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Thank you for visiting featuring more than 2,000 recordings of Minneapolis/St. Paul radio stations dating back to 1924 with many from the 1950s to 1980s including WCCO, KSTP, WDGY, KDWB, KQRS and others.

Recent postings 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!

View 175+ videos of Twin Cities radio station (local television news coverage) 
on the VIDEOS page. Find more than 1,200 music surveys from KDWB, WDGY and more on the MUSIC SURVEYS page.

We are always looking for good quality historic recordings (audio and video) of Twin Cities radio stations. We accept CDs, cassettes, reel-to-reels, transcription records, etc. Original tapes are carefully digitized and promptly returned with a CD copy. If you have recordings you can share, please CONTACT USThank you to more than 100 contributors who have provided airchecks and materials to this website





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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 - #1 11 MB  -  #2 11 MB (provided by David Ocar)


Show from June 1992 #1 25 MB   #2 28 MB


Show from 1992 #1 25 MB   #2 28 MB (provided By Kenny Olson)


Don Vogel - 21 MB (provided by Retro Radio Rangers)

June 1995

Don Vogel tribute aired shortly after his death with Bruce Gordon, David Ruth

and Patrick Reusse (June 1995) - #1 17 MB    #2 18 MB    #3 22 MB (by Tom Oszman - TC Media Now)


Best of Don Vogel - #1 23 MB  -   #2 22 MB (provided by Tom Oszman - TC Media Now)

Don Vogel Segments:


Can I Gain Weight By Breathing

Chief of Police Scam

Dare Line

Heaven Hotline Richard Nixon

Hey Dave Cold or Cool

Howard Cosell Montage

Killing Off Characters

Larry King Hello


Mr. Slob

Phantom Caller

Presidential Debate

Rules of Conduct


Vomit Vomi Vomit

Willie Sings the National Anthem



KSTP-AM (1500) - Jesse Ventura Show - 1995 - #1 15 MB - #2 14 MB (provided by Aircheckairwaves)

KFAN-AM (1130) - Jesse Ventura - The day after he was elected Governor of Minnesota on November 4, 1998 - 25 MB

KNOW-FM (91.1) - Interview with Gary Eichten on January 5, 1999 - #1 23 MB - #2 22 MB (provided by Bryan Olson)

WCCO-AM (830) - Interview with Moose Miller on January 21, 1999 - 11 MB (provided by Bryan Olson)

KQRS-FM (92.5) - Parody Skits: X-Mas Carol - Mission Accomplished - At Harvard Defends Tyrell - Jesse Golf

Jesse, Gore and Coach Green (mp3 files 1 to 2 MB) (some skits contain adult language)




KXXR-FM (93.7 - 93X) - Patrick Olsen - Various airchecks/demos from around 2010 - #1 - #2 - #3 (mp3 files range from 2-3 MB)





WCCO-AM (830) - WCCO's Cedric Adams interviews Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin in 1952 - 7 MB

8/19/2017 (updated on 8/25/2017, 9/1/2017, 9/10/2017)


WCCO-AM (830) - A collection of Minnesota Hospital skits with Charlie Boone, Roger Erickson, Dave Lee, Sid Hartman,

Eric Eskola, Mike Lynch, Tim Russell, Mike Max, Herb Carneal, John Gordon, Paul Flatley, Roger Strom, John Rash, WCCO Marketing Department, and more.

Minnesota Hospital Open and Close Theme Music - 1 MB


(updated on 8/26/2017 with interviews with John Tesh, Bobby Goldsboro and Baby from Dinosaurs)

(updated on 8/27/2017 with Lassman/Chucker interview in 2014)

(updated on 9/2/2017 with The Chucker interviewing John Chancellor and gets radio tips from a DJ named Steve)


"THE CHUCKER" as heard on KQRS-FM (92.5)


Thanks to John Lassman and Tom Oszman of TCMediaNow

for many of these hilarious recordings of The Chucker

on P-P-Power 92! 

