This list is of disk jockeys of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. It leans heavily on those who played rock ‘n’ roll – don’t be looking for anyone from WCCO-AM … The dates are taken from what was available, and may not be right or all-inclusive – if you have any additions or corrections, please, please, contact me. I would also appreciate any photos. Thanks!
Some good web sites are:
http://radiotapes.com/ (Tom Gavaras)
http://www.twincitiesradioairchecks.com/ (Rick Burnett)
https://www.reelradio.com/ (Paid subscription only)
http://www.440int.com/440sat.html (Disk Jockey database)
Birth names are given in parentheses. All stations are AM radio stations unless otherwise indicated.
Dean Alexander – WISK (1959), KDWB (1959)
Dan Allan – WMIN (1954-58), WLOL (1959; program director until October 1963), KSTP (1970)
Terry Allan (Terry Stripsky) – WAYL (1964-66), KQRS (1966-78) Terry writes:
I worked at WAYL from 1964 through 1966, which overlapped with my start at KQRS in 1966. Working at both stations made for some quick trips from Golden Valley (KQRS) to New Brighton (WAYL). I was working midday at KQ and had an hour to drive to WAYL for the afternoon/evening shift. At that time the formats of the two stations were so different I doubt anyone ever noticed I was on both stations even though they were very close on the dial.
Now there’s an interesting combination! Thanks, Terry!
Tom Ambrose – KQRS (1968); WWTC (1970-75), WCCO-FM (1975). In June 1968 Ambrose participated in a contest at KQ by living in a motor home for four weeks, visiting various places around the Twin Cities and broadcasting his regular show from the KQ parking lot in Golden Valley. The contest was to guess how many miles he drove during those four weeks. Ambrose had also recently won the egg eating championship, “devouring one dozen eggs in less than five minutes on the air.”
Don Anderson – WLOL (1954-59) – on the “Mr. Music Show” 5/58: D.A. Special: Freeway Club (4-7pm M-F), Swing Club (noon to 6 pm Saturdays). Could be the same Don Anderson who was a host of “Record Hop” on Channel 9 TV from 1957-59?
Herb Oscar Anderson – KSTP (1954-56), WDGY (1956-57). Follow the link for HOA’s own page.
Marc Anderson – KDWB (1969-72), WDGY (1973-74), KDWB again. Went to WABC in New York.
Paul Anthony (Ralph Hull) – KDWB ( – mid/1964 as Paul Anthony), KUXL (12/1964 -66 as Preacher Paul Anthony). Says he got fired at KDWB for playing the blues. Went to XERB in Mexico with Wolfman Jack in 1966. Other aliases were The Nazz, Les Moore, Ivan Goetz, Ref Snaborgadavitch, Captain Cash, the PJDJ, and Captain Rosta. In 2007-11 he ran a sushi restaurant in Sooke, British Columbia.
Bill Armstrong – WDGY (3/1956-58). Armstrong was born in Fremont, Nebraska, on March 16, 1937, and graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School. He worked at Storz station KOWH in Omaha right after graduating from high school in 1954, and six weeks later was transferred to WTIX in New Orleans. In February 1956 he came to WDGY, billed as “The All-American Disc Jockey.” He went into the National Guard in January 1957, but returned to WDGY six months later. When Jack Thayer became WDGY Station Manager in 1958, Loughnane transferred to Storz-owned WHB in Kansas City and Jack named Bill program director in mid-November Storz ad: “Smooth, mystery-tuner, birthday acknowledger, actor, impersonator, writer, newscaster, public speaker, producer, ex-radio a.e.” Thayer and Armstrong had a falling out, and at the tender age of 21, Armstrong moved to Colorado and bought radio station KOSI in Aurora, which he owned for 25 years. He became involved in several businesses and pursued a political career, serving in the Colorado State House of Representatives (1963-64), Colorado State Senate (1965-72), US Congress from Colorado (1973-79), and US Senate from Colorado (1979-91). He served as President of Colorado Christian University until his death on July 5, 2016, at the age of 79.
Stu Armstrong – KEYD (1954)
Prime Minister Billy G. – KUXL. In the spring of 1968 the Insider reported that he was on-air from 3:30 to 7 on Saturdays only.
Sam Babcock – WDGY (1964). Photo below is from 1964.
“Boom Boom” Bailey – WDGY (1972-73)
Chris Bailey – KDWB (1969)
J.J. Barnes – KUXL (1967)
Len Bart – WDGY (1955-56)
Captain Billy – WYOO (1974)
Tom Barnard – KSTP (1974-75), WDGY (2/1975- “The Catman”), KQRS (1983-84 with Mesa Kincaid; 1986- )
J.J. Barnes – KUXL (1967)
Len Bart – WDGY (1955-56)
Tal Bartell – WYOO
Bill Bauman – WDGY (1954-55)
J. Walter Beethoven – WDGY (1964)
“Brother” Bill Bennett – WDGY (1956-60), WLOL (1963-65). In 1956, came from another Storz station WTIX in New Orleans. Had his name officially changed from Moriarty as part of a St. Patrick’s Day promotion. Once led his own orchestra; WWII Veteran. Storz ad: “Comedian, emcee, TV performer, recording star, teen-dance innovator, ‘Northwest’s outstanding radio personality,’ likeable, perpetual smiler, teen-age columnist, magician, amateur clown.” Starting in April 1956, hosted shows at the Prom Ballroom on Saturday nights. Wrote a teen-oriented column distributed in 130 school papers.
Buzz Bennet – KDWB
Bob Berglund – WWTC (1974), WDGY (1979)
Tom Berry – WDGY (1972)
Pharaoh Black (Thornton Jones) – KUXL (May 1, 1975-1979)
Art Blaske – news – KDWB, WDGY (1964) Photo below from 1964.
Bill Blast – KUXL (1967-68). This was the adopted name of the manager of Music City at 7th & Hennepin who hosted an hour of paid sponsorship for the store on Saturdays for a short period in 1968.
True Don Bleu – KDWB (1968-78). Don was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2005.
Ron Block – KDWB (1966-69). On the November 18, 1967 hit list: “KDWB apologizes for what Ron Block said Tuesday morning.”
Benny Blore (Bill Hartman) – WYOO (1973), KDWB (1974-76)
Chuck Blore – KDWB (1966)
Don Bowman – KDWB (1963-64). Image from KDWB Fabulous Forty Survey, December 21, 1963. Don Betzold Collection, courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Jay J. Bowman – WDGY (1968). Photo below courtesy Rick Burnett’s Twin Cities Radio Airchecks.
Steve “Boogie” Bowman – WWTC (1981), KEEY-FM. Died July 23, 1986, of lung cancer at age 41.
Jim (J. Peter) Boysen – WTCN (1944-54 “Musical Caravan”), WLOL (1957-59). Photo below is from 1959 at WLOL.
Brad Bradford – WDGY (1966). Described as “rather idiosyncratic” by Mike Neudecker
Bob Bradley – WLOL (1954-58. The “Swing Club” show played some rock ‘n’ roll in ’53-’55, but mostly covers.), WPBC (1959). Photo below from an August 1956 Top 40 courtesy of the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Susan Bradley – KRSI (1971-72), KQRS (1972- ). She and Randi Kirshbaum were the first female disk jockeys in the Twin Cities.
Gary Bridges – WDGY (1976)
Chuck “The Chucker” Britton – KDWB
Jerry Brooke – WDGY (1968), KDWB (1970), WYOO (1974)
Brother Bob – WYOO (1974-76)
Charlee Brown – (Dave Nixon) – KDWB (1963-9/67, again 5/25/1970-72). Image from KDWB Fabulous Forty Survey, July 20, 1963. Don Betzold Collection, courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting. “Charlee Brown was the go-to D.J. at all the bar/bat mitzvah parties in St. Louis Park in the mid 60s. He knew who was dating who and more. Kind of creepy when you think about it.” St. Louis Park even had Charlee Brown Days in 1964.
