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Gregg Powers, Grace Lorenzi, Pete Thomson
REMEMBERING GRACE LORENZI
We have learned that Grace Lorenzi has passed away. Grace was with Disco 104 KFMX-FM where she did morning drive, and with partner Kelly Loring (a.k.a. Cyn Bolsta) was one the first female duos in that daypart in Minneapolis/St. Paul and possibly the country. She later worked at Metro Traffic Control as a market wide traffic reporter appearing on several stations and later exclusively as an air personality on KS95 (KSTP-FM).
KFMX-FM (104.1) Grace Lorenzi - Jan 1979 - 1 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)
Includes newscast plus commercials for Knights Formal Wear and Triangle Bar.
Donovan & John Lennon
Donovan & Kirby Puckett
REMEMBERING DAN DONOVAN
Dan Donovan (Blaine Harvey) passed away following a massive heart attack on August 31.
Born in Philadelphia, Donovan got interested in radio growing up in Gettysburg, PA. He began his career there at WGET, later moving to WSBA in York, PA. After studying journalism at Penn State, he moved on to WICE Radio in Providence, RI, in the early 1960s. He then moved to WMEX in Boston and WCBM in Baltimore before beginning a ten-year run at WFIL AM in Philadelphia. Donovan came to KS95 FM in the Twin Cities in 1979, and joined KOOL 108 FM in 1991, bringing the enthusiasm and style that have made him one of the region’s best known and best loved DJs to his popular afternoon drive and Sunday oldies shows. Donovan was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2006. (Above text and photos courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting).
KDWB-AM (630) - Rob Sherwood - January 3, 1970 - 12 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)
Includes commercials for YooHoo chocolate energy drink and Arby's.
KDWB-AM (630) - Bob Reed (aka Chuck Roast) - January 4, 1970 - 17 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)
An interesting aircheck with KDWB news director Bob Reed having to fill in for an ill overnight KDWB DJ, so he uses the name Chuck Roast. Includes newscast and commercials for J. A. Gerber Jewelers and Berman Buckskin,
Includes commercials for 7-UP and Brookdale Pontiac Honda.
KDWB-AM (630) - Adam North - 1973 - 21 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)
Includes commercials for Dixie Mobile Homes, Hudson Sports & Travel, Solarcaine, Schell's Beer, Doublemint Gum, Country Club Malt Liquor, JC Penney, Sisters (movie), Twin City Honda, Vega car show Rosedale Center, Melanie at Carnegie Hall record at Musicland,Como Park Apartments, RC Cola, St. Croix Valley Sports, Old Style Beer and Burnsville Burningham Apartments.
KDWB-AM (630) - Rob Sherwood - 1973 - 15 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)
Includes commercials for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show and Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids at the Minneapolis Armory, Hals Sportswear, Sun Scene '73 Fashion Show, The Godfather (movie), Everynight Shampoo, Zayre Shoppers' City, Coca-Cola (sung by The Fortunes), Atlantis and 7-Up.
KDWB-AM (630) - Rob Sherwood - Live at the Minnesota State Fair - 1973 - 21 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)
Includes commercials Merit Chevrolet, Goodman Jewelers, Leon Russell at Parade Stadium, Robinson's Clothing, Coca Cola (sung by the Four Tops), The Hong Kong Cat (movie), Levi's, Pepsi, Orange Crush, Lancer's Warehouse, Donaldson's, Heavy Traffic (movie), United Stores, 7-Up, Turf Club in Houlton, WI and Instant Homes.
KDWB-AM (630) - Advertising rate cards - June 1, 1972 - PDF File(provided by Danny Sigelman)
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
File sizes listed next to the airchecks are approximate and have been rounded.
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