knutson, Charley Brown, Terri Traen, Rob Sherwood, Pat McKay, Don Anger, True Don Bleu, Bob Lang and Dennis Carpenter. Plus Jim Rich from FOX 9.
Thanks to Dan Hertsgaard, we are able to provide higher quality airchecks (available below). Appreciation to Al Arneson who also provided better quality recordings than previously posted.
#1#2#3 (mp3 files approximately 50 MB each -- these are large files so be patient downloading)
KQRS INTERVIEW FROM 1976 WITH KEVIN ST. JOHN AND BROWNIE MCGHEE
David Bromberg is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. An eclectic artist, Bromberg plays bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, country and western, and rock and roll. He is known for his quirky, humorous lyrics, and the ability to play rhythm and lead guitar at the same time. Bromberg has played with many famous musicians, including Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry Garcia, Rusty Evans (The Deep) and Bob Dylan. He co-wrote the song "The Holdup" with former Beatle George Harrison, who played on Bromberg's self-titled 1972 album. In 2008, he was nominated for a Grammy Award. Bromberg is known for his fingerpicking style that he learned from Reverend Gary Davis.
Kevin St. John was a DJ, a news director, and a music director at KQRS from 1974-78.
KQRS INTERVIEW FROM 1978 WITH KEVIN ST. JOHN AND GORDON LIGHTFOOT
Gordon Lightfoot is a Canadian singer-songwriter guitarist who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music. He is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He is often referred to as Canada's greatest songwriter and is known internationally as a folk-rock legend.
Kevin St. John was a DJ, a news director, and a music director at KQRS from 1974-78.
KQRS INTERVIEW FROM 1977 WITH KEVIN ST. JOHN AND PAPA JOHN KOLSTAD
In the 60s and 70s Papa John Kolstad sang and played his 12-string guitar in Minneapolis coffee houses. He performed at New England folk festivals and on "A Prairie Home Companion." He was also popular on the midwest community college circuit.
Kevin St. John was a DJ, a news director, and a music director at KQRS from 1974-78.
KQRS INTERVIEW FROM 1980 WITH KEVIN ST. JOHN AND ROY BUCHANAN
Leroy "Roy" Buchanan was an American guitarist and blues musician. A pioneer of the Telecaster sound, Buchanan worked as a sideman and as a solo artist, with two gold albums early in his career and two later solo albums that made it to the Billboard chart. He never achieved stardom, but he is still considered a highly influential guitar player.
Buchanan has influenced many guitarists, including Robbie Robertson, Gary Moore, Danny Gatton, Arlen Roth, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Jerry Garcia, Mick Ronson, Jim Campilongo, and Steve Kimock. Beck dedicated his version of "Cause We've Ended As Lovers" from Blow by Blow to him. His work is said to "stretch the limits of the electric guitar," and he is praised for "his subtlety of tone and the breadth of his knowledge, from the blackest of blues to moaning R&B and clean, concise, bone-deep rock 'n' roll." In 2004, Guitar Player listed his version of "Sweet Dreams," from his debut album on Polydor, Roy Buchanan, as having one of the "50 Greatest Tones of All Time." In the same year, the readers of Guitar Player voted Buchanan #46 in a top 50 readers' poll. (courtesy Wikipedia)
WCCO RADIO'S FIRST BANK NOTES FROM 1969 WITH BILL DIEHL AND JOYCE LAMONT
WCCO-AM (830) - First Bank Notes with Bill Diehl and Joyce Lamont broadcast on March 31, 1969. This program was broadcast on the same day of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower's funeral in Washington DC, a national day of mourning, and features newscasts, patriotic music, weather forecasts, and commercials for First National Bank, RCA Color TV and Northwest Heating Oil Council - 12 MB (provided by Helen Diehl)
Note: We currently only have all of Game #2 and a portion of Game #1 Dream Series broadcasts.
WCCO RADIO'S "THE DREAM SERIES" 1965 MINNESOTA TWINS VS. 1987 MINNESOTA TWINS
What would have happened if the 1965 MN Twins team had the opportunity to play against the 1987 MN Twins team? We are presenting a wonderful theater of the mind "Dream Series" broadcast that aired on WCCO Radio and many of the MN Twins affiliate radio stations featuring such a matchup. We have the complete broadcast for Game #2. This broadcast took place on March 28. 1991.
The Dream Series starts off with the "On Deck Show" hosted by Mike Woodley with interviews with Dan Gladden, Harmon Killebrew, Jim Kaat, Zoilo Versalles, Don Mincher, and Earl Battey. Sid Hartman's "The Lead Off Man" interview features Jim "Mudcat" Grant. Herb Carneal and John Gordon announce the play-by-play.
