This is one of the oldest surviving airchecks in my collection. I received my first tape recorder for Christmas, 1971. It was a Spartan/Atlantic “shoebox” model with a built-in AM radio. Immediately, I began using it to record various stations and jocks. It was also about this time that I realized by tuning between the “cracks” of local Twin Cities stations, I could hear radio from other towns during the day and other states at night. I was only 7 years old at the time, so all of this was pretty amazing to me!
Mankato was approximately 60 miles from my location in Apple Valley. Don Linder’s KTOE came in pretty well, both day and night. Bud Quimby was their afternoon host. He did a slightly off-the-wall show, occasionally singing along with the record (as he does here.) Ric Jordan did “KATO-Land” news. Since I didn’t care much for news at my young age, I switched the recorder off when Ric came on. Now, I wish I hadn’t done that, of course! But at least you can hear him intro the news at the end of this tape. An Audio Magnetics “bag cassette” (3 for 99 cents) was used to make this recording. I’m amazed the oxides haven’t completely disintegrated after 41 years.