Chuck Buell – KDWB (1969-73)
Paul Bunyan – WDGY (1964-65)
Don Buehler – KSTP (1970)
Dan Burton – WDGY (1979)
Scott Burton – WISK (1956), WDGY (1965-71) “The Boss Sound of Scott” In 1969 he was WDGY Program Director. From a 1970 ad: “The Solid Sound of Scott Burton starts out your day with his entertaining Burton ‘n Eggs Show, morning from 6 to 9. Road information, features, music. A Touch of Taste. Join the Call-In to Scott on the Good Morning Line, 827-9955.” Burton died of cancer on March 26, 2008. Photo below courtesy Rick Burnett’s Twin Cities Radio Airchecks.
Charlie Bush – KSTP (1963-81), WCCO-FM (1981-82), WDGY (1982-83), K102 (1983-91). Charlie Bush passed away on October 30, 1991. Charlie was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2009. Images below courtesy the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Mike Butts – KDWB (1974-1976)
Steve Cannon (Bernard Cannon) – WMIN (1949-54), WLOL (1955-57; with Don Kelly 1/57), KSTP-AM (1958-10/71), WCCO (1971-10/97). Shows on WMIN in 1953-54 were “Cannonball Express” and “Cannon Fodder.” In a column dated January 24, 1954, Will Jones called Cannon a “Hep Talking radio disk jockey.”
He also did the Sunday night sports on KSTP-TV.
In 1975 Mpls. Magazine named Cannon one of Minneapolis’s Sexiest.
In 1965 his show was on KSTP Radio from 6:30 to 10 am weekdays, with a staff of news analysts and commentators Morgan Mundane, Ma Linger and Backlash LaRue. Images below courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting. The second one, from an ad for KSTP, is captioned, “THE ONE IN THE DERBY… is Steve Cannon, the marvelouslly adequate host of KSTP’s Morning Watch.. With him — pictured for the first time — are all the Little Cannons who appear with him daily. The Shakespearean janitor is Abilene Anderson; the mail boy is Jethro. The sorehead with the records is Mean Sam, and next to him is the marvelously inadequate Ma Linger. Contemporary Collins is the cool one at the bottom right..” Steve never allowed anyone to see him do his “Little Cannons” voices; when he was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2002 he was almost persuaded to demonstrate if everyone shut their eyes, but too many peeked and it didn’t happen. Steve died in April 2009.
Johnny Canton – WDGY (November 1966-March 1977). WCCO-FM/WLTE-FM (December 1977-June 1984, September 1985-December 2011). Click on Johnny’s name for a whole page about one of the Cities’ most popular DJs.
Hugh Carlson – WDGY (1965)
Larry Carolla – KSTP (1973-75)
Roy Carr – WLOL (1954-55), WTCN (1955-59)
Scott Carpenter – WLOL (1964), KRSI (1965), WWTC (1979-1980)
Walt Carpenter – WDGY (1961)
Walt twisting on the cover of a WDGY promotional album
Captain Billy – WYOO
Chuck Casey – KDWB (1964)
Steve Casey – KDWB
Herb Carenas – KRSI (1959)
Catman – see Tom Bernard
Don Cavitt – KRSI (1959)
Joel Cedarholm – WYOO (1975)
Chuck Cell – KDWB (1963-64), WTCN-TV (1973)
Jack Chapman – WDGY (1964)
Bob Chase – WYOO (1972-73)
Todd Chase – KDWB (1968)
Bob Chasteen – KDWB (1959)
Ray Christensen – WLOL (PD in 1956), KUOM. Photos below courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Michael Christian – KDWB
Bob Christie (Jim Larkin) – KRSI (October 1969 – ) Became Music Director at KRSI in April 1971.
Dick Clark a/k/a Mike Ryan – WYOO (1973)
Bill Cleary – WDGY (1954)
Larry Clinton – WTCN (1944)
Steve Cochran – KDWB
Randy Cook – WISK (1959), KDWB (1959-64), WWTC (1970)
Dave Cooper – KDWB, WYOO (1975)
Cosmic Cowboy – KSTP-AM (1975)
B.J. Crocker – WWTC (1979-1984), KMFY-AM (1984-1985
B.J. Crocker on WWTC, courtesy Alan Freed via RadioTapes.com
Mort Crowley – WDGY (1964-65)
Larry Cummins – WDGY (1979)
Jerry Cunning – WLOL (1954-58 “The Nightwatch”), KEVE (1959-63), KTCR-FM (1973), WWTC (1985). Image below from an August 1956 WLOL Top 40 courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Mike Cunningham – KUXL (1973). Photo courtesy Mike Cunningham via Rick Burnett’s Twin Cities Radio Airchecks.
Evan Curfew – See Curt Lundgren
Bill Curtis – WDGY (1948)
Daddy Soul – See Jack Harris
Bobby Dale – KDWB (1960-61)
Roy Dale – WTCN (1953-54)
Dandy Dan Daniel – WDGY (1957-60). Daniel started as a disc jockey at age 17 on Armed Forces Radio with the US Navy. His first commercial job was at KXYZ in Houston in 1955. Todd Storz hired him for his station in Omaha in February 1957 and within two weeks moved him to WDGY. Storz ad: “Tall, thin, friendly, contest-minded, safety-conscious, record-hopper, Texas-drawler, heavily-sponsored.” In August 1961 he went to WMCA in New York, where he stayed until 1970. Daniel died on June 21, 2016, after falling in his home the previous day. He was 82.
Dave Daniels (David Sikkink) – KANO (1980-’85). After my 1974 cutoff, but he was kind enough to send me a photo!
Diamond Jim Dandy (James Brian Everts, 1942 – 2010). WDGY 1965 – May 25, 1968. He returned to WDGY in May 1969 to replace Rob Sherwood when Sherwood left for KDWB-AM but moved on to Cleveland before the year was out.
In the Oct. – Dec., 1997 issue of the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting Newsletter, Mike Neudecker wrote his memories of Jim Dandy:
If any readers remember like I do, he had a high-pitched Mickey-Mouse-with-a-cold voice and an intentionally mildly abrasive manner and outlook. This was baldly for the purpose of generating annoyance and hence interest and hence ratings.
Within a week he generated – and read – “hate mail” over the radio, once from a classmate of mine. He’d call the Rolling Stones the “Rolling Uglies,” and would good-naturedly rail against white socks and agitate for keeping drive-ins open year ’round. He chartered the Royal Order of Night People, who would then engage in organized “moon tanning” under the light of the moon. Last, he’d faithfully end each show with the non sequitur, “… And remember, love is love and fun is fun, but isn’t it quiet when the goldfish die?” followed forthwith by “See You in September” by the Happenings!
All of this proved a winning formula, and Jim Dandy thus took ratings for the lucrative 7:00 pm teen time slot to an all-time high for the next year and a half. By late ’67, however, he tired of the shtick, quit the show, and left the station.
By spring of ’69 WDGY wanted him back at almost any price, and reportedly made him an unrefusable offer. By April the hype and hyperbole began. A Saturday in late May was selected as “The Time” and a grassy open area between Wards Southtown and the Southtown Bowl was selected as “The Place.” The pomp and circumstance would be provided by a band called the Tombstone Epitaph set up in front of the bowling alley wall for an event billed and ballyhooed as the “Return of the King.”
I arrived at the appointed time with a couple of friends, sat on the grass with a not overly large crowd, and began to wait.
