WYOO-FM 101.3 Minneapolis MN Brother Bob Hall 1974

In December, 1974, U100 was the hot new radio station in the Twin Cities.  A few months earlier, they had flipped from Oldies to a hybrid Rock/Top 40 format.  Program Director Rob Sherwood performed the format flip before a live audience at the Minnesota State Fair.  Most of the old airstaff was let go after the change.  The midday talent remained the same, however.  WYOO’s “Tall Robert Hall” became U100’s “Brother Bob Hall.”  It was a good choice since Robert had the talent and certainly had the pipes to pull off the station’s transition to a more youthful audience.

This is one of the few airchecks on this site which I did not personally record.  Back in 1999, Curt Lundgren sent me this tape.  As you may know, Curt spent many years on the Minneapolis/St. Paul radio dial with WCCO AM and FM.  Though I listened to U100 extensively, I was only 10-12 years old at the time, so I didn’t have much tape of the station.  Needless to say, Curt’s contribution to my “Supah Yeww” collection was greatly appreciated.


4 thoughts on “WYOO-FM 101.3 Minneapolis MN Brother Bob Hall 1974

  1. Margaret Castell

    Interesting piece of days gone by. I was married to Robert Hall at the time and well remember the format change, call letters, etc. and many of the jocks. It’s been many years since I have heard of him and wonder do you know where he is or if he’s still alive. The Twin Cities was a great market and I knew many of the other stations’ talent. If you know do let me know. Many thanks.

  2. Drew Post author

    Hi Margaret!

    One of the great things about having this website is that I never know who is going to read it and comment! “The Tall Robert Hall” started at WYOO when it was an Oldies station. I first heard him in late 1972 when I was 8 years old. I think he was part of the original airstaff when Fairchild bought 980 & 101.3 from Bill and Becky Ann Stewart. 980 became WYOO and 101.3 morphed into WRAH. Robert Hall and Rob Sherwood were the only jocks to survive the format flip to “U100” in August, 1974.

    I would also love to know where Bob is now. Did he work at any other Twin Cities stations after WYOO? I don’t think so, but I’m not 100% certain on this. Wasn’t he Canadian by birth?

    Thanks so much for writing! As a kid who wanted to be on the radio, U100 was by far my favorite station. A sad day indeed when they went off the air 🙁

  3. Jeanette Wright

    Hi Margaret Castell …I remember you from Mpls 1973 ..I once went with you to an expat meeting ! I am still in contact with Doug MacKinnon and he might know where Robert is now. I am back living in England , be nice to hear from you.

  4. Virtual Private Servers

    They liked the sound of that and “U100” was born, only later realizing the coincidence of the “WYOO” call letters and the new branding of “U100”. The new U100 quickly became the topic of conversation throughout the area with its rowdy, outrageous mix of Top 40 and hard rock.

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