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"I heard a song on WCCO as a child about the state of Minnesota some time between 1956 and 1959. I recall the tag (I'm not certain) going something like this: "when you talk about Minnesota, Minnesota, that's the place I want to be." Another lyric played like this: "let me tell you about the Mississippi, mightiest river of all;" and another line goes: "and the greatest place to there is Minneapolis and St. Paul. 'We're sixty years give or take so I'm a bit dim on the exact lyrics.' I'd like to know what year WCCO played that song. It played like a jingle promoting the twin cities, or just a fun ditty." Terrance P (7/10/2017)

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"Hi, I was wondering if you could help me find radio tapes of Nov.. 5th 1975 6pm to 7pm. Anywhere closest to AZ...." David (6/25/2017)

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"Great website...have some sad news to share, Jimmy Reed has passed away. http://www.republican-eagle.com/obituaries/4284734-james-rud-80." Tim F. 6/17/2017

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Seeking CD of Hobbs House nitely broadcasts for sleep aid for my Mom. His voice and music did the trick way back then." Linda K. (5/19/2017)

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"My father, Edward Courtney, was a radio announcer on WDGY in the late 30s and early 40s. I have a newspaper ad featuring him for the 12:15 news. I also have his contract, and a blurb in Cedric Adams' "In This Corner" column. Apparently there was a bomb threat on WDGY. Crowds gathered, the police milled. My father was on-air and when the appointed time came for the big kaboom, he played "Goin' to Heaven on a Mule". I also have a picture of him introducing FDR on the radio in 1936. The picture is in The Minneapolis Journal, dated Oct. 10, 1936." MaryEllen C.(5/18/2017)

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"Was wondering if Bob Chase is still around. I worked with him at the Friar's Dinner Theater back in the early 70's. Thanks!" Paul M. (3/30/2017)

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"Charlie Van Dyke passed away on March 5, 2017. There is no question that he and Donald K. Martin should have been in the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame. They were the only morning show to beat WCCO in the morning in the ratings." Mary P. (3/8/2017)

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"Love the May 7, 1965, day-after-the-tornado recordings! One correction: in the text of your 8:15-9:20 a.m. recording, the juice product was called "Beep," not "beet"! (I ate and drank a lot of disagreeable things as a child, but I think even I would've rebelled at drinking liquefied beets!) I remember Beep; it had a thicker consistency than orange juice (thanks to the apricot nectar and prune juice) and what would be considered an unacceptably high sugar content today. In other words, it actually tasted good! It was delivered by the Cloverleaf milkman. Google "Beep" to see a picture of the carton. And I love how the Cloverleaf cow has a breathy voice like Jackie Kennedy or Marilyn Monroe!" Gail F. (12/3/2016) [Radiotapes comment: Thank you, Gail! We always appreciate corrections and notifications of any problems with the website]

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"Is there any site that features the great KSTP "Sound of the Cities" jingle package from the 1960's? I have the original KSFO-San Francisco package and also KOGO's San Diego version from my days in those markets but have always felt that the KSTP package was the best of the lot." Ken C. (11/26/2016)

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"Hey I did not see anything about T.D. Mischke at KSTP. He was funny as hell." Len S.(11/20/2016)

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"A number of people reconnecting historical records on the Father of Modern Humanism, John H. Dietrich. He spoke on WDGY-AM and possibly on an additional radio station in the 1920s and 1930s. I wonder if you have copies of the tapes of him at that time. This is a great historical project. I hope you will be able to help us. He reached 1000s of people weekly in his day. Thank you for any assistance you can provide." Rev. Douglas P. (11/19/2016)

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"Based on the weather reports I've seen, the Twin Cities may or may not get a huge winter storm in the next couple of days. If it's indeed a huge storm, perhaps you can record some news coverage and post excerpts on Radio Tapes. But I realize it would have to be a huge storm to be included on your website." Joseph G. (11/17/2016)

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"Hi There! Love the service you all provide! I'm trying to track down an old news bulletin from WWII, probably late 1944, that commended Minnesota members of the army (7th Army, Company A of the 335th specifically) as they returned home. It was on WCCO. I've reached out to them a few times to ask if they keep an archive and haven't heard back. Any help or tips for how I could possibly track this down would be very appreciated!! Thanks so much!" Angy A. (11/16/2016)

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"I am Greg Borrell "The Gregor's" daughter. Do you have any audio of him? He was around the time of Machine Gun and was in the middle or the night shift. Please send me any if you have it, or direct me where to find it. Thank you!" Mary Borrell (10/29/2016)

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Hello, You have a great site. Lots of good stuff. But I was wondering if you had any or knew where to get any airchecks from a station in Seattle KISW. I'm looking for airchecks between 79ish and 85ish.. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks." Craig T. (10/28/2016)

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I still miss Steve-o, the Iron Man from the Iron Range. I still miss him. Steve Cannon was the greatest radio talent ever. I could go on and on......( oh, and by the way, I miss Ma, Morgan and Backlash too.) Man I miss that guy." Sean M (9/18/2016)

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I'm looking for programs that were broadcast on KNOF radio in Minnesota by the Gospel Westerners. They were all members of the Marjama family and some of the tapes of their programs were made in the living room of my childhood home in the 1950's. Thank you." L. Wick (2/18/2016)

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"I am trying to find out some history and maybe some recording of my late father, who was a d.j. In the twin cities. He passed away December 2005 and I never got a chance to really speak with him about it. I don't know the dates, or the exact station. I'm guessing it was in the 60's as he married my mother in 1977. His name was Robert David Swenson and is birthdate is 4/12/40. He was in the marines, not sure Of the dates again, 50's I think. He was from the south Minneapolis area and loved country music, he was a very good musician, great singer and guitarist. I don't know if this is a good place to start my search, but I thought maybe you could point me in the right direction. I don't have any tapes or video of my dad and would love just something to remember him by. Thank you in advance, Amber S. (2/4/2016)

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My dad remembers a radio program airing from WCCO around the mid '60s where the host read a jingle about being from "Minneapolis, the city full of Swedes, and when it isn't raining the sun shines on our weeds". Do you have this as a recording we can listen to? Thank you."  Brandon R. (1/5/2016)

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" I am a member of the Pavek Museum and saw your reference in the current newsletter. Regarding WYOO, was there a personality there by the name of Doug MacKinnon. We remember the name as a very funny guy. Also my favorite voice was Phil Brown originally of WPBC, then KEEY easy listening. When KEEY went country, he was no longer heard. I would love to hear his voice again because I thought it was so great." Jon B (12/29/2015)

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"I am looking for a 1967 recorded interview with Emmett Kelly Jr from "The Henry Wolf Show" on KSTP. If you have any leads let me know. Thanks." Mark H.(12/26/2015)

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"In the 1950s I used to listen to "Wes Bowen And All That Jazz" late into the night on your 50,000 watt AM broadcast which I was able to pick up in Northern Montana. Do you have any history on this and/or any program recordings?" Jerry (12/17/2015)

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"Can you find the JAM KDWB jingles as in the "All Hit 101" jingles?" Vaughn B. (12/10/2015)

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"You've presented a thorough, and interesting tribute to Charlie Boone. I really enjoyed listening to some of the clips and videos." Timothy G. (11/25/2015)

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I remember Boone and Erickson doing a Christmas version of "to grandmothers house we go". I seem to remember it was so popular at the time you could get the lyrics for the song. Do you know if there is still a recording of this or at least the lyrics? Thanks." Roger W. (11/23/2015)

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"RIP Charlie Boone! Can't wait to see what you post to honor him, you always do a great job with the memorials. Always a fan of your website, it is my homepage!" Timothy G. (11/22/2015)

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I need to find some DJ who remembers a song that the only lyrics were, 'TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME", etc thru the whole song. Not the Cyndi Lauper song. This one had only these lyrics thru the entire song. Thank You for any help you can give on this." Al (10/31/2015)

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"I am searching for information regarding my uncle's singing on the radio back in the 1940s, and hoping to find a recording of him on the radio, or maybe even an actual record. I don't know if he made a record but I do know his singing was on the radio. My mother just celebrated her 95th birthday and is exceptionally healthy and active for her age, able to appreciate the finer things in life such as music and the arts. Her younger brother, Rolland Melville (first name Rolland is spelled with two LLs and he is deceased), was a student at MacPhail School of Music in 1942, and went on to have a singing career which included being on the radio. I am uncertain if he was a host or co-host on the radio, or if he was a guest singer, or if his songs were merely played on the radio. And also, do not know which radio station or stations he was on. I have a wonderful idea for a Christmas gift for my mother - I would like to obtain a recording or an actual record of my Uncle Rolland's singing for her! I am requesting information you may have in your archives regarding radio stations and radio shows active in the Twin Cities back in the 1940s. Is there a way of searching for his name on the radio shows? If that is impossible, perhaps just passing on a few radio show names to me could help, so I can try to jog my mother's memory. Any information you have would be so appreciated! Thank you!" Colleen (10/30/2015)

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Hello, I'm comprising a life review for my husband's grandparents and I was recently informed that my husband's grandmother was a guest (possibly recurring guest) on WCCO radio in the late 1930's/1940's as a member of the musical group The Erickson Sisters, her name is Louise Erickson (now Louise Kranz). The group apparently also performed at Mayor Humphrey's inauguration. I was hoping I may be able to access any tapings you may have of this group in your archives. How do I find out if you have any tapings and if so, am I able to obtain them? I appreciate your attention to this matter and would welcome any guidance." Jackie (8/17/2015)

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"I am looking for recordings of Roger Erickson doing school closing announcements on WCCO-AM. Are any recordings of those old "snowy morning" Boone and Erickson programs, with Roger reading those announcements (with all those little Minnesota towns and consolidated school districts) available for purchase and or download. If there are, how can I go about getting them. Thanks." Gordon (7/27/2015)

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"I didn't realize that Del had passed away. I rented a room from him while going to Brown Institute on Lake Street in Minneapolis. I'm sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great friend and mentor in my younger days." Brian E. (7/17/2015)

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"Looking for the McDonald's prank call from the 80s?? Didn't know if it was out there some where!! Thanks" Michele (7/3/2015)

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"I would suspect the "Pre Cuban Missile Crisis" edition of the "CBS World News Roundup" you have posted on your website would be from the morning of October 22nd, 1962, since President Kennedy went on TV and radio early that evening to make public the fact that the Soviet Union had built missile bases in Cuba." Joseph (7/3/2015)

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"I was on KDWB back in early 60's with Lou Reigart, Sam Sherwood, Charley Brown. Before that. KQAQ Austin, Minn. Then on to KEWB, S.F. Back to sales WTCN-TV, MPLS. Your airchecks bring back a lot of great memories, including MC work for Elvis, Connie Francis, The Beach Boys, Bobby Vee and many more. Thanks for the memories." Chuck Cell. (6/21/2015)

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Hello! I am in the process of tracing my father's history and know from his notes (left behind) that he was a member of WDGY and WLOL in the 1943 timeframe. Known as Lee Barron (as a band leader - his stage name) he would have been a news caster. Do you know if anything can be found to verify this information? Thanks!" Vern (5/21/2015)

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"Thanks for recently adding a CBS audio snippet of the first Super Bowl game." Randy (2/5/2015)

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"Dear Radio tapes .com staff, Hello my name is skip and I am looking for some old tapes or cd copies of old Minnesota Northstar hockey games that the Great Al Shaver called ! I use to fall asleep at night to the hockey games as a kid and then listen to the 3 stars of the game. I would really like to purchase a few games to have in my car for some good road trip entertainment . I would especially like a game or two of the late great JP. Parise and even try to get a game or two to Zac and his brother to have for keepsakes. Thank you for your feedback as to how this can happen. !!! P.S i was born in 1968 and have been a Stars fan my whole life ! sincerely, Skip" (1/17/2015)

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"I worked at KSTP 1500 in 1941 as a "gopher" just out of high school." John (1/17/2015)

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"Do you have anything from KQRS around 1965-1966 when Herb Shoenbohm was featuring Brazilian Jazz?" Robert (1/13/2015)

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"I was a big fan of both John Lennon and Paul Harvey. Harvey addressed the murder of Lennon on his radio show a few days after the assassination. Do you happen to have a copy of that broadcast? I believe Harvey was conveying the reason for the agony that the baby boomers were undergoing, to his older audience. A date would be Saturday, 12/15/80? Bill (1/10/2015) (RadioTapes comment: An edited aircheck is posted at the following: https://soundcloud.com/tomdaniels-2/paul-harvey-on-john-lennon).

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"To whom it may concern, I remember listening to the Joe Soucheray show years ago, and I am thinking 15 to 20 years at least, about Joe's guest who owned a ferry service to isle royal, I believe from grand portage, Minnesota. I believe the boat was waiting for new propellers and lost its mooring or maybe broke tow during a bad storm on lake superior and the boat had to fend for its self with out props and it doesn't have a very good ending. I do not remember the name of the boat. I do remember the harrowing turn of events that happened to this boat as told by its owner as I was riveted to your broadcast. if there is a RadioTape of this broadcast I would sure like to find it to find a copy. Thank you." Kerry (1/6/2015)

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"I love your sight--since I've been addicted to radio all my life! I used to love to listen to a blind guy from Chicago who came to St. Paul Mn. in the 80's. His name was Don Vogel. TD mischkey (sp) got his toe wet in the radio waters uner the name "The phantom Caller" Does anyone have any of the old Voge shows? He and his group were hysterical and his group was made up of a bunch of Rookies. Thanks for your attention." Kay (1/5/2015)

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"Is the "12 Days Of Christmas" parody by Charlie Bush in audio archives?" Dennis (12/25/2014) (RadioTapes comment: If anyone has a copy, please contact us).

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"I was, variously, a DJ, tech and PR person in Twin Cities radio from 1963 to around 1976. I recall KEVE and KADM in 1963, which became KQRS. Leigh Kamman played jazz in the evening. Many others contributed their talents, including Herb Schoenbohm, spinning Bossa Nova and classical music, Ron Wandmacher, Dick Driscoll, Fred King, John Pete and Jerry Cunning. I'll have more later about other stations where I worked. But those folks mentioned contributed mightily to the station during various format changes. At that time, I was a UoM student, working nights at the station by virtue of my First Phone and a few announcing duties. Glad to contribute to this outstanding web site. :)" Jim Stokes (11/17/2014)

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I have been searching for a copy of "The Drag News" published by the Minnesota Dragways featuring the fifth annual KDWB Drag Festival in 1969 - do you have a copy in your archives or can you refer me to someone in your area that may have a copy I could down load - thank you for any and all help you may give me in this matter." David (10/26/2014)

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"Hi there, Just wanted to thank you in advance for archiving, transferring and posting the audio of "Honest to Goodness."My partner grew up in the Twin Cities and asked the other day about this show, and whether any audio of it still existed. How fun to discover that at least 3 shows exist! We plan to listen to them over the next few days. Also - what an impressive collection of WCCO audio and printed materials over the years. I haven't looked at your other station archives yet, but I'm sure those are equally interesting. I hope the management and staff of the respective stations appreciate your efforts. It always strikes me as strange that radio has a pretty lousy track record of documenting its own local efforts. After 20 years in radio (I began at my high school station in 1991, age 17), I'm no longer sure if it's something a person can continue with. I grew up in Sacramento and eventually moved to northern Michigan. I've worked at both non-commercial and commercial stations in both locales. Station owners/managers, at least around these parts, no longer see their stations as something to share with the public - and loaning the "keys" to others (i.e. staff/employees) seems to be a concept that's gone extinct. I hope this finds you well, and thank you again." Vince H. (9/11/2014)

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Steve Cannon and Mike Lynch kept me going during a bad time in my life. I especially liked Morgan Mundane and his football picks. I can still hear Steve in my mind and I miss him."Fight On For Ol'" with the Eveleth City under the direction of genial Emil Stern was especially good. Is it available in any format?" James R. (8/7/2014). (Radiotapes comment: You can find "Fight On for Ol'" on RadioTapes' Steve Cannon page: http://radiotapes.com/Cannon.html)

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"I love the website. I don't know if you take requests but it would be awesome if you can post the news, traffic and weather sounders for WCCO from the 90s. Especially the news sounder, it's one of my favs." Kenneth (4/26/2014)

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"Thanks for this website, especially the recording of historic news broadcasts, and not just from the Twin Cities. It's a treasure trove of major events of the past, and I can see some history teachers (alas, I'm not a teacher) use some of the audio in this to play in class when they cover events in question. For instance, when talking about D-Day, the teacher can play back the networks' bulletins. Keep up the fantastic work!" Joseph (4/25/2014)

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"I have been listening for almost two years now and still haven't got through all the postings! I love what you are doing!! Keep posting more U100 I was huge fan and to this day I boycott 101.3 for taking the signal! Thanks a lot!!" Chuck S. (4/21/2014)

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"Hi There, I am looking for any recordings or info you might have of my uncle Clarence Iverson from WDGY or any other of the call letters he and his brother might have played under. He and his brother Ernest (also known as Slim Jim (Ernest) and the Vagabond Kid (Clarence)) played Scandinavian songs on WDGY in the mid to late 1930s (and beyond) every day at 1 pm (sponsored by Central Furniture & Carpet Co for at least a while). I have some on information on him, but would love to hear about anything else you might have or know of. Thanks." Jeanne (4/18/2014)

"In the early 60's KDWB had a young 17 year old newscaster named Dan Ronald. I think that was his real name. We were friends, and he did some recordings at my recording studio back then, one was released on Cuca Records. Do you have any idea of where he is or went after KDWB, I lost track. He may have been 16 when he was there, he had a great voice. He only did the news. Thanks." David H. (4/7/2014)

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" I just wanted to thank you for all the effort put in to this website, and the amazing quality of the recordings. I listened with great interest to the May 1965 broadcasts of the tornado breakout, and the dedication of WCCO broadcasters Charlie Boone and Dick Chapman. Just incredible quality, still chilling to listen to almost 50 years later." Jim M. (4/5/2014)

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"I just wanted to write and say that I really enjoy your website and all of the audio on it. One of my favorite recordings is the demo for the Breeze radio network from 1988. I have looked it up on-line and can find nothing about it. Do you have any more information on it, like what eventually became of the network? Also, do you know where I might could obtain copies of the Breeze jingles used on the demo tape? Did they send those jingles to their affiliates, or were they just used on the network? Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks." Coley (3/18/2014). (Radiotapes comment: Here is a link to some history and airchecks of The Breeze Radio Network:
https://archive.org/details/TheBreezeNetworkKLTHSt.LouisMO - also, here is some background on Jack Moore, who created The Breeze: http://museumofbroadcasting.com/jmoore.htm)

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"Could you get more information airchecks music surveys of KMOJ 1979-1992, KUXL 1973-1980, KFMX disco?" Dar B. (2/12/2014)

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"I remember listening to WLOL-AM sometime in the 70's (?) to Paul Helm who I think was one of the first"right wing" talk show hosts. Do any recordings exist of his shows? Thanks." Patrick K. (1/31/2014)

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"Hi. I am trying to find information on the old KTWN 108. Specifically I would like to find playlists. Do you have any of their files on your sight. Is there a way to search for something like that? Thanks" Scott P. (1/4/2014)

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"See if you can't get some airchecks of the 12/14/12 Sandy Hook tragedy as well as some from the 4/15/13 tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Not to mention any coverage of those 3 women from the Cleveland kidnaper." DT (1/20/2014) (Radiotapes comment: We do have coverage of the Sandy Hook tragedy and the bombing at the Boston Marathon. We plan to post the Boston Marathon coverage sometime later. I doubt that we will post the Sandy Hook coverage, at least not for awhile. We considered posting it last December, but it is too disturbing to listen to again. We didn't record the coverage of the Cleveland kidnappings).

