WLS started this "art form" in the 70s by airing a recap of the past years hits every New Year's Eve at midnight, adding another minute or so each year to represent each "old year." I caught onto this trend and was inspired by it in 1975. Here are a couple of versions of the WLS Montage. The first is an actual aircheck of fairly good quality...but so what if there are imperfections in the signal or the recording - that's the way we heard it! WLS MONTAGE (air 1955-1984) 21 MB.
This final version is my production. I began it in 1979 while I was working at KFMX-FM, as a way to commemorate the passing of the 70s decade. For New Year's Eve 1980 leading into 1981, I added the new 1980 segment and retro-expanded the montage to 1964...the beginning of contemporary music with the Beatles Era. When I started at WLOL-FM in the summer of '80, I brought it with me and we played it every New Year's Eve at midnight, following each year's "Hot Hits Countdown." I also added 1981, 1982 and 1983. Following my late 1984 departure from WLOL-FM, Gregg Swedberg and his staff continued the tradition of adding to and airing the montage through 1990. From that point, I informally kept up with the montage here and there, even though it didn't have a home for a New Year's Eve airing. The last few years of this piece contain montage elements produced by Scott Childers. I am particularly flattered that Ron "Boogiemonster" Gerber used this montage as a premium to attract pledges to KFAI-FM through his "Crap From The Past" show each Friday night. I'm told it helped him obtain record donations! PHILPOTT'S MONTAGE 50 MB
1989 - Aircheck - 2 MB (provided by Jeff Sibinski)
7/9/1974 - Gold 104 oldies format with Keith Simmons, Doug Gregory and Ken Cook - 15 MB (Provided by Curt Lundgren)
Includes a NBC Radio newscast and Edwin Newman Critic at Large plus commercials for Armour Hot Dogs, Quaker State, Midas, House of Television, Ultra Brite Toothpaste, Pants Plus, Minnesota Buckskins and Buick.
6/14/1978 - The Village People spent a morning show at KFMX with program director Gary DeMaroney.
This was 10 days before the release of "Macho Man" which was their first single. Three of the members helped Gary with the news, weather, etc and talked about their group. This was recorded when KFMX offered a light pop format 6 am-7 pm and broadcast disco 7 pm-6 am, about three months before they made the switch to disco full time in the Fall of 1978. #1 8 MB #2 9 MB #3 10 MB #4 19 MB(provided by Scott Johnson and Jay Philpott) - Note: Airchecks #3 & #4 have the best audio quality.
1995 - Franklin Hobbs
Tribute#1 -#2- #3 - #4(mp3 files: 7 to 14 MB) - (provided by Missy Clark,
1998 - Paul Stagg- 1 MB - (provided by Al Arneson)
2004-2005 - "KLBB's Sessions at the Times" with Bick Smith- 2 MB (provided by Bick Smith)
KLKS-FM (Breezy Point, MN 104.3) - Airchecks from the final day of the station on September 3, 2012. K-Lakes went
on the air in 1984 and through the years included Pavek Hall of Fame personalities Roger Awsumb (WTCN-TV's Casey Jones) and Allen Gray (formerly of WCCO Radio). In addition, the station featured former Twin Cities broadcaster, Bob Bundgaard (formerly of WWTC-AM). KLKS-FM was sold to Minnesota Christian Broadcasters which plans to move "The Pulse," a Contemporary Christian format, to 104.3 FM. (provided by Bob Bundgaard)
The Cooper Theater opened in 1962, which was one of the first in the country to be specially outfitted for Cinerama, a style that used three film projectors synchronized to make a panoramic image. Located at 5755 Wayzata Boulevard in St. Louis Park, MN, the Cooper Theater cost $1 million to build and could seat 800. Eventually, a second, smaller theater—called the Cameo—was added onto the building, but the main room was not divided. The last film shown in the main room was “Dances With Wolves” on January 31, 1992. In September of that year, the Cooper Theater was torn down.
9/11/2001 - NPR coverage of 9/11 attacks- (click here)
Includes newscast from ABC American FM Radio Network plus commercials for Lee Two Stage Maxi Air Filter, Leisure Lane Shopping Center in Edina, New Horizon Homes (voiced by Ernie Martz), The Electric Fetus, Young America at Southdale, Kalso Earth Shoe, Tops & Bottoms and Village Sports in Plymouth.
