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Here's a real holiday treat from us at the Pavek: Axel's very own rendition of "The Night before Christmas" with an introduction by none other than Mary Davies. Happy Holidays and enjoy!


At long last Museum cofounder Paul Hedberg has finally written his autobiography. It's a wonderful snapshot of radio in Minnesota during the second half of the Twentieth Century. If you love the world of broadcasting, its characters and their stories, you will love Paul’s autobiography. The price is only $19.95 plus tax, here at the Museum, or $27.35 online (includes tax, shipping, and handling). Best of all, 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Museum. That is, after all, how great men do things.


Once again our old friend Jim Ramsburg has come up with another winner, this one the story of Louisiana State Senator Dudley LeBlanc and his multi-million dollar tonic. Go to http://www.jimramsburg.com/hadacol.html

Sam Sherwood
Although it has been more than a year since Sam Sherwood dropped off this box of Formula 63 used to promote the 1959 entry of KDWB into the Top 40 market, it ties right into Jim Ramsburg's story of Hadacol; see Formula63.html.


Chuck Penson's new book, Heathkit Test Equipment Products, is the definitive guide to every piece of test equipment the company ever produced. With 200 pages covering more than 300 products, this book is a “must have” for test equipment aficionados. Every product includes a photo, a brief description, and specifications with references to the products that preceded and followed.


On Sunday, April 27, 2014, the Red-Throated League of the Norwegian Explorers presented The Adventure of the Skull and Bones at the Museum. They have graciously allowed us to share it with you ... enjoy!

Andrew Baron
with Maillardet's Automaton

The guest speaker at Radio Daze 2014 (May 17, 2014) was Andrew Baron. If you’ve seen the movie Hugo or Henri Maillardet's Automaton at the Franklin Institute or the wonderful cutting-edge pop-up creations of Popyrus Studios or the detailed research to be discovered at RCATheremin.com, then you have a partial knowledge of Andrew Baron and his work.

As a special bonus, he played several tunes on the Pavek’s original 1929 Theremin. For more about Andrew and the automaton go to www.popyrus.com/hugo.


David Cummings interviewed Carol Schaubach and Julie Enroth, original members of the Axel and Carmen Fan Club, Monday, February 24, 2014. Allan Lotsberg and Bud Kraehling joined them in the studio and on the phone. To hear the complete interview go to http://kfai.org/rockininrhythm

Shown left to right are: Mary Davies, Carol Schaubach, Julie Enroth, and Clellan Card.


Tom Oszman is hosting a fundraiser for his Web site, TCMediaNow at the Heights Theatre on Thursday, February 27th at 7:30 pm. It will be a combination of video, followed by a media panel with Hall of Fame member Stan Turner, plus others such as Robb Leer, Ron Rosenbaum Tom Mischke, Neil Murray (and hopefully more).

Tickets are available now for $15.00 each at TCMediaNow.brownpapertickets.com.

Earl E. Bakken


Earl E. Bakken celebrated his 90th birthday
January 10th!

Widely credited with creating the global medical device industry, which has saved millions of lives and employs hundreds of thousands of people, Earl Bakken has always sought new ways to use technology to educate and benefit humankind.  This commitment, together with his lifelong love of radio, led him to help found the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.  His leadership drives the Museum’s mission of inspiration, education, and preservation of the history of broadcasting and electronic communication to this day.

Christmas On The Air

Like the ornaments and lights taken out of storage every December, we're happy to again bring out the stories and sounds of a few of Network Radio's best Christmas programs for your holiday enjoyment.  We call our annual post Christmas Stars.

Go to www.jimramsburg.com to hear the rest of the story.


Groucho Marx had one of America’s most familiar faces and voices during Network Radio’s Golden Age.  Many of the movies he made with his brothers in the 1930‘s - Animal Crackers, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup, A Night At The Opera, A Day At The Races, etc. - were, and still are, considered comedy classics.  

Yet, he was 60 years old and had 18 years of prime time network exposure before he finally had a Top Ten show.  It was then, after three years of work, he hosted what became the most popular audience participation quiz show of the Golden Age, You Bet Your Life.