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"Your site's a great historical reference; thanks for keeping these voices alive." James L (12/8/2013)

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“What a fantastic website. Your Kennedy assassination page is more comprehensive than any I've ever seen." Dan J. (11/13/2013)

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"I'm based in Los Angeles, writing a book about the late Mrs. Joan Kroc, born Joan Mansfield then later Joan Smith in St. Paul and famously married to Ray
Kroc of McDonald's fame. Your site is amazing, invaluable, etc. wow! I understand that in the late 50s, McDonald's ran ads on radio in Minneapolis-St. Paul that were quite a sensation (albeit they were corny.) Something to the tune of "45-cents for a three course meal, what a steal." I'm wondering if you've heard this commercial before, and whether you could point me to a sound file.  Also you don't seem to have much from the late 50s on your site. I'm trying to deduce what was on the radio in the afternoons. Of course I am also . consulting local radio/TV listings but wondered if you knew offhand. I wonder if Bee Baxter might ever have collided with Mrs. Joan Smith? My best wishes." Lisa N (11/9/2013)

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"Was wondering if there are any recordings during the Armistice Day Blizzard in 1940. 145 died throughout the Midwest region." Glenn (11/1/2013)

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"Wondering if anyone has old Hobbs House Cds to sell or could possibly provide play old lists? Am interested in his show....or at the least any play lists showing the artists he played on his broadcasts. Thanks!" Dave (10/27/2013)

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"Steve Cannon theme song:” What d'ye mean you lost yer dog Alternative Title: Where's that dog-gone dog-gone dog of mine.” Who was the artist or orchestra on this recording? It’s a great recording, but I cannot find this version online anywhere." Doug U. (10/23/2013)  Follow-up from Doug on 10/26/2013: "It was recorded in 1955 or 56 by Albert White and His Gaslight Orchestra. The album is called "Alexander's Ragtime Band."

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"Hi there, it's pretty cool to listen to some of the old KQRS 92.5 stuff! What I'm really looking for is the call John Lassman made in the late 80's/or very early 90's to McDonald's--I know he was adding a "Mc" in front of a lot of his words while he was talking, and it also had something to do with the new McDLT and the hot side/cold side. Also, do you know of any tapes that exist of the Classic Album Exchange with Wally Walker in the late 1980's, also on KQRS 92.5 Mpls/St. Paul? Actually I have never seen this website before and I really have no idea how this works, just throwing it out there and seeing what happens! Thanks for anything you can provide me with and rock on!" Michele K (10/19/2013)

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"One irony about Part 7 of the breaking CBS News radio coverage of the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy was that the co-anchor during this portion was Mike Wallace, who grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, where the Kennedy brothers grew up (and where President John Kennedy was born). In fact, I believe Wallace and John Kennedy were the same age, and might have known each other as youngsters." Joseph (10/18/2013)

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"Where may I find the Progressive Insurance radio commercials with Flo singing?" Tom L (10/8/2013)

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"Looking for recordings of programs related to Labor Unions (Packinghouse Workers Organizing Committee) featuring Henry (Hank) Johnson, National Assistant Director of the PWOC somewhere around 1936-1939. Worked with John L Lewis and Don Harris of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). Programs were on WGN radio in Chicago." Nimrod (10/1/2013)

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"Please add more Dark Star (George Chapple) wcco audio (mp3, etc). More complete shows would be great. It was great to hear the show posted from 1993." Andy (9/26/2013)

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"I love the site! Could you please post some Twins, Vikings, and North Stars games (pregame and postgame too) from the 1960's, 1970's, and 1980's. The longer the segments the better. Also, more Joe McFarlain, Denny Long, Bill Diehl, and Franklin Hobbs please! Thanks again for all you do." Pete (9/26/2013)
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"Just stumbled onto your site and, wow! I'm surprised but not surprised a website like this exists. I guess I'm more surprised I didn't look for something like this until now. The main reason I stumbled onto it was because I'm desperately searching for Drive105's commercial bumpers. They had awesome 5 to 10 second jingles made up of creative techno. Your site has X105 and Zone 105 but nothing from the next incarnation, Drive105. Any way you can get the word out? I must say the coolest thing for me that I found was the last 20 minutes of airtime for WLOL. I remember being with my friend and listening to them go off the air. Great site! Would LOVE some Drive105 stuff!!!" Jesse H. (9/9/2013)

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"Where can I get the Paul Harvey Radio Broadcast of 1/12/2002?" David M (8/10/2013)

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"Great site. Looking for audio of the Ole Reb (Jack Fisher) on KFYR in Bismarck. Do you have any?" Dale M. (7/25/2013)

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"I am looking for some archives of the Dave Thompson show. Is there any chance you have any archives of this show? It was on for about 7.5 years and I think it ended in 2008. Please let me know if you have any information about that show!!" Brenna K (7/19/2013) (Radiotapes comment: If anyone has airchecks of Dave, please contact us).

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"I believe it was fall of 1964 or 1965. I listened to KDWB all the time - and there was a bit called "Papa's General Store." It was a hilarious mock soap-opera with the most outrageous names, like Normal Glutz, Harold Hernthrider - I roared just hearing the names of the characters. DRAMATIC announcer. I would be absolutely thrilled to be able to listen to these bits again. Are they available? I graduated in 1963. The radio slogan was "63 - that's easy to remember." Thanks for the memories!" Marie N. (7/16/2013)

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"Wow. Just found a couple of recordings of my Dad, Bob Chase. Crazy to hear his voice after so many years!!! This site is awesome!!! Is there a way to search all of the stations that someone worked at all over the U.S.??" (5/24/2013)

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"This is a great website and public resource, even for those outside the Twin Cities broadcast areas, especially for all the broadcast files related to historic events such as the President Kennedy assassination, the Apollo 11 moon landing mission, and even the false EBS warning of 1971 (which I heard on my local radio station, the original WHDH-AM, 850 kHz in Boston). This latter item brings me to my point of contacting you-- Is there any good Internet resource for obtaining historic radio broadcast files in the Boston, MA area? I would love to obtain some old broadcasts, especially news and talk shows from older incarnations of WBZ, WEEI, and WRKO, as well the now-defunct radio outlets WCOP, WHDH, WMEX, and WNAC. Boston has its place in broadcast history too, WBZ-AM being among the first and now oldest, continuously-broadcasting radio stations, as well Jerry Williams (WMEX, WBZ & WRKO) having been a pioneer of the talk radio genre that is very well established today. I am also old enough and media savvy enough to recall several Minnesota reference points on your website, such as your former governor Harold Stassen having been a perennial United States' presidential candidate, and, of course, the second "Happy Warrior" (the first former New York governor Alfred Smith) of American political life, former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, who was a Minneapolis mayor and longtime Minnesota senator before becoming nationally prominent as vice president in the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson, and thrice (1960, 1968, 1972) a presidential candidate, the 1968 Democrat Party nominee. I even recall the "Dump the Hump" slogan in reference to HHH's support of LBJ's Vietnam War policies. My dad always got a kick out of Humphrey, I'm sure voted for him in '68, although supported Richard Nixon's re-election by '72 (and, strangely, Sen. George McGovern in the primaries that year). I think part of that was I had worked in McGovern's campaign that year, when I was just 14 years old. But my dad genuinely respected McGovern, even voted for him in a comeback campaign in 1988, the year Michael Dukakis received the Democrat presidential nomination. I am rather duplicating my dad's political philosophy at this point, went from being a liberal Democrat as a younger person to becoming extremely conservative at middle age. Anyway, I'd appreciate any referrals for Boston radio digitization files. Thank you," Jim M. (5/6/2013)

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"My dad Gary Rawn passed away this week, and your site has been a godsend to me. I haven't found anything from his time at WWTC, but when I Googled KJJO - here he was. I thought I would never hear his voice again, or see the way he used to dance in the booth. THANK YOU. THANK YOU!" Jana Hirsch (4/29/2013)

"I want to praise you on making sure these old tapes stay available to hear forever!" Michael J. (4/18/2013)
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“I truly wish I could afford to donate a lifetime's collection of broadcast news and talk. I worked s Bureau chief for UPIRadio (among others) dating back to Reagan, but have archival broadcast dating back to Truman. I will donate my expertise in any capacity but honestly was looking to market the high quality audio. Do you have a clue?” Jay (3/5/2013)

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“Hi and thanks for all the great airchecks on this site. Could you please post some airchecks of WCCO-AM, especially Denny Long, Joe McFarland, and Franklin Hobbs. Also, if you have any airchecks from the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament (especially 1970s). I always look forward to the next airchecks. Thanks again.” Pete (2/4/2013)

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“I'm trying to find any audio recording of a Minneapolis Millers or St. Paul Saints baseball game broadcast. Would you have any idea of where I could begin with this? I'm writing a book on the rivalry between the Millers and Saints and was hoping to have a reference for game broadcast. Thanks very much.” Rex (2/1/2013)

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“Hi Do you remember or have the dog song from WCCO they used to play early in the morning in the late 60s and 70s I think it was for the Boone and Erickson show Please help me out Thanks” Chuck (2/1/2013)

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“I am interested in any additional audio from am1500 to include Soucheray, Reusse, Yates and others. Can you direct me to a resource?” (1/23/2013)

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“First, I really enjoy the time and effort you put into this website! I really enjoy these radiotapes. I am a long-time listener. So the recent "Cannon" addition, 1/20/13, is not marked with a specific date, just "1984." but it is from 5/24/84. Can u mark it as such? Given the sports clues w in the tape, the date of this recording is from Thursday may 24, 1984. This I deciphered from the following information: the Twins were off that evening; they began a three game set at the Metrodome against the brewers; the starting pitchers the next evening were names Butcher and cocanower. I took this information to baseballreference . com, this link, to come to this conclusion. http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/MIN/1984-schedule-scores.shtml. Sure, this pitching duel could have happened more than once within a season, but Cannon referenced a Nurses strike that was coming up on June 1. So, that took away the possibility that this recording was any later than June 1. Hope that helps gives you a more precise date!” Timothy (1/21/2013)

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“Thank you for your great website. I would like to make two requests: 1. Al Shaver doing North Stars play by play (I have heard one short clip, but would love to hear something longer). 2. More Joe McFarland, Dan Hertsgaard, and Bill Diehl clips from WCCO (as long as possible please). I look forward to hearing your new entries. Thanks again.” Pete (1/9/2013)

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“Hello from Boston! This is one of the best sites of its kind. It's easy to see that you love your radio and TV in Minnesota, and there are folks who lovingly preserve so much of it- especially classy WCCO. Never been up there but we had a correspondence with legendary Dave Moore of WCCO-TV in the '80s. He was a one-of-a-kind guy and you were lucky to have had him on the air for so many years. Thanks for putting these priceless broadcasts on the Web. Even an out-of-towner can return to the days of classic old-time radio here.” Jonathan (12/29/2012)

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“Hello, I was wondering, do you by any chance have any audio from or about Chernobyl from 1986? I am trying to do a documentary about that area. “ (12/18/2012)

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“Do you have anything from Don Doty from the 50's or 60's or a photo?” (12/15/2012)

“I am looking for the recording about Talcott's Tailings, regarding the horse owned (?) by a former Minnesota governor, done by Boone & Erickson.” (12/11/2012)

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“My brother and I grew up in the Cities during the 60's and 70's. WCCO was a huge part of our lives- always on in the background, providing us with the information which made our life a bit easier, happier, safer, etc. 'CCO made such an impression on my older brother Mark, that he devoted his life to being involved with radio- collecting old radios, selling radio advertisements and eventually managing a variety of different stations. This past summer at 50 years old, he passed away after a brief illness. As the grief occasionally swells in me, I often think of our youth. Memories of waking up scared to the Tornado klaxon warning, the Canon barking dog song, the banjos for Boone and Erickson, The Viken theme song, the glory years of the Twins, etc. Then I stumbled upon your site, and the memories became vivid. Although sad in many respects, it also provided me with a feeling of comfort from simpler times, giving me a glimpse of my brother when we were young and innocent, growing up in the fabulous Twin Cities. Thanks...” (11/14/2012)

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“Good Morning, My name is Ellen Corsigli, my uncle was James J Dooley he was a producer at WCCO in the 80's ( I believe that is the time period). He passed away on Oct, 5th 2012. I am writing you ,to see if you would direct me as to how I might obtain a DVD copy of a documentary that he made in 1961 entitled "Unwed Mothers" he received the George Foster Peabody Award for this documentary. Thank you for your assistance.” Ellen (11/12/2012)

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“Hello. My name is Mary (Longenecker) Hendrix. My father and mother (actress Ruth Hussey) had a radio program back in the late 1940's in New York. I am wondering if there are any archives of this program. I have no idea what the name of the show was - it featured the two of them as if they were at breakfast or ? chatting and talking about the news of the day. Any information you may have would be so appreciated. Thank you!” Mary (11/11/2012)

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“I am looking for some information if anyone can either find it or remembers it. Roughly 30-40 years ago, Chuck Lillegren had a Sunday morning program at 6:00 am - 7:00 am called "Prelude to Prayer". About every 6 weeks he would play a song which I cannot remember the name, but from what I remember it was called "I heard the voice of Jesus" or something like that and was performed by, again, I cannot quite remember, but I think it was something like the California State Youth Choir. Can anyone help me with finding the name or group who performed it, as in this day and age of technology, I have been trying to find it on YouTube or Google it. I have no idea as to what the status of Chuck is, but I know he would remember. Can I have any help, please? Thanks.” (10/26/2012)

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“For your Steve Cannon page at http://www.radiotapes.com/SteveCannon.html, you could identify the theme song as "What D'Ye Mean You Lost Yer Dog (Where's that dog-gone dog-gone dog of mine)" The sheet music can be found at: http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/inharmony/detail.do?action=detail&fullItemID=/lilly/devincent/LL-SDV-123001” (10/15/2012)

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“Hello, big fan of the site. I have a tape you might be interested in. It's a reel-to-reel tape of coverage of the Apollo 11 landing, I think from NBC (David Brinkley is clearly heard). No indication of where it was recorded, but I acquired it in the Twin Cities. The recording covers both sides of a 7 inch tape at 7 1/2 ips. Sound quality is very good. If you like I'd be happy to send it to you.” (10/15/2012) [Radiotapes comment: We are interested, please contact us.]

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“Great stuff on your site too. I've been looking at for years with much admiration.” Glenn (10/8/2012)

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"Not sure if you can help me. I've got a couple of pictures from the old KDWB-AM that I need help identifying. Is there someone I can send them to that may know what they are?
One is a picture which purports to be their studio/office building and the other is a familiar looking jock I can't identify." (Radiotapes comment: The building is KDWB's. If anyone knows the DJ featured please contact us).

 

      

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I have an answer to the question of "Who composed the "Hit Parade" jingles. Drake-Chenault Productions recorded them with the Johnny Mann Singers providing the music. Bill Drake voiced the track." Dick S. (11/28/2012)

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"Where can I find podcasts of Good Neighbor Award announcements? And where is the Hall of Fame recipients listed? Thank you." (11/20/2012) (Radiotapes comment: The Pavek Museum Broadcasting Hall of Fame recipients can be found at the following link: www.museumofbroadcasting.org/hall.htm  We are unable to find a page on the WCCO Radio website listing the Good Neighbor winners or podcasts. We recommend that you contact the station directly.)

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"Your aircheck with Tawn Mastrey on 93X I think is from July 2003 based on the info in the aircheck. She does an interview snippet with the Band Alien Ant Farm talking about their new album. Tawn states it will be coming out in about a month. That Alien Ant Farm album was called "Truant". It was release August 19, 2003." (11/19/2012) (Radiotapes comment: Thank you!).

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"WLTE-FM (102.9 1998 - Johnny Canton - 8 MB - This link does not work." (11/19/2012) (Radiotapes comment: Thank you! We appreciate messages letting us know of dead links and any other problems with the website).

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"The 6/69 Jim Dandy cut is actually 9/6/69. He says the Twins beat the A's in 18 innings...and that was Saturday, September 6...Twins 8, A's 6." (11/18/2012) (Radiotapes comment: Thank you!).

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"My brother and I grew up in the Cities during the 60s and 70s. WCCO was a huge part of our lives- always on in the background, providing us with the information which made our life a bit easier, happier, safer, etc. 'CCO made such an impression on my older brother Mark, that he devoted his life to being involved with radio- collecting old radios, selling radio advertisements and eventually managing a variety of different stations. This past summer at 50 years old, he passed away after a brief illness. As the grief occasionaly swells in me, I often think of our youth. Memories of waking up scared to the Tornado klaxon warning, the Canon barking dog song, the banjos for Boone and Erickson, The Viken theme song, the glory years of the Twins, etc. Then I stumbled upon your site, and the memories became vivid. Although sad in many respects, it also provided me with a feeling of comfort from simpler times, giving me a glimpse of my brother when we were young and innocent, growing up in the fabulous Twin Cities. Thanks..".  (11/14/2012)

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"Good Morning, My name is Ellen Corsiglia, my uncle was James J Dooley he was a producer at WCCO in the 80's ( I believe that is the time period). He passed away on Oct, 5th 2012. I am writing you ,to see if you would direct me as to how I might obtain a DVD copy of a documentary that he made in 1961 entitled "Unwed Mothers" he received the George Foster Peabody Award for this documentary. Thank you for your assistance." Ellen C (11/12/2012)

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"Hello. My name is Mary (Longenecker) Hendrix. My father and mother (actress Ruth Hussey) had a radio program back in the late 1940s in New York. I am wondering if there are any archives of this program. I have no idea what the name of the show was - it featured the two of them as if they were at breakfast or ? chatting and talking about the news of the day. Any information you may have would be so appreciated. Thank you!" Mary H. (11/11/2012)

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"I am looking fo rsome information if anyone can either find it orr remembers it. Roughly 30-40 years ago, Chuck Lillegen had a Sunday morning program at 6:00 am - 7:00 am called "Prelude to Prayer". About every 6 weeks he would play a song which I cannot remember the name, but from what I remember it was called "I heard the voice of Jesus" or something like that and was performed by, again, I cannot quite remember, but I think it was something like the California State Youth Choir. Can anyone help me with finding the name or group who performed it, as in this day and age of technology, I have been trying to find it on YouTube or Googe it. I have know idea as to what the status of Chuck is, but i know he would remember. Can I have any help, please?" (10/26/2012)

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"To whom it may concern, would you have a radio broadcast of the Baltimore Orioles from the 1967 to 1971 seasons. As a boy i worked on my grandfathers fishing boat, the Baltimore Orioles was always on the am radio set. Sincerely, Mark." (10/22/2012)

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"The first thing I want to say is "thank you" for putting up a site that archives not just old voices and sounds, but, as I just learned, your work brings up old and fond memories of better times. While looking through your airchecks I found the "Hit Parade '69" jingle and when I listened to it, a long forgotten, distant past came back to life. I remembered exactly where I was when I heard that jingle 43 years ago. That's a rather astonishing achievement. Is there a way to find out who composed and recorded it?" Donald (10/17/2012)

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"For your Steve Cannon page at http://www.radiotapes.com/SteveCannon.html, you could identify the theme song as "What DYe Mean You Lost Yer Dog (Where's that dog-gone dog-gone dog of mine)" The sheet music can be found at: http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/inharmony/detail.do?action=detail&fullItemID=/lilly/devincent/LL-SDV-123001" (10/15/2012)

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"Hello, big fan of the site. I have a tape you might be interested in. It's a reel-to-reel tape of coverage of the Apollo 11 landing, I think from NBC (David Brinkley is clearly heard). No indication of where it was recorded, but I acquired it in the Twin Cities. The recording covers both sides of a 7 inch tape at 7 1/2 ips. Sound quality is very good. If you like I'd be happy to send it to you." (10/9/2012). (Radiotapes comment: We are very interested. Please contact us again with your email address).