The eggbeater sound and sight of a helicopter on the horizon … grew larger and louder [easing] down in the center of the large grassy rectangle. Jim Dandy got out to commence “The Return of the King,” and it was immediately apparent how dismayed he was at the small crowd. I’m sure he had expected hundreds more.
“The King” then walked briskly over to the microphone stand .. and in a slightly pained and disappointed voice, greeted the faithful assembled for the second coming. He seemed at a loss for words as he quickly surveyed the scene. “Most of you graduating this June?” he asked, engendering nods and shouts of “Yes, yeah!” Not skipping a beat, he hastened, “Well, we’ve got a band here to play for you, and I hope you enjoy the music…” He then did a quick stage left as the Epitaph began to blare and discreetly disappeared in a manner antithetical to that in which he had arrived only five minutes earlier.”
In retrospect, what neither myself nor Dandy nor WDGY realized that spring was by 1969, “the times they were a-changin'” – and indeed had changed. The relatively simplistic and superficial mid-’60s ethos had metamorphosed to the super-hip, politically charged ethos of Woodstock, then only two and a half months away. Hence the small crowd and disappointed “King” and WDGY. Dandy would be gone a second and final time within the year.
Second photo below from 1969, courtesy Rick Burnett’s Twin Cities Radio Airchecks.
Big Al Davis (Al Arneson) – KSTP-AM (1973), WYOO (1976)
Bobby Davis – KDWB (1967-68) “Super Boob” in TV Guide ad
Bob Dayton – WMIN (1969), KDAN (1970), WDGY (1971-73). Dayton took his name from Dayton’s Department Store, which, at one point in his career, was his only sponsor.
B. Mason Dean (Robert Gross) – WDGY (1966-67)
Joe Della Malva – WDGY (1956. Storz ad: “News director, newscaster, WDGY news center overseer, Sound-Off editor, tipster-ringleader, scooper (on nearly every important local story), beauty judge, Simca-owner, pop science devourer.), WPBC (1959)
Jimmy Delmont – WTCN (1952), WMIN (1953), WLOL (5/1953-), WCOW (1954-55), WISK (1956). Sam Sherwood remembers that at WCOW, Delmont had a kind of “advice to the lovelorn” program that the ladies just ate up. He called himself their “sentimental servant” and opened his show with his theme song, “Tenderly.” Jimmy also hosted a Beach Party show at Phalen Park Beach in the summer of 1955 that was very popular with kids. First photo below from 1955 ad for WCOW. Second image from Jimmy’s letterhead, courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Gary DeMaroney – WYOO (1976)
Packhorse/Pecos Paul Denault – WCOW. Also did a kiddie show on Channel 5 TV called “Saddle and Boots” – he was Boots. Denault went on to a long career at WGN in Chicago as Paul Rogers. Denault died on March 3, 2007 at age 81.
Bill Diehl – WMIN (1948-49, 1951-54), WTCN (late 1954-2/56), WDGY (1956-66), WCCO (1967-1995). Click his name for a separate page on this Twin Cities radio icon.
Johnny Dollar (Robert Dean (Bob) Moomey) – WDGY (1963-66) [11-17-1936 to 1-19-2008]
Don Doty – WCOW (1952), WTCN (1954-58), KSTP (1958-64). Photo below from 1964. While at WCOW Doty was the top country DJ in the Twin Cities. He was also the Program Director.
Jack Douglas – WCOW, WDGY, WMIN (1958). Jack had a deep voice and did a show called Rhythm Roundup on WCOW featuring country uptempo tunes.
Lord Douglas (Phil Heuer) – KDWB (10/1967). Photo provided by Curt Lundgren via www.radiotapes.com
Michael J. Douglas (Wegner) – KDWB (1972 to 1973), WYOO (1975 to 1976), KSTP-FM/KS95 (February 1979 to April 1994). With Chuck Knapp, half of the team of “Knapp & Donuts” on KS95. Michael died on April 24, 2013 at the age of 65.
Click on the link for a page dedicated to Dick Driscoll. Photo below courtesy radiotapes.com
Roy Drusky – KEVE (1957). Also performed at the Flame Cafe.
John Ducart – WLOL (1959)
Don DuChene – KDWB (1961-65), KSTP (1965-70); KQRS (1971-73). KSTP photo courtesy of Don’s son Tom. Second image from KDWB Fabulous Forty Survey, June 15, 1963. Don Betzold Collection, courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting. Hear Don from the summer of 1965 on YouTube. Don passed away on May 14, 2016, at the age of 83.
Dave Dudley (David Darwin Pedruska)- WCOW (1956), KEVE. Dudley’s online bios say he moved to Minnesota in 1960. He died in December 2003.
Larry Dukes – KDWB (1967)
Jim Duryea – WMIN (1959)
Dave Dworkin – KSTP-AM (1973)
Rick Easton – KRSI (1969)
Curt Edwards – WTCN (1952)
Joe Edwards – WDGY (1972)
Eric Edwards – WDGY (9/1974-)
Frank Edwards – WMIN (1953-54), WDGY (1954)
Merle “Hub Cap” Edwards – WMIN/WMNS (1949-55). Merle had a late-night “Uncle Merle” request show in ’53-’54 where he played rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm & blues, including tunes by Clyde McPhatter and Little Richard. His other WMIN shows were Merle Edwards’ Caravan (1954) and Merle’s Mad House (1955). First photo below from 1949. Merle’s is the second photo Stuart A. Lindman is holding up
Marc Elliot – KDWB
Chuck Englund – WWTC (1965)
Chuck Evans – KDWB
John L. Evans – WDGY (1954-55)
Paul Evans – See Curt Lundgren
Peter Evensen – KSTP (1958-59). A 1965 ad said that Pete was a six-year KSTP veteran and frequently presented the news over KSTP Radio. He also regularly presented the weather on KSTP TV on the Sunday 10:000 news. Photo below from 1965.
Loyal Farrel – WWTC (1964-65)
John Fine – KRSI (1969), KQRS (@1970-1974)
John Fineberg – KQRS (1972), KRSI-FM (1972-73)
John Fineberg in 2009, posted by Randi Kirshbaum
Ken Firstahl – KEVE (1959)
Larry Fischer – WLOL (1951-53), WTCN (1953-56). Moved to Milwaukee in 1956.
Jack Fisher (The Ole Reb) – WLOL
George Donaldson Fisher – KQRS (1966 to 1972), KSJN (1974), MPR (1975 to 1976), Cities 97 (1985, 1986 to 1987, 1991)
George describes his disc jockey journey:
I began the Progressive (I referred to it as “Underground”) rock on KQRS in early 1967. The station had signed off the air at 11 p.m. when I did evenings until I was offered the overnight slot with Musicland as a sponsor. Then I was given stacks of albums of rock, bands from primarily the West Coast, to audition and play once my show began that Spring. I developed a “format” of album rock, blues, soul, some jazz, a bit of folk, classical, spoken word and anything I could find that interested listeners. The reaction to the music I played overnights was very favorable and the “format” expanded to evening hours and then into days and KQ became full time rock.
George in 2009, posted by Randi Kirshbaum
George says he is always delighted to hear from his former listeners – his email is email@example.com
Arne Fogel –WWTC (1980-1984)
Arne Fogel at WWTC, courtesy RadioTapes.com
Curt Forsland – KSTP (1959)
Jim Foster – WCOW (1956), WISK (1956)
Charlie Fox (James Martin) – KDWB (1974-1975)
Dave Fransen – WDGY (1961)
Gary Frarck – KDWB (1959)
Alan Freed (that’s his real name!) – WWTC (1982-83 Golden Rock, 1984-85 Metro Radio, 1998 Beat Radio (and Beat Radio Network, at which WWTC was the flagship station)), KBEM (1977-1981), KMOJ (1981-87), KTCJ (1984-85), KMAP (1988-89), Beat Radio 97.7 (1996), KFAI (1997-98)
Don French – KDWB (1960). Photo of Don French interviewing Hubert Humphrey courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Bob Friend – WISK (1959 – Freund), KDWB (1959-63)
Ralph Jon Fritz – KRSI (1963, 1967). Known more for his TV career on WCCO. Photo below courtesy Minneapolis Central Library.
