KWWK-FM 96.7 Rochester Minnesota 1982

It may be hard for Country music fans to accept, but KWWK was a Top 40 station during the early 1980s. Mostly automated, they were the FM sister station of KOLM-AM 1520. With a power output of only 3,000 watts, their coverage was limited to the immediate Rochester area. (The upgrade to 50,000 watts @ 96.5 came several years later.) KWWK was also the American Top 40 affiliate station for Rochester. Since Casey Kasem wasn’t available on a Twin Cities FM station during this time, I would listen to the countdown on either KWWK, KCLD/St. Cloud, or WIAL/Eau Claire. This week, I chose KWWK. I always recorded and saved AT40, so I just happened to grab this as the show ended at 4PM.

This was Easter Sunday, 1982. KWWK had a remote broadcast this afternoon, which explains why they were “live” instead of running the automation. Weather, local news, Mutual News, and then the remote from Autorama 8. I’ve edited the Mutual newscast out of this aircheck but have presented it in it’s entirety as a separate exhibit. The remote is rather humorous since it requires the jock to talk about various types of flowers. Now, how many 20-something guys know anything at all about flowers? Very few, if any. Towards the end of the broadcast, he finally gives up and admits defeat. He says “I don’t know much about flowers” and tells the female client/salesperson to take over for him!

This was recorded from Apple Valley, Minnesota, using a Pioneer SX-3900 receiver. A Winegard 10-element FM yagi, Belden ultra low loss coaxial cable, and an Alliance U-100 antenna rotor made reception possible from my location. A Pioneer AM/FM/cassette portable stereo unit was patched in and used as the tape recorder. Source tape is a TDK D90.


2 thoughts on “KWWK-FM 96.7 Rochester Minnesota 1982

  1. Todd Mitchell

    By 1985, KWWK was Country, and KRCH (then AC “K-102”) had AT40.

    One weekend, the board op, instead of playing 1a, 1b, 2a, etc., played 1a, 2a, 3a, 4a, 1b…

    I was on the air down the hall at KWEB, and got a call: “how come Casey went from #35 to #28?”

  2. Drew Post author

    We had a part-timer in Fort Dodge (he will remain nameless) who did the same thing. It was his second or third shift, first job in radio. He never noticed until the phones lit up. Then, he freaked! Wasn’t sure whether he should go back to the start of 1B or just keep going as if nothing happened. AT 40 was scheduled to run from 2-6PM. He knew his timing was screwed no matter which option he chose!

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