Welcome to RadioTapes.com, the home of more than 2,000 recordings of Minneapolis/St. Paul radio
stations from 1924 to the present.
RADIOTAPES AT A GLANCE:
FEATURED STATIONS: Airchecks from KDWB, KQRS, KSTP, WCCO, WDGY, WLOL, WYOO (U100) & Unlicensed Stations.
AIRCHECKS +: More stations and airchecks to enjoy.
SPECIAL POSTINGS: Major news events as heard locally including tornado and severe weather, JFK and RFK assassinations, 35W bridge collapse, Apollo flights, Watergate, Twins World Series celebrations and more.
VIDEOS: Almost 200 videos of Twin Cities radio station.
MUSIC SURVEYS: 1,200 surveys from 1957 to 1988.
If you have Twin Cities recordings/airchecks you can share, please contact us. Thank you to more than 100 contributors who have provided airchecks and materials to this website.
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WCCO-AM (830) - FARM CITY DAY BROADCAST FROM GOODHUE, MN IN 1989
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, and Sears. 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.
Peter May passed away on November 18, 2019. Peter worked in radio markets from Miami to Honolulu, San Juan to San Diego, and many points in between. Completed his disc jockey career in the Twin Cities, on WDGY-AM, KDWB-AM, WCCO-FM and KSTP-FM (KS95). Promoter of successful local rock group, The Stillroven. Over the years he founded an ad agency in Billings, owned KBXT-AM in Duluth, MN, a newspaper in Minnetonka, MN, and other business ventures. Peter was appointed to the Minnesota Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
Thanks to Curt Lundgren for providing all of the following airchecks.
WYOO AM/FM (U100 - 980/101.3) - Demo Tape from 1975 featuring Captain Billy, Jerry Brooke, Brother Bob, Rob Sherwood, Chucker Morgan and Steve (U.S.) Steele. - 9 MB (provided by Danny Sigelman)
Listen to an extensive collection of U100 airchecks, from the first day to the last - HERE.
LISTENING TO SPUTNIK 1 ON WTCN-AM IN 1957
WTCN-AM (1280) "Twin Cities at Night" interviews by Bill Diehl on Sputnik 1 with calls from listeners including one listener playing audio from Sputnik 1 as heard on his shortwave radio. Sputnik 1 audio can be heard about 4:20 into the recording. 5 MB. (provided by Helen Diehl)
Sputnik 1 was the first artificial Earth satellite. The Soviet Union launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit on October 4,1957, orbiting for three weeks before its batteries died, then silently for two more months before falling back into the atmosphere.
REMEMBERING WLOL-FM 99 1/2 - 1981 to 1991
The following new recordings have been provided by Dan Seeman.
1982 Profile including John Hines, Bob Berglund, Tac Hammer, Pete Thomson, Karen Wang, Brian Acker - 11 MB
1984 Profileincluding John Hines, Bob Berglund, Tac Hammer, Bob Lange, Bill Lee, Phil Huston, Paul Douglas, Karen Wong,
Buddy Hollis - 19 MB
1985/1986 Profile including John Hines, Bob Berglund, Tac Hammer, Bob Lange, Buddy Hollis, Paul Douglas, Phil Huston, Karen Wong
- 5 MB
1988 Profileincluding John Hines, Bob Berglund, Karen Wong, Jon Drew, Dr. Dave, Denny Shaffer, David Christian, Pam Lewis
1969 - Alan Stone - Includes KQ Newsbeat with details on Vietnam War demonstrations throughout Minnesota and announcements/commercials
for YES - Emergency Referral Telephone Service, McGoos Bar, The Beatles Abbey Road for $3.99 at Dayton's, The Labor Temple, and Musicland. Plus a brief speech by the Reverend Ralph David Abernathy. - 16 MB
1971 - Alan Stone - Includes a newscast and commercials for the Guthrie Theater, Certs, Rosedale Center, Musicland/The Mamas and
the Papas, Theodore Hamm Company and Coca Cola Midwest Recycling Center, Clairol Long and Silky, Ribnick Furs, People's Record Shop, and International Custom Auto Fair at the Minneapolis Auditorium. - 15 MB
1972 - George Donaldson Fisher - Incudes two newscasts, And a spot for YES - Emergency Referral Telephone Service - 7 MB
1972 - John Fine - Includes commercials for Hansord, Yes and The Eagles at the Minneapolis Armory, Midwest Mountaineering, Pan Am,
Bobby Whitlock, Mr. G, United Stores, The Band: Rock of Ages, Bikeways, Wayne and Ron's Record Store, Slaughterhouse-Five, Orin Thompson Homes and a newscast including Richard Nixon, Goerge McGovern, Watergate, etc.. - 18 MB
1972 - Unidentified Announcer - Includes a newscast and commercials for Argent, One Groveland, Movie: Brother Sun, Sister Moon,
Delmonico’s House of Stereo, Grain Belt Beer, Freedom Electronics, and Certs. - 14 MB
1973 - Randi Kirschbaum - Includes a newscast about Spiro Agnew, Watergate, etc. Plus, commercials for Eveready Batteries, Grain Belt Beer,
Vinegar Joe, Sear Auto and Tires, Dayton's Records and Tapes, and Jeff Beck. - 11 MB
1974 - Alan Stone - Includes Randi Kirschbaum with events news, newscast and commercials for Schlitz Beer, Maplewood Bowl,
Grain Belt Beer, AMC Dealers (Gremlin auto), STP, Bronco Bar, Burnsville Bowl, Movie: Out Time, Minnesota Auto Specialists, Twin City Federal, Dayton's Adventures in Learning Typing Class, 10,000 Auto Parts, and Movie: Italian Graffiti. - 23 MB
KDWB AM/FM - 35 YEAR REUNION FROM 1994 - VIDEO AND AUDIO
On October 1, 1994, KDWB celebrated its 35th anniversary with former and current station personalities.
Watch a 74 minute video of the reunion (click on photo to watch)
KDWB-FM: Airchecks from the 1994 on-air celebration including appearances by: Mark Anderson, True Don Bleu,Chuck Buell,
Lou Buron (General Manager), Bill Dorweiler (Chief Engineer), Paul Hedberg,"Bullet" Bob Lang, Jeff McKee, Donald K. Martin, Don Michaels, Barry McKinna (Barry Siewert), Lou Riegert (Lou Waters), Domino Rippey, Chris Roberts, Jackson Ross, Rob Sherwood, Sam Sherwood, Mike Sigelman and Bobby Wilde.
COVERAGE OF THE FLIGHT OF APOLLO 11 - 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface; Aldrin joined him afterwards. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Command module pilot Michael Collins flew the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface at a site they named Tranquility Base before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.
July 16, 1969 - WCCO-AM / CBS Radio - Launch of Apollo 11 with CBS Radio's Reid Collins - 11 MB (provided by Helen Diehl)
Includes a Mutual Radio newscast and an interview with Jim Donna from the Castaways, plus the following commercials: Coca Cola (Bill Cosby), Shaak Electronics, Dannon Yogurt, Paulson Bumper to Bumper Stores, Dayton's Furniture, Menards, St. Paul's Salute to Rock and Roll, Budget Power, Super America, Visa, Kelloggs, Eagle Mill Restaurant, Kris Kristofferson at Northrup Auditorium, Pioneer Car Stereo, Amoco, Lone Star Beer, Brookdale Shopping Center, Waterbed Gallery, Ultra Brite Toothpaste, NSP and Elko Speedway.
Coca Cola Golden Top 40 Countdown show with B. J. Crocker broadcast on July 11, 1981 featuring music from July 11, 1959- 12 MB
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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