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"Where can I find the "sounder" for KSTP, Minneapolis=Saint Paul. It was a mens' chorus singing a 15 second spot that began, "The sounds of the city...." I loved hearing it while a student at Fairbault, Mn." Wade (10/8/2012). (Radiotapes comment: The jingle is on the KSTP page - under "mid-1960s").

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"Hello. I'm looking for information about KUXL DJs Ray Moss of Jimmy Smith. They would have had an interest in the record label Twin Town and been personalities at the station as well. Does this ring any bells? Great site. I was just in the Twin Cities spending time with some folks from KMOJ. Thanks, Jon (10/2/2012)

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"I am saddened by the passing of Donald K. Martin. I remember one of the Wall of Fame Dinners, and the opportunity to visit with Donald K. for quite some time. He was a true legend in Twin City Radio. God bless him!" Charlie A. (9/26/2012)
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"Who did the GET ME UP JINGLE?" (9/14/2012) (Radiotapes comment: The 'Get Me Up' package was written and produced by Kyrl Henderson of Reel Good Productions).

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"Thank you. I have been seeking recordings of the coverage of 9/11 from NPR News and other radio sources for YEARS. All most places have is television coverage. Thank you, again." (9/11/2012)

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"I would like audio of Franklin Hobbs and his show Hobb's House especially during late 50's and early 60's programming." Ty (9/9/2012)

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"The call letters were KITT on 105.3 in San Diego, California in 70's up to 1981. I remember this station in 1979, the station name was K-105. It's format was Disco at the time. I like listening to this station at the time, it had some dance music. Their slogan was Dynamite Disco K-105 FM." (9/8/2012)

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"Trivia question...does anyone remember what was engraved on the back side of the U100 belt buckle? I will give you a hint... BHLOAC" (9/3/2012)

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"I came across your page (http://www.radiotapes.com/Links.html) while collecting some material for a Radio History guide my youth group is putting together. Several of our young members took interest in the field of broadcasting after we recently took a tour of our local radio station. We found your page very helpful and I just wanted to send a quick thanks your way! :) The kids suggested I pass along a neat guide we found on radio and tv broadcasting, http://www.comcastoffer.net/radio-tv-broadcasting.html. Would you mind adding this to your page? I think it would be very rewarding for them to see their recommendation up there! I think your other page visitors might appreciate it as well! :) Sincerely, Denise Rynders" (8/9/2012) (Radiotapes note: Thank you for your message. We would be glad to post the link. It is now on the Links page )

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"Hello, I am a former staff member at WCAL 89.3 FM in the Twin Cities, the 80 year old public radio station from St. Olaf College that was sold to Minnesota Public Radio about 8 years ago, and now operates at 89.3 FM as The Current. There are a few of us who have recorded broadcasts from WCAL. Is this material of any interest to your organization? Can you accept DAT format? Thanks, Heather Fergusuon" (8/6/2012) (Radiotapes note: Heather, we are very interested in the WCAL tapes and do have access to a DAT player. Please contact us with your email address )

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"My father had his own radio show on WDGY when he was six years old, playing his accordian. Listeners would write in with requests, and he would play them during his half-hour show. This would be around 1933, or there abouts. His name is Doug Jacobsen (Douglas C. Jacobsen). I was wondering if any archived recordings of his show exist anymore? We used to have an old, metal 78 record of one of his shows, but that's gone. My mother passed away last year, and my father is now in a nursing home, and I would love to see if I could locate one of his shows. If this isn't the correct channel/people, do you know where I could check? Thank-you for your time!" Raymond (9/2/2012)

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Re: Steve Cannon airchecks. Enjoyed it all. Lived in the cities when he was at KSTP. Do you have anything on a cohort @stp named don doty? Doty followed Cannon in the mornings during the 60's. Best two clowns of the era?" Kent D. (7/2/2012)

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"I am interested in aircheck copies/recordings or the Ford Symphony Orchestra broadcasts from the 1930's to the mid-1940's. Any suggestions?" (7/1/2012)

"There was a "Worlds Greatest Twins Fan" contest around February or March of 1988. I sent in a letter about My Grandfather Joseph Neururer, who was Our Greatest Twins Fan. The letter was read over the air on WCCO. I do not have a copy of this letter and would love to get one. Any chance there is an archive of it? Regards." Patti B. (6/25/2012)

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"Re: DARK STAR - You should try to locate his closing music from the shows he did in the 90s (at night on WCCO).......it's a really sad (sweet) song and wouldn't be surprised if they played it at his funeral." (6/2/2012)

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"I stumbled onto your site while looking for classic KQRS bits on Thursday and was amazed at what I found. I am only 27 years old and have been captivated listening to the radio tapes from before my time and learning about the history of broadcast radio in Minnesota. Hearing about the passing of Dark Star I was so happy to find the Remembering Dark Star section and have appreciated being able to listen and remember a person I always loved on the air. Thank you for posting these invaluable airchecks and keeping the history of Minnesota radio alive. Keep up the good work." Matthew S. (6/2/2012)

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"I have a WCCO brochure from the state fair from 1970 or 1971. Would you like this item? If so, where do I send it?" Don N. (6/1/2012). (Radiotapes note: We are very interested in this brochure. Please contact us with your email address )

"I'm trying to contact Rex Wilder. He worked at WGIL, with my Father, Roger Coleman, in the 1970's." Jeff (5/29/2012)

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"I am trying to locate the Best of Sports Talk Volume 1 from KSTP 1500 Reusse / Soucheray. I have lost my copy. Any ideas?" (5/28/2012)

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"I remember hearing the radio jingles for Clover Leaf Milk during Twins broadcasts. I would like to hear the Clover Leaf jingle again. Thanks." (5/22/2012)

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"I'm looking for complete recordings of AM radio from the 60s in Chicago. The old WLS and WCFL shows. I want them complete with commercials, weather, news and all. Cant find them Maybe you can help? Thanks." (5/21/2012)

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"I was on a TV commercial for WCCO in the early 80s. My sister, Ann Soyett, called into a talent show she played "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on her trombone. Later WCCO made a TV commercial using the radio call in of my sister and before I knew it we where on TV. Pictures of me playing the trombone with my sisters phone call playing in the back ground. How would I see that again?" (5/6/2012)

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"Once again your 'checks are great! BTW on the Tac Hammer/KRSI 10-25-1973 cut, the New Horizon Homes spot is voiced by Ernie Martz. I should recognize the voice, I worked with Ernie at KMSP for many years." Rich Sigurdson (4/13/2012)

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"Wonderful Service for everyone. WCCO Radio Tapes. Listening in tonight I recall all those days when I was working with Cedric,Clellan, and all the WCCO on the air staff. I just made 93 years of age on January 9th of 2012... Thanks you those were the best years." Frank Butler (4/12/2012)

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"Hi radiotapes! My company, Iconoclassic Books, has just re-released two classic radio books in eBook form: Arnold Passman's legendary 1971 tome, The Deejays, and Wes Smith's The Pied Pipers of Rock 'n' Roll from 1989. Both have been out-of-print for decades, and we're thrilled to make them available again in the 21st century. They are available via our website at www.iconoclassicbooks.com Let your readers know, and thanks! Cheers" Rick B (4/10/2012)

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"Just saw your airchecks of Steve Cannon pre-WCCO on the site. What a goldmine! I'm so grateful to you and Mischke for preserving and presenting all these airchecks. I am currently listening to Cannon's first broadcast on 'CCO on the Top of the Morning Show with Roger Erickson. Love hearing them try to trace his career from station to station! I can't wait to get into the other recordings. Cannon was a hero of mine and a love to hear him on these airchecks and still miss his show greatly." Keith S. (2/23/2012)

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"On a website dealing with Northeast Minneapolis, someone commented about a radio station on Johnson Street NE., about 33rd or 34th Avenue. Do you have any information about it?" Alvin K. (2/18/2012)

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"I love what you are doing with the website." Will G. (2/13/2012)

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"Good morning from Paris France, I just discovered your website. This is fantastic if you keep all these wonderful audio archives!" Philippe G (2/8/2012)

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"This website is similar to what I'm look for, except I would like to listen to a recording of a radio station in San Diego California in 1979: that station was KITT 105.3(K-105 FM). The format was Disco at the time." (2/3/2012)

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"Hi my name is Karl Burtonshaw a presenter at Radio Tircoed 106.5 FM in Swansea Wales from the same city as Catherine Zeta Jones and Anthony Hopkins.
I noticed you may know where the master of or recordings of the ' Superfun ' series made in the late 60's by mel blanc and associates. I have been looking around for a copy of these for years , since many got wiped at another radio station after I was lucky enough to acquire these in 1977, via one of great britain's best radio djs the late ' Kenny Everett'. Would you know of any where I could get a copy of these? Please let me know. Thanks and Best Wishes" (2/1/2012)

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"I remember a newspaper ad for a local radio station (circa 1960) which featured a pair of cartoon gophers in a loge (nutshell) at an opera. The male gopher was dressed in a tux while the female was holding her opera glasses. Has anyone seen it lately? Let me know if any of the listeners come across it. Thanks!" (1/31/2012)

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"Pretty nifty stuff you have on this site. Thanks for sharing it. I don't have anything to offer for your website, but do have a request. I would love to find an mp3 of Boone and Erickson's classic phrase, "Legends within their own minds." Any chance of tracking this down? Thanks." David (1/15/2012)

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"Thank you for the 1971 EBS error file. Other than a YouTube file from WOWO in Ft. Wayne, I have never heard a recording of this." Bruce B. (1/12/2012)

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"Your most recent posting on radiotapes.com of the " EBS mistake of 1971" inspired me to look up local newspaper articles from the Minneapolis Tribune and Minneapolis Star on microfilm at the downtown library and I found some more information about what other radio stations here did when that incident happened. It appears that WCCO was the only station to broadcast an alert, but according to a Tribune article, "WDGY was within 30 seconds of going off the air" and WCCO-TV was about to break into programming to make an announcement, which would have signaled the other TV stations to go off the air. A Minneapolis Star article indicates that "WLOL and KQRS didn't go off the air because an engineer on duty didn't see the original message until after the cancellation had been sent" and "other stations caught the correction before broadcasting was interruped...including WWTC, WMIN and KSTP." A number of radio stations in outstate Minnesota did go off the air. There was also wire service reports with interesting information." Jeff Lonto (1/10/2012)

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"I was wondering if you had a an old schedule from WCCO Radio from around 2003, or if you know where i can find it?" (1/4/2012)

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"Is there any way to hear a tape of "fight on for home" from the Steve Cannon radio show?" (12/22/2011). (Radiotapes note: The song is actually called "Fight on for 'Ol" and it can be heard on the Steve Cannon page.)

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"I wanted to express my gratitude for the posting of the RFK funeral broadcasts. I am a PhD student in the UK, working on national American funerals and this is invaluable resource material. As I am sure you are aware, it is particularly difficult to come across material from this era that doesn't have expensive rights attached to it. This is even more the case when you are across the Atlantic! I was hoping that you might know of somewhere that holds any material of the funeral train journey. I know it lasted 8 hours, and so this is probably unlikely, but it would be of great help. Either way, I appreciate the time taken to make this publicly available." Francisca (12/9/2011)

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"I would like to hear airchecks of Jimmy Reed from years 1975, 1976, and 1977. And how about airchecks of Johnny Canton from 75 & 76? 77?" (12/6/2011)

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"One of the guys who works in the acct dept mentioned Milking Music at our monthly lunch meeting. Gary grew up on a dairy farm which got the WCCO radio station. It caught my attention big time. I was hoping you you could provide a link(s) to some recordings. Just because we are high tech out here in Silicon Valley doesn't mean we are totally separated from the old ways. More people than I expected went searching the internet, found news clippings, but no actual recordings. I would love to be able to share, especially with Gary, the music of the day. He will be sure to say that he is so glad he is off the farm, but remembering it still makes him laugh." Peggy (11/28/2011)
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"Is there anymore RFK or JFK assassination audio? Found it very interesting listening, any new audio would be great. Thanks." Jeff (11/6/2011) "For "Jeff" in the comments thread, the KLIF logger tape of November 22, 1963 is available at Reel Radio: /www.reelradio.com/se/index.html#klif112263" Anonymous (11/11/2011)

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"Wow! What a great website. My name is Jack and I now live in Moorhead, MN. I am 72. I lived in Mpls during the 50s where I was graduated from Brown Institute. I was a TV weatherman on WDAY-TV, Fargo for 25 years. I am also a professional magician. Anyway, in about 1954, I did stand-up comedy on Stairway to Stardom. Ed Veehman (sp?) was the emcee. I won first place in both audience and judges award. I remember it being in December as there was a large studio audience during Christmas season. I was also emcee of the Judge Wright Talent Show shortly after Cedric Adams was no longer emcee. I also won first place in the July 4th Talent Contest in Powderhorn Park and the following year was emcee for that talent show. Great memories...at least for me. I just had to share it with someone. Thanks for reading this. What if my appearance on Stairway to Stardom is in the archives! My 2nd week on the show, I think I came in 2nd place, losing first to an accordion player. I think his name was Skeets Langley. Thanks again for the excellent website." Jack Sand
www.jacksand.com (10/27/2011)

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"In reply to Jolene from Glenwood, MN asking about a radio station in the Twin Cities (posted below on 10/3/2011): The station she is asking about has to be WCCO AM 830 out of Minneapolis, a clear channel station which at the time was the flagship radio station of Minnesota. The 5-note tones Jolene describes sound exactly like the opening jingle to CBS Radio News at the top of the hour, which certainly fits since WCCO was and is a CBS affiliate. Hope this helps." Gary (10/24/2011)

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"I'm looking for a news broadcast from Sept. 11 and 12, 1973 about the coup in Chile. Ideally it would be Walter Cronkite and/or Dan Rather, but it could also be someone else. I need this quickly and wonder who I could talk to. Thanks a lot." Kathleen (10/24/2011) (Radiotapes note: Please contact us if you have access to those airchecks)

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"Hoping that you will post more old radio stuff. My ipod is so lonely!" Todd (10/9/2011)

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"I am trying to locate some information about an AM radio station that would have broadcast information about farm news in the late 70's early 80's. I lived in Glenwood, Minnesota and my dad thinks he was listening to a radio station out of the twin cities. All I remember was there was 5 tones that played before the news started. 3 tones that raised a half note and then 2 that lowered by a half note. That's super vague I know. But, if you have any information or know of how I might research further I'd appreciate it. I'm interested in it for the purposes of some memoir writing I'm doing. Thank you!" Jolene (10/3/2011) (Radiotapes note: Please contact us if you can help Jolene with her question)

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"I was roaming around the Radiotapes.com site and happened to see the comment I pasted below.  Here’s a link to a lengthy history of the chimes which includes a clip of the four chimes if you have your commenter’s email address and want to respond to him/her: http://www.radioremembered.org/chimes.htm  (9/28/2011)

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"I love your site! it's amazing to hear old news broadcasts from the 60's 70's and 80's. I especially love the special postings area, it's my favorite. Quick question... I was going through the NBC sounders and was wondering, would you happen to have a clip of the NBC four chimes? it was used in the Hindenberg disaster and in World War II. I'm not sure why, but I have always found it kinda interesting to hear that fourth chime! I first heard it during a bulletin for the pearl harbor attack, it was included in a book called "We Interrupt This Broadcast." Anyway, keep up the great work! and if you do find the clip, please post it! Thanks much!" (3/31/2010)

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"Hi there! Do you have the old North Central Airlines radio jingle? Would love to hear it again. It was one reason I became a flight attendant in the 70's.
Thanks." Debbie (9/28/2011) (Radiotapes note: Please contact us if you know where we can find any jingles)

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"Are there any Crown Auto Stores jingles out there? (9/28/2011) (Radiotapes note: Please contact us if you know where we can find any jingles)

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"My girlfriend is the former singer of AB Logic. This European / American dance duo (Belgian singer Marianne Festraets and American rapper Cedric Murrill, aka K-Swing) had a few hit singles all over the world (US, Sweden, Australia, Europe, ...). Especially the hit single "The Hitman" was a big success. But also "Get Up", "AB Logic" and "Real World". Have you any kind of stuff of AB Logic in your airchecks archive? Deejays who introducing a single of AB Logic, interviews, announcements, gigs, or other kind of stuff ... between early 1990 until end 1998. That will be great. Can you help me and my girlfriend? Like your website! Many thanks, Marc Van Doren (Mechelen, Belgium)" 8/19/2011 (Radiotapes note: Please contact us if you can help Marc)

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"I would just like to say, in all sincerity, thank goodness for sites such as "radiotapes.com.". I hadn't heard any of these in years. I do think that radio, for the most part, has seen it's better days. On the other hand, you may just reach a new generation of listeners/aspiring disc jockeys. God bless you." (8/11/2011)

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"Looking for an audio and/or video of the jingle for Western Airlines. "The Only Way To Fly". Can you help? My research has found it was written and sang by Mark Lindsey. Thank you." AVB (8/11/2011) (Radiotapes note: Please contact us if you know where we can find the jingle)

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Re:KRSI-AM I-95 Aircheck from 1/12/1980: "YES! I was SUCH a fan. Gregg Swedberg STILL thinks I'm an idiot for liking that station so much. The Beat "Rock & Roll Girl" was the whole reason English Beat was called English Beat here, and not The Beat, as they were in England . Still have that album (somewhere), and plenty of other jems from the era. (Am I the only one singing with the beginning of "Paper Girl"?) Thanks for the memories..." Todd M. (7/10/2011)

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"Those Civil Defense prerecorded messages sent chills down my spine. Do you know if WCCO transmitted an EBS activation message on February 20, 1971,
when a teletype operator at Cheyenne Mountain accidentally "played the wrong tape" during a test of the system? (One of my friends claims to have heard it
on 'CCO.) Gail L. (7/8/2011) (Radiotapes note: We believe that an announcement was made by Howard Viken. We are not aware of an aircheck available.)

