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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 1,000 music surveys from KDWB, WDGY and more on the MUSIC SURVEYS page.

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DATE POSTED

3/12/2017

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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.


2/6/2017

REMEMBERING RAY CHRISTENSEN

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

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KNOW-FM Report

Pioneer Press Report

Star Tribune Report

Star Tribune Obituary

Pavek Museum of Broadcasting

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12/31/2016

(Canton appearance in

the 1970 movie Airport)

REMEMBERING JOHNNY CANTON

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


12/11/2016 and 12/17/2016

COVERAGE OF ELECTION 2016 - NOVEMBER 8-9, 2016

WCCO-AM (830) - WCCO Radio/CBS Radio Coverage: 9:25-10 PM - 10-11 PM - 11 PM-12 AM - 12-1 AM - 1-2:15 AM

(coverage started at 9:25 pm due to MN Timberwolves game broadcast). File sies range from 14 to 32 MB

KNOW-FM (91.1) - KNOW Radio/NPR Radio Coverage: 7-8 PM - 8-9 PM - 9-10 PM - 10-11 PM - 11 PM-12AM - 12-1 AM - 1-2 AM -

2-3 AM - 3-4 AM   File sizes range from 26 to 30 MB

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KTLK-AM (1130) - KTLK Radio/FOX News Radio Coverage: 7-8 PM - 8-9 PM - 9-10 PM - 10-11 PM - 11 PM-12AM - 12-1 AM - 1-2 AM -

File sizes range from 22 to 27 MB (provided by Jacob Hammond)


12/3/2016

Broadcasts from the openers of Minnesota Twins Baseball at the Metrodome (1982) and Target Field (2010)

WCCO-AM (830) - Steve Cannon (Cannon Mess) live from the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome

before the first Twins game including an interview with Muriel Humphrey Brown. This is followed by the Twins Pre-Game show and start of the game with Herb Carneal and Frank Quilici - April 6, 1982 - 7 MN [Note: Audio quality is a bit rough]

KSTP-AM (1500) - John Gordon & Dan Gladden live from Target Field - April 12, 2010

including the opening/closing portions of the Twins game broadcast - 4 MB


12/3/2016

KQRS RADIO

KQRS-AM/FM (1440 / 92.5) Jingles and commercials from 1966 (the station's format at that time was a mix of classical/middle-of-

the-road/jazz. Commercials/announcements: Twin Cities Auto Dealers, O.I. Borton Motors, and A Look into the Future in 1974 - 2 MB


12/2/2016

 

WCCO-AM (830) - Boone & Erickson Show from May 7, 1963. Charlie and Roger present their show in a fun Shakespeare style.

Includes commercials for Northwestern National Bank and Le Sueur mushrooms and ends with the start of a newscast with Dick Chapman. - 10 MB


11/26/2016

WWTC-AM (1280) - News Radio format from Oct. 5, 1978 with newscast by Ray Valdovinos. 11 MB (provided by Ray Valdovinos)

WWTC-AM (1280) - News Radio format from Dec. 1, 1978 with newscast by Ray Valdovinos during the Bob Allard Show . 4 MB

(provided by Ray Valdovinos)


11/26/2016

WLOL-FM (99.5) John Hines and Bob Berglund with two contestants playing Happy Birthday on their music instruments

from 1981 - 5 MB (provided by Mike Bares)


11/12/2016

KTCR-FM (97.1) - Before "The Cities 97" (KTCZ-FM), this frequency programmed country music for many years as KTCR-FM.

  • KTCR-FM aircheck from April 1, 1979 with Jim du Bois - 19 MB (provided by the family of Raymond and Muriel Harrington)

Includes Mutual network newscast and local newscast plus commercials for Southview Chevrolet, Plywood Minnesota, Anderson Dodge, Orrin Thompson Homes, Avis and Elk River Ford.

