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WWTC AM

(Also WRMH-AM and WTCN-AM)


PRE-WWTC-AM:

WRMH-AM:

WRHM-AM (1250) -    "Rosedale Hospital Minneapolis" - (photo taken sometime between 1930-1934). WRHM later became WTCN-AM (eventually moving to 1280 AM) followed by WWTC-AM. Note that WWTC-AM returned to the Wesley Temple building in the early 1980s (see 1980s photo here). (provided by Alan Freed)


WTCN-AM/FM

WTCN-AM (1250) Verification Card: (1935) (provided by CPRV)    
WTCN-AM (1250) Station profile (12/27/1936) 6 MB PDF

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WTCN-AM (1250) - QSL verification card 1938 - JPEG

Note: The station also broadcast in the upper portion of the shortwave spectrum (26,050 kHz), then called the APEX radio band. Read more here.

WTCN-AM (1280) - Ad in St. Paul Pioneer Press promoting station local announcers (5/12/1946) - 1 MB PDF

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WTCN-FM (97.1) - Program schedule from January 26 to February 1, 1947- PDF file (provided by Tom Oszman)

The 97.1 FM frequency in Minneapolis is one of the oldest in the Twin Cities, having been established in 1947. The original call letters were WTCN-FM to match its AM sister station, now WWTC-AM. (per Wikipedia)

 

 

WTCN-AM (1280) ad from 1960 - JPEG File (provided by Tom LeVasseur)


WWTC-AM:

WWTC-AM verification letter from 1964 (provided by CPRV)


WWTC-AM SAMPLE OF PROGRAMMING FROM 1972-1975

Paul Stagg (1971) - Paul Stagg - 2 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Jingle + Promo  (1972) 313 KB

Jingle   (1972) 262 KB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)

Fast Eddie Wake-Up Call  (1972) 1 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)

Glen Olson (1975) Glen's final show and the final day of music format before switching to All News Radio format - 9 MB


ALL NEWS RADIO      wwtc news radio.jpg    wayl logo3.jpg

"All News Radio" With WAYL-FM Promo (1976) 1 MB - (WWTC-AM News Radio and WAYL-FM Beautiful Music were owned by different companies, but for awhile cross promoted each other)

News Radio Format (1/23/1976) - #1 24 MB - #2 26 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

NewsRadio - (1977) - 6 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Bob Allard  (1978) 2 MB  (opening segment provided by Bob Rivard)

Bob Allard Show (Interviews Steve Martinson of American Nazi Party) - 7/14/1978 - #1 40 MB - #2 45 MB (provided by Jeff Lonto)

Bob Allard  + Newscast  (7/15/1978) - 7 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)

Bob Allard Show (Local Restaurants and Food Fest) (7/19/1978) - #1 29 MB - #2 28 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Bob Allard Show (Interviews Kim Andrew Elliott about shortwave listening) (8/26/1978) - #1 38 MB - #2 38 MB - #3 25 MB - #4 26 MB

Bob Allard Show (Open Phone Lines/Christmas Day) (12/25/1978) - #1 29 MB - #2 29 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Bob Allard Show (One of Bob's final shows) (2/21/1979) - #1 29 MB - #2 27 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Article about WWTC News Radio (7/15/1975) Appeared in Illustrator News - .5 MB PDF

WWTC-AM - News Radio "News" Summary - 1977 JPEG (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Consultant Report (1979) This fascinating report provided by a national consultant gives an analysis of the Twin Cities radio market in 1979 and the reasons for WWTC-AM to discontinue the "All News Format" in favor of an oldies format - .5 MB PDF


SPLENDID BLEND         

John Farrell from May 1979 - 11 MB (provided by Craig Broden)

Includes Mutual Radio newscast and commercials for George's Fashions for Men, Minnesota Kicks Soccer, Dermasoft,

Ex-Lax, and Ford

Montage of Announcers (1979 including Dave Hellerman, Deanna Love, etc.) 3 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)


THE GOLDEN ROCK        wwtc golden rock logo.jpg       wwtc copy.jpg  

The Golden Rock Sales Demo  (1979) 2 MB

The Golden Rock Sales Demo  (1982) 4 MB

Steve Bowman - "Late Night Dedications" (1980-1981) - A collection of 160 recordings:

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17 18  19  20  21  22  23  24  25  26  27  28  29  30  31  32  33  34  35  36  37  38  39  40  41  42  43  44  45  46  47  48  49  50  51  52  53  54  55  56  57  58  59  60  61  62  63  64  65  66  67  68  69  70  71  72  73  74  75  76  77  78  79  80  81  82  83  84  85  86  87  88  89  90  91  92  93  94  95  96  97  98  99  100  101  102  103  104  105  106  107  108  109  110  111  112  113  114  115  116  117  118  119  120  121  122  123  124  125  126 

127  128  129  130  131  132  133  134  135  136  137  138  139  140  141  142  143  144  145  146  147  148  149  150  151  152  153  154  155  156  157  158  159  160 (mp3 files 1-5 MB) (Provided by Larry "Hutch" Hutchinson and Twin Cities eMedia).

Steve Bowman (Oct. 1981) 3 MB

Steve Bowman obituary  PDF (1986)

Roger Bull (1/20/1983) - 15 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Roger Bull (11/5/1984) 4 MB

Roger Bull (11/6/1984) 2 MB

Scott Carpenter (March 1980) 3 MB (provided by Tom Oszman)

Susan Carr (Jan.1982 - including interview with Paul Revere) 9 MB

Chickenman Sales Demo  (Early 1980s) 5 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)

BJ Crocker (10/8/1980) - 25 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

BJ Crocker (1981) 18 MB

BJ Crocker - "Golden Top 40 Countdown" (all broadcast in 1981):

Featuring week of Aug. 29, 1957 Songs 40 to 26 14 MB - Songs 25 to 11 14 MB - Songs 10 to 1 9 MB (by Joe Nechanicky)

Featuring week of Oct. 31, 1960 Songs 40 to 27 11 MB - Songs 26 to 16 9 MB - Songs 16 to 1 8 MB (by Joe Nechanicky)

Featuring week of Sept. 26, 1962 including an interview with Steve Ward of The Trashmen - Songs 40 to 26 14 MB - Songs 25 to 12 12 MB - Songs 11 to 1 16 MB (provided by Joe Nechanicky)

Featuring the week of Sept. 5, 1964 including an interview with Gregory Dee of Gregory Dee And The Avanties - Songs 40 to 27 16 MB - Songs 26 to 24 7 MB - Songs 23 to 10 10 MB - Songs 9 to 1 10 MB (provided by Joe Nechanicky with with audio enhancement of the first two segments by Mark Durenberger). Note: The audio can be a bit scratchy at times because this aircheck was recorded outside of the Twin Cities metro in Owatonna, MN.

Featuring week of Oct. 24, 1965 - Songs 39 to 33 21 MB - Songs 32 to 21 23 MB - Songs 11 to 1 19 MB

Featuring week of Sept. 19, 1968 - Songs 40 to 25 11 MB - Songs 24 to 13 11 MB (provided by Joe Nechanicky)

BJ Crocker (1981) 4 MB - The conclusion of the WWTC/Coca Cola Golden Top 40 Countdown.  Throughout the morning, BJ counted

down the top 40 songs from that day in 1965.  However, as he went to play the #1 song, the cart was not cued up. Listen how he handled and recovered from that moment.

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BJ Crocker (1/20/1983) - 15 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

BJ Crocker (Nov. 1984) 4 MB

BJ Crocker (11/9/1984) - Final Show 3 MB

Dick Driscoll "Flying Officer Nelson" Demo  (1979) 2 MB

Dick Driscoll & Arne Fogel (Oct. 1980) Taking calls on release of John Lennon's "Starting Over" - 4 MB (by Jeff R. Lonto)

Dick Driscoll "Flying Officer Nelson" (1981) 2 MB

Dick Driscoll (6/30/1981) - #1 9 MB   -   #2 11 MB

Dick Driscoll (5/7/1982) - 15 MB (provided by Curt Lundgren)

Includes Mutual newscast at end of aircheck. Includes commercials for Esteban’s Mexican Restaurant, Hansord Downtown Pontiac, Hamburger Joint, LaBelle’s, Youngstedts, Sugar Free Rondo, Western Airlines, Burch Pharmacy & Gift, Bel Furniture Showrooms, Allied Van Lines, Campbell’s Crispy Soup, True Value/Eveready Batteries, and Ramada.

Alan Freed (1982) 2 MB

Nancy Gallos (8/14/1982) Final Show 5 MB

Steve Garren (1984) - 3 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)

Mary Hatcher (6/30/81) Final Show 8 MB

Brad Piras (Aug. 1980) Including Flying Officer Nelson & The Maintenance Man - 7 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)

Del Roberts (Darrell Mulroy) - 1945-2003

 

(above photo from Jeff Lonto)

RadioTapes Exclusive

A 20-minute video featuring Del Roberts from January 18, 2003 interviewed by Jeff R. Lonto of Studio Z-7 Publishing and produced by Larry "Hutch" Hutchinson of Twin Cities eMedia

This video begins with Del hosting his Saturday Night Cruise show on WWTC-AM with his in-studio guest, Dick Driscoll. This is followed by Jeff Lonto interviewing Del. Topics include Del's early years in radio, becoming "Ugly" Del Roberts, joining WWTC-AM, reminiscing about Steve "Boogie" Bowman, morning drive on "The Golden Rock," the revival of "The Golden Rock," and final thoughts on WWTC.

