Charlie Stroud aka “Charley Brown” was a prominent air personality on KDWB/63 during the 1970s. In 1995, he took his act to St. Cloud and became the host of “Electric Avenue” on KKSR “Star 96.7.”
I had a personal love and interest for this program. Two years earlier, I hosted a similar Saturday night show (“Saturday Night Fever”) on the ill-fated WTCX 105.1 in the Twin Cities. Both Charlie and I spotlighted the “pop” hits of the 1970s with lots of phones and energy. I can tell you from personal experience that this type of interactive show is incredibly fun to do. Instant adrenalin rush!
This recording was made from Brooklyn Park which is approximately 60 miles distant from KKSR’s 50kW transmitter. So, there’s a bit of white noise in the stereo signal. I used my beloved Pioneer SX-3900 receiver, connected to a Radio Shack 6-element FM yagi antenna. The yagi was mounted to the bottom half of a broken Shakespeare CB antenna which functioned as an 8 foot mast. This makeshift mast was strapped to my deck post with bungee cords and fed with 300 ohm “twin lead” cable. Antenna was approximately 20 feet above ground level. Sounds ridiculous, but it worked great! The recording was made using an inexpensive Sony cassette deck and TDK D90 tape.
This show was an authentic throwback to Top 40 radio of the 1970s! Notice the “K-D-Double-U….” jingle that Charlie uses here: