KDWB-FM 101.3 Minneapolis MN Jack Hicks 1983

Here’s a quick listen of KDWB-FM during it’s final days as an AOR outlet.  The station would soon revert back to it’s previous CHR format.  But unlike most format changes which occur abruptly and completely, 101’s flip took place gradually over a period of several months.  Here, they are what I always called “half and half.”  The music is still AOR tracks and album cuts.  But the formatics are now CHR with jingles and…*gasp*…talking over the record intros!  Notice also that the “Stereo 101” moniker has been dropped.  The station is now “Rock Radio, Twin Cities 101.”

Jack Hicks did afternoons on KDWB-FM.  He was preceeded by Hal Hoover and followed by Domino Rippey.  This is “classic Jack”, playing the tunes and having a good time.  Laid back, but not sleepy or boring.  I’ve always thought that 101’s airstaff was superior to (arch rival) KQ’s during this era.  Fortunately, Jack is still behind the microphone.  Today, he does mornings with Melissa Carlson and programs KLLZ-FM (“Z-99”) in Bemidji. 

I recorded this just 2 days before I left home for my first radio job in Colorado.  Being the true radio geek that I am, I wanted to roll tape one final time on my favorite local station.  The big Winegard antenna system had already been dismantled, but it wasn’t needed for 101’s short hop from the IDS to Apple Valley.  My Pioneer SX-3900, Technics cassette deck, and TDK D90 tape were used to produce this recording.  Approximate time is from 7:15-8:00PM.

Near the end of this aircheck, you will hear the late Domino Rippey do the 8:00 Legal ID.

3 thoughts on “KDWB-FM 101.3 Minneapolis MN Jack Hicks 1983

  1. Jon

    Hey Drew,

    When did Domino pass away?

  2. Drew Post author

    Hi Jon,

    Not sure on this, so I’ve asked a few “experts.” I’ll let you know what I find out.

  3. Jack Hicks


    Thanks for posting the aircheck. It brings back memories. It’s a little bit “sped up” but other than the higher pitch it’s really a nice sounding recording. It was weird at the time, because we were rockers and didn’t like the jingles, and the “Rock Radio” thing. I remember going from Judas Priest into Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream.”

    Anyway, Domino died about 4 years ago from Lung Cancer. I got to see him at his place in Missouri not long after he got the news.

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