Although WMIN’s Merle Edward had been playing some rhythm ‘n’ blues back in 1955, and 1958 hit lists show that they were playing rock ‘n’ roll then, apparently they were bucking the trend at least for a little while as evidenced by this September 28, 1956 Will Jones item in the Trib:
Had a talk with Alice Presley, the new disk jockey on WMIN, the anti-Presley station. She plays old Goodman records and what she calls “the better hit parade things. Young citizens come around and ask how she’s related to Elvis Presley. Her stock answer: “I’m sorry, but my agent doesn’t permit me to discuss my relationship with Elvis.”
She says there is now an Alice Presley fan club. Her original contract was for the month of September, and now she’s sweating out a renewal for October. She really can’t talk much about being a kin of Elvis, because her real name is Doris Hoffman, and she spends her days working for an advertising agency. Her explanation of the inspiration behind her radio name: “Anything for a buck.”
Perhaps this was the station that Larry Lehmer was referring to in his book The Day the Music Died: “When Minneapolis radio station WSPT [?] banned Elvis Presley records later that year, the station received several threatening phone calls. A rock was thrown through the station window with a note saying: ‘I am a teenager – you play Elvis Presley or else we tear up this town.'” WSPT is licensed to Steven’s Point, Wisconsin and was never a Minneapolis station, so this story needs some clarification.