Go to www.jimramsburg.com to hear the rest of the story.


Not many Network Radio stars were busy in the kitchen like CBS publicists depicted Virginia Payne as Ma Perkins on Thanksgiving Day. 

In reality, some of the greatest stars rehearsed on Thanksgiving morning for one of the year’s biggest broadcasts - The Elgin Thanksgiving Day Show aka Elgin’s Two Hours of Stars - an afternoon listening must in millions of homes for seven consecutive seasons beginning in 1942, all sponsored by the Elgin Watch Company.

Go to www.jimramsburg.com to hear the story of these unique broadcasts.


Videos on Vimeo! After years of trying to come up with a video format that will play well on virtually all computers, we may have solved it. We are paying Vimeo to host them. So far we have converted 24 of our old SWF and FLV files and posted them. Please let us know how they work. Here's the list with links to each one: Cedric Adams, Mick Anselmo, True Don Bleu, Dick Bremer, Helen and Richard Brown, Steve Cannon, Johnny Canton, Mary Davies, Jason Davis, Ed and Carol De La Hunt, Miss Betty Douglass, Andy Hilger, Bob Johnson, Kim Jeffries Ketola, Mike Kronforst, Joyce Lamont, Marty O’Neill, Jeanne Arland Peterson, Eleanor Mondale Poling, Mark Rosen, Don Stolz, Jack Thayer, C.J. Thomforde, Rodger Kent Vogel, and Barry ZeVan


This 1962 Motorola hung on the wall of West Concord, Minnesota, Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Doty's office until 2012. His daughter Kathy said, "It was always tuned to WCCO because Ken needed reliable weather information to determine whether he needed to get up early to drive the bus routes the next morning. When Ken couldn't get through, he knew he needed to call WCCO and cancel school. Usually he and some of the neighboring superintendents from Kenyon and Dodge Center would talk to each other and compare notes so they would have similar start times or cancellations.

After Ken called WCCO, we would listen to hear them announce that school was either cancelled or late that day. I remember Roger Erickson's voice making the announcement."

Alan Lotsberg


In case you missed Tom Oszman's interview of Bud Kraehling and Alan Lotsberg on Flashback Twin Cities at 1 pm Saturday, June 1, on KLBB AM 1220, you can hear them on Tom's Website TCMediaNow

Tom recently interviewed Jason Davis and Pat Miles as well.

Bud Kraehling

cover of 1941 Radio Retailing mag


Suppose you turned on your radio and found that all of your local stations had moved around the dial to new frequencies. 
Impossible, you say?  

Nope, it actually happened on March 29, 1941, when over 800 of the country's radio stations - almost 90% of them - switched frequencies in the middle of the night. 
Check out The March of Change at www.jimramsburg.com to learn how and why this once in a lifetime upheaval happened.  The post also includes a list of familiar 50,000 watt stations that were affected and some recorded announcements that were broadcast in advance of the event urging listeners to... well, we'll let you decide what those spots really wanted them to do. 


Jimmy Durante
Jim Ramsburg
Jim Ramsburg

In case you haven't seen it yet, Jim Ramsburg did a wonderful interview with Jimmy Durante back in 1965 on KLAC/Los Angeles. You'll be touched by the genuine warmth of the man and his stories about Garry Moore, Carol Burnett and the adoption of his baby daughter at age 68.

To hear the interview and learn more about Jim's book, Network Radio Ratings, 1932 - 1953, go to http://www.jimramsburg.com/


Flashback Twin Cities from TCMediaNow.com


Tom Oszman, creator of TCMediaNow has his own show on KLBB, 1220 AM. It's called "Flashback Twin Cities" and is on Saturday mornings from 8 am till 9 am. You can also hear podcasts of the show on Tom's site.



Here are the results of the Richard Balsbaugh collection of Catalin radios that recently sold at a Bonhams' auction. http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20886/


Ben Vogel


Retired Hubbard Broadcasting engineer Ben Vogel recently donated a Sony VO-3800 and its companion AC-3000. At just under 30 pounds, it was the first portable video cassette recorder on the market, ushering in the era of “backpack journalism.”