Stu Gang (Jeffrey Stewart) – WTCN ( -1/1957), WDGY (news 1/1957- ), WTCN-TV (1964)
Bill Gardner – KDWB (1973)
Mort Garren – KRSI (1959), KUXL (1963). In October 1963 Garren hosted a show called “Celebrity Table,” with remote broadcasts from places like the Waikiki Room at the Pick Nicollet Hotel.
Greg Gears – WWTC (1971-75), WCCO-FM (1975)
Anthony Gee – KRSI (1969)
Steve Gibbons/Ugly Steve Steele – WYOO (1972)
Tony Glover – KDWB Underground (April 1969-July 1970). Took over from Jonny Matthews. One third of West Bank regulars Koerner, Ray, and Glover. See Tony’s website.
“Tuneful” Tommy Graham – KTCR (1970); KSTP, WYOO, WRAH (all 1972); KSTP-FM (1976) Tommy Graham was apparently a colorful character with a long history in the music industry. Stories:
“Last I heard he was in Dallas, at least two years ago. He had a quad bypass, though after that I watched him eat a steak/lobster dinner drenched in melted butter and gulping wine. Guy lived big.” Stuart Balcomb remembers: “When I knew Tommy, he looked like Alan Hale Jr. with a bleached-blond Little Richard bouffant. What a hoot. He said he had worked with Dick Clark, and even took a fall for him during the payola scandal. When I knew him in 1978, Tommy was working as an arranger for the John Davidson Singers Workshop on Catalina Island off of LA”.
John Grimes – KSTP (1956)
Jo Jo Gunne – WYOO (1976)
Dick Haase – KRSI (1963), WWTC (1965)
Smokin’ Joe Hager – KSTP (1973-74), KDWB (1974-77)
Joe Hager, KDWB, 1976. Photo courtesy RadioTapes.com
Sammy Hale – WDGY (1961)
Brother Bob Hall – WYOO (1974-76). Photos courtesy RadioTapes.com
Dick Halvorson – WISK (1959), KDWB (1959-61)
Dan Halyburton – WDGY (1977)
John Hamilton – KDWB (1967)
Lance “Tac” Hammer – KDWB (65-69), KRSI (69-74), KQRS (3/1/1974-79), WLOL-FM (1982-7/1986). For fun I looked him up on Ancestry.com – if I found the right Lance Douglas Hammer (12/10/1939 – 8/19/1993), he came from Hammer Village, South Dakota, where everyone there was named Hammer! It is now a ghost town.
Dick Hansen – WMIN (1956)
Dick Harris – KDWB TV Guide ad: “The Controversial Dick Harris. M-Sat midnight to 2am – Call in – if you dare”
Jack Harris, aka “Daddy Soul” – KUXL (1968-1970). Jack came to KUXL in the spring of 1968 and quickly became the program director. The Insider reported that he was also an artist on the Chess/Checker label. In 1969 he produced the “Jackie Awards” to recognize black musical talent in the Twin Cities. January 1969 Photo below from the Minneapolis Star courtesy Minnesota Historical Society.
Tony Hart (aka Fast Eddie and Frank Miller) – KDWB-FM
Steve Hatley – KSTP-AM (1973-1975)
Don Hawkins – KSTP (1945-59) Don “Night Hawk” Hawkins show. Don died in 2007 at age 95. Thanks to Dave Fairhurst for sending this fabulous photo!
Paul Hedberg – While attending college, Hedberg worked at WMIN, WTCN, WLOL, and KDWB (1961-12/30/1962). He went on to build stations around Minnesota and Iowa. Paul was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2002. Photos below courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Max Henderson – WTCN (1952-54)
Marv Henry – WLOL ( – 1962), KSTP (1962 – )
Myron Heuer – KEVE (1959)
John Hines – WWTC (1971-73), KSTP (1979), WLOL-FM, KEEY-FM
Ed Hinshaw – KSTP (1962)
Dolly Holiday – KSTP (1970)
Blueberry Bill Hood – KDWB (1974-76). Blueberry Bill hour with local musicians on Sunday nights.
Bob Hooper – KDWB (1974-1976)
Louis E. “Lou” House, Jr. – WDGY (1955), WMIN (1956-58), KDWB (1959) – possibly the only black DJ in the market. In 1957-58 WMIN put weekly ads in the Minneapolis Spokesman urging readers to listen to “Lucky Lou,” Sundays from 10 pm to 2 am. His program was described as “Jazz and Bits and Pieces of Music.” From what I can tell, Lou went to WTMB in Tomah, Wisconsin, in 1959; was in Chicago (WAAF?) in 1965; became the Director of the Council for Bio-Medical Careers Training in New York in 1968; and hosted at least one edition of the “Black Journal” newsmagazine TV show for WNET in New York in 1969.
Jack Houston – WWTC (1964-65)
Mike Hoyer, KEVE (1959)
Ralph Hull – See Paul Anthony
Jim Hutton (James Utton) – KSTP (1958-59)
Bill Ingram – KSTP (1955)
Slim Jim Iverson – WRHM(WTCN) (1932), WDGY (1949), KEYD (1953-56), KSTP, WLOL. Hosted Slim Jim’s Westerners on KMSP-TV Channel 9 in the 1950s. Slim Jim was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2003. He died in 1958. Photo below courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
Paul Jay – KDWB (started 11/26/1960-1/61), KSTP-AM (1965-66)
Lord Jeffrey (Jeffrey Diamond) – KUXL (1967-1970)
Johnny T. – KEYD (1956-57)
Brad Johnson -WMIN (1958 – “The Old Professor”), WTCN (1959 – “The Bumper to Bumper Club”), KRSI (1964), WLOL (1967 – program director). In 1960 Brad switched to WTCN TV, doing weekend weather and hosting “Lucky 11 Dancetime” on Saturday afternoons. He also guest hosted Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” in Philadelphia. He was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2008. Photo courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Don Johnson – WISK (1959), KDWB (1959)
Paul Johnson – WDGY (1961). Only evidence is his picture on the WDGY Twist album:
Red Jones – WDGY (1963-64)
Tom Jones (Jim Channell) – KSTP-AM (1973-75)
T. Michael Jordan – KDWB (1968)
Leigh Kamman – WLOL (1940-42, 1946-50, 7/1/1956-58), KSTP (1958-73), MPR (1973-2007 – “The Jazz Image”). Leigh was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2003. Photo below from an August 1956 WLOL Top 40 courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Bob Kaye (Krekelberg)- KEYD (1952-1954) – later sales at WCCO. Bob died in 1996.
Don Kelly – WLOL (1954-57; with Steve Cannon 1/57), WDGY (early 1957-60). Storz ad: “‘Morning Mayor,’ happiest man in radio, radar-location divulger, ‘Smilin’ Irishman,’ singer, comedian, wit.” Image below from an August 1956 WLOL Top 40 courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Machine Gun Kelly (Gary Sinclair) – KSTP-AM (1972-75)
Tim Kelly – KDWB (1976-79) – Sam Sherwood’s son
Alan Kennedy – KDWB (1959)
Rodger Kent (Vogel) born June 9, 1924 in Waukegan, Illinois, died November 28, 2014 in Cook, Minnesota. – WDGY (1950), KSTP (1954-57), WCCO, WTCN (1959), WAYL (1979), KTWN, KLBB. Rodger was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2003. Photos below courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
Tom Kilbride – KEVE (1959)
Mesa “The Fox That Rocks” Kincaid (born Cheryl Holm) – WYOO (1975-76), KSTP, KQRS, WCCO-FM. Mesa died on September 6, 2009 at the age of 52.