Mp3 file sizes range from 2 to 5 MB


Interview with John Lassman (The Chucker) on the KQRS Morning Show

on March 21, 2014 - #1 29 MB - #2 30 MB - #3 22 MB

Greetings from Chuckerland

Alan Ray (comedian)

Amy Block Joy (nutritional science)

Andy Andrews (Christian comedian)

Baby from Dinosaurs

Barry White (musician)

Benny Andersson (musician - ABBA)

Bernie Koppell (actor - The Love Boat, etc.)

Bob Dylan (trying to reach))

Bob Guccione (founder of Penthouse)

Bob Lurtsema (athlete - former MN Viking)

Bob Schwartz (author)

Bob Weir (musician - Grateful Dead)

Bobby Goldsboro

Buddy Hackett (comedian)

Calvin Griffith (former owner MN Twins)

Carl Reiner (comedian)

Carl "The Truth" Williams' Brother

Carrot Top (comedian - Scott Thompson)

Chef Tell (Friedemann Paul Erhardt)

Chinese Acrobats (translator)

Chris Ocasek (musician)

Chuck Woolery (trying to reach)

David Crosby (musician)

David Fisher (author)

Dennis Miller (comedian)

Dennis Miller (comedian)

Dick Van Patten (actor)

Dick Wilson (Mr. George Whipple)

Donald Trump (trying to reach)

Dr. Dean (hypnotist)

Dr. Judy Kuriansky (sex therapist)

Dr. Ruth Westheimer (sex therapist)

Eddie Albert (actor)

Eddie Murphy (actor)

Eric Beanstalk (author)

Fred Savage (actor)

Gary Coleman (actor)

George Carlin (comedian)

George Lindsey (actor)

George Takei (actor)

Geraldo Rivera (reporter)

Herschel Walker

Imelda Poppins

Irwin Blye (author, private eye)

James Brown's Brother (Joseph)

James Buster Douglas (boxer)

James Kottak (musician)

Janet Jackson (singer, song writer)

Jeopardy! (trying to reach Alex Trebek)

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jesse Jackson (civil rights activist)

Jim Baker

Jim Nabors (actor)

John Chancellor (news anchor/reporter)

John Tesh

Kathleen Turner

Ken Berry (actor)

Keanu Reeves (actor)

King Boreas (Winter Carnival)

King of Iraq

Leo Buscaglia (author)

Leslie Nielsen (actor)

Mama June (Here Comes Honey Boo Boo)

Maury Povich (talk show host)

Michael Jackson

Michael Storm (actor)

Mick Jagger

Mike Farrell (actor)

Mike Reilly (game show host)

Mikhail Gorbachev

Morton Downey Jr. (talk show host)

Edwin Moses (athlete)

Naura Hayden (actor, author, singer)

Olga Korbut (athlete)

Ozzy Osbourne

Planet Hollywood Premier

Paul Hogan (actor)

Paul Shaffer (musician)

Pearl Bailey (actor)

Phil Lamar (MAD TV)

Phyllis Diller (actor)


Red Strangland (radio broadcaster)

Rob Schneider

Rob Lowe (actor)

Robert Conrad (actor)

Ron at Power 92

Sam Kinison (comedian)

Sandra Margot (porn star)

Star Search

Steve (DJ) Gives The Chucker Radio Tips


Victor Brooks (dancer Chippendales)

WCCO Radio Audition

Will Steger (actually Paul Schurke)

Woody Harrelson (actor)

We Will Rock You

Yakov Smirnoff

Playhouse Farewell


Breaking news coverage: Minnehaha Academy Explosion on August 2, 2017

WCCO-AM (830) - #1 28 MB - #2 27 MB - #3 37 MB

KNOW-FM (91.1) - Coverage - 27 MB

KTLK-AM (1130) - Newscasts - 2 MB (provided by Jacob Hammond)




August 1, 2007

  • KSTP-AM (provided by Tom Ring) - All files 14 MB 

6-7 PM (first news report airs 25 minutes into this aircheck)  7-8 PM  8-9 PM   9-10 PM  10-11 PM  11 PM-MID


  • WCCO-AM - Live Coverage: Composite starting with the first report - 24 MB
  • KNOW-FM - Live Coverage - #1 5 MB -  #2 22 MB -  #3 26 MB -  #4 26 MB -  #5 29 MB

August 2, 2007

  • KSTP-AM (provided by Tom Ring) - All files 14 MB 

MID-1 AM    1-2 AM    2-3 AM   3-4 AM    4-5 AM    5-6 AM   6-7 AM   7-8 AM   8-9 AM   9-10 AM   10-11 AM

11 AM-12PM  12PM-1 PM  1-2 PM  2-3 PM  3-4 PM  4-5 PM  5-6 PM  6-7 PM  7-8 PM (Disaster on the River)


  • WCCO-AM - 8-9 am (entire hour) - #1 28 MB  - #2 29 MB

August 3, 2007

August 4, 2007

KARE-TV First two hours of coverage of the 35W Bridge Collapse - August 1, 2007: 6:30-8:30 PM


Pioneer Press Obituary

Star Tribune Obituary

Bill Diehl Profile



It is with sadness that we report the death of former WDGY and WCCO Radio personality, Bill Diehl.

WDGY-AM (1130):


Bill Diehl - 23 MB


Bill Diehl - 8 MB (provided by Phil Kitchen) -

February 1964

Bill Diehl interviews Bob Reed and Tony Andreason from The Trashmen (a popular 1960s Twin Cities rock & roll band) - 5 MB


Bill Diehl - 5 MN (provided by Curt Lundgren)

WCCO-AM (830):


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.  #1 28 MB  - #2 28 MB (provided by Bill Lund, Digital on Location, Woodbury, MN)


Bill Diehl - "The Class of 1969" - 10 MB


Viking Feedback (post-game show) with Bill Diehl, Paul Flatley, Paul Giel & Dick Enroth - 20 MB (provided by Kurt Rosselit)



Bill Diehl - Wally McCarthy's Lindahl Olds Commercials - 7 MB (provided by David Ocar)






WDGY-AM (1130) - Johnny Canton interviewing John Lennon on October 8, 1974 - 14 MB

(provided by Tom Oszman of TCMediaNow)


It is with sadness that we report the death of former WDGY, KDWB and KRSI personality, Jimmy Reed.

10/21/1967 - KDWB-AM

Jimmy Reed - 12 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

1971 - WDGY-AM

Jimmy Reed - 8 MB

October 1978 - WDGY-AM

Jimmy Reed - 5 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)




Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and WCCO-AM featured on NBC's Sunday Today Show broadcast on March 5, 2017 (click on photo to play video)



WCCO-TV Mark Rosen and WCCO-AM Sid Hartman commercial broadcast during Super Bowl programming on WCCO-TV on February 7, 2016 (click on photo to play video)




KDWB-AM (630) - True Don Bleu (March 31, 1972) - 7 MB

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.



It is with sadness that we report that Ray Christensen, the longtime voice of Gopher football and basketball, has passed away.

WCCO Radio - Ray Christensen Airchecks:

WCCO-TV Report 2/6/2017

KMSP-TV Report 2/6/2017


KNOW-FM Report

Pioneer Press Report

Star Tribune Report

Star Tribune Obituary

Pavek Museum of Broadcasting



(Canton appearance in

the 1970 movie Airport)


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.

Star Tribune Story       Star Tribune Obituary



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 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.

Ownership/copyright of airchecks, videos and printed materials posted on this website remain with the radio and television stations that produced them. The purpose of is educational and is intended only for private, non-commercial use. is a part of RadioTapes Inc., a non-profit company registered with the State of Minnesota.