RadioTapes.com's mission is to search, recover, restore and preserve local (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota) historic radio aircheck recordings, with a strong emphasis on major local and national news related coverage. Many of these recordings would be lost forever, if not for those who have provided recordings and the efforts of those involved with this non-profit website. These recordings are available for listening at no charge on this website with digital copies provided to the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting and various educational institutions. Tape conditions of airchecks posted have ranged from excellent to badly deteriorated and have been recovered using various restoration techniques.
July 23, 1987–Coverage of the "1987 Super Storm." The Twin Cities metro area was hit with a powerful line
of thunderstorms producing tornadoes, damaging straight line winds and historic flooding. Part 1 14 MB - Part 2 15 MB - Part 3 20 MB - Audio is not studio quality, but is very interesting to listen to.
(provided by Todd Kosovich with audio enhancement by Mark Durenberger)
Dean Spratt, Jerry Peterson, Karen Filloon and more. - 20 MB
HUBERT H. HUMPHREY RECORDINGS/AIRCHECKS(1946-1978)
8/18/1946 - WCCO-AM (830) - Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey reading the newspaper comics from the Minneapolis Tribune during the "Stay At Home" campaign during a polio outbreak. Frank Butler hosts the show with music by Toby Prin. Humphrey's children, Skip and Nancy, also appear on the show. 21 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich) FYI: The Minnesota State Fair was cancelled that year due to outbreak of polio. The Star Tribune has published a story about this broadcast including photos.
1977 - Senator Humphrey revealed he was suffering from terminal bladder cancer. In October, President Carter honored Humphrey by giving him command of Air Force One for his final trip to Washington DC. which included an address to the Senate. The following are two news reports:
January 1978 - WCCO-AM Humphrey death coverage (brief silence between segments)# 120 MB -# 220 MB
WCCO RADIO CIVIL DEFENSE RECORDINGS (1961)
WCCO-AM (830) - A very rare set of recordings of civil defense announcements from 1961 that would have aired on WCCO Radio in the event of a probable or actual enemy (nuclear) attack. These announcements were pre-recorded by WCCO announcers Howard Viken, Dick Chapman and Governor Elmer Andersen, and most likely would have aired from the station's transmitter facility in Anoka which included a fallout shelter. 8 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)
Evacuation Route image provided by Todd Kosovich
THE BIG EBS (Emergency Broadcast System) MISTAKE OF 1971
WCCO-AM (830) -EBS Error - A rare recording - as it sounded on WCCO during the Howard Viken Show on 2/20/1971 with follow-up reports and coverage on 'CCO Radio and CBS Radio. See below for more details. - 6 MB
On the morning of Saturday, February 20, 1971, Wayland S. Eberhardt, a civilian teletype operator, was going about his routine duties at the National Emergency Warning Center at Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado. One of the functions of “the Mountain” during this era was to send out the weekly Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) test directive to the nation’s radio and television stations. They were also responsible for sending out the real warning. When stations received these messages they compared it against a card to determine what action to take. At 7:33 a.m. local time on that fateful Saturday, Mr. Eberhardt, a fifteen-year veteran of his job, fed the wrong tape into the transmitter. He was later quoted by the New York Times as saying “I can’t imagine how the hell I did it.” Text source.
The teletype message that went over the wires:
MESSAGE AUTHENTICATOR: HATEFULNESS/HATEFULNESS
THIS IS AN EMERGENCY ACTION NOTIFICATION (EAN) DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT. NORMAL BROADCASTING WILL CEASE IMMEDIATELY. ALL STATIONS WILL BROADCAST EAN MESSAGE ONE PRECEDED BY THE ATTENTION SIGNAL, PER FCC RULES. ONLY STATIONS HOLDING NDEA MAY STAY ON AIR IN ACCORD WITH THEIR STATE EBS PLAN.
