KFGO-AM 790 Fargo ND Country Kitchen ID 1972

Anyone know who the announcers are on this clip?

This was recorded from my grandparents’ home in Michigan, ND.  There is some cross track noise in the left channel.  This was because I used my grandparents’ Lantz recorder to make this aircheck.  It didn’t completely erase the previous recording which I made with my Spartan/Atlantic recorder since the recording heads were slightly out of alignment with one another.  Tape used was an inexpensive Audio Magnetics 60 minute “bag” cassette.

Here’s a locally produced spot for Country Kitchen, followed by a station ID.  I’m not certain whether he says “good time radio Fargo, 790, this is KFGO” or “good top radio Fargo, 790, this is KFGO.”  It’s not “good TALK radio”, since KFGO didn’t flip to talk for several more years.  In 1972, they played that good ‘ol country music.  This was the station my grandfather always had on in his ’65 Ford Galaxie 500.


4 thoughts on “KFGO-AM 790 Fargo ND Country Kitchen ID 1972

  1. Larry W. Stout

    In the fifties it was “THE MIGHTY SEVEN NINETY”. Jocks
    included Charlie Boon {later at WCCO}.

  2. Drew Post author

    They were still using “The Mighty 790” as recently as 1983. I have a Fargo/Moorhead composite aircheck on here where that line is used as part of the Legal ID.

  3. Max Reiner

    Indeed, I DO recall fondly KFGO, the mighty 790 in Fargo. That was THEE teen station “serving three states and part of Canada,” as one of their IDs stated. My warm memories go back to my high school days in my hometown near the SoDak/NoDak border in the 1950s. They were 5KW day and night, as I recall. An engineer said that one of their RCA xmtr RF amplifiers was somewhat out of tune. That accounted for their signal a very crisp sound, which was to their advantage. The DJ lineup consisted of program director Charlie Boone, later to WCCO; deep voiced Bobby Dale, who had a very strange sense of humor. He would read commercials backwards, for instance. Arv Johnson was news director. Later on, he and Boone both were at WCCO. Lem Hawkins had a midday country/western show with the theme “Dinner Time At Our House.” I believe he sold his own spots. DJ Scott Beach (real name) taught at Moorhead State. He later moved to San Francisco. I later saw him in a film reminiscing Tennessee Williams. KFGO’s “Platter Party” was rabidly popular with Boone and Bobby Dale the DJs. They carried their own PA, including a huge speaker. Ahhh, those WERE the days. Never to return, alas!

  4. Max Reiner

    An update on KFGO-AM. Tom Wynn is now program director or manager there. I first met him when I worked for KRSI, Saint Louis Park. His last Twin Cities radio job was at WLOL-AM when I worked on the AM and then was on the FM until that changed format in the mid 1970s. As I recall, Tom’s Twin Cities radio progression went something like WDGY 1130 AM during their really great radio days when they competed with KDWB 630 AM. Then KRSI, WJHW, Maplewood and WLOL.

    As for me, I covered a wide trek here from the old KQRS, when it was KEVE AM and KADM FM, to KUOM, when it was a real educational radio station, WWTC, when it played “Starburst Clusters: 3 songs in a row with no commercial interruption,” WLOL AM & FM, and finally KTWN-FM Anoka.

    ***If anyone wants to reach me and get together to reminisce and socialize, you can email me at samwst56@aol.com. I’d really like to meet folks who were either in the biz, out of the biz or wish they were in the biz. :)***

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