"I really enjoy hearing the historic radio broadcasts you have posted on your web site. In particular, the August 26, 1964 WCCO broadcast when Sen. Humphrey found out he would be the Democratic nominee for VP." Tor (7/5/2011)

"Love the Site. I grew up in the Twin Cities and WCCO was on the radio all day for my parents listening enjoyment. All the personalities ended up in my head thru osmosis. I love hearing these bits again.  Two of my favorites were the I Love Onions bit and the Camp Granada bit that Boone and Erickson did.  Any chance you can get your hands on those two bits and add them to your site? I'm 50 something these days and I enjoy playing the bits on your site for my kids so they get a feel for my younger days. Thanks a ton." Terri G.(5/4/2011)

"Amazing footage of Garrison Keillor, thank you!" Aaron W. (4/17/2011)

"Wow, did you make my day! Where did you ever find the WCCO jingles from the 1970's? It takes me back to when I was a kid growing up in the 70's and I don't ever recall not having any radio on in our house that wasn't tuned to WCCO and the incredible people and programming they had on air back then." Scott S. (4/12/2011)

"Super website, every market/station needs to have this type of commitment. I'd like to know if you folks have come across any recordings of a program entitled Peter Quill from 1940-41? It was produced at WGN in Chicago and aired over Mutual. WLOL (Mutual outlet) carried the program live on Sundays at 3:00 pm Central from Oct-Dec 1940. From January-March, 1941 KSTP (NBC-Red) aired the program via transcription on Monday nights at 6:30 pm. It was sponsored by Paul F. Beich Co. for WHIZ Candy Bars. For more info, see the article I wrote in the October 2004 issue of Radio Recall at www.mwotrc.com  Any leads on the history of this program as it aired on WLOL and KSTP would be most appreciated. Thanks for your assistance. Cheers, Karl Schadow" (4/6/2011)

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"First, let me commend you on your WONDERFUL & MASTERFUL site. THANK ALL OF YOU for bringing back such FOND & LOVELY MEMORIES!! - a SINCERE THANK YOU!!. I was wondering if by chance you might have any airchecks or sound bytes of Rodger Kent when he was on the afternoon show at KTWN-FM 108 - during the early 80's - they were using the "contemporary jazz" format during that time, and he was a true gem to listen to. If you do could you please put them on your site?, or would there be anyway I could listen to them?. I look forward to any information you can provide. With Many THANKS, Thomas & Rindy Koelfgen.: (4/6/2011)

"Love this site!" Robert P. (3/14/2011)

"Found the site because I was trying to explain Mr Shirley of Dayton's Warehouse Sales to a former Minneapolitan in California. But many interesting things to follow up on. I was on KMRS Radio in Morris MN from 1969 to 1979. Not exactly WCCO, but it was fun. I remember the station owner, Cliff Hedberg who used to sa...y that WCCO was so popular because they did exactly as a hometown station would do, only a big city scale." Lee B. (2/22/2011)

"What are the chances of ever finding a tape or transcript of a Cedric Adam's "Your Home Town"? My Greatgrandfather was interviewed c.1945 in Anoka MN following an article about him being the oldest person in the area. Margaret C. (1/25/2011)

" I grew up in Northern Wisconsin. In the winter of 82, Chris Edmunds on 101 KDWB read my letter on the air. I was a celebrity at my high school that day. That afternoon I went to the guidance councilor and said, 'I want to go to Brown Institute and be as cool as Chris Edmunds!'. While a 'Brownie' I... did a short internship for Roger Bull at 1280 WWTC answering phones and pulling requested tunes." Craig E. 12/10/2010

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"I just wanted to let you know how much my family and I appreciate your posting the [WCCO] recordings from the 1940s and 50s. Tony Grise was my great uncle. My father grew up listening to these programs and we used to hear Tony's records when I was growing up, but I never imagined we would ever hear him sing in this context. It has really been a treat. Thank you for your efforts." Monte Grise (12/5/2010)

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"In approximately 1975, U100 radio station broadcast a fake concert that was syndicated and was called "Fantasy Park". I have almost all of the reel-to-reel tapes for that concert. What is missing is (I think) the last reel. It is possible that there are four missing reels but I don't think that is the case. The tapes that I have were rescued from a flooded radio station in Meridian, MS. I sent these reel-to-reel tapes to an online museum that is trying to preserve the content of the tapes in the museum. You can visit the web site at www.reelradio.com The reason that I am writing to you is to find out if you have a copy of this "concert of the mind". If so, would it be possible to have reelradio.com convert the last reel(s) to digital? The reel(s) would be returned to you afterwards. If you do not have a copy of these tapes any leads to where I could find a copy would be appreciated. Thank you, Linda Miller, DVM, anmldr@bellsouth.net. (11/4/2010)

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"I am a volunteer Disc Jockey producing a radio program 'Jingles And Music With Matthew' for  Hospital Radio stations. Can you help me find comedy radio programming from Mel Blanc and Associates titled 'Superfun.' These were mid 1960’s issued in a Long Play LP Records library.

Do you know of anyone who might have these and share them? I am searching for clean and funny programming material I can use in my broadcasts used for my radio program in hospitals for patients from children to adult listeners. I very much appreciate your your consideration. Please let me know if you have any leads. Thank you, Matthew Harris, J.A.M. Hospital Radio, 3220 S.W. Stone Avenue, Topeka Kansas 66614 - JAMHospitalRadio@aol.com." (9/22/2010)

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"I've enjoyed your site for a long time, and I'm thankful for these audio gems you host free of charge." Brian V. (9/22/2010)  

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"Wow! what a site for info -- As a child I can remember RADIO -- Whoopie John,  Our Gang,  Tom Mix, etc -- Yesterday my son and I talked about tornadoes and he spoke of the one he SAW while driving in Brooklyn Center in 1986 when its touch down was caught on tape by helicopter pilots.  While doing computer research I found this interesting  site on radio/tapes from the archives of Minneapolis/St Paul radio stations -- such as WCCO - KSTP - etc." Bea D. (9/12/2010)

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"I was wondering if anyone remembered KQRS and the story of 'The King of Fa' or the song the song [from WLOL-FM] 'Hubba hubba zoot zoot.' Former TC res." (7/20/2010)

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"I am looking for the tape of the May 19,1964 tape of the Twins vs Yankees. Jim roland was pitching for the Twins." Jerry C. (7/13/2010)

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This is one of the most complete and finest collection of radio audio memorabilia I've found!!  I worked while attending Emerson College at the then WNAC (Now WRKO) Radio in Boston. While on your site, I found a person I attended college with - CBS Radio Newsman Steve Young. Steve was on the staff of the two Radio Stations Emerson ran, later went on to CBS Radio and ultimately CNN on TV as Business Editor. Regretfully, he passed away in his early 60s. It was good to hear him again on your website. Keep up the good work!!" Tom T. (7/3/2010)

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"WOW KSTP had their own version of  'Joyce Lamont' with Bee Baxter. Interesting article by her son." David O. (7/3/2010)

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"Great job with the site, thanks for all of your work! I'm wondering if anyone has information about a weekend Jewish-themed morning or midday show I would hear as a kid on KQRS-AM in the early 70s. It may have also been on the FM but I seem to recall hearing it on 1440. The hostess, as best I can recall, was Fagala Katz. I can't find ANYthing about this show. I've contacted Jewish organizations to inquire and still no luck. It's possible I have some of the facts wrong. But I know I'm not a meshugenah!" (6/25/2010)

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"I'm looking for radio broadcasts from the summer of 1969. Any suggestions on how to find them? Thank you!" Teresa (6/24/2010)

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"I recall signing WLOL-FM classical music over their easy listening music format in 1972. Later on, my former boss/GM Ray Ose at WLOL-FM started the classic format at KTWN-FM in Anoka. There's a Forest Powers story on the change in this website. Thus KTWN-FM was the last (so far) commercial classical music station. Minnesota Public Radio took up the cross and carried to to their very successful non-commercial classics format nationwide. But it sure would be fun to go back to do the classics again in a commercial setting. But it is very hard to make money at it that way. If anyone wants to read about what went on when the mic was shut off and the "long hair" music was playing, I wrote a 9,000 word article for musicweb International. It's called "What Does A Classical Music DJ Do Between Selections?" Be sure to go to the "musicweb international" version. Good graphics and well laid out. BTW that's my old email address. I didn't change it. And want to to I don't give out my other because of spam, etc. Thank You! Great Historic Web Site! Jim Stokes." (6/14/2010)

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"My name is Terry and I am enjoying your site. Some time in the '60s KRSI-AM announced the Bob Johnson show. That was my father. He told me that he warned the station manager if he put him on the air it would be his last day. My dad said he quit. I would like to know if anyone remembers that great engineer. I miss him and would love to find a copy of his voice. He destroyed all of his tapes years ago 'cause he did not think he sounded good. He went on to retire from KMSP-TV after more years than I can remember." (6/10/2010)

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"Greetings: I really like your site. I have an unusual question. Do you know of or have, any recordings with the late Malcolm X or Dr. Martin L. King? I'm searching for old radio interviews with these men. People like Paul Harvey, Joe Dolan, Paul Coates were broadcasters who interviewed civil rights leaders. Can you be of any assistance to my efforts in this regard? Anyone with old reel-to-reel tapes of civil rights material? I'm a HUGE collector of these types of recordings. Please contact me as soon as you can at: skwantu@yahoo.com. Thank You Kindly!" (6/5/2010)

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"I really have enjoyed the coverage you posted this past week of the KSTP 35 W bridge collapse. I did listen to WCCO's coverage, but I wondered how the other stations covered it, and thanks to you guys, I found out." Christopher J. (5/14/2010)

“I like listening to the old airchecks. Thanks.” Shawn (5/10/2010)

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"Love your website." Mark P. (5/5/2010)

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"Please tell Amy and Cheeks I missed 'em." Joe B (5/5/2010)

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"Wondering if anyone has any tapes of Frank Buetel and Bill Allard on WLOL calling the Minnesota Fighting Saints?" (5/4/2010)

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"I grew up on WCCO in the 60s and 70s to Boone and Erickson.  I absolutely LOVED when they would play "March of the Barking Dogs" which was a J.P. Sousa march.  Is there any chance you have that song somewhere in your archives?" Chad R. (5/3/2010)

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"I was at KDWB from Oct '68 for about a year.  Earl Trout was PD, I did 7 to midnight as "Super Jock" (aka: T. Michael Jordan).  A few months after arriving, I was made MD.  I'm sure I have a few surveys from that period in my old files.  Rob Sherwood replaced me, and I moved back to California (Sacramento to be exact).  Decided to leave radio about 12 years later.  It was a great run, but the business was getting to corporate already. Great site, I loved the Twin Cities, and had a lot of fun and fond memories. I live in Chicago now." (5/2/2010)

"Thank you for the Apollo 11." William S. (4/20/2010)

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"I worked with Cedric Adams and Clellan Card. Card did "Quiz of the Twin Cities" at 8:30 and 7:30 AM newscasts. Any chance you may have an aircheck with of any of these programs?" Frank B. (4/1/2010)

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"I love your site! it's amazing to hear old news broadcasts from the 60's 70's and 80's. I especially love the special postings area, it's my favorite. Quick question... I was going through the NBC sounders and was wondering, would you happen to have a clip of the NBC four chimes? it was used in the Hindenberg disaster and in World War II. I'm not sure why, but I have always found it kinda interesting to hear that fourth chime! I first heard it during a bulletin for the pearl harbor attack, it was included in a book called "We Interrupt This Broadcast." Anyway, keep up the great work! and if you do find the clip, please post it! Thanks much!" (3/31/2010)

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"How can I get old Chucker stuff? I love it !!!" Denny G. (3/20/2010)

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"Thanks for letting me reply. I can fill in the blank of KWTN-FM when they had classical music from 1974 to 1976. It was my last radio job. I then went into my own freelance AV media business. I came over because I was about to lose a printing sales job and I had previously been at WLOL-FM when they had classical music. I signed KTWN on at 6am, did the morning show till 10am and then we went to pre-recorded classical music hosted tapes. I did a live noon hour show with interviews and classics. Then we were back to tapes till 4pm for Dave Madsen, the afternoon DJ. Can't recall who did nights. It was a struggle. And so we were the last commercial classical music station in the Twin Cities. MPR took over and were, ironically, on the 99.5 spot on the FM dial where good old WLOL-FM classical music was. MPR's listener-supported radio has thrived. But it might be nice to have an alternative commercial classical station, too, if it were practical." Jim Stokes (3/8/2010)

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"Hey Tom...thanks for creating this. Fun!" Lisa M. (3/8/2010)

"I was one of Franklin Hobbs avid listeners and when working nights always had him on the radio.  Could you find out what the name of his theme song was or if it still exists as a download or is available? Thank you." George P (3/2/2010). (Radiotape comment: Franklin's theme music was Smoke Rings by Henry Mancini.  You should be able to download that song online. A sample of it is posted on radiotapes here).

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"Thank you so much for making these sounds available. I grew up in Minnesota and these "tapes" create a nostalgia of family and farm in better times." Mark N. (2/25/2010)

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“Great Website! I've been here before but never left you a message. I wonder what ever happened to the huge WDGY sign from I-35W? You think it's in a landfill?” Wings K. (2/24/2010) (Radiotapes comment (2/28/2010): We contacted former WDGY/KFAN Chief Engineer, Aaron White, about the WDGY sign and the following is his response: "I have no information that would indicate anything other then a trip to the landfill for the old sign .Towers and RF equipment were salvaged but I highly doubt anyone claimed the big sign."

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“Alan Hale Jr. had a beautiful and insightful interview in the AM on WCCO. This was anywhere between Spring 1988 to Summer 1989. I have researched for years on the web, to no avail. Any chance you have this in archive?? He was dying of cancer and did finally passed in Jan 1990.
Thank you” Todd H. (2/14/2010) (Radiotapes comment: If anyone has a copy of this recording, please contact us).

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"GREAT STUFF!! I don't know if you have any resources/links, but I'm looking for any links, collections, etc., for border radio broadcasts - I'm not really looking for music, but rather, the preachers & especially the radio hucksters of the day - ANY IDEAS?” Mike (2/9/2010).

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“In your comments I read about someone finding an album called An Album of KDWB 63, Solid Gold. Did you ever find out any info about that album? I also have a copy and have been trying to find some info about it.” Samantha R. (2/7/2010)

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“Love the website! I could spend days poring over all the old airchecks and never get tired of it. I have a question and you guys seem like the best source to ask. I've been trying to find an audio file (wav/mp3) of the original Minnesota Twins "We're Gonna Win Twins" jingle on the net and haven't had much luck. I believe 'CCO used to play it often as part of the old Twins broadcasts, so I figured you might know where to look if you guys didn't actually have it. I would greatly appreciate any info you might have or if you know a good source to inquire from.” Kevin W. (2/3/2010). (Radiotapes comment: If anyone has a copy of this recording, please contact us).

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"Hi there! I enjoy this website of yours. For your information, the last time ABC had it's 1960s news jingle was December 31st,1967. The piece with Don Baker was from the 10:55pm EST newscast on that date.ABC broke into four networks on January 1,1968. I hoped I helped you out! Keep up the great work!"  Pat P. (1/30/2010) (Radiotapes comment: Thank you, Pat -- we updated the listing for the posting.)

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"I have greatly enjoyed listening to the recordings on your site." Caleb H. (1/27/2010)

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"Thanks for the great website! Just wondered if you have any more info on WSKC & WGDR." Andrew Y. (1/27/2010)

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(Radiotapes comment: Message received to correct a previous posting -- Thank you, Mark) "On the recent ABC Radio sound-bytes/air-checks, the very first one "top-of-hour one/whistle"... That is NOT and NEVER WAS their top-of-hour tone. Sometime in the late 1950s thru the 1960s until 31-Dec-1967, ABC Radio had a "chord-like" top-of-hour tone, sort of like a "pleasant sounding guitar chord". It was heard from time-to-time (during live coverage of JFK's assassination, for example), and at the start of Paul Harvey's midday 15-min newscast, and other misc. programs here/there that began at the top of the hour, but since regular hourly newscasts started at 54:30 to 59:30, it wasn't heard by most people as often as the CBS "Bong" or the NBC 700-Hz BEEEEEEP. On 01-Jan-1968, ABC Radio changed the hourly tone to a 1-Kc bip tone. Throughout most of 1968, it was a 2 or 3 second BEEEP at 1000 Cycles, shortened to a 1/2-second 'bip' of 1000 cycles after 1968. ABC-TV even used this "bip" tone of 1-Kc in the 1970s-era as well. It continued at least on ABC Radio through the end of landlines in 1984 when ABC Radio went 100% satellite. That "whistle" tone is rather the "cue-ing" tone used all over the place throughout the hour on ABC Radio. It sounds like the more advanced cue-ing system used from 1982 until the mid-1990s (when ABC switched to a digital cue-ing system that was not audible tones, but digital signals on a separate digital channel. These would be heard at the start and stop of programs, including the hourly Information newscast, but also just about all other programs on the network. It was similar to CBS Radio's NetAlert "bleep" or "chirps" (and CBS eliminated the audible chirps in Fall 2009 when they went to an inaudible digital system as well), or the Mutual BEE-doops, or the the NBC Radio Hotline "gurgle" tones. So, while the "whistle" might have been heard at the top of the hour at the start of an Information newscast, it was not really a top-of-hour tone. ABC Radio rather used a 1-Kc "bip" tone (until 1984) as their top-of-hour tone. And the "whistle" was heard at just about any time during the hour at the start/stop of any program, start/stop of commercial breaks, etc. Until it was replaced with an internal digital system in the mid-1990s." Mark C. (1/16/2010)

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"Every time I see you've put up a new "mess" it's like Christmas morning. Thanks." Jeff (1/15/2010)

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"Hi Guys. I grew up listening to radio in Minneapolis--my favorite station was WLOL, Hit Radio WLOL, back then.  It's been great hearing snippets of some of my favorite jocks, like Tac Hammer.  His voice was as smooth as a hot knife going thru butter! Also, whatever happened to Karen Wong--she was great to listen to but she always seemed to get moved around from time slot to time slot. I actually was in radio for a short time and worked with JJ Fly when we were at KDOG in Mankato. Any way, I just had to tell you how much I enjoy your website!  Thanks."  Doug L. (1/12/2010)

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"I'm looking for information on a radio theatrical series that aired in the 1930's and possibly into the 40's in the Twin Cities which had a character by the name of Speed Thompson in it. My dad, and Uncle who is 86, and their friends used to listen to the program after school, and dad acquired the nickname "Speed" as a result. (The name stuck with him his whole life). Would you be able to help?"Barbara S. (1/7/2010) (Radiotapes comment: Please contact us if you have any information).

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"I just recently found your web site. Very entertaining. I have a question for you. When I was a kid, back in the late 60's/early 70's my dad (like everybody's dad) listened to WCCO. 'CCO used to play a "comedy" song that had a line that went something like... "If I had wings then I could fly away and leave that old bad woman 'till next Christmas day".  Do you recall this song?  Any info would be helpful.  Thanks" Bruce (1/6/2010) (Radiotapes comment: Please contact us if you have any information).

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"I am a social worker at a nursing home. One of my resident's sang on the WTCN station in Minneapolis in the 1930's. She was known as Little Mary Sunshine or the Little Girl with the Big Voice. Would you be able to locate a recording of her voice. She would really like to listen to past shows if available. Thank You." Shari (1/5/2010) (Radiotapes comment: Please contact us if you have any information).

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"HI. Love the website and recordings." Tim E. (1/2/2010)

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"My Uncle had a 15 min program 2x's a day on WDGY in the 30s. He was headlined as Mr. Charles from the MarSelm Beauty shop.  His program was on beauty tips.  I believe his sister, Loretta, sang the theme song for his program.  His name was Charles Sengir.  Are there any old programs, or any information available about him?  I am doing family research and would really appreciate any information you can provide.  Thank you." Renee (12/29/2009) (Radiotapes comment: Please contact us if you have any information).

