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Coverage of the Vietnam War
August 5, 1964 - WCCO-AM (830) - CBS Radio News Special Report: The Crisis in Vietnam - 22 MB
(provided by Bill Lund, Digital on Location, Woodbury, MN)
January 18, 1966 - WCCO-AM (830) - WCCO News Director Jim Bormann and Senator Walter Mondale travel to Vietnam.
Includes interviews with Minnesota soldiers, war battle sounds and more - 25 MB (provided by Bill Lund, Digital on Location, Woodbury, MN)
April 30, 1975 - WCCO-AM (830) - CBS Radio and WCCO news coverage on the fall of Saigon - 3 MB
April 30, 1975 - KFMX-FM (104.1) - NBC Radio newscast on thefall of Saigon - 3
April 30, 1975 - KSTP-TV - NBC Nightly News (audio) - Coverage of the fall of Saigon - 16 MB
In 1975, the Internet did not exist. To hear newscasts/reports from foreign countries, in some cases, a shortwave radio was needed. The following is a rare English language shortwave recording from the Voice of [North] Vietnam as received in Minnesota the day Saigon fell. Plus, a shortwave recording from the BBC. Audio is rough on both recordings, but if you listen closely, you will hear history "as it happened."
Voice of Vietnamannouncing the fall and liberation of Saigon - April 30, 1975 - 2 MB
BBCreporting on the fall of Saigon- April 30, 1975 - 5 MB
Jeff Lonto writes, "Having seen what you've most recently posted (see below), I thought you might be interested in this CONELRAD brochure that is in a packet of Civil Defense literature that I have. The packet says on the outside that it contains information "For Your Survival!"
WCCO-AM (830) - Charlie Boone and Roger Erickson
Comedy bits from the 1970s through 1990s(provided by Charlie Boone)
Twin Cities Public Television Almanac host Cathy Wurzer and Jim du Bois of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association talk about the history of the Emergency Broadcasting System (January 31, 2014).
Click on photo to view the video.
Civil Defense Recording played on TPT's Almanac is posted below.
Evacuation Route image provided by Todd Kosovich
WCCO RADIO CIVIL DEFENSE RECORDINGS (1961)
WCCO-AM (830) - A very rare set of recordings of civil defense announcements from 1961 that would have aired on WCCO Radio in the event of a probable or actual enemy (nuclear) attack. These announcements were pre-recorded by WCCO announcers Howard Viken, Dick Chapman and Governor Elmer Andersen, and most likely would have aired from the station's transmitter facility in Anoka which included a fallout shelter. 8 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)
THE BIG EBS (Emergency Broadcast System) MISTAKE OF 1971
WCCO-AM (830) -EBS Error - A rare recording - as it sounded on WCCO during the Howard Viken Show on February 20, 1971 with follow-up reports and coverage on 'CCO Radio and CBS Radio. See below for more details. - 6 MB
On the morning of Saturday, February 20, 1971, Wayland S. Eberhardt, a civilian teletype operator, was going about his routine duties at the National Emergency Warning Center at Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado. One of the functions of “the Mountain” during this era was to send out the weekly Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) test directive to the nation’s radio and television stations. They were also responsible for sending out the real warning. When stations received these messages they compared it against a card to determine what action to take. At 7:33 a.m. local time on that fateful Saturday, Mr. Eberhardt, a fifteen-year veteran of his job, fed the wrong tape into the transmitter. He was later quoted by the New York Times as saying “I can’t imagine how the hell I did it.” Text source.
The teletype message that went over the wires:
MESSAGE AUTHENTICATOR: HATEFULNESS/HATEFULNESS
THIS IS AN EMERGENCY ACTION NOTIFICATION (EAN) DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT. NORMAL BROADCASTING WILL CEASE IMMEDIATELY. ALL STATIONS WILL BROADCAST EAN MESSAGE ONE PRECEDED BY THE ATTENTION SIGNAL, PER FCC RULES. ONLY STATIONS HOLDING NDEA MAY STAY ON AIR IN ACCORD WITH THEIR STATE EBS PLAN.
WCCO-AM (830) - Steve Murphy, WCCO Radio news journalist and managing editor, is retiring this month after 33 years. To the lower left is a staff photo that was taken in 1984 celebrating Steve winning a George Foster Peabody Award for a series of special reports titled "Debbie Pielow: Waiting for a Heart that Never Came."
- Tribute to Steve Murphy that aired on WCCO-AM on December 17, 2013 - #1 (14 MB) - #2 (16 MB)
Appearing: Mick Anselmo, Charlie Boone, Adam Carter, Steve Enck, Roger Erickson, Eric Eskola, Bruce Hagevik, John Hines, Susie Jones, Denny Long, Mike Lynch, Telly Mamayek, Steve Murphy, Tim Russell, John Williams.
Back row: Larry Haeg, Karin Mengar-Davis, Howard Viken, Dick Monn and Chuck Lilligren.
Front/middle rows: By Napier, Jerry Miller, Barb Piazza, Clayt Kaufman, Bruce Hagevik, Gordon Mikkelson, Steve Murphy, ?, Tom Gavaras, Curt Beckmann, ? (partial face), Betty Hammond, Sue Frase, Judy Thorpe, Maureen Mulvaney, Linda Paulson, ?, and Steve Woodbury.
COVERAGE OF THE DEATH OF JOHN LENNON (12/8/1980 to 12/14/1980)
#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.
