These summaries focus on the 1950s through the 1970s, with an emphasis on trying to figure out which stations might have played rhythm & blues, rockabilly, or straight-on rock ‘n’ roll before WDGY, the first full-time rock ‘n’ roll station, hit the airwaves in February 1956. The Pavek Museum of Broadcasting has radio station ratings books that list programs from 1953 to 1955. At that time, the Twin Cities had only about nine stations, all AM, of course, with WCCO being the powerhouse. Let us assume that the mighty ‘CCO did not dabble in such vulgar music and focus on the others. Many thanks to Jeff Lonto, who is one of the Cities’ experts on radio history, for much of the information cited here.
Radio Airchecks can be found at:
http://radiotapes.com/ (Tom Gavaras)
http://www.twincitiesradioairchecks.com/ (Rick Burnett)
https://www.reelradio.com/ (Paid subscription only)
Click on a station below for history, photos, etc.