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"You have a great website! I get a kick from hearing the airchecks from "Channel 63" and from "WeeGee"! I remember in the '60s my 3 brothers, 2 sisters and I would gather 'round the old Magnavox console to hear 'CCO's Roger Erickson read off the school closings on snow day. Memories! Any snow day airchecks out there?" Tom (12/15/2009)

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"The WCCO postings of Dec 14, 2009 were timely and wonderful ....   I've lived in many different areas during my adult life and nothing then or now matched the quality of the WCCO that I grew up with in the 60's and 70's.  Keep up the good work!" Glenn (12/15/2009)

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"Hello Radiotapers! I am looking without success for some compilation of the Boone & Erickson Show!  My Grandpa has just started Chemo this week and I know he will be more and more uncomfortable and ill as he continues. I would really like for him to be able to listen to his old favorite radio show!  Any suggestions, can you help me? Thank for you your time." Louis (12/13/2009)

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"Hi there, my name is Vince, and I grew up LOVING 93.7 The Edge (callsign KEGE). It was around in the first half of the nineties until 1997. Several friends of mine and friends of theirs are desperately searching for their old playlists. We sat down and compiled a long list of songs and artists but would love to know how to go about finding their playlists. Any help will be greatly appreciated. With passion, Vince and scores of friends. Contortpiezo@gmail.com" (12/11/2009)

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"In 1966 a radio personality named Bobby Wayne was on the air at KDWB.  Two years before that he was on the air in Cincinnati, Ohio at radio station WSAI (1360 khz).  I was 16 yrs old when he came to town.  He replaced an "ICON" at WSAI named Ron Britain.  Ron has retired to Louisville Ky. with his wife and they own a horse farm.(What else in Kentucky)  We email each other.  When Bobby was here we became friends through "record hops" and his personal appearances at various places.  When he left WSAI for your radio station we lost contact.  I have been trying to research him on the internet.  I found that he passed away about 1993 in New York.  Could you send me web sites as to air clips of his old shows or any history of Bobby." Ken K. (12/2/2009) (Radiotapes comment: You can hear Bobby Wayne airchecks on reelradio.com and oldiesloon.com).

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"Thank you SO MUCH for maintaining radiotapes.com. I thoroughly enjoy your May 6, 1964, tornado coverage. I was ten years old at the time, living in south Minneapolis, and remember that night very clearly. I only wish you also offered a completely unscoped version, starting with the first warning during the Howard Viken show and ending where your current unscoped coverage does. Also, if you could find a copy, I'd love to hear the old Northwestern National Bank weatherball jingle. I can remember my father calling the Jergen Nash theme song "Waltz of the Hours," but I've been unable to find any reference to it on the Internet. I actually attended Nathan Hale Elementary School with his daughter, Kathy Nash." Gail L. (11/29/09). (Radiotapes comment: You can hear and read about the Northwestern National Bank weatherball and jingle at the following link:
http://www.mnhs.org/exhibits/weather/weatherball.htm)
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"Someone asked about Bob Allard. After getting fired from WLOL, like everyone else who ever worked there, including me; he landed at KUXL, Golden Valley, doing talk. KUXL's format was talk and religion. Great combination. Diabetes brought on by booze and the come-down in the radio biz brought on his death. He had the voice of a network radio newscaster. Radio at its best is a great theater of the mind. At its worst it the theater for the mindless. I worked at radio in this market from 1963 through 1977. I had ups and downs. And now have great work not in the biz. But lots of memories. Now stay tuned to Mutual for all the news. :)" (11/18/2009)

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"When I was a child I had a record of "Axel and the Night Before Christmas." The flip side was Clancy and Willy finding Rudolph's nose. I still have the record and I was going to play it for my daughter who is nine but unfortunately it has a scratch. I found your recording on line of the "Nnight Before Christmas" but it did not contain the flip side where can I get this." Don (11/1/2009) (Radiotapes comment: Please contact us if you have a copy).
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"I love listening to all the old tapes! Now...if I could only find some of my own!" Steve G. (10/11/2009)

"I remember a place called Frogtown Diner.  Is it still open?  Do you know an address for it?  Any information would be appreciated about this place. Thank you." Craig (9/2/2009)

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"For the WCCO 12/23/1967 aircheck, I Just looked it up in the Google News Archive and the sports announcer said of going to the Super Bowl on January 15th, 1967 and Lew Alcindor and UCLA beating Colorado State so this must be from Friday December 23, 1966 so can you change that." (8/28/2009) (Radiotapes comment: Thank you for the correction. Please contact us if you see any errors, links that don't work, etc.).

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"Some time I was told that Boone & Erickson had a song they played on their morning show called "If I Ever Needed You". Would you have a copy or any idea who did this song? Thanks  Mike" (8/23/2009) (Radiotapes comment: If anyone can share more info on that song, please contact us).

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"I love this group!!! just wondering if anyone knows where i can get audio of the berlin wal coming down?" Shaun P. (8/18/2009)

"Hi I listened to U100 growing up. Loved the lunch lady giving the menus, save the harp seals. I ended up working in that building years later when it was WAYL/KMFY. Lots of fond memories of radio then. Thanks for this great site." Claire (8/10/2009)

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"I collect record albums and came across an album that is labeled an album of KDWB/63 solid gold.  Can you tell me anything about it?  On the front it has True Don Blue Music Director. Thanks Robbie" (8/9/2009) (Radiotapes comment: If anyone can share more info on that album, please contact us.)

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"My Mom and Dad used to listen to WSMB in New Orleans during the early 70's, especially the Nutt and Jeff show. Would you know if there is anyplace I could get copies of tapes of some of those old shows? I used to love hearing that song played on WSMB every morning right at 6:00. I can't remember the name of it. And of course, there was "Ragtime" (I think it was called). So many good songs and memories of happy family times. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Tina. tgordon26@cox.net" (8/7/2009)

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"Ahhhhhhhhhhh what memories with the voices of the DJs from the past.  Where are they now like Rob Sherwood, TDB and Bob Lange would love to give them a shout." (8/1/2009) (Radiotapes comment: Rob Sherwood has his own website:  www.robsherwood.com.  He can be reached at rob@robsherwood.com. Don Bleu is at KIOI Star 101.3 in San Francisco. He can be reached at dbleu@star1013fm.com. If anyone knows how to contact Bob Lange, please contact us).

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"It would be fun to hear some of WCCO-AM's old weather ball forecast. I remember hearing Howard Viken doing these forecast, when growing up in Montevideo MN. I think Dick Chapmen also did then in the afternoons. Thanks, and keep up the GREAT work." Warren M. (8/1/2009) (Radiotapes comment:  will search for a WCCO Weatherball forecast aircheck. Here are some interesting stories about the Weatherball:
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3799/is_200110/ai_n8962737/ and http://www.mnhs.org/exhibits/weather/weatherball.htm).

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" Hello This is Frank Butler, former announcer WCCO, 1941-1953. Robert Vaughn was asking about myself and others who were on the air 1949-50 when he was a page at WCCO. I would meet him later in Hollywood when he was the star of (Man from U.N.C.L.E.). I would love to hear from anyone associated with the WCCO Radio team of broadcasters on the air from 1941 on to 1953. My E mail address is Casmalia1@yahoo.com Your site is a wonderful connection to the past." Frank Butler. (7/31/2009)

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"I can't believe the content you have on here. Great job and thanks for bringing back so many memories. Do you have a contact email for Jay Philpott? I'd love to ask him a question about his montage and all the hard work he's put into that. I used to record that when I was a kid and am glad to see it's available for everyone to hear in 2009." Aaron (7/8/2009)

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"Great website and lots of memories." Bob S. (7/4/2009)

"You guys r great. Love the classic Phil Hendrie stuff. Funny how KTLK carries his national show now." Zach H. (7/3/2009)

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"Thanks for the montages!!  Those are so much fun. Nice job creating them!" (6/30/2009) (Radiotapes note: You can hear Jay Philpott's "Montage Mania" here).

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"Do you by any chance have some long/complete mp3s of Terri Davis?  I used to just love hearing her voice while sitting up at night while she played the best songs!!  I was pregnant and feeling down but at night when it was time for Terri, I would sit back with something to eat and just listen for hours." (6/29/2009)  (Radiotapes comment: A previously posted Terri Davis aircheck can be heard here).

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"If You could find more early 70's Freeform Rock WCCO-FM airchecks that would be great. Also KQRS airchecks from the 70s and 80s." (6/16/2009)

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"I was grateful to hear the aircheck of CBS Radio's coverage of RFK's shooting from June 7, 1968 (RFK CBS Radio News - June 7 1968 - 9 am-Noon.mp3). I would like very much to identify the artist who voiced the Ultra Brite commercial spot at 00:07:00 into the aircheck. The voice is familiar, but I have been unable to identify the name. He served as voice over talent for an historically important film I am researching. Any help is appreciated." Mike M. (6/15/2009) (If anyone can answer Mike's question, please contact us).
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"Hello my name is Frank Butler. I was part of that great team of broadcasters from 1941. Time out for a war then back on the air from 1945 to 1953. Thank you for mentioning me, some one did in a reply to your site.  I moved on From WCCO in 1953 to Hollywood where I was able to rise to the top level with many shows and commercials created in California, also as a free lancer. I I had as great agent, Robert  Longenecker. My time Spent on WCCO was special just as your Web site is special. I retired in 1980. (5/31/2009)

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"Greetings from Ireland. I have to confess I had never heard of these stations until I found this Site. Though I've spent a lot of time in the States I've not yet been to the Twin Cities, though I will make it one day. I particularly loved listening to the MP3s of the Radio Broadcasts from WLOL on New Years Eve 1989 as that was quite a specific time for me and I remember very well what I did that night. Yes I was at home in Ireland (I was 14 years old in 1989 so did not have much choice ha! ha!:-D) and given the time difference we'd already had our NY celebrations some 5 ours previously (spent watching U2's NYE concert in Dublin live on TV, so the odds are that during your countdown in Minneapolis I was probably off in slumberland. But having said that I feel there's something special about hearing a recording of a Live Radio broadcast, cos like Recordings of Live concerts, they happened right there and then at a very specific time, and you might know where you and your loved ones were right at that moment, doesn't matter if you weren't present at the place of the event being Broadcast or Recorded, so listening to these can bring you back to that time, even if its from another part of the World. So I just wanted to pop by and say great job on this Marvelous Site and I will continue checking it out. I also hope you get some Recordings from 1994, 1999 and 2004 if possible? Thanks again and keep up the good Work. " Peter (5/26/2009)

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"Thanks for the great nostalgic site on WDGY. I am the late Don Dahl's son and this brings back great memories!"  Bruce Dahl (5/13/2009)

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"Love your site. Could you tell me if Jerry St. James was the U-100 morning DJ who did the voices of many different characters...a school-lunch lady, among others?  I've been trying to remember his name for years and wondered what happened to him." Dave P. (5/2/2009) (Radiotapes comment: I believe Rob Sherwood was the voice of Betty from the lunchroom. Jerry did voices such as Rex King and Guido. If anyone knows where Jerry is today, please contact us).

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"Great job with this site! Listening to these clips are the next best thing to time travel. I wonder if there are any airchecks around from WCCO-FM in their early years when they did free-form rock for a few hours in the evening, split between Denny Long and Lou Latsen (sp?). I would also be interested in hearing a clip from KSTP-FM before they became "95 and sunny," like when they played beautiful music. Again, keep up the good work!" (4/16/2009)

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"Just a quick note to say this is my new favorite website.  I'm a huge old radio news buff and enjoy your section with all the JFK/RFK/storm materials!" Chris C. (4/16/2009)

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"Great Steve Cannon stuff, thanks so much.  Any clips from his old morning show at KSTP?" Doug N. (4/12/2009)

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"Love the old WCCO-AM theme songs! Guaranteed to make the listener feel younger!" (4/6/2009)

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"Thank you for giving some of Phil Hendrie.  It was a real treat.  If you have any other audio of Phil in Minnesota, man that would be great.  I would be happy to trade someone there, or pay for a couple more hours of his show then.  I love listening to him.  I'm in Los Angeles and think Mr. Hendrie is the funniest, most engaging radio host ever.  I stumbled upon this  site and it really made my day." Stony S. (4/5/2009)

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"Love hearing Steve Cannon. Not only because of being able to hear one of my radio hero's again, but because it's almost like a time machine. The headlines announced, the weather going on, and the instant things I'm reminded of when the aforementioned were contemporary. Keep up the good work.  Also I find all these clips interesting from a historical standpoint. For example the Kennedy assassination. Of coarse I know the story, the conspiracies, the truth (at least what I believe to be aka L H Oswald) and the Apollo landing. Just awesome. I was born in 1978. Clearly I'm from the TV generation. However, I was born into a farming / working  atmosphere. So when the hands and eyes are busy, the ears are the only thing left for entertainment. So radio has always been important to me. Currently I'm in a corporate atmosphere. Which brings me to why I began searching for these sound clips. No matter who's on the air, or off of it. No matter where I'm at in life. No matter how much I watch TV. I've always tuned into the local ABC network at noon to listen to Paul Harvey. Obviously at 90 I knew I would outlast the man. But I guess I never understood how much he was a part of my every day life. Never met the man, but I feel like I lost a family member. So I was actually trying to find earlier broadcasts of him. The way I found your collection is because I started to think of Steve Cannon, and how I felt when he left the air. I was wondering if any sound clips were out there. So I was just happier than hell when I found your archive and was able to listen to things like; the opening theme, Morgan, Ma, and Backlash. So thanks. The difference between Steve and Paul is this. We knew Steve was retiring, we knew he was fine, but just not on the air. But he said goodbye. Fine. Paul on the other hand... We knew he missed Angel, we knew he was 90, we knew he took days off. But the only goodbye we got was "Paul Harvey...........Good Day!" So as dumb as it sounds, it felt "all of a sudden." If Bob and Tom ever leave my morning commute, I'm going to be plain out of radio heroes. Sorry so long. Thanks again for the sweet sound clips and Keep up the good work." Jeff W. (3/27/2009)

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"Just wanted to say i LOVE to listen to old radio, things like the first iraq war and the wtc attack, te things that happend that u just dont want to 4get. also if any one else knows of any other sites or anything where i can get old radio news stories plz let me know thanx guys! love this group!!" Shaun P. (3/29/2009)

"I love this website!  I was a LONG time listener of Don Vogel and John McDougal and thought they were great!  I listened to them every day on the way home from work and thought they were the funniest guys I have ever listened to.  Are there tapes or CD's available with both of these guys on them?" (3/24/2009)
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“How about some more old 93X or The Edge or Modern Rock 104 airchecks.” (3/14/2009)

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“Thank you for your great website! I am wondering if you can help me, or direct me - I am looking for a tape from a WLOL bit. This would have been in fall of 1988 or later, but perhaps in the very early 1990s. I can probably pin the date down closer if need be. Based on what I could find Goggling Princess Christina, she was traveling in the U.S. in early October 1988, so that would be my best guess as to time frame. The bit I am looking for was on the morning show on WLOL, and they were asking for Princess Christina of Sweden to call them - she was in town for some kind of labor relations conference or meeting, or something related to understanding of lifestyles or roles of women, between nations. On hearing them ask for Princess Christina to call in, I wrongly assumed it was a contest to see who could sound the most convincingly like Princess Christina, and I actually thought they were giving away tickets to a Rod Stewart concert, so I called in, and put on my best Swedish accent. The person answering the phone sounded pretty excited to hear from Princess Christina and asked if they could put me on the air after some other segments they had to do. Meanwhile, waiting on hold, I grabbed the newspaper and read up on the reason the Princess was in town, and dug an old Sven and Ole joke out of memory, that I thought might make a nice addition and keep me "in character" with my Swedish accent. I seemed to have them going, right up to the punch line, and I think we all had a pretty good time that morning! I recorded this on tape at home, but lent the tape to a friend, whose son took it to school and it got lost. Anyway, I would love to know whether I might be able to get a copy of that segment, if it would still exist. Thanks so much for any help or direction you might be able to give me. dogfur@chartermi.net” Diane Reid (3/9/2009)

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"This site is awesome! I would sure like to know where I could find more Cannon Mess. I miss the banter between Steve and the little Cannons." Jeff (3/4/2009) (Radiotapes comment: More Steve Cannon airchecks can be found on the Pavek Museum website - click here)

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Re:  KAVR-AM unlicensed aircheck: "I built my first AM Broadcaster Kit when I was 10. I think I went through about 6 of them over the years. Kept melting the little modulation transformers by putting 13.8VDC and highly-modulated line levels into them! The 'Science Fair AM Broadcaster Kit' (also from Radio Shack) could be modified in a similar fashion. Designed for a 9-volt transistor battery, this device could be run off of a 3.8VDC CB power supply. As we all remember from our high school electricity class, wattage (power) = voltage X amperage. So, power is increased substantially. The 3 transistors would handle 13.8VDC with no problem, although the small modulation transformer got more than a little warm. Replace with a larger unit for best results. The kit came came with a 3 meter (10') piece of wire to be used as an antenna. If your neighborhood contained overhead telephone lines (as many did back in the day), a huge leap in coverage could be realized by connecting the other end of the antenna wire to the telephone line. The power output of the transmitter was low enough so as not to cause interference to telephone conversations. The final mod involved adding resistance to the audio inputs. Since the kit was designed for use with a simple crystal microphone, the audio would be distorted when substituting a line level input. Putting resistors in line with the input cables would"match" the levels, resulting in much cleaner audio from a mixer board or tape deck. Here's KAVR in action during the fall of 1979. Age 15. The reason I was on 1200 sometimes and 1210 others is twofold: Nighttime interference from WOAI was sometimes a factor. WCAU also had some signal, but where I was located, WOAI was much stronger than WCAU. So, I'd sometimes move up to 1210 at night (when WAVN was off-the-air.) Also, in the summer of 1978, one of the original "talking house" transmitters showed up on 1200 about a mile away from me. They'd cause interference on the southern edge of my coverage area. They didn't operate continuously. But when they were on, I'd sometimes move up to 1210.Can you tell this was what I wanted to do "when I grew up?" Drew Durigan (3/2/2009)

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"Great memories on your site!" Pete L. (2/28/2009)

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"I get a big kick from hearing bits from the Mort Crowley morning show from WeeGee!" Tom (2/11/2009)

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"Thanks for the "Cannon Mess'!" Tom D. (1/31/2009)

"Listening to U100 brought back vague memories of what a good rock station it was. I was 14 to 16 during those years. Just a lad! Cool stuff." Jay (1/28/2009)

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"I'm looking for radio spots in general for various stars but my focus has been on the Big Sound and VIP Radio drop-ins released by Richard H. Ullman, Inc. I have found a number of these celebrity spots and would like to find more. I am interested in CD or mp3 transfers of particular star's spots or a catalog of what has been released so I can research more easily. If you can locate the records themselves to sell that will also be of interest. Below are the stars I am researching plus the Big Sound / VIP subjects. I have at least one spot per subject and these are all the subjects I am aware of so far.  If there are any I did not list please let me know: Lee Marvin, Rock Hudson, John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Sterling Hayden, Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, William Holden, Paul Newman, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Stack and Ronald Reagan.  Big Sound and VIP Radio Subjects: Celebrity Degrees (Weather), Request for Weather, Christmas Greetings, Christmas Shopping Days, Thought for the Day, Football / Baseball, Sportscast Intros, Promos of the Stars, Station Breaks, Time Spoken, Timechecks Asked, Go To Church, Civil Defense and Vote. Contact: konig_ou@yahoo.com (1/19/2009)

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"I just happened to stumble upon your website of audio-video files of WCCO-AM WCCO-FM radio broadcasts. My parents used to work at the WCCO station back in the 50s and 60s long before they got married and moved away, had two children and moved around to San Francisco in the early 70s before finally settling in Pablo, Montana from 1971 to 1988 when we moved again to Kalispell, Montana where we now reside in 2009 of the new millennium. Keep up the good work in creating audio-video files." Scott O. (1/14/2009)

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"What a trip, listening to Tornado coverage from June 1981- I was one year old then. But I remember that awful "Klaxon Horn" from later tornado warnings. Listening to 7/18/86 now." Gina P. (1/11/2009)

"I really love your web site and all the airchecks!" Keith (1/7/2009)

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"Hi, I just stumbled upon this website this morning and found some GREAT memories.  Wish WLOL-FM was still up and operating." Joe B. (1/2/2009)

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"When my husband and I were young we enjoyed Axel in the tree house. After we were married my mother-in-law heard on the radio WCCO [1964] that you could purchase a record of Axel telling the story of The Night Before Christmas. And on the reverse side was Clancy and Willie finding Rudolph's nose. She ordered the record,and we listened to it over and over until we wore it out." Algie Z. (1/1/2009) (Radiotapes comment: You can hear The Night Before Christmas here.)