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  • Del Roberts first show on WWTC on September 2, 1979 - 9 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)
  • Del Roberts - September 8, 1979 - 22 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)
  • Del Roberts - 1980 - #1 17 MB - #2 15 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)
  • Del Roberts interviews David Brenner- March 3, 1980 - 25 MB (provided by Stuart Held)
  • Del Roberts interviews Bobbie Vee - August 14, 1980 - 25 MB (provided by Stuart Held)
  • Del Roberts - 1984 - #1 18 MB - #2 19 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)
  • Del Roberts - November 9, 1984 - 4 MB
  • Saturday Night Cruise - March 2, 2002  - #1 - #2 - #3 (mp3 files range from 19 to 21 MB) (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)
  • Saturday Night Cruise - April 13, 2002  - #1 - #2 - #3 - #4 (mp3 files range from 16 to 19 MB) (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)
  • Saturday Night Cruise - March 15, 2003 - Del's final show (Del passed away late that evening) - 8 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)

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Nancy Rosen (4/19/81) Final Show 4 MB

Michael Ryan and Steve Bowman (Nov. 1981 during Twin Cities ice storm) 9 MB

Michael Ryan (12/24/1981) 3 MB

Barry Siewert (1981) 12 MB

Barry Siewert (1981) - 5 MB (plus a number of commercials including McDonald's "You Deserve a Break Today")

Scott Stevens (1983) 5 MB (provided by Scott Stevens)

Don Thompson (Dec. 1981) 8 MB

Rate card (1/1981) and ratings research (Oct/Nov 1980) PDF

Article about "The Golden Rock" (12/19/1980) Appeared in Sweet Potato - 1 MB PDF

WWTC-AM Class Reunion Ad - 1983 JPEG (provided by Curt Lundgren)

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The Golden Rock

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Main Studio

Main Studio View

Production Studio

Music Library

BJ Crocker

Dick Driscoll

 

Roger Bull

Don Thompson

Arne Fogel

Nancy Gallos

Susan Carr

John Drew

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1982 Photos   wwtc - building - o.jpg   wwtc - studio - o.jpg         1982 "Sales" Poster (enlarged bottom text)

(WWTC on top floor)  (provided by Alan Freed)

   Promo Flyer - 1980 - JPEG File - (provided by Brian Carlson)


METRO RADIO    metro radio-l1.png      

"Metro Radio" Sales Demo Tape  (Nov. 1984) 4 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)

"Metro Radio"  (11/12/1984) - Format change from The Golden Rock to Metro Radio 1 MB

WWTC-AM - Report on switch from Golden Rock to Metro Radio (click image to play video)

Aired on WTCN-TV (now known as KARE-TV) - 1984 (provided by Jay Philpott)

wwtc metro radio copy3.jpg                   Metro Radio Music Surveys2/13/1985   3/5/1985

 

WEATHER RADIO

Format change to Weather Radio stunting (September 1985) 6 MB

Sample of Weather Radio Format (September 1985) 2 MB

Sample of Weather Radio Format (10/28/1985) 1 MB

Newspaper articles start of Weather Radio (Star Tribune, Skyway News, Twin Cities Reader, City Business) (1985) PDF


KSNE "SUNNY RADIO"                                

Stan Mack  (Aug. 1986) Format change from "Weather Radio" to KSNE - 3 MB


KSNE "THE BREEZE"  

Brian Turner  (5/9/1988) 1 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)

Newspaper articles about the The Breeze - Pioneer Press 


"THE ORIGINAL 1280 - GOLDEN ROCK"

Brian Turner  (9/17/1988) 10 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)

WWTC-AM - Aired on KARE-TV - 1988 (click image to play video)

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Newspaper articles about switching format from The Breeze to The Golden Rock - Star Tribune - Pioneer Press 


RADIO AAHS / AAHS WORLD RADIO      

First Day - Radio AAHS  (5/12/1990) 3 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)

Final Day - Radio AAHS - AAHS World Radio  (1/30/1998) 9 MB


BEAT RADIO       beat radio1.gif

"Beat Radio"  (Sept. 1998) - Alan Freed - 11 MB (provided by Robert Konshak)

"Beat Radio"  (1998) Alan Freed - Live Remote Broadcast from First Avenue 5 MB


CATHOLIC FAMILY RADIO      

In The Know  (7/30/2000) 2 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)


THE PATRIOT   the patriot logo.jpg

The Patriot Sign-On  (3/19/2001) Including review of formats previously aired on AM 1280 - 5 MB (provided by Jeff R. Lonto)

"Ugly" Del Roberts airchecks posted above.

The Patriot  (2004) Legal ID - 137 KB