COVERAGE OF THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY (11/22/1963)
Six hours of coverage the shooting and death of President John F. Kennedyas coveredon WCCO-AM and CBS Radio on November 22, 1963. (mp3 files range from 20-34 MB) (provided by Bill Lund, Digital on Location, Woodbury, MN)
CBS Radio: Allan Jackson and Dallas Townsend (New York), Nelson Benton (Dallas Parkland Memorial Hospital), Dan Rather (Dallas), Robert Pierpoint (Dallas), Wells Church (Washington DC), Roger Mudd (Washington DC), George Herman (Washington DC), Alexander Kendrick (London), Charles Von Fremd (Washington DC), Stuart Novins (Moscow), Bernard Eismann (New York), Paul Niven (White House), Daniel Schorr (Bonn), Vin Maloney (Boston), Nelson Benton (Dallas), Peter Stursberg (Ottawa), Winston Burdett (Rome), Peter Kalischer (Tokyo), Richard Hottelet (New York), and Marvin Kalb (Washington DC).
WCCO-AM: Jergan Nash, Maynard Speece, Dick Chapman (interviewing people outside the WCCO building as the news of JFK’s death broke and news reports) and Arv Johnson. Plus, Charlie Boone, Jergen Nash and Ray Christensen with notices of event cancellations/postponements, special church services, etc.
In addition, comments from MN Governor Karl Rolvaag, former MN Governor Elmer Anderson, WI Governor John Reynolds, former President Dwight Eisenhower and UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson, Plus, a portion of President Kennedy’s breakfast speech to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce the morning of his death.
ABC Radio - An excellent quality recording starting with the breaking news of the shooting of President Kennedy to the announcement of his death. #1 22 MB - #2 22 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)
NBC Radio - Coverage of the shooting/assassination of President John F. Kennedy - Bulletin #1#2#3 (1 MB each)
COVERAGE OF THE ASSASSINATION OF SENATOR ROBERT F. KENNEDY (June 5-8, 1968)
WCCO-AM (830) / CBS Radio / NBC Radio / NBC TV / KNX-AM - A collection of airchecks covering the shooting, death, funeral mass and more of Robert F. Kennedy. Thanks to Larry Haeg Jr. (LH) and Todd Kosovich (TK) for most of these historic recordings.
June 5, 1968 – CBS Radio report of Mutual Radio’s Andrew West’s shooting coverage – 6 MB (TK)
June 5, 1968 – KNX-AM (Los Angeles) -
The recording begins with a minute of California local returns
followed by the first word of the RFK shooting –#119 MB -#2 20 MB (TK)
June 8, 1968 – CBS Radio: Funeral Mass St. Patrick's Cathedral – #131 MB - #231 MB - #332 MB - #430 MB
(LH)(near the end of Part #4, a bulletin announces that James Earl Ray, the murderer of Martin Luther King, had been caught)
June 8, 1968 – CBS Radio: Washington DC train arrival of RFK’s body – #132 MB - #229 MB(LH)
COVERAGE OF THE FLIGHT OF APOLLO 1 TRAGEDY - (1967)
WCCO and CBS Radio breaking news coverage of the Apollo 1 tragedy (January 27-28, 1967). A cabin fire during a launch pad test at Cape Canaveral killed all three crew members: Command Pilot Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee. Includes a Winston cigarette commercial - 11 MB
COVERAGE OF THE FLIGHT OF APOLLO 11 - (1969)(provided by Todd Kosovich)
July 24, 1969 - NBC Television (audio) - Splashdown - 19 MB
COVERAGE OF THE FLIGHT OF APOLLO 12- (1969) (provided by Todd Kosovich)
Nov 19, 1969 - ABC Radio - Live coverage of Apollo 12 Moon landing - #1#2 (11 MB each) (by Todd Kosovich)
COVERAGE OF THE FLIGHT OF APOLLO 13 - (1970)
WCCO-AM (830) - Coverage by WCCO Radio and CBS Radio of the flight of Apollo 13
Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. The lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days into the flight, crippling the service module upon which the Command Module depended. Despite great hardship caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, and the critical need to jury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew returned safely to Earth.
