KELO-AM 1320 Sioux Falls SD Kelly Stone 1977

I just received this today from Jim Olson in Minot, ND. Being the true radio geek that I am, I wanted to get it “on-the-air” as quickly as possible. Jim writes:

“Here’s the aircheck of me when I was known as Kelly Stone at KELO-AM in Sioux Falls.

The name was given to me by Neil Shurtz, who was the PD when I started in June of 1976. He soon left for Colorado, leaving Harley Worthit as the PD (he also worked a lot in the Twin Cities I believe). I did PM drive for over a year before moving to KKLS in Rapid City. This was my first radio job outside my father’s station in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, KTRF. This audio came from a reel tape I had from back then – unfortunately it was the only aircheck I saved from my days in Sioux Falls.”

KELO sounded much bigger than Sioux Falls was at the time. Their jocks, music rotation, and audio processing made them sound like they were in a much larger market. Our annual family vacation ritual often took us from the Twin Cities to the Black Hills, so I’d get my chance to hear them during the summer months. Unfortunately, we never stopped near Sioux Falls, so I was never able to roll tape. Thanks, Jim for sharing this with us!

Note: There is approximately 7 seconds silence at the beginning of the audio file. Since this was already a compressed file, I didn’t want to degrade the audio by trimming and thus adding another layer of compression. Besides, you get to hear the cool startup hum of the reel-to-reel skimmer this way!


6 thoughts on “KELO-AM 1320 Sioux Falls SD Kelly Stone 1977

  1. scott

    loved the 13K as a kid. i really loved the bay city rollers, can’t believe there is an aircheck of somebody talking up the ramp for “you made me believe in magic”!

  2. Tom Schrader

    Truth be told, Kelly Stone is now my boss…but having said that…
    I grew up in Phoenix and have heard tons of airchecks from Phoenix and stations along the west coast. Kelly Stone may have been in a smaller market, but he could have easily worked in Phoenix or San Diego. Other markets too. It was very tight.

  3. Drew Post author

    It’s great to get stuff like this! Especially a station like KELO. I was only 13 at the time and living in the Twin Cities. But as I mentioned, I was familiar with KELO, due to our family’s frequent Black Hills vacations. Always wished I had tape of “13K.” Then, out-of-the-blue, your boss e-mails and asks if I would like a vintage 1977 KELO aircheck for my site. Well, YEAH! 🙂

  4. Wade Brandis

    It’s interesting to hear KELO-AM as a Top 40 station. Thanks again! Just think only about a half hour away from Sioux Falls is KJAM Radio in Madison which probably didn’t sound as professional as KELO did in this clip. 🙂 (I do have some old KJAM Airchecks if you are interested)

    I hope I’m not rude for asking, but would it be possible to include the original commercial breaks in the airchecks as a separate file? It would be fun to have a set of old radio commercials from Sioux Falls/Rapid City as a set.

  5. Drew Post author

    You got your wish! I’ve created a new “All Commercials” exhibit which I will be updating on a regular basis. Unfortunately, I don’t have any from Sioux Falls or Rapid City. The KELO and KKLS airchecks were sent to me by the fine air talent who originally performed them. I posted them exactly as they were received.

  6. David B

    This is cool…I have a program which allows for the trimming of the extra space from the beginning in a non-destructive manner, meaning it can be done with no need for additional decompression or re-encoding. This preserves the quality of the file. I did this with the copy I downloaded and it sounds great! I can send you the modified copy if you like. Thanks for putting this piece of history out there!

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