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COVERAGE OF THE 9/11 ATTACKS (9/11/2001)
KSTP-AM (1500) - 9/11/2001 - This aircheck was recorded about three hours before the attacks (5 AM central time) 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 central time) including CBS Radio News, WCBS Radio, CBS TV audio and more - Sept. 11, 2001 - 20 MB (provided by Todd Kosovich)
Breaking News Coverage of the death of Osama bin Laden (May 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
BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE OF THE SHOOTING OF GEORGE WALLACE IN 1972
In 1972, Alabama Governor and Democratic Presidential Candidate, George Wallace, was shot five times while campaigning in Laurel, Maryland. Wallace was hit in the abdomen and chest, and one of the bullets lodged in his spinal column, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life. A five-hour operation was needed that evening, and Wallace had to receive several units of blood in order to survive. Three others who were wounded in the shooting also survived. The shooting and Wallace's subsequent injuries put an effective end to his bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
WCCO-AM (830) - Breaking news coverage on the shooting of George Wallace as reported by CBS Radio and WCCO Radio including reports from CBS Radio's Reid Collins, Bernard Kalb, and others, along with WCCO Radio's Charlie Boone, Steve Edstrom, Dick Chapman, Jergen Nash, and Steve Cannon - May 15, 1972 - 22 MB
REMEMBERING HOWARD VIKEN
Howard Viken, the legendary voice of WCCO Radio, passed away on May 1 at the age of 97. Howard joined WCCO in 1950 and began an amazing 39-year run for the station becoming one of the most recognized broadcasters in Minnesota.
After 32 years, Dave Lee retired from WCCO Radio on April 30. Dave is well known for his popular morning show and for doing play by play, but also for fundraising for the community.
He has been named Minnesota’s Sportscaster of the year six times. His television work has won three Emmys.
Breaking News on the Shooting and Death of John Lennon #1 28 MB - #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. (December 8 & 9, 1980) (contributions by Stuart Held and Todd Kosovich)
WCCO-AM (830) - Breaking news coverage on the shooting and death of John Lennon from CBS Radio and WCCO Radio with Bill Diehl and Franklin Hobbs. (December 8, 1980) - 3 MB
KDWB-FM (101.3) - Tribute to John Lennon (scoped) - (January 14, 1980) #119 MB - #210 MB (provided by Arne Shulstad)
3/1/2021 (updated on 3/2 and 3/4)
REMEMBERING DAN CULHANE
Twin Cities radio personality Dan Culhane died after battling cancer and being diagnosed with COVID-19. Culhane was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a "fairly rare" blood cancer in November 2019 and was recovering from a stem cell transplant. Culhane previously worked at KQRS-FM, KLXK-FM and WCCO-AM and did voice-over work for many years.
KQRS-FM (92.5) - Tom & Dan Show - 2/11/1987 - 39 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)
KQRS-FM (92.5) - Tom & Dan Show - 10/26/1987 - Tom Barnard and Dan Culhane the morning after the Twins won the 1987 World Series including Mark Rosen and a Twins highlight tape produced by Culhane. 25 MB (provided by John Oleson)
KLXK-FM (93.7) - Dan Culhane - 9/1991 - 9 MB (provided by Jay Philpott)
WDGY radio personality Paul Geiger has retired retirement after 43 years on the air. Geiger spent most of the last decade working at WDGY-AM/FM. He previously spent 26 years at WLTE where he hosted the "Saturday Night Cruise" program. He kicked off his career in Montana and later worked in Menomonie, WI.
WDGY-AM/FM (740 - 107.1 HD2) - Paul Geiger's final show including special guests - February 12, 2021 - Part 1 42 MB -Part 2 - 49 MB (large files!) (provided by Jacob Hammond)
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WPBC AM/FM AIRCHECKS FROM THE FIRST DAY IN 1949 TO THE FINAL DAY IN 1972
WPBC-AM/FM (980 / 101.3)- For 23 years, WPBC "the People's Broadcasting Company" served the Twin Cities as a folksy, homespun, literal mom-and-pop radio station, owned and operated by Bill and Becky Ann Stewart, who also happened to be personalities on the station.
(Above newspaper images courtesy of Todd Kosovich. Todd notes the following: "Interesting that Republican Luther Youngdahl rode in the car with Democrat Truman and DFLer Humphrey. It was a 21 mile motorcade and was on Johnson street when it passed the WPBC specially built platform.")
REMEMBERING WCCO-AM AND STAR TRIBUNE SPORTS JOURNALIST SID HARTMAN
Sports Huddle with Sid Hartman and Dave Mona broadcasting with a live audience from the Roger Maris Golf Tournament in Fargo, ND on June 30, 1991. Includes sports discussion with Sid & Dave, special guests including Hank Bauer and Frank Quilici, the Tom Kelly Show, questions from the audience, lots of stories from Sid, and more. #1 22 MB - #2 17 MB
Sid Sound Alike Contest from Mall of America on June 24, 1993 hosted by Mike Woodley with judges including Mark Rosen, Dave Mona and others. - 29 MB
WCCO RADIO HAS POSTED AN EXTENSIVE NUMBER OF SID HARTMAN RECORDINGS AND PHOTOS - LINK
Dan Barreiro with a tribute to Sid Hartman with Bud Grant, Ben Leber, Chad Hartman, Lou Nanne and Patrick Reusse broadcast on October 19, 2020. -#1 33MB #2 34 MB
WCCO-AM - 1993
TV Commercial (Shootout)
Sid Hartman - Mark Rosen
WCCO-AM - 2009
Aired on KARE-TV
WCCO-AM - 2/17/2016
Sid Hartman and MarkRosen Commercial
Sid Hartman featured on NBC Sunday Today Show
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AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CLASH ON KRSI-AM IN 1979
KRSI-AM (950) - Interview with The CLASH at Musicradio I-95 KRSI on September 12, 1979 - 8 MB (provided by Jay Philpott).
