KSTP-AM 1500 Minneapolis MN Jeff Pigeon 1978

Jeff Pigeon (“Ol Pidge”) did middays on KSTP-AM during the final days of “The Music Station” in the Twin Cities.  In 1973, “15/KSTP” made local radio ratings history by zooming from near last place to #2 in just 60 days!  They did it by adopting a  Top 40 format and hiring great programmers/jocks who executed an aggressive on-air presentation.  Back in those days, about HALF the radios were still tuned to WCCO-AM.  So, #2 and the #1 music station (as KSTP promoted themselves) was the pinnacle of success in this market.

By 1978 however, FM radio had begun to dominate in the Twin Cities.  KDWB added their FM signal (the former U-100) two years earlier.  THEY were now #2 in the market.  WDGY had been their first casualty, flipping to Country the previous year.  KSTP-AM was now feeling the heat.  The Hubbards would soon begin a gradual transformation to News/Talk.

This is “Pidge” at his best.  In just one break, he manages to make fun of President Carter, Betty Ford, and a PSA for a smoking cessation program!  (Yes, cigarettes were still socially acceptable in 1978.)  After leaving KSTP, Jeff went on to WIBC/Indianapolis, hosting mornings for nearly 20 years. 

I was only 14 when I recorded this, so the caliber of my equipment left something to be desired.  One of those cheap “bag cassettes” which explains the occasional dropouts in the left channel.  A Sears mono AM/FM/cassette unit was used to make the recording.

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2 thoughts on “KSTP-AM 1500 Minneapolis MN Jeff Pigeon 1978

  1. Douglas Anderson

    The last that KSTP-AM played any music was in late 1981. Am I right?

  2. Drew Post author

    I’m not sure. I remember KSTP-AM being straight Top 40 as late as the spring of 1979. Shortly thereafter, the gradual transition to Talk Radio began. I think Jeff Pigeon left around this time and I’m pretty sure Rob Sherwood was gone by then. Does anyone reading this know for sure?

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