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"Can you try to dig up some of the old WCCO-AM 'Point of Law' pieces they did?  How about 'Minnesota Hospital'? Thanks" Dave (12/20/2008) (Radiotapes comment: We posted two "Minnesota Hospital" airchecks on 12/21. We will look for "Point of Law" recordings.)

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"I heard the song again on the radio this morning that was done by Boone and Erickson on Lutefisk and wondering where can I get a copy of this song. I love it and I know my family would too, we are all into that lutefisk stuff. I would love to know how I can be able purchase or download it, this would be great to have and play it for the holidays with my family. Thanks." Deb R. (12/20/2008) (Radiotapes comment: The recording "Lutefisk Lament" is posted on the WCCO Radio page -- scroll down to 1980.)

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"Just sitting here listening to my only 90-minute cassette of K-TWIN-108 (KTWN ANOKA) from labor day weekend 1983. What a great radio format that was. I really love the free form pop jazz and especially the Carl Bernards mellow till midnight program. If there is any one out there with any old K-TWIN airchecks, tape, etc. please contact me. Will trade my tape I have or pay you to copy yours. I cant believe what radio has turned into. Very disappointing. Please contact Larry at ssdoody@msn.com if you have any K-TWIN stuff available. Thanks." (12/5/2008)

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"I love this! When I listened to all of these it brought back memories. Especially the fall of Saigon. That sounder was in my home when I  was growing up. My old man was a radio news junkie And just to hear that ... wow brings back great memories." Chuck (11/21/2008)

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"I really have enjoyed this site. Listening to all the old WCCO tapes have been enjoyable. I hope that you can locate some more severe weather tapes. Maybe some winter weather tapes. I also enjoy hearing all the old radio personalities. Franklin Hobbs, Joe McFarlin, Boone and Erickson, Bill Diehl. Hope you can find more with weather and radio personalities listed above. Thanks again for a great site." Mark P. (11/15/2008)

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"WOW am I glad I found this website!! I'm 44 currently in El Paso TX . Grew up with 'CCO 830 and KQ92. Man keep gathering these airchecks!!" Mike M. (11/10/2008)

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Every time there was a half way decent storm we would crowd up to the radio and hope and hope and hope that Cedric Adams would tell us (in Northfield) that school was closed. I found your wonderful website while searching for some Steve Cannon stuff to send to my big sister who lives in Texas and has some trouble getting around. For many many years she taught art in South St. Paul while living in St. Anthony Park. She has done a couple of wonderful books and has a fancy PHD, but Steve was her best buddy every day." (11/6/2008) -

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"Do you know if and where I could find any CDs or cassettes of KTWN FM 108 Anoka Minnesota from the late 70s to Oct. 1983 when then known as K-Twin 108 was a pop jazz station? Thanks." Larry (11/6/2008)

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"I was poking about this wonderful website and found the audio from the giant tornado of 1965. The broadcast helped me a whole lot that night and I never did say thank you, so a bit late, thank you WCCO. I was at a going away party at someone’s fancy home along the St. Croix River. My wife and small child were at home in Wayzata. Her phone was dead and the Wayzata police did not answer and I knew the bad stuff was in the area of our house so I headed out. WCCO Radio told me where the "baddest" storms were. I had been a probation agent for most of the south side of Minneapolis so I knew the landmarks. And my VW crossed a few lawns but I did get home. Home was untouched. Much damage four blocks away. Thanks again." (11/6/2008)

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(comment concerning the posted Bill Diehl WDGY-AM aircheck from 1/6/1961): "Bill Diehl has always been one of those radio personalities who you could not help but listen to. His long-form commercials for Wally McCarthy's Lindahl Olds on Saturday mornings were also entertainment. I particularly enjoyed the repartee between him and Steve Cannon on those mornings. It is also jolting now to hear and to remember how FRENETIC the DJs were in the 60s. No wonder our parents hated having to listen to WDGY and KDWB when we turned the dial in the car!" Mark S. (10/22/2008)

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"Hey radiotapes, if you got any more KJJO Hot Rockin' 104 airchecks that would be great. Or even any more AOR stations airchecks. Both would be greatly appreciated." (10/20/2008)

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"I was wondering if you could get more Stereo 101 KDWB airchecks from circa 1978-1984. If You Could that would be great." Richard H. (9/7/2008)

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"What a great website. I grew up listening to WCCO and all the great personalities. I really have enjoyed listening to all the severe weather coverage. Hope you can find more of those kinds of tapes.  Also it would be nice to hear some sound bites from the old Howard Viken Show. Thanks for a great job in putting this together!" Mark (8/31/2008)

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"Thank you for the fascinating airchecks.  I grew up in Ohio, so much of the local history is new to me.  (To wit, I was in Dayton, very near to Xenia, during the 1974 "super outbreak" of tornadoes, so reading about the 1965 outbreak here is quite interesting.) A request:  You may recall that on 20 February 1971, there was an error made during a routine test of the old Emergency Broadcast System in which the actual emergency envelope was fed into the teletype machine.  WCCO actually read the alert on the air as per the teletype's instructions during the Howard Viken Show.  Do you have any knowledge/access to this?" Brice B. (8/24/2008) (Radiotapes comment: If anyone has this aircheck, please contact us.)

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GREAT WEBSITE! And I FINALLY get to hear the 1960s-era CBS Radio "stuttering teletype" sounder in the context of an HOURLY NEWSCAST. a FULL TEN-MINUTE one (although WCCO cuts away at 9 minutes), this being at the end of a WCCO "Noon News/Magazine Hour" in January 1967. I've heard this 1960s-era "stuttering teletype" sounder many times before in clips of CBS Radio NetALERT bulletins (JFK's assassination), and local CBS affiliates' uses in local newscasts, but I can't seem to remember hearing it in the context of a (10 minute) 1960-era hourly CBS Radio Newscast until I found it at this website! When growing up in the 1960s in New Orleans, my parents only really listened to WSMB-1350/ABC and WDSU-1280/NBC (by the way, do you have any cuts of NBC-MONITOR? and yes, I am well aware of Dennis Hart's www.monitorbeacon.net tribute website), but my parents rarely switched over to WWL-870/CBS in the 1960s. I DO certainly remember the "organ" sounder for CBS Radio (the REAL organ) of the 1968-83 time period! When in  High School in the later 1970s, I most certainly listened to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater, and most certainly remember the (REAL) organ sounder for CBS Radio News of the 1970s. And now I finally hear the 1960s-era "stuttering teletype" sounder in the context of an hourly CBS Radio newscast! :-)" Mark C (8/20/2008)

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"I was wondering, having just found your website sort of by chance, if you could tell me if you have news coverage from the sixties as it played on air ... with Walter Cronkite or other world news and stuff. Like that Simon and Garfunkel song 'Silent Night' where in the background is a news broadcast. I just wanted to see if I could do some 'time traveling' on your site while I close my eyes and just listen?  I wasn't too sure how to search that sort of stuff out but I noticed you had archives going back to the 20's, which is amazing." (8/20/2008)

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(In answer to a question posted below) "The "Doc of Rock" was Doug Podell of KQRS who is now the PD of WRIF Detroit. He was actually known as 'The Mad Doc of Rock' if I remember correctly." Don R. (8/19/2008)
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"Would you have any recordings of the old WCCO 'Honest to Goodness program'?" Jeff 8/7/2008 (Radiotapes comment: An Honest to Goodness aircheck from 1963 is posted on the WCCO page)

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"I love your website especially the KQRS portion. If you guys could put up more KQ from 1975-1985 that would be great. Thanks." (8/6/2008) (Radiotapes comment: Contributions of KQRS airchecks from '75-'85 would be appreciated. Please contact us.)

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"The WCCO aircheck from December, 1962, is from Friday night, December 7, 1962. During Halsey Hall's show, he references that "Bobo" Newsome died that day. Newsome died on December 7th. Just after the Hall show, the announcer references "tomorrow" as being Saturday. A check of the calendar indicates that December 7, 1962 was a Friday." Mark S. (7/29/2008)

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"I was wondering if you could add the music used on WCCO for the "Almanac" segment from the early 1980s. It was a pretty song that sounded like birds chirping at one point. I remember that song from when I was about 6-8 years old. Let me know.  Thanks." Nick L. (7/27/2008). (Radiotapes comment: We will search for a copy and hope to post it soon).

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"Since the first anniversary of the 35-W bridge collapse is just one week away I was wondering if you have any WCCO Radio coverage from August 1, 2007. If so please post any coverage you have! Also, other than the midnight celebrations in Chicago on New Years 2000, do you have any more CBS/WCCO Radio coverage of the celebrations of New Years in Times Square on 1/1/2000?  THANKS!" (7/25/2008). (Radiotapes comment: We posted a number of 35W bridge collapse airchecks. We would welcome any additional airchecks of the I-35W bridge collapse or WCCO Radio/CBS Radio coverage of New Years on 2000. Please contact us).

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"I was spending a nice evening on the web site and really enjoyed the WAKX Duluth from 1965.  I thought you would like to know that the date of that broadcast is September 30, 1965.  I base that on the sports news that day and that the DJ refers to it being Thursday. Have you ever found anything from Duluth's WEBC, the Big 56?  That was the big rock station when I was a kid." Todd K. (7/12/2008) (Radiotapes comment: If anyone has any historic airchecks from WEBC-AM, please contact us.)

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"Do you have the "Good Morning" theme from the Boone and Erickson show?" (7/12/2008)  (Radiotapes comment: We will look for a copy.)

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"I just want you to know guys that you have a done a very good job in putting my airchecks on this website of WAVN/WVLE, oh by the way, the WAVN call sign went way down south to a station on AM 1240 in Southaven, MS (Memphis, TN). Jim Beer." (7/8/2008) (Radiotapes comment: Thank you for all of the great contributions, Jim.)-

 

"Enjoying the U100 Boogie Check airchecks. Keep 'elm coming!!!! Right on Super U." Byron S. (7/8/2008)

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"Unbelievable, Sitting at work at 4am, thought about the good old days and Goggled U100. Mesa announced my groups mooning of the studio live on the air. I still have a free pizza piping for Carbones dated Dec 31, 1976. Think they'd still take it. I also have (somewhere) at least one maybe two U100 collector item belt buckles. And who could forget 'U100 boogie check hi who's this?' Any chance we could revive the "boogie boogie" station?" Mark G. (6/17/2008)

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"Love your website brings back all kinds of memories I have a question about KQRS Years ago their was a DJ that went as The Doc Of Rock would you have any audio of him and maybe his real name Thank You." Chuck C. (6/10/2008) (Radiotapes comment:: An answer is posted above (click here)

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"I remember U-100, while driving from Columbia Heights all the way to teach school in Stillwater, in '74-'76. I'll never forget the guy, who on bitter cold mornings always said "65 in Ferridleeeeeey" and all. Thanks for bright spots on dark mornings!" Todd S. (6/5/2008)

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"I read your comment section and noticed the note about Roy Carr. I worked with Roy at KMSP. I did and still do engineering work when Roy was there at what is now known as "Fox 9". I recorded many spots and promos that Roy voiced. I regret hearing of his passing. I have at least one video ID that Roy voiced. Roy shared booth announcing duties with Tony Parker, Al Tighe, Ernie Martz and others before he retired. I recall he was with KRSI (950 AM) when they first signed on in 1958." Richard S. (5/27/2008)

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"June, 1968 -- I was a 12-year-old "radio freak." I was one of those kids who had my trusty Airline transistor radio (with the cream-colored ear bud) constantly at my side. I set my alarm for 5:30 am one early June morning, wanting to hear CBS Radio News on KBOM in Bismarck-Mandan. The station had dropped its Mutual affiliation, and that was the first morning for CBS. Imagine my surprise and shock when the station and the network were wall-to-wall with news of Senator Kennedy's assassination. I am looking forward to the airchecks you will be posting on that tragic event. I've listened to the airchecks over and over again from the night John Lennon was shot and killed. I was working at KNOX in Grand Forks, and was on my way back to the station after covering a city council meeting -- when I heard ABC Radio's bulletins. Thank you for those memories -- and thank you again for the wonderful site." Dave T. (5/27/2008)

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"Wow, I remember I was listening to U100 the night the other poster claimed they mooned the DJ! I remember hearing that and hearing his commentary on it. I still have a 'Super U Boogie Check' on tape from August 1976 and often bring it to my high school reunions - everyone remembers that bit. The thing I liked about U100 was they were the only station in the Twin Towns (before FM became dominant) that would play Black Sabbath! I remember working on my brother's Plymouth in the garage one night and "Sweet Leaf" comes blasting out our little AM Clock radio! What a rush and then all the other great bits, "Playin' the hits while you're sprayin' your pits!" The first day of my junior year in high school, just days before WYOO went off the air, I remember they played "Iron Man" that morning and I knew my first day back to school would be a good one after hearing that first thing. Days, perhaps hours, later U100 was gone. I still miss it." (5/20/2008)

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"Do you have anymore Phil Hendrie shows archived? ( from WCCO ) Would really enjoy them." (5/14/2008) (Radiotapes comment: Another aircheck will be posted soon. If anyone has airchecks of Phil Hendrie on WCCO Radio, please contact us)

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"Hi, I stumbled upon your website tonight. I really enjoyed all the old radio aircheck's. I was looking for a aircheck of J.J. Bowman from WDGY Radio. I believe he worked there in 1968. Do you have a radio aircheck of Bowman or know where I might acquire one?" Bill B. (5/1/2008) (Radiotapes comment: We've just been informed that an aircheck of J.J. Bowman has been posted on www.twincitiesradioairchecks.com)

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"I like your site! I vaguely remember some of the recording you have listed. While I was listening I thought of a montage that maybe you have or have heard of. It was a WLOL montage that they played at 5:00 PM each weekday. It played parts of "Take this job and shove it" and had a little kids voice saying "It's 5:00, do you know where your car is parked?" I would like to hear it again, or better yet have a copy." (4/29/2008) (Radiotapes comment::  If anyone knows about this montage, please contact us)

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"Great new look to the site. Well organized with great historical material. It is great that you have kept this going and have continued to improve the site. As you know, as the creator of the other Twin Cities Aircheck site, I love free airchecks. Let us both continue to preserve this era of radio. Rick Burnett www.TwinCitiesRadioAirchecks.com" (4/28/2008) (Radiotapes comment::  Thanks Rick. Keep up the great work with your website!)

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(excerpts) "OMG -- This site is freaking me out. LOVE IT! I had no idea I'd hear myself so many times, for one thing -- KSTP, The Breeze, etc. Talk about memory lane! Also, the WLS-WLOL montages ... I think I played that on-air at WLOL twice on New Year's Eve very late 80s. (I always got the bad shifts.) I used to idolize Jay Philpott. Didn't know some of that was his work. For what it's worth, my radio station resume 1986-2008: KUOM WMCN KTCJ KTCZ WLOL The Breeze KSTP KABC KSPN XM OutQ." Ben Patrick Johnson (4/24/2008)

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"Again, a great set of recordings from WCCO and the start of Desert Storm. I was 11 miles south of the Kuwaiti border near a place called Ras Al-Mishab during this period. Upon returning home, I had heard many snippets of broadcasts of the start of air operations but never the extensive recordings you have provided. Didn't get much work done yesterday, thanks to you! Keep it up." Glenn G. (4/22/2008)

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"I believe that the Humphrey appearance with Boone and Erickson which was interrupted by the Net Alert from CBS took place on August 26, 1964. Apparently Johnson had summoned Humphrey and Senator Thomas Dodd to the White House on August 26th. The Democratic Convention had already opened in Atlantic City, NJ and Humphrey had to come back to Washington to meet with Lyndon Johnson who was playing games with the VP announcement. Having Dodd along was to make it appear uncertain who would be the choice although Johnson apparently had already decided on Humphrey. Johnson told Humphrey that he was the man but that he couldn't tell anyone and that they would fly back to NJ together to make the announcement. In his memoirs, Humphrey stated that he went to a DC hotel for his WCCO appearance already knowing that he was the VP choice but pretending that he didn't know it. Johnson also apparently changed his mind and allowed his choice of VP to "leak" to the press - thus the news alert. Later that evening, Humphrey and Johnson did fly to Atlantic City where Humphrey gave his acceptance speech." Mark S. (4/7/2008) (Radiotapes comment: Thanks Mark - we updated the date on the aircheck posting.)

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"I would like to see something on this site from September 21, 2005 about a round of severe thunderstorms that went through the Twin Cities that night from what WCCO radio covered that night. I have heard what WCCO did from 1965, 1981, and 1986, and these guys do the best job for warning people around the metro and greater areas of Minnesota and Wisconsin." (4/5/2008)

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"What a great site!  It's a must visit every day. I especially enjoy the WCCO-AM recordings. As a boy growing up on a southern Minnesota farm in the 60s, these really take me back.” Glenn G. (4/1/2008)

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“U100 started me in radio and I thank you! I had a love for the air and the people on it. I fell for Chuck Morgan, Pat McKay and Michael J. Their stylings and presentation did it all for me. I was a high school girl with a mission. I wanted to be in radio more than anything. Then I heard Mesa Kincaid and knew it would happen for me! Starting with my newly acquired drivers license I made the trip from St Louis Park to the studio a couple of times a month to get a feel for the studio and the atmosphere. I met so many wonderful people and saw exactly what I was (or wanted to) getting into. I "studied" at Brown Institute, graduated and started my road to fame and fortune. As we all know that is a farce! I loved the life, I loved the road I was on. I met so many awesome people along the way and I credit them for the woman I have become. Unfortunately, I gave up the life for many reasons but always wished I could go back. I still have many cassettes tapes of U100 from 1975 - 1976. I just hope they haven't degraded. I love listening to them every so often, they bring back such sweet memories. Thank you U100 for the start. I would love to know what happened to Chuck Morgan, Pat McKay and Mesa. I see by this site that Michael J is in WI and happy being a farm boy. Any information would be greatly appreciated.” Darla T. (3/12/2008)

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“WOW! What a wonderful stroll down memory lane. As both a former TC radio announcer and also someone who grew up here in town it was so wonderful to listen to my heroes of the past! I do have a question for you. Since you seem to be the expert on Twin Cities radio of the past I can't think of anyone better to ask! Back in 1978-79 (at least those were the years I listened to it) there was an AM station here in town that catered to the "new wave" music crowd. They played artists like Devo, Gary Numan, Elvis Costello, etc. Anyway, I would love to hear some old air checks from that station too, but alas I can't even remember their call letters! In the early 80's I got hooked on WLOL and lost track of this AM station, but I do have fond memories of them (even if I can't remember their call letters)! Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Also, would you happen to have any jingles from KDWB and/or WDGY from between 1972 and 1975? Thanks in advance!” Mark J. (3/12/2008) (Radiotapes comment: The radio station Mark is thinking of is KRSI-AM. KRSI airchecks are posted on the Airchecks page). 