WCCO-AM - The Dream Series Game #2: #1 33 MB - #2 37 MB - #3 34 MB - #4 16 MB
Clellan began as a radio actor and announcer at WCCO Radio in 1930, and also worked at Twin Cities radio stations WDGY and KSTP. He later moved into television with his popular show for children, Axel and His Dog, which was broadcast on WCCO-TV.
KSTP-AM (1500) - "Dunking at the Card Table" with Clellan Card broadcast on November 1, 1945. Featuring a live audience, this show also includes announcer Jimmy Valentine, commercials for Master Bread and Stock Briquettes, comedy bits, live music, brief newscast and more. - 13 MB
WCCO-AM (830) Clellan Card brief introduction of himself from 1953 - 1 MB
WCCO-AM (830) - For thirty years, the best known voice in the Upper Midwest belonged to Cedric Adams. He made his first newscast for WCCO in 1934. He soon became an institution, reporting the news and hosting such programs as Stairway to Stardom, The Phillips 66 Talent Parade, and Dinner at the Adams. Pilots claimed that they could see the lights go out all across the region promptly each night after Cedric signed off his 10:00 p.m. newscast. We are presenting a recording featuring Cedric Adams' laughs and bloopers that was made available as a record after his passing in 1961. - 18 MB
MINNESOTA TWINS BROADCASTER HASLEY HALL BLOOPERS
WCCO-AM (830) - Continuing to post airchecks to brighten up your day, we are providing recordings of bloopers and fun moments with Minnesota Twins broadcaster, Halsey Hall. - 3 MB
WCCO'S STEVE CANNON HAS PHONE PROBLEMS
WCCO-AM (830) - Continuing to post airchecks to help make you smile during this difficult time, we have posted a fun aircheck of Steve Cannon having phone problems during The Cannon Mess. - 1 MB
WCCO'S BOONE & ERICKSON STRUGGLE TO READ A COMMERCIAL
WCCO-AM (830) - During a time when we all need something to make us smile and laugh, we have posted a hilarious recording from around 1975 where Charlie Boone and Roger Erickson struggle to read/record a Plywood Minnesota commercial. Enjoy! - 3 MB
U100 JERRY ST. JAMES FROM 1975 "Playing the Hits While You're Spraying Your Pits!"
WYOO AM/FM (U100 - 980/101.3) - Jerry St. James from September 22, 1975 featuring an entire show minus music and commercials. The show including news with Michael J. Douglas (Gerald Ford is President, Patty Hearst had just been captured, former President Nixon is fighting to prevent release of presidential papers and tapes, and more). Plus, Rex King The Singing Weatherman; school lunch menus with Helen, Irma and Betty; Hot Flash News of the Morning, and more.
WYOO AM/FM (U100 - 980/101.3) - Rob Sherwood from September 22, 1975 The show includes an interview with Alan Gorrie from the Average White Band. 6 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)
Note that both of the above airchecks were recorded off an AM radio and are not of the high fidelity found with many of the other U100 airchecks posted on this website. An interesting fact is that during the entire two years U100 was on the air (1974-1976), the number of listeners tuned into the AM signal was always higher than the number of people listening to the FM signal. Back then, AM radio was still dominant.
Listen to an extensive collection of U100 airchecks from the first day to the last - HERE.
AIRCHECKS FROM 1988 AND 1989
WCCO Radio (830)
Morning Show with Roger Erickson, Roger Strom, Jim Kelly, Eric Eskola, Bill Endersen, Mark Rosen, Charlie Boone, Sid Hartman,
Bill Polish and Dave Nimmer - 1989 - 16 MB
Steve Cannon - The Cannon Mess with Steve Cannon, Morgan Mundane, Ma Linger, Backlash LaRue, Mike Lynch, and
James St. James - 1988 - 2 MB
Bill Diehl broadcasting from Wally McCarthy Oldsmobile - 1988 & 1989 - 2 MB
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)
dental clinic in town.Joining Roger includes 'CCO Farm Director Roger Strom and a live audience. Broadcast on Nov. 22, 1989 - 17 MB (provided by Harold Dols), Dr Dols is currently 93 years old.
Includes commercials for Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, Dairy Fresh Eggnog (read by Charlie Boone and Roger Erickson), Public Service Announcement with Ginger Sisco, IBM PS2 Computer, andSears. Plus, The Osgood File with Charlie Osgood.
KSTP-AM (1500) PROGRAMS FROM 1945 AND 1946
Transcription records provided by Bob Hupfer. Some recordings feature singing by Bob's mother, Elaine.
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)
Coverage of Disappearance and Location of Jayme Closs (2019)
File sizes listed next to the airchecks are approximate and have been rounded.
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