Billl Kirby – WTCN (1944)
Bob Kirby – WTCN (6/6/1960 – )
Randi Kirshbaum – KQRS (1970-1975). She and Susan Bradley at KRSI were the first full-time female disk jockeys in the Twin Cities. Tom L. says “She was very soft spoken (kind of sounds like a public radio DJ) but sexy too.” Randi was 16 years old when she started. RetroRandi photo below courtesy of Randi herself!
Chuck Knapp. Chuck and Charlie Bush had the morning drive spot on KSTP-AM from July 1973 to April 1976. After a time in Philadelphia, Chuck returned to the Twin Cities and did the Knapp and Donuts show with Michael J. Douglas on KS95 (KSTP-FM) from February 1979 until April 1994. From 1998 to 2007 Chuck was on KTIS-FM, and then on Bob-FM (KLCI) with Jon Engen. Chuck retired in 2013. He was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2008. Photo courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Pat Knight – KSTP (1974-75) (Also see Pat McKay)
Virgil Kohrs – KDWB (1959)
Roger Krupp – WDGY
Russ Kruse – WTCN (1954-55)
Bill Lake (also know as Carl Lensgraf) – WYOO (1974)
Brad LaMay – KRSI-FM (1973), KFMX (1974)
“Bullet” Bob Lange – KDWB (1972-79), WLOL-FM, WWTC (1988-1989), KSTP
Bob Lange, 1973, KDWB. Photo courtesy RadioTapes.com
Dan Larkin – WLTE-FM 102.9 (1984-85 and 1991-96). Dan worked overnights the first time and then 7p-12a as the original host of “The Love Lite”
Jim Larkin began his career as a disc jockey in 1967, according to an article 10 years later. In October 1969 he was Bob Christie at KRSI; he became Music Director at KRSI in April 1971. In 1974 he became the Music Director for KQRS. In July 1977 the format at KQ changed, and Larkin left the station for a job as a record promoter. “It used to be fun, the pay was secondary. But with the new format, it became a job.” (Jon Bream, Mpls. Star, August 3, 1977)
Joel Larson – WWTC (1970-75), WCCO-FM (1975)
Daryl Laub – WLOL (1945), WMIN (1949), WTCN (1952), KSTP (1960s). Photo below courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting. Laub passed away Friday, August 28, 2015, at the age of 90.
Gene Leader (Gene “Mean Gene” Okerlund)- WDGY (1969-70). From a 1970 ad: “Follow the leader! That’s Gene Leader, everyday from 3 to 7. Keeping company with more people than a sold-out Twins game. Gene’s solid sound is excellent company going home.” Okerlund apparently became a professional wrestling announcer. Photo from 1969 below courtesy Rick Burnett’s Twin Cities Radio Airchecks.
D.J. Leary – KDWB (1962-63) “Hotline” First photo is from the front of the March 16, 1963 KDWB Fabulous Forty Survey, Don Betzold Collection, courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting. The caption: “Used in recreation rooms coast to coast the D.J. Leary Dart Board.” Also remembered as “D.J. Leary with your Liveline.”
Bruce Lee – KQRS (1968)
Stuart A. Lindman – WMIN (1949-54). Photo below courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Denny Long – KRSI (1/1967-8/71), WCCO (9/71- ) Denny Long came to WCCO as music director in 1971. In 1975 Mpls. Magazine named him as one of Minneapolis’s Sexiest. At the end of 1977 he led the station into a pop format, away from the MOR it had played for 50 years.
Don Loughnane – WDGY (1956-57) In 1956 he came from Storz station WTIX in New Orleans. At the time when WDGY went to rock ‘n’ roll (2/6/1956) Loughnane was the program director. He was replaced by Jack Thayer in 1957. Photo below from 1956.
Thomas Love – KUXL (1972). Photo below from a KUXL “Super Soul Thirty” from July 1, 1972, courtesy Rick Burnett’s Twin Cities Radio Airchecks.
Paul “Fast Eddie” Lowell – WWTC (1971-73), WLOL (1973), KSTP. Fast Eddie was accused of making slurs against homosexuals by gay activist Jack Baker, but the FCC ruled that Baker was a public figure and denied the request for action. Eddie ended up doing janitorial work and died in 1995 at the age of 60.
Curt Lundgren – WCCO FM (1975), WCCO AM (1983)
- As Paul Evans – WMIN (1968), WCCO-FM (1976-77)
- As Evan Curfew – KUXL (1966-68)
Mike McCormick – WDGY (1965)
Tom McCrumb – WMIN (1954)
John McDougall – WLOL (1947)
Joe McFarlin – KRSI (1964)
Pat McKay – U100 (1975-76) (Also see Pat Knight)
Jeff McKee – KDWB (1974-76)
Jack McKenna – WLOL (1965)
Doug MacKinnon – WYOO (1972-73)
Stanley Mack – WDGY (1957-61). Storz ad: “Legitimate stager, vaudevillian, radio actor (Sam Spade series), man of a thousand voices, dialectician, singer, drummer.”
Ty Mack – WDGY (1955)
Mike Malloy – WTCN (1953-54)
Allen Peter Malmberg – KFMX (1974)
Stu Mann – WMIN (1953), WTCN (1954-55)
Gary Marshall – WYOO (1976)
Dave Martin – KQRS (1975)
Donald K. Martin – KDWB (1964-67), WDGY (1969-77) Donald K. was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2010. He passed away on September 24, 2012. He was a swell guy. Photos below courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting: 1963 at KDWB (first two), 1972 at WDGY.
Ralph Martin – WDGY (1956-57). Storz ad: “Crisp, incisive, smooth, news-voice of WDGY, commentator, community force.”
Ernie Martz – WMIN (1954-56 – went into the military), WCCO, KSTP, KMSP-TV (weater in 1970s and ’80s)
Jonny Matthews – KDWB (1966-69) “Go Underground with Jonny Matthews, 11 pm to 5 am.” According to an article in the Minneapolis Tribune, “Johnny (sic) Matthews had started the underground show on KDWB, but Matthews admittedly knew nothing about underground music. [Tony] Glover contacted him, took him some records and, after a certain amount of haggling, got his first class radio license and took over the show when Matthews left the Twin Cities.” This would have been in April 1969. The Insider indicated that Matthews was new to KDWB in 1968.
Ralph Mauseth – WDGY (1955)
Peter Huntington “Hookshot” May – WDGY (1961), KDWB (1970), WCCO-FM (1977). Peter also produced and managed Stillroven. Photo below is from 1964 when he was at KISN in Portland, Oregon.
Doug Melges – WTCN (1955), WCOW (1955). Photo below is from a 1955 ad for WCOW.
John Messenger – KDWB, KSTP, WWTC (1982)
King Michael – WDGY (1970-72). This is Mike Waggoner of the Bops! From a 1970 ad: “Hold court with King Michael every morning, midnight to 6. Serving up the sounds of today with royal taste! Mike programs with you in mind.”