The flight was commanded by James A. Lovell with John L. "Jack" Swigert as Command Module pilot and Fred W. Haise as Lunar Module pilot. (source: Wikipedia)
May 9 1973 - Walter Cronkite News and Analysis – how serious is Watergate? - 3 MB
May 23 1973 - First Line Report with Dan Rather – Nixon makes new admissions - 3 MB
June 22 1973 - First Line Report with Robert Pierpoint – Nixon’s personal style - 3 MB
June 29 1973 - First Line Report with Robert Pierpoint – blaming John Dean - 3 MB
Oct 22 1973 - First Line Report with Bob Schieffer – a busy week! - 3 MB
Oct 23 1973 - First Line Report with Dan Rather – 7 days in October - 3 MB
Oct 23 1973 - Walter Cronkite News and Analysis – flood of impeachment petitions - 3 MB
Oct 23 1973 - CBS News Special Report – summary of events - 17 MB
Jan 2 1974 - First Line Report with Robert Pierpoint – predicts that President Nixon will resign this year - 3 MB
July 12 1974 - The World Tonight with Douglas Edwards. Ellsberg burglary verdict is in - Erlichman guilty! - 3 MB
July 25, 1974 - First Line Report with Bob Schieffer. Summary of the arguments and ruling in U.S. vs Nixon - 4 MB
July 25, 1974 - The World Tonight-Douglas Edwards. House Judiciary Committee debate on articles of impeachment - 7 MB
Aug. 5, 1974 -
First Line Report with Bob Schieffer. Rumors over President Nixon trip to Camp David - 3 MB
Aug. 6, 1974 -
First Line Report with Dan Rather -“Days of Decision”- Political allies and press turn against Nixon - 3 MB
Aug. 7, 1974 - CBS News -
The President is deciding what to do - 2 MB
Aug. 8, 1974 (5 am) -
CBS News - Dallas Townsend with indications that President Nixon will resign - 3 MB
Aug. 8, 1974 (6 pm) - The World Tonight -Douglas Edwards. President expected to resignation in two hours - 5 MB
Aug. 8, 1974 (7:55 pm) - CBS News Special Report – Nixon Announces Resignation - #1 (16 MB) #2 (30 MB)
Following provided by an anonymous donor:
Aug. 8, 1974 - CBS News Special Report (continued) – Nixon Announces Resignation - #3 (22 MB) #4 (24 MB)
Aug. 9, 1974 - CBS Radio Special Report with coverage of the swearing in of President Gerald Ford
with Neil Strawser and Hal Walker - 6 MB
KSJN-FM- NPR coverage Senate Watergate Hearings - John Erlichman testimony on 7/27/1973 -36 MB (provided by Stuart Held)
COVERAGE OF THE DEATH OF JOHN LENNON (12/8/1980 to 12/14/1980)
Part 1 28 MB - Part 225 MB - Part 1 opens with an announcement by
Howard Cosell on ABC Television's Monday Night Football that John Lennon had been shot and killed, a bulletin on NBC Television interrupting The Tonight Show, followed by airchecks from KQRS-FM, NBC Radio's The Source, WCCO-AM/CBS Radio, WWTC-AM, Mutual News, WCCO-FM, KDWB-FM, KSTP-FM, WLOL-FM and KCLD-FM.
(Thanks to Stuart Held for many of the above airchecks plus Todd Kosovich for the WCCO-AM/CBS Radio aircheck and NBC-TV bulletin audio).
KDWB-FM - Tribute to John Lennon (scoped) - (12/14/1980) Part 119 MB - Part 210 MB(provided by Arne Shulstad)
COVERAGE OF THE SHOOTING OF PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN (3/30/1981-3/31/1981)
WCCO-AM (830) and CBS Radio breaking news and continuous coverage of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. New airchecks have recently been made available to us.