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“Thank you for adding the new video features especially the WIXK/New Richmond piece featuring Dick Hoff. I was lucky enough to have worked with and for Dick (he was my second PD at KXIT in Dalhart, TX) and to work with him at WMNE/WMEQ in Menominee, WI. Mr. Hoff was one of the three great mentors that helped shape my radio career. The man was truly talented and seeing his image and hearing his voice again brought back so many great memories. And I must admit that I became a bit misty remembering a good friend who helped me in so many ways. Dick was one of a kind and is truly missed by all of us who enjoyed his "old school" approach to making radio fun. There will never be another "Long Tall Norwegian" and since his passing the radio dial is minus a great performer, entertainer and radio professional. I tip a cup of "Norwegian Nectar" in his honor and it always makes me smile!” Don Roux (3/9/2008)

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(excerpts) "Somewhere in my basement I have a U100 bus poster (it's huge) and I also have the first wall poster. I REALLY enjoy the U100 airchecks and play them on my iPod Thanks.” Mike B. (3/8/2008)

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“Thanks to everyone involved with this website. I thought I would never get to hear the McKay/Gunne Boogie Check ever again after my U100 aircheck tape was "removed" from my vehicle 30 years ago!!! Now my stupid joke and pre-pubescent voice will live forever courtesy of the Internet! Seriously, how many of us can say that we decided to get into broadcasting after listening to the antics of this bunch? I continue to slap on a pair of PRO4AA's occasionally just to remind me that I made the right choice getting into Television.” Neil G. (3/4/2008)

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“I am not having much luck finding anyone that can lead me to airchecks or audio recordings between the late 50s and early 60s for the following radio station: WOWO, 1190 kHz, out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. One of the clear-channel AM stations transmitting at 50,000 watts day & night in those days. Enough power to be well known in Canada and throughout the eastern United States. Would you know of anyone that might help me find and surviving recordings? Thanks you for any assistance you can offer! Thanks for your website and efforts!” Kit G. (3/3/2008) (Radiotapes comment: If anyone knows, please contact us). 

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"A Great Website...Thanks!!” Don S. (2/29/2008)

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“I am a radio guy who grew up in the cities (Mahtomedi) and work now in Atlanta. Thank you for a wonderful site.” Don D. (2/26/2008)

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“I like the 1962-68 CBS News Sounder added to the website on 2/4/08. It reminds me of the very similar WCCO Radio News Sounder used in the 1960s through the late 1980s or early 1990s(?). Do you have a recording of the WCCO News Sounder version from back then?” Todd J. (2/5/2008) (Radiotapes comment: We posted the WCCO Radio News sounder tonight.)

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“I've been reading "Media Tales" by Sheri O'Meara and Martin Keller, looking for information on my father, Roy Carr, who was an announcer for WLOL in the 50s, possibly with WCCO for a short time, (we have a picture of him sitting at a WCCO microphone), WTCN in the 60s-70s, and ended his career at KMSP-TV. He passed away in 2007 and I've been looking for information on his career since his passing.” Roz McCormack (2/3/08) (Radiotapes comment: If anyone has any information on Roy Carr, please contact us and we will forward it to Roz.)

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"I'd just like to congratulate you on such a really fascinating site. I really hope that you eventually post more clips from the 40's and 50's because because that is an era I'm interested in personally but I also enjoy hearing how the different stations have changed over the years." John R. (1/29/08)

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"Hi, I am a blind web surfer and I think that your site is really excellent for my speech software. It is really easy to access and since I am originally from Minnesota, a lot of those airchecks bring back memories. Thanks again for such a great site." Chris (1/20/2008)

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"Great website you have here! I really enjoy the older airchecks (early days of WCCO)...and especially the WCCO 1965 Tornado coverage. My mother-in-law lived in Spring Lake Park at the time and her house was damaged by one of the tornadoes that night. I have had her listen to the 1965 WCCO Tornado recordings on your website and they really pulled her back to that night. Very interesting to sit back and watch her reactions to hearing it all over again! I really enjoy listening to all of the historic storm broadcasts you have posted on your website! Keep them coming and again, great website!" Todd J. (1/17/08)

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"I enjoy your site very much." Mark S. (1/6/2008)

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"I just love listening to the old tapes that you posted about WCCO severe weather and tornado coverage. This stuff is fantastic!!!! I cant get enough of it. Hopefully you can find more of this!!! Thanks again." Matt (12/9/2007)

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"I am SO appreciative of this site! It reminds me why I got into radio in the first place. I'm also VERY appreciative of the latest un-scoped airchecks from WCCO on the 1965 tornado." Dave T. (11/14/2007)

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"THANKS FOR THE GREAT SITE!!" Todd K. (11/13/2007)

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"Hey - great site!!! Never heard a lot of Minneapolis-area airchecks before so the history trip was fun! I was especially excited to hear vintage pirate airchecks, as no one ever puts those up! I have a site that centers on Brooklyn, NY pirates www.rfny.us Thanks for the great airchecks!" Pete S. (11/12/2007)

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"Great website! I have been looking for some time without success for video (probably kinescopes) or audio recordings of a TV show my uncle, Lester Friedl, appeared on in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The name of the show was "The Showoff Club". It featured Twin Cities amateur musicians performing in a small group. Lester Friedl was the piano player. I have tried both the Pavek Broadcasting Museum and the Minnesota Historical Society but have not uncovered any recordings. Any ideas on where to look and how to proceed would be appreciated! Thanks in advance, John S." (Radiotapes comment: If anyone knows, please contact us). (10/25/2007)

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"Hi People....Michael J. Douglas here....Donuts... Out on the farm in Wisconsin. Was told about this web sight ... have been dying with laughter..since I found it. Thank you so much for putting it together. If anyone out there wants to talk to me ... like old radio guys write me at cowboymike@centurytel.net" (10/6/2007)

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"I love your website!!" Deb P. (10/6/2007)

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"Oh, my Lord, do I ever remember U100. It was ALWAYS 80 degrees in Fridley. It was a U100 Boogie Battle that destroyed Stairway to Heaven forever for me. I was so used to the jocks yanking everyone's chain that I was convinced the news of Elvis Presley's death was somebody's idea of a joke. I have never listened to a radio station with such utter pleasure since the day U100 left the air. We lost something special that day. I had to go to WDGY to get away from the utter wasteland of pure top 40, so imagine the shock to the system of driving to the part time job and listening to Bachman turner Overdrive, and coming out to...country (shudder). Thanks for the memories, guys." (10/5/2007)

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"What a goldmine! Thanks for the wonderful site; great for all those of us who grew up with 'CCO always playing around the house." Brian (9/4/2007)

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“I grew up on a farm near Glencoe and left Minnesota in 1985. I listened to Hines and Berglund in the morning on 99-1/2fm WLOL in my room and my car and in the barn while working it was a mortal sin to ever change the station to anything but 830 WCCO. I want to thank you for giving me the best bout of nostalgia I ever had. This is awesome." Rick K. (8/31/2007)

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(excerpt) "Thanks for the Great Site. Next time in the cities will make sure I get to the Pavek Museum to see all the Radio History." Brian S. (9/1/2007)

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"Your website brings back many memories, and I especially love the tribute to U100, which was on the air right in the middle of my high school years. Although I didn't like that U100's playlist seemed unvaried, and overplayed -- really, what Top 40 station's playlist isn't? -- the personalities were wild and crazy, and created refreshingly fun radio compared to what we had up until that time, and, as far as I'm concerned, since they went off the air." Mark B. (9/1/2007)

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"Very excited to find your website." Peter M (8/25/2007)

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"Really Big Fan of the website! The Boogie Checks should be in the Smithsonian!" Ted S. (8/22/2007)

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"I was very happy to see you had the footage of me in your video section from my days at WMIN. I do have a VCR copy but it is of very poor quality. I also have tape of the live shot they did that morning from the WMIN studios in Woodbury. (We had recently re-located there from Maplewood.) It was interesting that in order for them to actually get a good signal for the live shot I had to power down the 50,000 watt x-mitter and turn on the night pattern x-mitter at the old Maplewood site to reduce the RF and clear up their signal. Thank you for providing me with so many memories!" Don Roux. (8/22/2007)

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"Great stuff! Hoping that you have some of Tawn Mastrey's air work from 93X a few years ago?" Kenny R. (8/21/2007)

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"I remember one time my family and I were going away for the weekend. I was probably 6 or 7 at the time. We were going to Rockford, Illinois to see my aunt. When we returned I begged my mother to turn on U100. She said wait till we take your grandmother home. I said OK (still begging at this point). We leave my grandmothers house, now mind you we only live less than three minutes away. I ask her again, At this point she just sighed and was MAD!!!! Thanks." Elaine T. (8/19/2007)

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"Hello--I've said this before, but I'll just mention again how grateful I am that there is a website that keeps the history of Twin Cities radio alive! As a huge (I'd like to think one of the biggest) 99 1/2 WLOL fan, I have been delighted to see the addition of a number of Jay Philpott airchecks added in the past couple of days. Thanks again for the great site!" Mike L. (8/17/2007)

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(excerpts) “Thank you! I found your site by accident and I was blown away by your great collection of airchecks. I have many from the 70's and 80's myself because I worked in St.PaulMinneapolis radio at that time. While I never had the talent to stay in the business, I did realize at the time, that AM radio in the 70's was truly groundbreaking. Today’s radio only proves it. I was there at the fair when U100 was born. I remember that day very well and it was literally the day that made me want to get into radio. I was also at 13Rock at the fair doing the automated morning block some years later. So thanks again for putting this together. It was an unbelievable rush of memories.” Bob V. (8/11/2007)

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"I worked at WCCO as a CBS Page part-time while attending the U of M from 1949 thru 1950. I and Robert Vaughan (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) would give tours of the studios at 625 2nd Avenue...also set up studios for numerous shows...Cedric Adams News, Romona Gerhard, Quiz of the Twin Cities, Man on the Street with Clellan Card, Stairway to Stardom and many more. Just wondering what happened to some of the wonderful on-air personalities...Bill Wigginton, Paul Wann, Ed Viehman, Frank Butler (what a voice)..I plan to visit the Pavek museum soon, when I get to the Twin Cities on vacation." Don S. (7/30/2007)

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"Thanks for your website here -- I always find it interesting to check out an old clip from years ago." Derek L (6/17/2007)

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"Just discovered your site and was SO pleasantly surprised at the amount of listening material. I was just a young kid when a lot of those 70s airings happened and I thought I'd never hear True Don Bleu's voice again, but there he was, digitized forever. I was also pleased to see Tom Barnard's alter-ego "Catman" posted as I never got to hear WDGY in it's glory days." (6/7/2007)

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"This site is great!! Thanks for posting all these videos." (5/31/2007)

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"Thanks for a great Twin Cities radio website and please keep the 1980s 99 1/2 WLOL airchecks coming (loved the Bill Lee first day)!" Mike L. (5/8/2007)

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"Thanks for putting that Franklin Hobbs aircheck up...boy, do I miss hearing him. I sat up many a night listening to him while doing my homework in junior high and high school." Robert K. (5/1/2007)

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"This site is an amazing resource for fans of Minnesota radio. In particular, the old AOR airchecks like I-95, KQRS, etc are amazing. Great work!" (4/30/2007)

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"Thank you for the putting out those airchecks of WDGY during the mid-70's (Don Martin & The Catman). I hope you can put out more of those." (2/25/2007)

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"Too bad you don't have any air checks during my tenure at WWTC, from around 1966 to 1968. I was a studio engineer. We had separate announcers and board techs. I worked the night shift from 5pm to Midnight sign off. Yes! We signed off at Midnight in those days. So I got to work at 5 and ran the frantic drive-time to 6 or 7 pm. Then it got really boring, depending if I brought a book or not while spinning the records and playing the carts. The night-time anncr was Joel Larson, who passed away some time ago. The control room gear consisted of a Gates "Yard" board, so-named because it was literally three feet wide. Tube type board. Excellent piece of gear though. 12 RCA cart machines, three per side and on top of console. Three turntables. Two great Gates turntables with GE pickups!!! No kidding. And a leftover from WDGY days, a Gray turntable with a "Viscous Damped" tone arm. Terrible technology. Had to have a special fluid in the back of the tone arm to track right. Yes, I said "WDGY" because we were in the old WDGY studios, 2nd floor of the Builders Exchange, 609 Second Avenue. Next door to the Minneapolis Athletic Club and next to that, WCCO AM. More later. Suppertime now. I have TONS of info for you, if you wish. :)" (Radiotapes comment: Thank you for your e-mail. Pleasecontact us again and leave your e-mail address.) (2/15/2007)

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"What a way to start my day. I am playing around on the internet and ran into your website. The U100 airchecks brought back many memories of that night in the trailer when Rob, Jeff and I kicked off U100 from the Minnesota State Fair. The music was great, the air inside and outside that little trailer was charged with excitement. Thank you for preserving the moment. It was a very special time and staff. I plan to listen to the other airchecks too. Thank you Twin Cities for all wonderful fans and friends. Best wishes, U.S. STEELE." (2/7/2007)

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“Since I've discovered this Website, I've been a frequent visitor. Thanks for the airchecks -- they remind me of what radio was...and can be, again." (1/3/2007)

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"I am very interested in what WDGY sounded like between 1974 and 1976. Could you post airchecks of that station from that time period?" (Radiotapes comment: There is one aircheck posted from 1974 with Jimmy Reed and Wolfman Jack. If anyone has additional airchecks of WDGY from '74 to '76, please contact us and we will post them). (12/31/2006)

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"My daughter found your WebSite and told me to give it a look. I had no tapes of the "13Rock" times, so to say the least it was a big surprise to hear myself again. I do have a "Music Station" tape from KSTP from January '77 ... which was the best part-time job one could ever have. I really enjoyed listening to the U-100 Stuff, especially the sign off and the "glib" stuff from KDWB. I was actually at KSTP the night U100 went off the air (I was doing all night) and if memory serves me correct Shannon played "Funeral for Friend" so he and I could listen to the sign off. We treated the "death of U100" with respect because that crew (and the original crew at "15-KSTP") were truly the golden age of rock radio in the Twin Cities, and of course "Robbie Baby" was our new boss at KSTP. Fun times and great memories! Greg B (AKA: The Greggor)" (12/29/2006)

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(Radiotapes comment:  Portions of an e-mail from George Fisher about his 1970 aircheck posted here): "Unfortunately I don't have any KQ airchecks. There was no skimmer recorder there. I recorded perhaps three dozen reel-to-reel tapes at home but they were all destroyed in a basement flood at my Mom's house where they were sitting on the floor in a box. How often I wish I still had those tapes. The only airchecks I have of myself are from Cities 97. KQRS was my favorite place to work. I was the first person to play rock there when Musicland bought the overnight sponsorship in 1967 -- the station was big band and signed off at 11 p.m. With the exception of Peter, Paul and Mary's "I Love Rock 'n Roll Music" and Bobby Gentry that was about as close to rock as the station got until I went on overnights. The format was soon rolled back to evenings with Alan Stone as DJ. I really enjoyed hearing his 1977 aircheck. He was an excellent DJ. My KQ years were the best in my career because once I had overnights I could play anything. I got away with a lot. Anti-war, pro-drug, records with the "f" word, mixing genres sort of like The Current does." George Fisher (11/12/2006)

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"Thank you, folks, for a wonderful, complete and historically rich job in assembling this memory-lane of U100. Anyone who thinks such fanatical devotion is strange, can't appreciate what was; and is no longer. I was in broadcasting as it started to decline into mega-corporate consolidation and sound-the-same programming. While there may be a few, rare exceptions; to find a station with such a forceful line-up of talent, energy and creative spirit, as we had with U100, would be an impossible challenge today. The air-checks are terrific; including the jingles. The TM-Century "You" campaign was a dynamite, soundstage production...and horribly expensive for market-exclusivity. I appreciate the contributions of U100 staffers. And your efforts in producing a wonderful time-capsule. MH, Denver" (11/5/2006)

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"I have very clear memories of the famous U100-FM sound. Tangibly, I own the two Ampex Ag-440's from the Cliff Rd. Studios. U100 was indeed a trend-setter and breaker; combining AOR & Top-40, giving hungry Twin-Citians a special and unique alternative to the Todd Storz or Drake-Chenault sound. Additionally, U100 made you smile and feel good, with Super Cool music and talented air-staff. What a difference from all this crap they're calling music today: and hate/shock formats. Remember the good old days of Tack Hammer and the original KQ? We'll never have any of that again. I grew up in Bloomington, across from Riverside Elementary School, and could see the U100 tower lights from across the Minnesota River. The towers are still there; too bad radio isn't worthwhile anymore. Thanks Rob S. & Mike S! -MH- Denver Colorado" (10/27/2006)

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"I saw your weblink while doing a search for information about the old KTWN, and "The Breeze" network. Do you have any more tape of KTWN during it's NAC/Smooth Jazz era? The Breeze network had a St. Louis affiliate (where I live)? For a network operation, the service was extremely quirky, playing some very difficult to find LP's, including Twin-Cities based artists like Michael Monroe and Will Sumner to a national audience. Knowing just how odd this service was, and after working in radio knowing it wouldn't last long, I rolled tape--about 70 hours worth. I'm glad I did. Our local station dropped the format in 1989, and the network itself folded early in 1991. The announcers were a mixed bag of good and bad, but the music the station played was special to me." (Radiotapes comment: If anyone has airchecks of The Breeze or KTWN-FM, please contact us). (10/12/2006)

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"Thanks, this is the best website-ever! I can not believe the flood of memories that I thought were only locked in my mind only wishing I could hear again. To relive some of the best moments and memories of my life - Thanks!" (10/10/2006)

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"Oh, my....KUXL! I worked there about 8 months before that story! Good to see someone sprang for Technics turntables. Any idea who the jock was [featured in the TV story]?" Todd M. (Radiotapes comment: If anyone knows, please contact us). (10/1/2006)

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"This site is awesome. I am so happy I found it, I'm revisiting classic radio." Jake N. (10/4/2006)

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"I just wanted to drop a note saying that I really enjoy the site and the airchecks, it brings back lots of memories! Thanks again." Dan K." (10/3/2006)

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"Love the airchecks." Bob (9/8/2006)

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"Great web site!!!!" Jeff B. (8/19/2006)

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"This is so great, Thank You!!!!! It is like being back with a long lost friend. I wish there were some of KJJO, but hey, no complaints!!!" (8/11/2006

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"It was funny to hear Tommy B. doing the WLOL "get me up." (narration of the WLOL "Get Me Up" campaign) (8/1/2006)

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"WOW!!! I am on the radio in Austin TX now, but I grew up in Minneapolis and have a lot of friends that work at KDWB this is awesome to hear. Makes you remember what made radio great at one time. I think a lot of young jocks should listen to this (don't imitate it) just understand it. Thank you for this site!" (7/12/2006)

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"I really, REALLY like your web site. All the recordings bring back lots of memories for me. Rob Sherwood is writing the U100 story on his website (www.robsherwood.com). He has some great scans of memos from the WYOO days-pre U100." Larry R. (6/30/2006)

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"These WYOO airchecks are great – I loved that station. Do you have any with Dandy Doug MacKinnon? He did evenings 6 - 9 PM. I also love the U100 stuff...very cool." Larry R. (6/20/2006)

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"I am so glad I found your site. As someone who grew up here in the Twin Cities in the late 1970 and 1980's, I love hearing the old radio stations I grew up on again." Erik S. (6/14/2006)

