Author Archives: Drew

Apple Valley Minnesota CB Radio Tapes 1976-83

By | September 9, 2023

Not only did I spend a lot of time talking on the CB radio as a kid, I also spent a lot of time (and money) tape recording the antics of myself and others who happened to be on the channel.  Whereas most normal people would have erased and/or discarded these cassettes years ago, I… Read More »

High School Football Games = AM DX Opportunities

By | August 28, 2023

It’s that time of year again! The 2023 high school football season has begun. Friday night lights, cheerleaders, popcorn, and, all too often, AM radio stations that stay on their daytime power/directional pattern in order to broadcast the games. I call these “football emergencies.” Many AM stations which are required to drastically reduce power and/or… Read More »

U100 WYOO AM/FM Minneapolis/St. Paul Revisited

By | August 26, 2023

49 years ago today, the greatest radio station in Twin Cities history was born. Now of course, that’s my personal opinion and many will disagree. But in my mind, U100 aka “The Supah Yeww” will always be the ultimate radio station to ever grace the Minneapolis/St. Paul airwaves. U100 was actually two stations simulcasting as… Read More »

Holiday Brand Electronics

By | May 6, 2020

If you’re in the Upper Midwest, you’re no doubt familiar with Holiday Stationstores. If you’re over the age of 50 and grew up in Minnesota, you will also remember Holiday Village. Long before Walmart or even Kmart, Holiday Village was Minnesota’s original superstore! If Holiday didn’t sell it, you didn’t need it. One of the… Read More »

Coronavirus Killed the Radio Star

By | April 27, 2020

Coronavirus. COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2. Whatever you choose to call it, this pandemic has dramatically transformed life as we know it. Businesses are closed. People are being ordered to remain in their homes. Entire industries have been destroyed, seemingly overnight. Radio is not immune. In fact, radio may prove to be one of COVID-19’s biggest casualties. Terrestrial… Read More »

Happy National CB Radio Day aka “10-4 Day”

By | April 9, 2020

I’ll bet you didn’t know October 4th was a national holiday! It is, thanks to former President of the United States Jimmy Carter. On October 2, 1978, President Carter proclaimed this date to be forever known as “10-4 Day” by issuing the following statement: “This year marks the 20th anniversary of Citizens Band radio. CB… Read More »

7/12 Television KCMT Alexandria KNMT Walker

By | April 9, 2020

Back in the day, if you had a cabin in central or northern Minnesota, KCMT and KNMT were what you watched. Before the advent of satellite TV, you could receive just one channel. Actually, if you happened to be located between the two transmitters, you could receive two channels, but both aired identical programming. Channel… Read More »

Album Rock WXYG The Goat A to Z Celebration

By | April 9, 2020

If you’re a fan of progressive rock and “deep cuts”, you don’t want to miss The Goat’s A to Z presentation. Every year at this time, WXYG in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota plays their entire music library in alphabetical order. Sure, lots of stations do ‘A to Z’ specials. The difference is that The Goat has… Read More »