Johnny Michels – WDGY (7/1956)
Ken Mills – KRSI-FM, WCCO-FM
Bob Mitchell – WISK (1957 – R&B show)
“Buffalo” Bob Montgomery – WCOW (1952), WTCN (-12/1956), WCCO (12/1956-64 as Bob White), KRSI (as Bob White), WLOL. Was known as Big Bill Cash on WCCO for five months in 1956 during the Contest Craze. Also known as Lee Thomas? In 1963 he was hired by H.L. Hut to voice Life Line, a “right-wing daily radio commentary” which aired locally on KSTP and WMIN 15 minutes/day, reported Will Jones. Photo courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Chucker Morgan – WYOO (1975-76). Photo courtesy RadioTapes.com
Johnny Morris (Wigren) – WLOL (1946-55), KSTP (1955-71). Johnny started his career in 1945 in Mankato and quickly moved to WLOL in Minneapolis. In 1955 he moved to KSTP Radio and then to KSTP-TV. Video of Johnny on KSTP-TV Here. A KSTP ad from 1965 described Johnny as the top-rated TV weatherman in the Twin Cities for more than a decade. In 1971 he moved to Albuquerque, where he anchored the news until he retired in 2000. In the early ’70s he interviewed Senator Hubert Humphrey, one Minnesotan to another. Click Here for a video that gives an overview of his career made by his Albuquerque station when he retired. Thanks to Johnny’s son Tom Wigren for the info and photos!
Throck Morton – WLOL
Bobby Moske – KQRS (1972)
Ray Moss – KUXL (1966), XERB, KUXL (1968). Ray was a bartender at a Minneapolis nightclub and met some execs from KUXL at the club. They were impressed with his “verbal fluency” (noted the November 1966 In-Beat) and vast knowledge of music and offered him a job. He was first hired to do the jazz show, but soon took over the Rhythm & Blues show. He did all his own programming. He became Music Director in March 1968.
Hal Murray – KDWB (1959-63) Hal died September 17, 1988 at age 67. First image below from KDWB Fabulous Forty Survey, October 26, 1963, Don Betzold Collection, Pavek Museum of Broadcasting. Autograph card also from Pavek.
George Murphy – KRSI (1963), WLOL (1964). There is an ad dated February 11, 1963, picturing George Murphy, Twin Cities host for KRSI’s hour-long NEWSCOPE feature every night from 6-7. He is described as “wide-eyed” in a 1964 WLOL ad. Is this really Dino Day from “A Date With Dino” TV show?
Tom Murphy – WLOL (1964)
Richard Nelson – KUXL (1966-68). Known as “Admiral Richard E.” In 1964 he started a bootleg AM station in his basement in South Minneapolis. Richard went to WBAY in Green Bay in 1968…was the off-air production director at KQRS in the early 70s, and put in a few months at KYMN in Northfield around 1974. He then moved to Los Angeles and got into video production.
Phil Nolan – WDGY (1961-62). First image below is from a WDGY Twist album, 1961. Second image (WDGY, 1962)courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting. Nolan passed away on September 4, 2015, from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease.
Bruce Normandin – WMIN (1959)
Randy Norris (Randolph John Norris) – KEYD (1951-56). Just happened to find him in the St. Louis Park phone book! Norris was born in 1920 in Minnesota and from 1951 to 1954 lived at 7516 North Street in the Park. In 1940 he was listed in the census as a musician. In 1951 he was an instructor at the Beck School of Radio. This photo, also from 1951, courtesy Randy’s sister-in-law, Mimi Hillory Vogel.
Adam North – (Edward Van Cleve, Ph.D.) KDWB (1970-73), KRSI-FM (1973). Photo courtesy radiotapes.com
Don O’Brien – WDGY (1954-55), WCCO-TV (1964)
Ed O’Brien – KSTP-AM (1975), KDWB (1979)
Steve O’Brien – KDWB (1974)
James Francis Patrick “Professor” “Jim” O’Neill – KDWB (1961-8/25/1967). Image below right from KDWB Fabulous Forty Survey, March 9, 1963. Don Betzold Collection, courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting. Click on the link for a tribute to O’Neill written by Senator Betzold.
“Sweet” Michael O’Shea – WYOO (1973), WLOL (1973-76), KS-95, WWTC (1988-1989)
Glen “Big Daddy” Olson – WWTC (1971-75 – had worked at the station earlier as G. Edward Foshay), WLOL/WRRD (1975), WDGY, KTWN, WLTE, WCCO, KOOL 108. Glen died on July 15, 2013.
Glen Olson – WWTC (1975)
Jim Osterhaus – KQRS (1970-72), WWTC (1972)
Phil Page – KDWB (1959-60) Page had the 3-6 shift in December 1959: “Color Radio as it Should Be”
Lorrin Palagi – KDWB
Tony Parker – KEYD (1954)
John Paul – WTCN
Al Paulson – WLOL (1947 “Night Watch), WTCN (1954-56), KRSI (1959), KSTP (1972)
Steve Perrun – KDWB, U100, KSTP
Curt Perry – WDGY (1972-73)
Rod Person – KANO (1959), WDGY (1960-61), KRSI, KSTP-TV and AM (1965-2000). Rod died of MS on March 12, 2016.
John Pete – WLOL (1962-65), KQRS (Program Director 1968 -1972), KRSI-FM (1972), KQ (-1974). John came to WLOL’s Nightwatch show in June 1962 from Mankato.
Carl Peterson – WLOL (1958-59) 3/1958: Nightwatch, midnight to 6am – the “Swingin’ Swede” answers record requests via Western Union only. WDGY (1959). Carl recorded “Rhythm Review” with the Glenrays at Gaity Records in 1959. His father was a recording artist in Sweden.
Gene Phillips – WDGY (1965)
Brian “The Cosmic” Phoenix – KDWB (1974-1976)
Brad Piras – KTWN-FM (1978-79), WWTC (1979-1981)
Dan Pothier (pronounced Poh-SHAY) – KUXL, KQRS (1970-73). Dan called himself the Soul Man (before Sam & Dave’s hit of the same name) and played jazz. While at KUXL, Dan served as Recreation Director at The Way, a refuge for troubled teens on Plymouth Ave. in North Minneapolis. In 1969 he hosted the “Black Voices” program on KTCA-TV. Pothier went on to teach a course on the blues at Howard University in Washington, DC fromm 1973-75, and from there he worked for NPR searching out and interviewing blues legends.
Jim Ramsburg – WLOL (May-July 1956), WDGY (July 1956-June 1957), KSTP-AM (1970-72) 1956: “Commodore.” Hosted “Night Beat” program on WDGY in 1957. Left WDGY to go into the National Guard on June 15, 1957. Ramsburg has published a book Network Radio Ratings, 1932-1953: A History of Prime Time Programs Through the Ratings of Neilsen, Crossley and Hooper.
Ted Randal – KDWB
Hal Raymond – WDGY (1962-64). Died of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) August 8, 2005. Photo below from 1964.
Dave Reau – KEYD (@1954)
Jimmy Reed – See Separate Page.
Carson Rennie – WLOL (1963-65). Reportedly stood during his show.
Jack Reynolds (nee Reyelts) – KRSI
Jay Reynolds – WDGY (1965)
Ron “Killer” Richards – KDWB (1979), WYOO
“Loveable” Lou Riegert – KDWB (started 9/10/1960-65), WWTC (1965). (became CNN anchor Lou Waters). Lou was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2005. The second photo below is from 1961.
Don Riley – KEYD (1949), KSTP (1954-56)
Ed Ripley – WDGY (1964-65)
Jeff “Mother” Robbins – (Scott Wright) – WYOO (1974-76) (pictured below at U100). He also used the name Shadoe Steele. Photo from Rob Sherwood’s blog.