At the time, I-95 was programming a very adventurous mix of rock and new wave music, and was the only station that would do an interview with the group. The interview was conducted by the station's morning personality, Craig Ashwood.
This interview was done the day of their show at the St. Paul Civic Center with support act The Undertones and David Johansen. The interview was a couple of months before the release of their immensely successful and hugely influential album "London Calling" although in this interview, they indicate the album was still being mixed and still untitled.
Two full time members of the group were present: guitarist Mick Jones and drummer Topper Headon. Also identified as present were Barry Meyers (aka "Scratchy"), a club DJ long associated with the group, and someone called "Cosmo", possibly a nickname for guitarist/singer Joe Strummer or bassist Paul Simonon.
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KQRS AIRCHECK FROM 1977 WITH KEVIN ST. JOHN - LAST FREE FORM RADIO SHOW
KQRS-FM (92.5) - Kevin St. John final free form radio show on June 29, 1977 as the station switched to controversial highly structured format with music chosen by a consulting firm in Atlanta. #1 20 MB - #2 20 MB (provided by Kevin St. John)
Article from the August 3, 1977 Minneapolis Star about the format change at KQRS.
The aircheck includes the following commercials: The Cabooze Bar, Little River Band's Diamantina Cocktail album, Pabst Blue Ribbon commercial sung by The Spinners, Moody Blues Caught Live + Five album, Knights Formal Wear, Schmidt Beer, America and Poco at the Civic Center Arena, Bob Seger's Night Moves album, Frankie Miller's Full House album, Sound of Music, Fire Sale movie, Wrangler Jeans, Coca Cola, Paramount Marine, Bronco Bar, EMS Lob Pine, MTC Bus, Greater Minneapolis Area, Board of Realtors, Schmidt Beer, and MGM/NBC/ABC Liquor Warehouses. Plus a KQRS Speakout Citizen Editorial.
Includes the following music (scoped): Christmas and Beads of Sweat by Laura Nyro, Trouble by Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, Light Shine by The Youngbloods, Hard Times by Danny O'Keefe, Natural to be Gone by John Hartford, Kow Kow Calqualator by Steve Miller Band, Scarecrow's Dream by Dan Fogelberg, Lady of the North by Gene Clark, Buzzin' Fly by Tim Buckley, Cyprus Avenue by Van Morrison, Spoon River by Steve Goodman, Teardrops Will Fall by Ry Cooper, That Song About the Midway by Joni Mitchell, Sin City by Emmylou Harris, See You Later I'm Gone by The Marshall Tucker Band, song by Richard Torrence, Traffic Jam by James Taylor, Two Mile Pike by Barefoot Jerry, They Can't Take Away Our Music by Eric Burdon & War, Can You Hear the Music by The Rolling Stones, You Can't Always Get What You Want by the Rolling Stones, St. Stephen (Live at The Filmore West San Francisco) by the Grateful Dead, The Heart of the Battle by Roy Buchanan, Wild Dogs by Tommy Bolin, Words (Between The Lines of Age) by Neil Young, and Time Run Like a Freight Train by Eric Andersen.
WCCO-AM (830) - Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey reading the newspaper comics from the Minneapolis Tribune on August 18, 1946 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)
The Following Airchecks are Featured on the Special Postings Page. Check them out!
WCCO-AM Severe Weather Coverage (1939 to 1991)
Hubert H. Humphrey Recordings/Airchecks (1946-1978)
WCCO Radio Civil Defense Announcements (1961)
Coverage of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (1963)
Coverage of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King (1968)
Coverage of the Assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy (1968)
Coverage of the Apollo 1 Tragedy (1967)
Coverage of the Flights of Apollo 11, 12 & 13 (1969-1970)
Coverage of the Assassination Attempt on George Wallace (1972)
Coverage of Watergate and the Fall of President Nixon(1973-1974)
Coverage of the Vietnam War (1964-(1975)
Coverage of the Death of John Lennon(1980)
Coverage of the Shooting of President Ronald Reagan (1981)
Coverage of the Falklands War (1982)
Coverage of the Challenger Shuttle Disaster (1986)
Coverage of the Twins World Series Celebrations and Victory Parades (1987 & 1991)
Coverage of the Start of Operation Desert Storm (1991)
Coverage of 9/11 Attacks (2001) and Death of Osama bin Laden (2011)
Coverage of 35W Bridge Collapse (2007)
Coverage of the Death of Michael Jackson (2009)
Coverage of the Tucson Shootings (2011)
Coverage of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (2011)
Coverage of the Shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School (2012)
Boston Marathon Bombings (2013)
Coverage of the Death of Prince (2016)
Election Coverage (2016)
Minnehaha Academy Explosion (2017)
Coverage of Disappearance and Location of Jayme Closs (2019)
Election Coverage (2020)
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