March 30, 1981 - Coverage starts with the first news bulletin and includes reports from CBS Radio and WCCO Radio news: #1#2#3#4#5 (mp3 files range between 10-13 MB)
The Falklands War
was fought in 1982 between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the disputed Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The war started on April 2, 1982 with the Argentine invasion and occupation of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. The war lasted 74 days and resulted in the deaths of 257 British and 649 Argentine soldiers. (per Wikipedia)
May 1, 1982 - KSTP ID into ABC News update on the Falklands War with reports of the first attacks by British bombers
on the Falkland Islands 2 MB
WCCO-AM - CBS Radio newscasts covering the Falklands War all recorded by Todd Kosovich:
In 1982, the Internet as we know it did not exist. To hear newscasts/reports from foreign countries, in many cases, a shortwave radio was needed. The following are Falklands War related shortwave broadcasts received in Minnesota by Tom Gavaras. Some recordings have rough audio, but if you listen closely, you will hear history "as it happened."
BBC "Calling the Falklands" Messages to family members on the Falkland Islands (poor audio as transmission was directed to theSouthAtlantic). At the end of the broadcast, the announcer says, "Keep your heads down. Keep your hearts high." - 1 MB
Radio Atlantico del Sur - British clandestine station broadcasting to Argentine troops in Spanish (Argentina jamming transmitter in background)- 5 MB
Argentina Clandestine broadcasting to British troops. Audio quality from this station was always extremely poor and distorted (even in the South Atlantic). As on the aircheck, broadcasts would start with an instrumental version of "Yesterday" by The Beatles. In this transmission, the announcer opens with, "Hello, I am Liberty. A voice, a thought, a [?], a woman who is proud to know that the world listens when Argentina speaks." Lots of British music was played. For example, in one broadcast after the announcer criticized British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the song "Honky Tonk Women" by the Rolling Stones was played.- 1 MB
COVERAGE OF THE CHALLENGER SHUTTLE DISASTER(1986)
WCCO-AM (830)/CBS Radio's extended breaking news starting with the CBS Radio Net Alert Bulletin followed by two hours and 45 minutes of additional coverage. (1/28/1986)
#1 18 MB - #2 12 MB - #3 24 MB - #4 33 MB - #5 40 MB - #6 27 MB.Thanks to Todd Kosovich for providing Part #2.
CNN coverage of the Challenger disaster:
COVERAGE OF THE 1987 & 1991 WORLD SERIES CELEBRATIONS AND
VICTORY PARADES ON WCCO RADIO ... and more!
World Series 1987 - Game 7 - Minnesota Twins Win! Conclusion of the game followed by one-hour of post game celebration coverage including Herb Carneal, John Gordon, Harmon Killebrew, Dan Hertsgard, Twins players and others. (10/25/1987)#1 26 MB - #2 26 MB
Minnesota Twins 1987 World Series Victory Parade (October 1987) including Charlie Boone and Roger Erickson broadcasting live from the WCCO Radio van at the front of the parade, Howard Viken, Ruth Koscielak, Herb Carneal, John Gordon, John Rooney, Harmon Killebrew, Bruce Hagevik, Eric Eskola, Jan Jirak, Dean Spratt, John Lundell and others. #1#2#3#4 (mp3 files range from 26 to 29 MB)
A montage sample of music from the 1987 Minnesota Twins World Championship Seasonas heard on Twin Cities radio stations including "Win Twins" (WCCO-AM), "The Light, Happy Music" (KQRS-FM), "Polka for the Pennant" (KQRS-FM), "The World Series Shuffle" (WCCO-AM), "Pennant Fever '87" (WCCO-AM), "A Matter of Pride" (WCCO-AM), "Voodoo Magic" (KQRS-FM), "Rev it Up" (KDWB-FM), "Homer Hanky" (Star Tribune), "Win Twins '87" (WCCO-AM/KMSP-TV) and "Win Twins Win" by Slave Raider (KJJO-FM) - 9 MB - ("Win Twins Win" provided by Jay Philpott)
World Series 1991 - Game 7 - Minnesota Twins Win! Conclusion of the game followed by one-hour of post game celebration coverage including Herb Carneal, John Gordon, Mike Woodley, Mike Miller, Twins players and others. (10/27/1991) #1 29 MB - #2 29 MB
Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series Victory Parade (10/29/1991) including Tim Russell, Ted Robinson Charlie Boone, Roger Erickson, Herb Carneal, John Gordon, Bruce Hagevik, Eric Eskola, Bruce Hagevik, Telly Mamayek, Sid Hartman, Ray Christensen, Jerry Peterson, Mike Woodley, Karen Filloon, Mike Miller, Brooke Aulvin and others.