Chris Roberts – KDWB (1971-72)
Chris Roberts, courtesy RadioTapes.com
“Ugly” Del Roberts (Darrell E. Mulroy) – KDWB (1965-news), WWTC (9/1979-9/1981, 1984, 1988), KLBB (1989), KDWB (1990), KJJO (1993), WWTC (2003) (d. March 16, 2003) Click here for an interview from RadioTapes.com
Gene Robinson – WISK (1956-57)
Ron the Rajah of R&B – See Ron Samuels
Dan Ronald – KDWB (1959)
Terry Rose – WDGY (1962-64). In May 1962, Rose rode on the roller coaster at Excelsior Amusement Park for 3 hours an 21 minutes as part of WDGY’s high school fun day. The Minneapolis Daily Herald reported, “During the course of his 70 consecutive rides Rose ate three hot dogs, lost his tie clip and seven pounds. Tired, bruised and exhausted after his 35 mile ride Rose said, ‘I don’t care if I never see another roller coaster.'”
Nancy Rosen – KQRS, WWTC
Jackson Ross – KDWB (1966-68)
Scott Ross – WDGY (1972)
Bill Rudd (Oliver Rudrud) – WDGY (1954-55)
Red Rush – WLOL (1959)
Mike “Records” Ryan – WWTC (1981-82), WAYL, WWTC
Elton Ryberg – KSTP (1962)
Sam Sabean – see Sam Sherwood
Jerry St. James – WYOO (1975-76). St. James was profiled in Mpls. Magazine in January 1976 as someone who was “going places” in 1976.
Kevin St. John – KQRS (1974)
Perry St. John – WDGY (1963-67) (d. Feb. 27, 1999)
Bob Salmon – KDWB (1962-63)
Ron Samuels (Ron the Raja of Rhythm & Blues) – KUXL (1965)
The Savage? KDWB (1974)
Harry Scarbourough – WDGY (1967), KQRS (1967) – died January 2012
Marvin Schultz – KRSI (1959)
Bob Schuman – WYOO (1972)
Bob Scott (Bob Wittnebel) – KDWA (1965), KUXL (1966)
John Sebastian – KDWB (1974-1978), KSTP-FM. Photo below from October 1976 issue of Little Bit Magazine, courtesy Alan Freed.
Mike Segal – KDWB
“Dynamite Dave” (Senechal), KDWB (1976). Photo courtesy RadioTapes.com When posted on Facebook, much was made about how he was smoking at work. How soon we forget!
Bob Shannon (Robert J. Adams) – KDWB (1964-66; 1974-75)
Bob Shannon at KDWB, 1964 and 1974. Photos courtesy RadioTapes.com
Steve Shannon – KSTP-AM (1975)
Dean Sherman (Gordon Kapitan) – WDGY (1955)
Rob Sherwood (Buff Setterquist) – WDGY (1968), KDWB (1969-April 6, 1974), WYOO (1974-76), KSTP-AM (1976-77) Photo below left from Rob’s blog.
Sam Sherwood (Sabean) – WCOW (1953-56 as Sam Sabean), WISK (1957-59 as Sammy Sherwood), KDWB (1959-69), WAYL-FM, WWTC (1985-87). Also see WCOW below. Sam Sabean started out at WCOW, working himself up from writing ads in 1953, to reading the news on Saturdays, to getting his own show in 1954. He had several monikers, including Sidesaddle Sore Sam, Milkman Sam, and Hobo Sam and his Bum Program. He actually got a call from an organization called Hobos of America, who had copyrighted the name and asked him to stop using it. Sam joined them at one of their “Boolyas” down by the railroad tracks, where he met people from all walks of life who liked to ride the boxcars. They made a deal to let him use the name if he plugged the organization. He left WCOW and produced films for about a year, then came back when the station had changed to WISK. He had to have a different name, so he selected Sherwood. At KDWB he was a disc jockey from 1959-1962, Program Director from 1962-1964, and General Manager/Vice President from 1964-69. When KDWB was sold, Sherwood joined Entertainment Communications and pioneered the beautiful music format with WAYL FM, where he spent ten years as general manager. Photo below left from 1955 ad for WCOW. Middle photo from KDWB Top 40. Photo at right courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting. Sam was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2005.
Verne Sheppard – KEVE (1956)
Barry Siewert – see Barry McKinna
Sandy Singer – WTCN (1956-1957), WDGY (8/1/1957-), WLOL (1958-68). At WTCN Singer introduced records with piano chords; if the record didn’t play at the right speed there was… dischord. Photo below from 1964.
Mike Sirlan – WISK (1956)
Irv Smith – WDGY (1954-55)
Jere Smith – WMIN (1958), KMSP-TV (host of “Record Hop,” @1957-59, weather 1959-75)
Jimmy Smith – KUXL (1972). Photo below from a KUXL “Super Soul Thirty” from July 1, 1972, courtesy Rick Burnett’s Twin Cities Radio Airchecks.
Len Smith – WDGY (1972)
Ralf Smith – WCOW (1952), WMIN (1954-58; his show on WMIN was Ralph and His Records)
Art Snow – WYOO (1974). Photo courtesy RadioTapes.com
Paul Sohmson – WDGY (1961)
Daddy Soul – See Jack Harris
Paul Stagg – WWTC (1970)
U.S. (Ugly Steve) Steele (Steve Gibbons) – WYOO (1976). Photo courtesy RadioTapes.com
Gary Stephens – KDWB
Gregg Stevens – WYOO (1974)
Scott Stevens – KDWB, WWTC
Jim Stokes – KRSI
Jeanne Stolz – WISK (1956)
Alan Stone (Shel Danielson) – KQRS (1968-80), Cities 97/KTCJ (1985-96). Hear interview with Tom Oszman from January 13, 2013. Between 2002 and 2006, Alan was a volunteer reader for the Radio Talking Book Network, recording news and audio books in his wonderful mellow radio voice!
David Stone courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
Texas Bill Strength – KEYD (1955-56), KEVE (1956), KTCR (1962). An article dated September 27, 1962, the Minneapolis Daily Herald reported that after 36 days and six operations, Texas Bill’s condition had improved from critical to serious after he had been “wounded in the upper left thigh by a shotgun blast on August 24.” Bill died in October 1973. Photo below from Bill’s page on Hillbilly Music.com.
Capp Sutherland – WCOW (1954-56). Image below from a 1955 ad for WCOW.
Chuck Swenson – WMIN (1959)
Johnny T. Talley – KEYD (1956), KEVE (1956)
Gene Taylor – WCOW (1953-56). Photo below from WCOW ad 1955.
Henry J. Taylor – KSTP (1955)
Tedesco Brothers – See Radio Stations, WCOW
Jim Teeson – WWTC (1971-75), WCCO-FM (1975)
David Teller – WWTC (1971)
Jerry Telser – WLOL (1959 – 64)
Terry Tersari – KRSI (1967)
Jack Thayer – WLOL (1942-8/52), WTCN (8/1952-55), WDGY (1/1956-58). Somewhere on the Internet there is a 1951 Billboard Magazine blurb that says Jack was one of the DJs that made the song “All Right Louie Drop the Gun” (the original version by Art Kassel and Gloria Hart) such a big hit, but that happened in 1949 and I can’t find it again. Also at WLOL he started the show “Top Tunes of the Week,” pioneering the Top 10/40 format.
At WTCN-TV and radio Jack wore many hats. He was the host of the show “Jack’s Corner Drug Store” (see Rock ‘n’ Roll TV shows above) from 1953-55. He also had another TV show from February 1954 to June 1955, known as either “The Jack Thayer Show” or “Top Ten Records.” In 1952 or ’54 he launched a series of Teen-Time Dances on Wednesday nights at the Prom Ballroom.