Ben's donation inspired a brief history of television news gathering. I hope you'll enjoy it ... tvnews.html


Twenty-Five Years Ago - October 25, 1987 - The Minnesota Twins win the World Series




Bud Kraehling Interview!

Vikings Update with Tony Parker from 1979

Vikings Update with Tony Parker from 1977

25 years ago, WCCO 6pm Report with Dave Moore

Tim Blotz & Dick Sigurdson


After 40 years of climbing towers and getting called into work during the middle of the night, seven days a week, our good friend, Dick Sigurdson, has retired as the senior engineer at Fox 9's transmission tower in Shoreview, Minnesota.

When Dick started there in 1971 there were only three TV stations (9, 2, & 17) transmitting from the tower that became Dick's second home. Over the years, there were as many as five TV stations and ten FMs, all under Dick's watch.

Now, Dick and his new bride, Bev, are planning a lifetime of road trips without ever getting another 2:00 am phone call telling him to come in and "get the station back on the air."  Congratulations Dick!

Roger Erickson
Roger Erickson


RadioTapes.com has posted the Roger Erickson: This is Your Life video.
Produced in 1998, at the time of Roger’s retirement from WCCO Radio, this 25 minute video presents the story of Roger’s life filled with comments from his family, friends and WCCO co-workers. This is a wonderful tribute to one of the most popular and talented radio personalities in the Twin Cities.

Appearing on the video: Roger’s family including his wife (Margaret), brother, daughter, son, and grandson … plus co-host Charlie Boone, Dr. John Najarian, Jim Gustafson (General Manager), Mark Durenberger (engineer), Sue Frase and Jan Allen (producers), Steve Murphy (news), Bill Farmer (co-host), Jerry Bell and Carl Pohlad (Minnesota Twins), Clayt Kaufman (General Manager), Ray Vecellio (Sales Manager), Don Stolz (Old Log Theater), Ray Christensen, Sharon Sayles Belton (Minneapolis Mayor), Norm Coleman (St. Paul Mayor), Sid Hartman, Dave Lee and others.


Tom Gavaras' RadioTapes.com just posted six hours of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 as broadcast on WCCO Radio including the first breaking news report to the announcement that the President had died and extensive follow-up coverage including local, national and international reports from CBS Radio and WCCO-AM. The CBS coverage is anchored by Allan Jackson including reporters from all over the nation and world. WCCO-AM's coverage includes Dick Chapman including interviews with people outside the 'CCO building when the death of President Kennedy was announced along with reports on closings and special church services by Charlie Boone, Jergen Nash and Ray Christensen. Tom wants to thank former WCCO engineer Bill Lund for providing these recordings.

Radio Today price guide

Original list prices for all 1935 and 1936 radios were published in the September 1935 issue of Radio Today. Now you can have them too.
Just go to RadioPrices35-36.html.

Don't forget to check the Museum Website Index for a complete listing of all the resources on this site.


Tom Oszman's TC Media Now Website is loaded with new entries that he wants to share with anyone who can't get enough classic Twin Cities news coverage.

30 years ago: WCCO-TV News full report with Dave Moore and Doug Moore

KQRS-FM Commercial from 1978

WCCO-TV Commercial with Dave Moore, Doug Moore, and Walter Cronkite 1978

KSTP-TV 10PM Update full report including the very short baseball strike,
August 1985

Johnny Canton


Johnny Canton is spotlighted on RadioTapes.com featuring 20 recordings spanning nearly 50 years of his broadcast career including interviews on Dick Clark's American Bandstand and airchecks on various stations inside and outside Minnesota including WDGY-AM, WCCO-FM, and WLTE-FM. There is even a photo when he appeared in the movie, Airport.

Carol and Ed De La Hunt


De La Hunt Broadcasting and KPRM celebrated fifty years on the air Saturday, August 4th, 2012.

Congratulations to Ed, Carol, and the entire De La Hunt family for their contributions to the broadcast industry!

