Twin Cities Radio Airchecks.Com Presents The Dick Sigurdson Contributions
Dick Sigurdson Contributions
Dick Sigurdson's contributions are rather unique and rare. Dick works as the transmitter supervisor at the local Mpls Fox TV station, KMSP-TV, and has been in the industry for years. Dick has an interest in preserving some of the Twin Cities radio history and has offered a number of his rare recordings he made of Twin Cities radio stations of various formats, going back to 1957. Dick also contributes his time at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and has help the museum get some of its old equipment working.
Dick and his friend, Bill Roberts also operated a pirate AM station in South Minneapolis in the early 1960's They use a Knight Kit with an amplifier to get out about 6 blocks.
Most of the descriptions below are from Dick and I really appreciate his contributions. I am sure you will find them interesting to listen to. Click Here to go to this recently posted material
The Passing of Scott Burton - Formerly of WDGY
Burton, Scott Gary 71, lost his courageous battle with cancer on 3/26/08. A resident of Maricopa, AZ. He is survived by wife, Arlene; son, Scott and wife, Doreen; son, Marc and wife, Nan; 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. Gone before are his parents, Scott and Mary Burton, Uncle Jim and Aunt Irene Wadhams, and his dog, Marlow. Scott had a long career in broadcasting in Minneapolis, Cleveland, Washington, DC, St. Louis, San Francisco, San Diego and Phoenix and retired in 1994. A private memorial will be held on April 5th at The Province Town Hall in Maricopa, AZ.
Published in the Star Tribune on 3/30/2008.
Nan Burton sent me an email to advise of Scott's passing. Nan writes that Scott passed away on March 26, 2008 after a year-long courageous battle with cancer.
Nan says that Scott fought very bravely, maintained a positive and upbeat attitude throughout his treatment, and still was able to enjoy his life and his family. He did have some difficult times at the very end, but his struggle is now over, and the family is grateful for that. One message he shared with the family is that he wanted to be remembered with smiles and not tears. Nan says he was adamant about it.
Nan said she will share some of Scott's airchecks for posting on this site in the future.
You can hear a very short aircheck of Scott Burton on the WDGY 1130 Page on this site (Scroll down about half way). You can go to the recording direct link by clicking here. This recording was recorded off the air by Rick Burnett (Web site host). Scott is also one of the featured aircecks when I was a guest on WCCO's Al Malmberg Show September 21st. It is near the beginning of the 1st hour and you can hear that be clicking here. This version sounds a little better with some noise edited out.
The Scott Burton December 1965 aircheck (under photo to the left) was contributed and recorded off the air by Dick Sigurdson in December 1965 and sent for posting on 3-31-08.
KUXL Golden Valley MN Soul Radio Mid-1960's - Richard E. Nelson - News - J. J. Barnes, DJ
Richard Nelson does the news on this clip of KXUL. In addition, J. J. Barnes is the DJ doing the record show, Encore 66. This is the first aircheck of KXUL that I have come across. I think this is rare and I have not seen any others yet.
KFMC-AM 1550 Pirate Radio in Minneapolis You will also hear Richard as a DJ on his pirate station in Sount Minneapolis. He broadcasted on 1550 AM and called KFMC "Minnesotas Last Radio Station."
Contributed by Dick Sigurdson, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Posted 1-13-08)
Notice the very diverse music play list.. Blind Faith, Kenny Rogers, and Peter Paul and Mary in the same 1/4 hour. Daryl Laub voices a Radio Shack spot, I believe the jock is Wayne Anthony.
Contributed by Dick Sigurdson, Minneapolis, Minnesota
KTCR-FM Station Break. Jim Hubbard DJ. Note the jingle. They took the jingle for KTCR-AM, deleted the reference to the 690 AM dial position and spliced the jingle for KWFM ( the original call letters) "97.1 on the dial" to the end. Sounds strange but it was used a lot.
KTCR-FM from 1969-71. Voice heard are Greg Ellsworth, Bob Bradley, Jim Hubbard, Dan Hertsgaard, Bruce 'James' Browning, Bill Baumann. Mike Knight voices the news opens.
Contributed by Dick Sigurdson, Minneapolis, Minnesota
WPBC-FM 101.3 shortly before the station was sold. Heard is the end of a "Bill Stewart's Scrapbook" program including his signature closing. Vern Arthur reads news headlines.
WPBC-FM 101.3 Continuation of track 12. Vern reads the news final... note Northwest Airlines on strike!! We hear the familiar WPBC sign off read by Phil Brown including the hymn'May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You'. Contributed by Dick Sigurdson, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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