Songs, stations and tangents. The companion blog for Early '70s Radio: The American Format Revolution, a book by Kim Simpson (Continuum, 2011).
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
KSTP (Minneapolis): Top 40, 1973-1976
In 1973, Minneapolis MOR station KSTP gave itself a makeover, switching to a more rock-oriented Top 40 format and bringing in air talent like Jim "Captain Whammo" Channell and Machine Gun Kelly. Its heyday as the Twin Cities' "15 KSTP - The Music Station" lasted till around 1976 when it switched back to a more adult contemporary sound. You can hear a portion of Machine Gun Kelly's 1973 New Years Eve countdown of the 150 best pop songs of all time (at one point attempting to skip Henry Mancini's rendition of "Romeo and Juliet") at Rick Burnett's Twin Cities Radio Airchecks. The blue KSTP image comes courtesy of Radio Sticker of the Day.