(Thanks to Stuart Held for many of the above airchecks and Todd Kosovich for the WCCO-AM/CBS Radio aircheck and NBC-TV bulletin).
COVERAGE OF THE 1982 MINNEAPOLIS THANKSGIVING DAY FIRE
WCCO-AM (830) Breaking and continuous news coverage of the Minneapolis Thanksgiving Day fire on November 25, 1982
that destroyed the 16-story headquarters of Northwestern National Bank (now Wells Fargo) and the vacant, partially demolished location formerly occupied by Donaldson's department store. Includes Steve Cannon, Rich Holter, Dan Hertsgaard, Jim Rogers and Joe McFarlin. #1 7 MB - #2 7 MB - #3 7 MB - #4 9 MB.
COVERAGE OF THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY
Six hours of coverage the shooting and death of President John F. Kennedyas coveredon WCCO-AM and CBS Radio on
November 22, 1963. (mp3 files range from 20-34 MB) (provided by Bill Lund, Digital on Location, Woodbury, MN)
CBS Radio: Allan Jackson and Dallas Townsend (New York), Nelson Benton (Dallas Parkland Memorial Hospital), Dan Rather (Dallas), Robert Pierpoint (Dallas), Wells Church (Washington DC), Roger Mudd (Washington DC), George Herman (Washington DC), Alexander Kendrick (London), Charles Von Fremd (Washington DC), Stuart Novins (Moscow), Bernard Eismann (New York), Paul Niven (White House), Daniel Schorr (Bonn), Vin Maloney (Boston), Nelson Benton (Dallas), Peter Stursberg (Ottawa), Winston Burdett (Rome), Peter Kalischer (Tokyo), Richard Hottelet (New York), and Marvin Kalb (Washington DC).
WCCO-AM: Jergan Nash, Maynard Speece, Dick Chapman (interviewing people outside the WCCO building as the news of JFK’s death broke and news reports) and Arv Johnson. Plus, Charlie Boone, Jergen Nash and Ray Christensen with notices of event cancellations/postponements, special church services, etc.
In addition, comments from MN Governor Karl Rolvaag, former MN Governor Elmer Anderson, WI Governor John Reynolds, former President Dwight Eisenhower and UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson, Plus, a portion of President Kennedy’s breakfast speech to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce the morning of his death.
NEW AIRCHECKS JUST ADDED!
ABC Radio - Thanks to broadcast historian Todd Kosovich, RadioTapes is able to present more than five hours of
ABC Radio coverage of the shooting/death of President Kennedy including extended coverage following the announcement that President Kennedy had died. The recordings start with "Music in the Afternoon" program interrupted by breaking news of the shooting of President Kennedy. #1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10#11#12#13#14#15#16 (mp3 recordings 13 and 24 MB)
Don Gardiner (anchor) with reports from Bob Clark (Dallas), Pete Clapper (Capitol Hill), Stuart Klein, John Rolfson (Washington DC), Quincy Howe (commentary), John Scali (Hawaii), John Casserly (Rome), Irv Chapman (Washington DC), Ted Koppel (United Nations), Sam Jaffe (Moscow), Walter Forges (national editor), Bernard Kaplan (Paris), Bob Lindley (Buenos Aires), Paul Harvey commentary (also on aircheck #13), Bill Downs (Andrews Air Force Base), Bill Sheehan (London), Bruce Morton (London), Alex Dreier (Chicago), and others. Plus, interviews with various senators, congressmen and religious leaders including Minnesota’s Senator Hubert Humphrey plus former President Eisenhower, speech from President Johnson, a tribute from the BBC, and much more.
NBC Radio - Coverage of the shooting/assassination of President John F. Kennedy - Bulletin #1#2#3 (1 MB each)
WDGY-AM (1130) - Sam Babcock with a portion of the "Tall Tiger Top 50 Survey" from 1964 - 11 MB
(provided by Curt Lundgren)
Includes a partial newscast and commercials for Firestone, Greater Minneapolis Safety Council and Danceland in Excelsior
WLOL-FM (99.5) - David Christian with a portion of the "Hot Hits Countdown" - February 1987 - 6 MB (provided by Dave Olson)
James St. James and Steve Cannon
WCCO-AM (830) Steve Cannon with James St. James "Alive in Hollywood," traffic with Jerry Peterson,
Dan Hertsgarrd with the "CCO Radio Fitness Factor," Wall Street Journal Report, Ginger Sisco with a public service message, Ray Christensen with the news including Paul Wellstone's comments on the Soviet Coup. (August 1991) - 24 MB (provided by Dave Olson)
Includes commercials for Discover Card, "The Body Shop" at Methodist Hospital, Extra Strength Rolaids, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Sears Siding, "Lies of the Twins" movie on USA Network, and the BizMart MegaCenter
WYOO-AM/FM - U100 (980/101.3) - Newspaper ad of U100 responding to reports that the station has been sold
appearing in the April 30, 1976 issue of the Entertainer, the paper that eventually became Twin Cities Reader - JPEG File (provided by Jeff R.
Roger Erickson Ray Christensen
KUOM-AM (770) - "Tales of Minnesota: The Crusaders" - one of 13 documentaries produced in 1948 celebrating
Minnesota's territorial centennial. This production includes former WCCO Radio personalities including Roger Erickson as one of the performers and Ray Christensen as an announcer. Part 1 13 MB - Part 2 14 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)
File sizes listed next to the airchecks are approximate and have been rounded.
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