Bud Krahling and Shirley
Bud Kraehling and Shirley Locklwood
    Bud Kraehling and his wife, Shirley Lockwood, stopped into the Museum on June 19th for an interview with Tom Oszman. When Tom told us that Bud would turn 94 that day, we bought a cake to help him celebrate. Bud and Shirley were gracious enough to share the cake and some wonderful memories with the staff. Tom is still editng at this time, but watch his site, TCMediaNow.com for the complete interview.

Andrew Baron

Home on the Range with Andrew Baron

On May 5, 2012, Andrew Baron of Popyrus Studio stopped into the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting and played our RCA Theremin.  We realized we were witnessing something special and captured the final verse of "Home on the Range" with a cell phone.

Andrew is an international award-winning pop-up book designer, as well as a restorer and historian of various early technologies.  With his research colleague Mike Buffington, Andrew co-hosts RCATheremin.com, the first and only definitive website devoted to Leon Theremin's unique and historic instruments.  RCATheremin.com is also home to the Official RCA Theremin Registry, formed in 1996 by Theremin World's Jason Barile to document the surviving instruments.

Andrew's web site for his other endeavors, including his restoration of the famous Maillardet Automaton at The Franklin Institute Science Museum, can be found at Popyrus.com.  Andrew can be reached at andy@popyrus.com

True Don Bleu


A decade of True Don Bleu airchecks

has been up on Tom Gavaras' Radiotapes.com for almost a month now. Don't be like me and take forever to enjoy them ... tune in now!

Cedric Adams
Cedric Adams


The Cedric Adams Video

Inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2002, Cedric Adams was an icon of radio, television, and print. Now, at last, we have a video that gives some sense of just how important he was to this community.

Ramsburg's cover link to Ramsburg's site



Network Radio Ratings,
by Minnesota Hall of Fame member, Jim Ramsburg

There was a time when most Americans knew Marie Wilson and Alan Reed of My Friend Irma, Freeman Gosden & Charles Correll, (Amos & Andy), and Fred Allen with his political pal from Allen's Alley, Kenny Delmar as Senator Beauregard Claghorn.  If they weren't known on sight, they were certainly known by their voices to millions of radio listeners.

It was a fascinating period in our culture when just four radio networks - connected by telephone lines to their hundreds of affiliated stations from coast to coast - dominated American media to a greater degree than any other concerted force ever had - or ever will again.

Jim's book, Network Radio Ratings, 1932-1953, is an almanac of that period and offers a new perspective to fans of Radio's "Golden Age" and students of broadcasting history.  Bookseller www.amazon.com provides a  "Look Inside" preview on its page devoted to the book.   

The Trashmen

The Trashmen in London
After all these years the Trashmen finally made it to the U.K. on April 7, 2012. Here's our favorite London correspondent, Tom Rivers, with the interview.

Steve Cannon at  the mike
Steve Cannon 


The Cannon Tapes
As many of you may know, Steve Cannon and Tommy Mischke became good friends during Steve’s final years.  But we were all surprised when Tommy dropped off a cache of more than 100 reel-to-reel tapes of the Great One a while back.

Tom Gavaras has been transcribing and posting them to his site, RadioTapes.com, where you can now hear highlights of Steve’s career from WLOL-AM in the late 1950s, KSTP-AM throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, and WCCO-AM in the mid 1980s.   We will post links as more tapes are released.

Thanks to T.D. Mischke and Tom Gavaras for all their work preserving and sharing some of the great moments in broadcast history.

old GE TV with Clancy, Willie, and Mary Davies  

Twin Cities Television Chronology

Eight Decades of Twin Cities Television History  

The Twin Cities Television Chronology has been a work-in-progress for several years now. It is finally good enough to share with you. Thanks to Tom Oszman and his TCMediaNow site, we will be adding updates and material on a weekly basis ... stay tuned!


MV Communicator

Pirate Radio!

Tom Rivers, radio correspondent for ABC News London Bureau, visited us a while back and brought along a couple compatriots from his pirate radio days in the 1960s. Here's the true story of one of the most exciting chapters in radio history.


Philco 95 Selectivity curves link to Philco 95 article

Philco 95

The Philco 95 was the first radio on the market with diode AVC.
Here's our review of one that was recently donated and rebuilt.