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. Explore the many recordings on this site by using the menu at the left side of the screen. Should you have material to contribute, Please Email: Rick1031(at)HotMail.com Note: Substitute @ for the "(at)" when typing email address
Scroll down for Photos of the studio and DJ's Beth Kidd, Glen Olson and Johnny Canton.
If you look up WLTE on the Wikipedia web page, you get the following narrative history and info:
The station began as WCCO-FM, the FM broadcast of local powerhouse WCCO 830 AM, but was hampered by its limited signal and never carried 'CCO's signal very far.
Until 1973, the station only operated for the minimum amount of time required to keep the license. However, when the transmitter was upgraded full-power full-time, a broad-based adult contemporary format was launched, lasting throughout the 1970s. Personalities included Paul Stagg, Carl Lensgraf, Terri Davis, Tom Ambrose, Curt Lundgren, Johnny Canton, Peter May and Pat O'Neill. Tim Russell, currently a cast member of "A Prairie Home Companion," hosted middays and created memorable characters like traffic reporter "Captain Buzz Studley.
WCCO-FM was a successful station until new IDS Center transmitters for competing stations were built in 1979, causing damaging interference to the station's broadcast signal. In 1983, Top 40 became a massively popular format across the country. WLOL, which picked up the format in 1981, was one of the most successful stations in the market, and KDWB was just returning to the FM band. WCCO-FM switched to Top 40 under Program Director John Long that year. Results were dismal, and both the format and Long lasted just a few months. The "lite" format was introduced later that year, along with new call letters WLTE.
Welcome to the inside of WLTE-FM and JACK FM. You will see photos of some nice people who have had long creers in Twin Cities Radio. I appreciate the time they spect with me and for allowing me to take these photos. I also whant to thank Program Director John Lassmen for his courtesy and time.
WLTE-FM Beth Kidd at the contols on July 21st 2007
WLTE-FM's Beth Kidd has been at the station since 1985 and in Twin Cities ratio since 1975.There is an aircheck of Beth with Paul Geiger doing a morning show in March 2004 on WLTE-FM (scroll down to listen). There is also an aircheck of Beth's last show on WAYL-FM in 1985 on the WALY-FM Page on this site.
WLTE-FM Beth Kidd with Jack, the FM 104.1 mascott
WLTE-FM 102.9 - Beth Kidd & Paul Geiger March 2004
Beth and Paul are filling in for Lori Grande and Orly Knutson, the regular morning show hosts, on this snowy March day. The music is scoped out and this recording is about 50 minutes long. As a result, the file is about 46 MB and depending on your computer speed, will take a little bit to load, unless you have the ability to stream and download at the same time.
Tape provided by Beth Kidd
WLTE-FM 102.9 photo of studion when it was located in the Centrury Plaza Building. WLTE-FM is now located in the WCCO Radio Building in Downtown Minneapolis along with WCCO-AM and JACK 104.1 FM. In this photo, Beth Kidd is at the control board in the summe 1992.
There are old airchecks of WCCO further down this page. For an aircheck of Glen Olson, go to the WWTC Page on this site
WLTE-FM "Big Daddy" Glen Olson in control at the control board on 7-19-07
WLTE-FM Glen Olson at the conrol board at 12:30 AM on 7-19-07
WLTE-FM 102.9 - Photo of Johnny Cantonn behind the controld board on 7-18-07
WLTE-FM Photos of Glenolson (left) and Rick Burnett (Mason) taken in the studio on July 19, 2007 Glen has worked for the station for over 20 years and currently does over nights from 12 midnite to 5 AM.
WLTE-FM 102.9 - This is me, Rick Burnett, at the mic. Fortunately for the Twin Cities, I did not get on the air. For contrast, to see less wrinkles, compare this shot with a 1969 photo of me at the mic in the old WDGY control room.
Compare this July 2007 photo with the one of me at the old WDGY control board taken in 1969. They always told me I had the perfect face for radio.
WDGY 1969 Shot of Rick Burnett at the mic in the old 'DGY conctrol room. Much less wrinkles than the 2007 photo just above, but still ugly. Where did he get those glasses?
JACK FM 104.1 Studio photo taken 7-18-07
JACK FM 104.1 studio photo taken from the entrance door on 7-18-07
The airchecks on this site were recorded off the air and are on this site to provide historical examples of Twin Cities radio. These recordings are not intended to by used by others for commercial purposes.
Some of the airchecks are off reel to reel tapes that were recorded off the air by Rick Burnett while living in the Twin Cities. Many other airchecks were recorded of the air by other people. In May 2006 the recordings started to be converted to MP3 and shared here. In addition to the Burnett recorded airchecks, there are also many airchecks that were recorded and submitted by friends and acquaintances, or acquired from other available collections. Sources are cited, if known. The contributed recordings from friends and contributors of both airchecks and other material are greatly appreciated. Without their help, the site would have many less pages of radio history. The recordings of Burnett and other contributors who recorded them off the air may show up on other sites and have may been "borrowed" and listed for sale on auction sites. This site does not charge any fees to listen to the posted recordings. The purpose of this site is to preserve some of the Twin Cities radio history.
Windows Media Player works well to play these MP3 files, and depending on your internet settings, will start streaming the file, or will automatically open the file after it is downloaded. Some files are large. Should you have any aircheck of Twin Cities radio stations, let me know and I may be able to include them at this site. Contact me at Rick(at)HotMail.com --- NOTE Replace "(at)" with @ when typing email address