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Description: History of Minneapolis radio from 1950 to 1980. Includes off the air recording known as airchecks and many photos
This Site Primarily Contains a Collection of Airchecks of Numerous Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) Radio Stations, Some Recorded Off The Air by Rick Burnett and Many Others Recorded or Provided by Other Contributors to This Site (see footnote at bottom). The Contribution of Recordings and Materials are Greatly Appreciated and Have Made this Site a Bookmark for Those Interested in Radio From this Era.
I first met Rob Sherwood (Buff S.) when he was doing the 7 PM to Midnight shift at WDGY-AM in the late 60's. I called him while he was on the air one night and told him about the pirate radio station my friends and I were operating in St. Paul. I told him I had some photos of the control room and he let a couple of the pirate DJ's and me visit him while he was on the air. He also let us visit him when he later moved to KDWB-AM. We all thought this was nice of him to let us watch him on the air in action. We thought he was a great guy for doing this. Rob Sherwood has a web site at: http://www.robsherwood.com/
See photos below of KDWB-AM and Rob Sherwood on the air taken during one of my studio visits in 1969.
The first clip from April 6th, 1974 was recorded of the radio sometime after 11 PM and takes us up to his farewell. In the beginning of the clip, Rob hints at his departure before making it official. He declares we are in a 90% music hour (KD must have been attempting to compete with KSTP-AM's light commercial load). He leads into his goodbye by stating that "KDWB and Rob Sherwood are an institution, but who wants to be in an institution." Rob says he is nervous and mentions his good friend True Don Blue and the guy who hired him at KDWB, Deane Johnson. He then ends with his signature sign-off and plays "With A Little Help From My Friends."
The second clip is from October 1972 and was recorded from 11:30 PM to Midnight. This is typical "Robbie Baby." He promotes Chris Roberts who follows him at Midnight and talks about the Cooper High School Drama Department. He has fun with the ending of the Chicago song "We Can Make It Happen," Saying they must have worked hard on coming up with that untypical abrupt ending.
This stuff should be at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting http://www.pavekmuseum.org/ I am sure he will be a future inductee into its hall of fame. Rob was a graduate of Brown Institue (now Brown College www.browncollege.edu ).