2 MB and Newscast - 13 MB - Coverage of US military activities in Cambodia, pressure for President Nixon to release White House tapes, John Ehrlichman testimony at Watergate hearings, etc. (provided by Stuart Held)
7/27/1973 - Newscast including reports on
the Senate Watergate Hearings(provided by Stuart Held)
1976 - Country music format with David Leroy (11/16/1976) - 17 MB - (Provided by Curt Lundgren)
Includes commercials for Boyer Ford, Valley Furniture in Apple Valley, Peterson Pontiac GMC, Larry Reid's Bloomington Chrysler Plymouth, Hoigaards, Bruce Cressy Cokato Motors, Armour Golden Star Turkey, Armour Hot Dogs, The Dales (shopping centers), Hansen's Auto Spa, Badsons, Knox Lumber, GMC and JC Penney.
Richard Sigurdson writes: "I can identify the voices heard on this aircheck: Bruce (James) Browning is the D.J. Gregg Ellsworth voiced the House of Television spot and is on remote at the Olds Dealer. At that time KTCR's FM studios and transmitter were at 3800 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, the AM studios and transmitter were in New Hope."
Mason - Final Show - 2 MB (provided by Rick Burnett)
Tales of Minnesota: The Crusaders" - one of 13 documentaries produced in 1948 celebrating Minnesota's territorial centennial. This production includes former WCCO Radio personalities including Roger Erickson as one of the performers and Ray Christensen as an announcer. Part 1 13 MB - Part 2 14 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)
11/9/1967 - Admiral Richard E. with a R&B/Soul music format. 21 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)
Aircheck finishes with a sign-off and includes commercials for Chicago-Lakes Records, Economy Furniture, Kiefer's, Ashby Gaskins concerning employment, Nate's Shell Station, In Town Music, Kozy Bar and Lounge, US Air Force Nurse Corp, Young Rascals at the Minneapolis Auditorium, King Solomon's Mines and Mr. Nick's Drive-In Liquor Store.
11/8/1968 - Music Survey - JPEG File
1971 - Aircheck - 1 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)
Though WAYL-FM Beautiful Music has been gone for many years (format dropped in 1988), it appears that the WAYL-mobile, which was used in parades and public events, is still around (see photo), at least as of a year or two ago (posted 2015).
1979 - Beautiful music format with Dick Driscoll including a spot for First Federal Savings- 2 MB (provided by Al Arneson)
1983 - When KTWN-FM (see above) dropped its jazz format and switched to satellite pop music, WAYL-FM tried smooth jazz at
night. This is a unique WAYL-FM clip going from beautiful music into mellow jazz, with announcer Beth Kidd. 12 MB (provided by Jeff Blakeslee) - Newspaper articles about WAYL-FM introducing an evening jazz show.
2001 - V105 rhythmic oldies format () 20 MB (provided by Mark Pfeifer)
Includes commercials for Hall & Oates and Todd Rundgren at the Xcel Energy Center, Maple Tan, ABC Radio Marketing, Augsburg College, AT&T, US Department of Health and Human Services, Brambilla’s RV Center, Turn Style Consignment Shops, Lookout Bar & Grill in Maple Grove, Color Tile and Floor to Ceilings Stores, Sharks, Airlake Ford Mercury in Lakeville, NyQuil, and Robitussin Flu.
June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foothold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was 9,000 Allied Soldiers killed or wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler. The following historic airchecks were provided by Todd Kosovich.
On August 14, 1945, Japan surrendered unconditionally to the United States and her allies. President Truman decided that he would not broadcast, but would allow the four radio networks to announce the good news. All broadcasts from inside the White House were banned. President Truman called the reporters into the oval office, told them the news and the race to the telephones was on! The newsrooms of ABC and Mutual relied on the speed of the wire services. NBC and CBS kept open phone lines from the White House press room. The four clips below are from around 6 p.m. Central War Time that night as the news reached the network studios. This is believed to be the first time the surrender news from all four networks has been available in one place. The NBC material was recently discovered by Todd Kosovich, who provided all these clips.
Lyrics: "When the Weatherball is glowing red, warmer weather is just ahead. When the Weatherball is shining white, colder weather is in sight. When the Weatherball is wearing green, no weather changes are foreseen. Colors blinking by night and day, precipitation's on the way."
Breaking news coverage of the death of Princess Diana (8/31/1997) (provided by Todd Kosovich)
WCCO-AM (830) - CBS Radio coverage - #1 1 MB - #2 1 MB
Unidentified Station - This aircheck is dated May 23-24, 1947. It consists
of a newscast; live commercials for Shredded Wheat, Libby’s, Crisco and
Ovaltine; Gopher sports show with Bernie Bierman and portion of a Gopher
Maroon-Gold spring football broadcast. The announcer is Earl Moseman
(sp?). Our guess is that the aircheck is from WMIN-AM or WTCN-AM. If
anyone can provide any additional information on this recording, please contact us. 18 MB (provided by Stuart Held)
for Governor Commercials - 1998 (1 MB each) - (provided by Jay Philpott)