In 1956 he was lured away from his two TV shows and radio show on WTCN to go with WDGY radio. In July 1957 he became General Manager of WDGY. After serving as the fifth president of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association he left Minneapolis in 1958 for California and Cleveland, and in 1974-1980 he was president of NBC Radio. He is considered the innovator of the Top 10 format, talk radio, and underground rock radio. Thayer died on January 1, 1995 at the age of 72.
Dave Thomson – KDWB (1976-77)
John Tollefson – KQRS (1968)
Rod Trongard – WLOL (1959-1968), KSTP (1968-1982). Sportscaster Rod Trongard was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2003. He died in 2005. Photo below courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Earl L. Trout III – KDWB (1967-68)
Jerry Urdahl – KEVE (1959)
Jimmy Valentine – WDGY (1938), KSTP (1941-62). Jimmy was also a pioneer on KSTP TV. Jimmy was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2002.
“Cheerful Charlie” Van Dyke – WDGY (1970-73)
Fred Van’t Hull – KEYD (1955). From 1962 to 1986 Fred and his wife Muriel ran the Van’t Hull (Old Time) Liquor Store at 7835 Wayzata Blvd. in St. Louis Park.
Ray Vecellio – KRSI (1966-70), WCCO (1970-1997). Inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2011.
Photo below courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting. Ray: “The photo [below] was, indeed, taken at KRSI. Actually it was taken in the recording studio as I was producing commercials. I was the morning drivetime announcer at KRSI including the period when the station’s format was Request Radio.”
Howard Viken – KEYD (1949). Viken was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2004.
Joe Vogel – KQRS (1974)
Jay Walker – KDWB (1974)
Ron Wandmacher – KEVE (1959)
Fat Daddy Washington (Art Hoehn) – KUXL (1964-66), XERB (1966), MPR. In 1966 he traveled from Minneapolis with his fellow KUXL staffers Bob Smith (a.k.a. Wolfman Jack) and Ralph Hull (Preacher Paul Anthony and the Nazz) to Baja California, to take over XERB: The Mighty 1090, a “border blaster” station. There, Hoehn played the Wolfman’s sidekick “Fat Daddy Washington.” A year later, Hoehn returned to his alma mater to join Kling in operating what became MPR’s flagship station. Hoehn was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2010. He died in 2011. Photo at left below courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting. Photo below right courtesy Rick Burnett’s Twin Cities Radio Airchecks.
Art Way – KDWB (1961-63). Image from 1962 KDWB Fabulous Forty Survey, November 1962. Don Betzold Collection, courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
Bobby Wayne – KDWB (1/1966-) An article from the December 1966 Inbeat says that he has eight telephones when he broadcasts, answered by secretary Melody Galore. She is supposedly a real person, but Wayne had other characters, such as Louis K. Lush, the hungover engineer, Katie Kute, the go-go girl, and Sleepy O’Dell, the weather girl. Bobby died in 1993. Image from Don Betzhold Collection, courtesy Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Vern Weegman – KEVE (1959)
Warren Weikle – KRSI (1959)
Bob White (nee Montgomery)
Sev Widman – WMIN (early 1940s-1945), KSTP (1946-December 1947), WMIN (December 1947-January 1949), WDGY (January 1949-), WTCN (1952-56).
Excerpted from Steve Iverson and Julian West’s site Minnesota Kid Vid:
In the early 1940s, Sev Widman (Severance J. Widman, Jr. 1922-1981) launched “Studio Party Wham,” a midnight program on WMIN Radio with his friend Leigh Kamman. The show featured big band and jazz music, broadcast from a club called Mitch’s, where the audience was quizzed and awarded free dinners. He left WMIN in 1945. In August 1946 he was hosting “Lets Turn The Tables,” a midnight radio show on KSTP. In December 1947 Widman left KSTP radio “in a huff,” following an interview with actress Virginia Mayo. She was in town promoting “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and ended up in tears after the interview. Apparently the “KSTP switchboard lit up like a yule tree,” with complaints from listeners. He moved back to WMIN. In January 1949 Widman, described as an “irrascable disc jockey,” was fired from WMIN for munching popcorn on the air. He then moved to WDGY radio.
There was record called the “Sev Widman Polka” by Harold Picha and His Band, which indicates his popularity! Here’s a photo of it, courtesy Greg Carr, former DJ of “Dig Up the Roots” on KFAI. The label says it was “Made in Hollywood for Non-Commercial Use.” Greg has donated this fine instrumental 78 to the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting! Thanks, Greg!
Sev in 1952
Harold Picha and His Band, 1950, courtesy Minnesota Historical Society. Front L to R: Emil Tuma, Tommy Thomas, Allen Ista, Mayme Borak, Harold Picha. Back L to R: Germanus Kipp, Herb Dallmann, Richard (Dick) Rosenthal.
Jim Wise – KSTP (1970)
Henry Wolf – KSTP (1970)
Tom Wynn – WLOL (1957-58), WDGY (1958-61), KRSI (1962-64), WWTC (1964-65), WLOL (1967 and 72-76). Tom is still on the air at KFGO in Fargo!
Tom twisting on the cover of a WDGY promotional album
George Young (John Dotas) – WDGY (1967-72). Radio name was in homage to WDGY station founder, optometrist Dr. George Young. From a 1970 ad:
The man with a smile! That’s George Young. Keeping the afternoon pace light and lively everyday from noon to 3. Call George’s Phon-A-Song Line, 827-9955, to hear and win your favorite song. George keeps women Young!
Jimmy Young – KSTP (1954)
John Young – WISK (1959), KDWB (1959)
Lee Zanin – WWTC (1975). Voted one of Minneapolis’s Sexiest in 1975 by Mpls. Magazine.
Harry Zimmerman – KEYD (1948 – 1949), WTCN (1954 – 2/1956), KSTP (2/1956 – 1959) Zimmerman was also the host of “Hi-Five Time” on KSTP-TV from 1958 – 1959.
Joe Zingale – “Mr. Rhythm” – WCOW (1955-56). Joseph T. Zingale came from Cleveland and started selling time at WCOW in about 1954. He came to the Tedescos with an idea to do a rhythm and blues show, and although he had never been on the air before, he went for it in about March 1955 and the show was an enormous hit. Zingale was also Augie Garcia’s manager and arranged for Augie to open for Elvis when he came to town in May 1956. Joe then took it a step further and booked the St. Paul Auditorium for a Rhythm & Blues show with great locals such as Augie Garcia.
In 1956 or ’57 Zingale went to station WHK in Cleveland, where he and other salesmen Norman Wayne and Bob Weiss pooled their commissions, unheard of at the time. They decided to buy a radio station in White Plains, New York but after a year their wives missed Cleveland. They found out that a station in Cleveland – WIXY 1260 – was for sale, so they returned to Cleveland and made it into a powerhouse rock ‘n’ roll station.
When the list of venues for the 1964 Beatles tour did not include Cleveland, the station sent Joe to New York to negotiate with Brian Epstein. Epstein needed a commitment from a venue and a guarantee of $50,000. Back at the station a telegram was crafted with the name of the owner of the Music Hall – without the owner’s knowledge. Then Norman Wayne went to the owner of Metromedia in New York – the owner of the station – to get the $50,000. They made money, although the Music Hall only had the capacity of 10,000. In 1966 the Beatles returned to Cleveland and sold out 25,000 seats.
Norman Wayne, Zingale’s associate for many years, says that the decision to play Top 40 was one of business, not musical taste.
When WIXY was sold, Weiss and Wayne moved on and Joe pursued his interest in tennis, eventually owning part of the Cleveland Nets World Tennis Team. He also had stakes in the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team. The photo at left below is from a 1955 newspaper ad for WCOW. Joe died on March 14, 2014.