This show was recorded at the Old Log Theater (near Minneapolis) in 1989 starring Tom Bodett and Johnny B along with special guests including WCCO Radio's Boone and Erickson. In addition to hearing the show as it was broadcast nationally, you will also hear the interaction and dialog with the audience before the show started and between the segments that radio listeners never heard including retakes, audience instructions, recording of show promo, off-air performances and much more. Radiotapes has been granted permission by Tom Bodett to post this copyrighted recording.
COVERAGE OF THE START OF OPERATION DESERT STORM (1/16/1991) - WCCO-AM (830)
The start of Operation Desert Storm Part 118 MB - Part 226 MB - Part 325 MB - Part 426 MB - Part 5 23 MB - Part 626 MB - Part 7 25 MB. These recordings last 3 hours and 20 minutes and begin at 5:41 pm with a bulletin by Steve Cannon that an attack may be underway in Baghdad followed by coverage from CBS Radio, CNN with correspondents John Holliman, Peter Arnett and Bernard Shaw reporting from the Al-Rashid Hotel, Rich Holter and the WCCO Radio News Department, plus a speech to the nation by President George H. W. Bush, update by Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and more. Thanks to Todd Kosovich for providing Part 1 of the recordings.
COVERAGE OF THE 9/11 ATTACKS (9/11/2001) AND THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN (5/1/2011)
KSTP-AM (1500) - 9/11/2001 - This aircheck was recorded about three hours before the attacks (5 AM CT) on the World Trade Center. Hear what the the top ABC Radio news stories were that morning (before the world changed) plus the start of "Babs (Barbara Carlson) and the Boys" show. 3 MB (provided by Stuart Held)
WCCO-AM (830) - Coverage (edited) the morning of 9/11 (from 8:08-9:50 AM CT) including CBS Radio News, WCBS Radio, CBS TV audio and more - Sept. 11, 2001 - 20 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)
ABC Radio - Newscast coverage of attacks on the World Trade Center - The first tower collapses during this newscast - 3 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich). It is unclear if KSTP-AM aired this newscast or was broadcasting continuous coverage.
Breaking News Coverage of the death of Osama bin Laden (5/1/2011) starting with reports thatPresident Obama would be holding a late evening speech to the nation followed by about two hours of coverage. (MP3 files range from 15 to 25 MB)
WCCO-AM (830) - CBS Radio and WCCO Radio news - #1#2#3#4#5#6
KNOW-FM (91.1) - NPR, BBC and Minnesota Public Radio news - #1#2#3#4#5#6
KNOW-FM (91.1) - Breaking news coverage of the shootings in Tucson with reports spanning nearly five hours from KNOW-FM, NPR and KJZZ-FM - 1/8/2011 -#1 31 MB #2 27 MB
WCCO-AM (830) - Breaking news coverage of the shootings in Tucson with reports spanning nearly five hours from WCCO Radio and CBS Radio News - 1/8/2011 - 14 MB
KNOW-FM (91.1) - NPR's Coverage of the memorial service for the victims of the Tucson shootings held on 1/12/2011 at the McKale Memorial Center at the University of Arizona. President Obama's speech is at the beginning of cut #2. -#1 39 MB - #2 45 MB
COVERAGE OFTHE JAPAN EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI (3/11/2011)
KNOW-FM - Breaking news coverage from NPR, BBC and NHK (Japan) - 30 MB
WCCO-AM - Breaking news coverage from CBS Radio News, The Jon Grayson Show and WCCO Radio News - 15 MB
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