KSTP-AM 1500 Minneapolis MN Musicland 1978

After I posted the previous True Don Bleu aircheck, discussion ensued on a Minnesota radio message board regarding the Musicland spots he once voiced.  In addition to being one of the top jocks in the Twin Cities, T.D.B. was also a stellar voice talent.  His spots for the Musicland chain of record stores were distributed nationally.

This ad for the “Thank God It’s Friday” movie soundtrack album aired during the summer of 1978.  Ironically, I recorded it off of 15/KSTP which was KDWB’s arch rival during this time.  I’m guessing the KSTP folks probably didn’t enjoy airing the voice of a prime competitor.  But Musicland was a BIG client in those days and they ran a lot of spots.  If you wanted their buy, you did it their way.

There are a few seconds of tape dropout in the left channel only.  This was originally recorded on an Audio Magnetics C-60 cassette which I purchased in 1972.  These were the infamous “bag cassettes” that sold 3 for $1.99 or less on sale.  The relatively low quality and age of this tape combine to cause the dropout.  Still, the audio is very good for AM radio, recorded onto a Sears AM/FM/cassette mono portable unit.

“A 12.98 series package, now just $7.87 for record, 8-track, or cassette tape!”  Ah, the days when we had to decide between three competing formats when making music purchases.  And you gotta love an entire double album that’s dedicated to disco!

TDB_Musicland_TGIF_1978

2 thoughts on “KSTP-AM 1500 Minneapolis MN Musicland 1978

  1. JUMPIN' JACK

    NICE SPOT-TRUE DON WAS GREAT-WHEN I WENT TO THE CITIES
    IN THE EARLY 70’S. IT WAS TRUE DON AND ROB SHERWOOD.WHAT A GREAT
    LINE UP FOR AFTERNOON DRIVE INTO THE NIGHT-TIME.

  2. Drew Post author

    I was a big Rob Sherwood fan also. Problem was, I couldn’t get KDWB-AM very well from Apple Valley. We were right in the directional null towards WOI-AM 640 in Ames, IA. At night, they’d drop to 250 watts, protecting KXOK/St. Louis and KHOW/Denver. So, I couldn’t hear them after dark at all. But I became very familiar with Rob during his days at U-100 (WYOO) and later, at 15/KSTP.

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