  • KTCR-FM sign on and sign off from Dec. 30, 1979 - 1 MB each (provided by the family of Raymond and Muriel Harrington)

10/30/2016

WCCO-AM (830) - More than six hours of coverage the day after the deadly and devastating Twin Cities tornadoes that aired on

May 7, 1965 including Roger Erickson (helicopter reports), Chuck Lilligren, Maynard Speece, Howard Viken, Bob DeHaven, Jerry Brennan, Joyce Lamont, Dick Chapman, Dick Enroth, Jergan Nash, Bob West, Randy Merriman. MP3 ile sizes range from 7 to 18 MB. (provided by Bill Lund, Digital on Location, Woodbury, MN)


6:30-7:00 am: Includes commercials for Geigy Atrazine Seeds, Pall Mall Cigarettes, Standard Oil Dealers, Peterson Mercury, Northwestern National

Bank, Farmers & Mechanics Bank, Dexol Bleach, Camel Cigarettes.


7:00-7:45 am: Includes CBS News Roundup with Neil Strawser and commercials for Northwest Orient Airlines, Milk Foundation, Old Gold Cigarettes,

Twin Cities Area Rambler Dealers, Standard Oil, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Kent Cigarettes, Apache Office Park, Ozark Airlines, First National Bank of Minneapolis.


7:45-8:15 am: Includes First Bank Notes and commercials for Peters Hot Dogs, Pennzoil Motor Oil, Federated Insurance, Bill Boyer Ford,

O’Brien Paint.


8:15-9:20 am: Includes commercials for Crystal Sugar, Beep Drink from Cloverleaf, Cloverleaf Milk, Twin City Federal, Schweigert, Shell Heating

Oil, Upper Midwest Council for Better Vision, Old Gold Cigarettes, Pronto Golf Brand Lawn Seeds, Standard Oil Dealers.


11:45 am-12:20 pm: Includes commercials for Eggsquist Pastries, Coke, Old Dutch Potato Chips, Underwood Chicken Spread, Dekalb, Nash

Instant Coffee, Smith-Douglass Fertilizer, Dow Chemical Company, Travelers Insurance.


1:00-1:15 pm: Includes commercials for MLA Insurance, Underwood Chicken Spread, Fridgedare, Bisquick
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2:35-3:00 pm: Includes Party Line with Charlie Boone & Roger Erickson and commercials for Miracle White, Yardley Fragrances Perfume, Peters Hot

Dogs and Sandwiches, Century Insurance, Coke, Fels Brands, Schmitt Music Company, Franklin Cottage Cheese, Nash Coffee.


3:00-3:30 pm: Includes CBS News with Douglas Edwards, Boone in the Afternoon and commercials for Look Magazine, Total Cereal, Northwestern

National Bank, Hansord Pontiac, Old Dutch Potato Chips, Plymouth Optical.


3:30-4:00 pm: Includes Dimension with Mike Wallace (interviewing Henry Fonda), Boone in the Afternoon and commercials for Fridgedare, Camel

Cigarettes, Yardley Perfume, Gift House Stamps, Northland Ice Cream, Fritos Corn Chips, New Blue Raindrops, Total Cereal.


4:15-4:50 pm: Includes Boone in the Afternoon, Coffee Break with Allen Gray and commercials for Page Tissue, Old Gold Cigarettes, Hills Brothers

Coffee, Century Insurance, Fells Brands, Pennzoil, American Express, Hansord Pontiac, Mobile, Equitable Life Insurance.


4:50-5:20 pm: Includes Point of Law with Charlie Boone, VIP Show with Howard Viken and commercials for Ford, Travelers Insurance, Mileage

and Direct Service Stations and Gas, Camel Cigarettes, Northern Pacific Railroad, Scotts Turf Builder, Fels Laundry Brands, Shell’s Heating Oil, Northrup King.

To hear a recording of WCCO Radio's tornado coverage on May 6, 1965, click here.


9/3/2016

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


8/28/2016

 

WCCO-AM (830) - Charlie Boone and Roger Erickson interview Jimmy Hoffa on Dec. 4, 1972. Hoffa was an American labor union leader who served as the President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) union from 1958 until 1971. He vanished in late July 1975. Also included in the interview is Hennepin Country District Court Judge, Neil Riley. 23 MB

 

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MORE AIRCHECKS


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.


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