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"I really, REALLY like you're web site. All the recordings bring back lots of memories for me. I don't know if you've seen, but Rob Sherwood is writing the U100 story on his website. He has some great, great scans of memos from the WYOO days-pre U100. One station I'd like to mention is WLOL 1330 AM. They used to operate out of a small studio at 1370 Davern Street, just off of West 7th once you crossed into St. Paul from 494/5. Tom Wynn, who used to be program director there I think, now works at KFGO in Fargo. Maybe someone even has tapes of the days when WLOL was a talk station in the late 1960s. Voices heard included: Brad Johnson 9 AM - Noon, Roy Fox (who I last heard on KDKA many years ago), Dean Gerads, Marv Gatch, Paul Helm, Bill Anthony Bryant (the old country boy), Don Riley (Sportsline). Mary Kyle had a weekend show. I do know that she passed several years ago. I think she had written for the Twin Cities Courier. I also wonder if anyone knows the location of Bill Allard (not Bob Allard)--he was the AM news man at WLOL when they played hits in the early 70s. He also did Minnesota Fighting Saints pre-games before Frank Buetel did play by play. Those were some good old days there. I wonder if any of those old tapes are out there some where? Do you remember Dave Sheehan's "jock talk" on WWTC during the WWTC Spectrum years? Other voices I miss: Wynn Garrett (KDWB 63 and K102), Dick Driscoll (WWTC), John Waylon (K-102), Mike Ryan--I did see him last year before KLBB 14 went down at the studio just off of 100 in Edina. Nice guy. He was fun to talk with about the old days at "hot rockin 104", WWTC, etc. Ron Richards-Used to do the 6 AM show at KDWB 63 in the 80s after Bullet Bob left. One other guy I'd mention is Mark Adams, who used to do evenings at KDWB 63 around 1980. One night we had a blizzard and no one was moving in the area at all. Mark and another employee were the only ones at the studio, so they took two hours shifts and worked throughout the night. I talked with him about 3x that evening--He was great because he would play requests. Doug MacKinnon-mentioned in the Sherwood articles-he used to so the 6-9 show at WYOO around 1972-73. I thought he was one of the funniest on radio at the time. WOW...lots of memories." Larry R. (6/11/2006) 

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"I was in high school in the mid 70s and probably the reason I got into radio was U100. I loved all the other stations at the time, but that's the one that stuck. To this day, the reason the jocks talk up the jingles on K102 is because I heard it first on U100. I've been lucky enough to work at some good stations, but I'm still chasing the feeling I got listening to U100. Thanks." Gregg Swedberg, K102/CC Minneapolis (6/8/2006)

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"Fantastic website. I'm a lifelong Twin Cities resident who spent a few years working in radio. Where did you get the WMNN stuff? I just about fell off my chair when I heard the "new" jingle package that I had the pleasure of editing." Jeff B. (6/7/2006)

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"I must tell you that your website has touched me in a way that is difficult to describe. I have been fighting cancer and related pain for about 15 years. I am now almost 50 and grew up in Minneapolis/St. Paul. In 1997, a fire took every memory of my childhood including prized airchecks of tapes I made of Twin Cities stations during a very happy time in my life. Well imagine my surprise to not only find some lost "friends" – like it was yesterday that I listened to "Stop The Music" on U100 (I tried to win the contest but could not name the last song of the twelve) – but the shock to me was to hear the U100 Boogie Check, the very Boogie Check, when I called in, got on and of course was hung up on – but that was something that as stupid as it might sound, brought tears of joy. Thanks – words can not express how happy this bit of time has brought me." David W. (5/17/2006)

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"Terrific site! Always check back for more stuff as I grew up hooked on radio in the Twin Cities in the 70s." Chris H. (5/12/2006)

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"I am thrilled to find this site! I have almost zero air checks of myself. Now I found one on the site. My thanks." Mesa Kincaid (4/12/2006)

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"Does anybody have airchecks out there of WJSW? It was a tiny 250-watt daytimer out of Maplewood which began broadcasting in the mid-60s as WRCR, changed to WJSW in the late 60s, and changed again to WMIN in the 1970s. The station had a polka music format with a dash of MOR and later C&W music. When it was WJSW the station had its own theme song known as 'The 1010 Polka,' and there was something strange about the end of the sign-off at sunset for a time in the late sixties. When the national anthem ended an announcer would say, 'Your attention please, Twin Cities Radio is now officially DEAD.' Another variation on it was used later, 'Twin Cities Radio is now officially dead, but television lives, on KMSP-TV Channel 9.' I would love to hear those airchecks of WJSW if anybody has them, please send me a reply to me, James Beer, jm58beer@yahoo.com. Thank you." (Radiotapes comment: We would also like to receive airchecks of this station and post them on this web site. If you have any recordings, please contact us) (4/4/2006)

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"I have wonderful memories of hearing U100, especially "Early Morning News in Length" with Michael J. Douglas who presented an off-beat view of news events, and even did an an impression of Bob Dylan singing "The Times They Are A-Changin' ." My brother-in-law had those aircheck tapes, but not anymore, which makes me want to yearn to hear those tapes again." (3/25/2006)

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"I like the airchecks of U100." Elaine S. (3/1/2006)

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"If this is your first time at this site it is well worth the three hours to listen to the archives. In other words, They Rock!!!" (3/1/2006)

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"I grew up in St. Paul and was in high school when U100 was on. I use to have one of those "U100 grabs me" t-shirts." Marty (2/2/2006)

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"The Breakfast Buddy Club with Jerry St. James and Michael J "Do-nuts" was awesome." (12/2/2005)

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"As the song goes "More more more" by the Andrea True Connection. We want MORE MORE MORE Archives!!!! The song was released in 1976 just prior to the SAD SAD SAD departure of SUPER U." (7/18/2005)

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"I fondly remember listening to U100 while "cruising" the Twin cities in the mid-70's with my friends from Lincoln High. I distinctly remember when we went to the station on a Friday night and mooned the DJ. They immediately announced that there was a full moon out tonight." (6/8/2005)

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"I still have a poster from a blue oyster cult show at the St.Paul civic center sponsored by U100. It was the coolest radio station I've heard." (5/14/2005)

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"I am the guy who brought Rob to WYOO and with his incredible programming and music genius we created U100. We turned middle of the road jocks to rock jocks and turned a little listened to station into the hottest radio station in the Twin Cities. It was one of the highlights of my General Manager life and the company that owned us killed it and sold it. They never knew what they had! Rob Sherwood was the heart of the programming and I worried about the sales and general management. Thanks Rob! Thanks to everyone for their fun comments. It makes those days all seem worthwhile. - Mike Sigelman" (4/20/2005)

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"It's good to read the posting from, the listeners who remember, and the former and current radio personalities, that were inspired by this radio station. I know SUPER U100 was the station that inspired me to get into this crazy business! I had the chance to work for Pat McKay once at a station he owned, and work with him in the Twin Cities at Kool 108 in the mid 90's. Also Michael J. Douglas, thanks to you guys and the entire staff, GREAT RADIO!!!" (4/20/2005)

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"I happened to surf to this sight. WHAT A TREAT!! It brings back some great memories. Thanks and post more if you can!" (4/9/2005)

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"Listening to that scoped aircheck of my final U100 show was kinda weird, but enjoyable. What I remember most about that day was having to be careful about what you said on-air because you wanted to make sure you got your union payoff check, which, at the time, was the most money I had ever been paid. If you listen to my intro to "Two Hangmen" by Mason Profit, you can hear me skirting the edge. The other thing I remember about U100 was that it was the most fun I ever had in 25 years of radio, because of people like Rob Sherwood, Michael J., Dave Hamilton, Jeff "Mutha" Robbins, Steve Bratz, and many more. Thanks for the website! - Pat McKay." (2/27/2005)

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"This was the only station I ever felt bad about leaving the air waves. No station changes since have meant anything to me like that day in 1976... Guess we just grow used to it ." (2/8/2005)

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"I remember the YOO ZING ONE HUNDRED Jingle very well I was only 6 at the time I mentioned the station to my family several times. They really don't recall that station. I remember listening in the morning and hearing SIster Mary Elephant yelling WAKE UP!!!! (Cheech & Chong)." (1/13/2005)

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"Thanks! I miss the old days of TC radio. Back then, the DJs were nice and put up with very young music geeks like myself. Sherwood, Gunne, Bleu, Shannon, Hines, Hoover, Austin, Bush, Berglund...and the list goes on. What ever happened to Steve Shannon anyway? I used to have tons of U100 bumper stickers...but all gone, unfortunately. Again, thank you for the radio checks! I hope more come on this website. My dialing finger still hurts trying to be the 10th caller. My first ALBUM won was an REO Speedwagon prior to Cronin. Reggie B."

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"If it means anything, I was a young 21 years old in 1974. I was a radio geek and still am. I went to the Twin Cities to scope 630-KDWB, 1130-WDGY, 1500-KSTP and U-100. I couldn't believe how "bad" in my opinion "KD" and "15-KSTP the Music Station" sounded! No jingles, nothing out of spots at all, DGY was just DGY with a Pams shotgun. Maybe this was radio of the time, but all were tired sounding AMs. U100 was different and the best! I just remember a very uptempo sounding station. I remember "Sweet Emotion" being played on this Top40. Very, very unusual, but good!"

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"Man this is GREAT RADIO! I was really fortunate to have worked with Rob Sherwood in late 80's who opened my eyes to radio and helped me with my radio career. Also don't let me forget Gary DeMaroney who also was very good friends with Rob. He gave me my big break in radio. They always told me when I used to work at U100 we just brought the house down. Listening to those tapes tells me a lot. They weren't lying. They kicked some butt. I just wish radio people from the old school would listen to this and understand the real meaning of good AOR/Top 40 radio. Rob Sherwood is a legend in radio and was true leader and was while ahead of this time. Thanks again for the great radio history."

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"What a flood of memories. I remember one Summer in the 70's where Rob Sherwood and the gang were doing a week long remote at the Lake Harriet bandstand. I used to ride my Holiday bicycle w/ the banana seat down every day to watch the craziness. I remember one stint where Rob was wearing a tube top and strutting around on the stage. I also remember u100 doing a "sound of the city" promo where they would play a mysterious sound from somewhere in the Twin Cities. If you guessed it, you got a trip to London. I won a chance to guess and blew it. I remember fondly dialing that rotary dial phone like crazy trying to be the 10th caller of something. Thanks for bringing back some fun memories.” VM

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"Has there ever been a reunion of staff from those U-100 days? It would be fun to see pictures from then and now. Maybe someone knows what some of them are up to these days. ie: Still in broadcasting, etc."

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"I remember waking up to the Breakfast Buddy Club with Jerry St. James and Michael J Donuts. Truly one of the best morning shows."

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"I still have my U-100 Belt Buckle!"

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"Rob Sherwood really knew how to program this station. He never got much credit as we were the #4 Top 40 station in a 3 station market. Rob gave me my first radio gig at U100. Donuts taught me how to do news. Nearly 30 years later I'm still in the business as a C.O.O. & G.M. Anyone know how to get a hold of Rob? I'd like to thank him!" (Radiotapes comment: You can reach Rob at rob@robsherwood.com. Check out his web site: www.robsherwood.com)

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"It's good to read the posting from the listeners who remember and the former and current radio personalities who were inspired by this radio station. I know SUPER U100 was the station that insider me to get into this crazy business! I had the chance to work for Pat McKay once at a station he owned, and work with him in the Twin Cities at Kool 108 in the mid 90s. Also Michael J. Douglas. Thanks to these guys and the entire staff. GREAT RADIO!!! Does any one have station memorabilia? I have a 3' x 5' poster I got at the Motorcycle Show in 1975 when U100 was broadcasting live from the Minneapolis Armory during the bike show. Also have some unstuck stickers and a U100 collectors belt buckle. Contact me at DeeJayBiker1@aol.com. Pat McKay and Michael J., if you read this drop me an e-mail."

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"A BIG THANK YOU!! for posting these great airchecks from in my opinion one of the best radio stations and best personalities to hit the air waves! I believe the closest thing we have right now to the super U100 is super 60's and 70's KOOL 108, maybe there's hope."

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“People talk about radio not being 'as good as it used to be,' and U100 demonstrates just what is missing; the PASSION!" “U100 was much cooler than KDWB back then. Too bad modern radio could never come up with something this good."

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“Bring back those funky ass DJ's like these guys. They even made the news fun!!! Please some big radio owner give us something like this!”

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"Excellent, excellent, excellent!!! Well worth the long time it took to download onto my laptop, using a cell phone link from the road. Thank God someone was there in 1976 to record GOOD quality tapes and preserve them all these years. ‘The BOOGIE Station lives on!’ "THANK YOU! and, of course, KEEP 'EM COMING!"

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“Great reliving one of the greatest Twin Cities rock-and-roll stations of all time."

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“These are great ... remember listening to the morning show when they would do the hot lunch menus at school ... they would walk downstairs and you would hear the witch cackle and then they would read the menu, you would hear heaving sounds ... my parents HATED IT!!!"

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Comments below about the U100 Radio airchecks on this website were posted between 2004-06 on redandnater.com:

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"The final hour of U100 is, in my opinion, one of the most overlooked and under appreciated pieces of Twin Cities radio history. We all remember WDGY's switch to County in 1978 and WLOL's signoff in 1990. But few have instant recollection of U100's 'swan song.' This was SUCH an innovative radio station. Hybrid AOR & Top 40. The top hits, mixed with a liberal dose of classic Rock tracks, and tons of DJ talk & personality. Where else have you heard jocks screaming over the intros of "Aqualung" and "Free Bird?" 11 years later Dan Kieley took the basics of this approach and coined the phrase "Rock 40" for KKRC/Sioux Falls. But Fairchild had it in the Twin Cities in 1976! Unfortunately, there just wasn't enough audience to support 4 Top 40 stations. By the time U100 debuted in 1974, the format was already saturated by WDGY, KSTP, and KDWB. By comparison, WYOO's signal and promotional budget were limited and couldn't match those of the other stations. They did, however, have one major asset the others did not: an FM stereo signal. But FM domination was still a few years away in this market. Again, a station truly ahead of it's time. Zap me now, 452-3333, caller number 9 wins a U100 Grabs Me t-shirt ... now from Super YOO!"

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“If there were anything like this on the dial today, I would start listening to the radio again. Dear Mister Program Director, this is what your oldies station should sound like."

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“This was before my time, but that's some damn good radio."

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“Yeah I was too young too when this station was on the air. I first really started listening to radio around ‘83 or ‘84. I think that's when it started going downhill. Even then I was more into MTV. Why no dj's like this on the air today. Oldies even Classic rock radio stations should do the flashback thing and get some personalities like these guys on the air. That might make the repetition bearable. Hell they even made the news fun. Too many times the news guy comes in and does the news and doesn't even communicate with the on air.”

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"Thanks for the posting on WYOO super U100!!!!. I have been searching everywhere for some air checks and have had no luck. this is the station,and these are the jocks that inspired me to do radio. And over the years in my career I have had the chance to work with a few of these great personalities. Thanks again."

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"In 1975, I was on the air at KOMA in Oklahoma City. U100 made a big enough impact on the industry that some of their air checks filtered down to us at that time. We listened to them and were quite impressed! It also turned out that "Jeff Robbins" was a person that I had met frequently at high school speech competitions in Illinois...small world! At any rate, I had NO inkling that, 4 years later, in 1979, I would become the Chief Engineer of KDWB. One of my first missions was to "empty" those U100 studios (On Cliff and Cedar), of their "salvageable assets." I was building the KDWB FM IDS transmission plant at the time, as well as constructing new studios on Radio Drive in Woodbury. I still have a scar on my right shin from flipping a desk over by standing too close to the edge. Feel free to contact me if you want to learn how to do this...although I don't recommend it. In any event, your efforts to make these airchecks available is a most welcome gesture. Thank You! Mike Gorniak."

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"These are truly priceless recordings. Genuine lost classics from the heyday of Twin Cities Top 40 radio in the 1970s. There seems to be plenty of KDWB, KSTP, and WDGY airchecks floating around, but very little tape of U100. Do you hear the listener comments during the instrumental passage of Elton John's "Funeral for a Friend?" (From the "Stop the Music" promotion.) Sure, there's the expected chorus of "You're a great station, don't go off the air!" But these folks aren't just mindless sheep. Most have specific reasons WHY they loved this radio station. The jocks had more freedom vs other stations. The music was more Rock-based and had less "bubblegum" vs other stations. The station always had something going on or was giving something away. "You guys are in FM Stereo!" Though we take it for granted now, this was a HUGE deal in 1974-76. U100 was the first Top 40 station locally to broadcast in FM stereo. I bought my first home stereo in 1975 and thought it was VERY cool that "the songs on U-100 sound just like my records." Granted, their coverage in parts of the metro was spotty from that short little stick in Eagan, but I got them very well in Apple Valley. If you were part of the U100 airstaff, know that your station influenced this geeky pre-teenager more than anything else to "want to be a DJ when I grow up." The only other influence which was as strong on me was WLS' John "Records" Landecker. That's pretty good company. Thank you so much for making these airchecks available."

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"I look forward to hearing the WWTC tapes and more of the U100 tapes!! I along with many others posting here was influenced by U100 to get into radio, and I was a part of WWTC from 1989-1990. Keep up the good work!!!"

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"Thank you so much for posting those cool airchecks...hearing them makes me feel really old. Welcome back to my high school years!"

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"Like many of you, I have thoroughly enjoyed the U100 airchecks that have been posted. Even though I have heard these several times before, I find myself drawn to them again and again. "Like a moth to a flame," to quote a trite cliche. Folks, this is some damn GOOD radio! It has everything that made Top 40 radio such a phenomenon in the mid-1970s: High-energy jocks and a good mix of all genres of current pop music (when was the last time you heard "Stairway to Heaven" and "She's Gone" together?) Most of all, it was a FUN station to listen to. The jocks weren't as polished as on KDWB or (especially) WDGY. U100's jocks would talk off-mic, stumble, and occasionally step on a vocal. But they were REAL. Notice, they had something to say after EVERY single record! That's why they were more entertaining than KD or Weedgee (and even KSTP, with due respect to Knapp, Bush, Machine Gun Kelly, and Andy Barber). Many believe U100 went away because they were inferior to the other Top 40 outlets in the market. That is simply not the case. Granted, they had an AM signal which was weak in comparison to all three competitors. They also had the handicap of coming in as the fourth Top 40 station in the market. But they had an innovative format which combined Top 40 currents with Rock classics. U100 was the predecessor to what Dan Kieley termed "Rock 40" a decade later in Sioux Falls. They had a hungry staff that wanted to win, that wanted to please their listeners. The other stations may have scored higher in the ratings, but U100's listeners were MUCH more loyal. I would love to see a comparison of TSL for WYOO vs KDWB/KSTP/WDGY. U100 never failed. Rather, their parent company saw dollar signs and sold them out when Doubleday waved a wad of cash in their faces. If Fairchild had not sold, the history of Top 40 radio in this market would have been altered dramatically. No doubt about it. Could a "U100" be successful 30 years later? Either as a current-based CHR or as a 70s Hits/Oldies station? With the right people and a commitment from ownership, I believe it could."

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"For decades, I've heard about U100's live format flip at the Minnesota State Fair, but have never had a chance to hear it before. After nearly 30 years, I finally understand the significance of Joe Cocker as the last song Jo Jo Gunne played, prior to signing the station off for the last time. The fact that so many people thought it worthy to record and save these tapes for 30+ years speaks volumes about the significant influence this station had on Twin Cities radio listeners during it's short two year existence. Thank you so much for keeping this kind of radio alive in our memories. Especially since it no longer exists on the airwaves."

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