Infobox Radio station
name = KDWB
branding = 101.3 KDWB
slogan = "#1 For Today's Hit Music"
airdate = August 1959
frequency = 101.3 FM (MHz) HD Radio
101.3-2 FM (KDWB2 "Party Zone" - Rhythmic/Dance (
format = Commercial; Top 40 (CHR)
erp = 100,000
haat = 315
class = C
facility_id = 41967
callsign_meaning = Derived from former sister station
former_callsigns = WPBC (1960s-1972), WRAH (1972-1973), WYOO (1973-1976)
owner = Clear Channel
webcast = [http://www.kdwb.com/cc-common/streaming_new/index.html?refreshed=yes Listen Live!]
sister_stations = KEEY, KFAN,
KFXN, KQQL, KTCZ, KTLK
website = [http://www.kdwb.com/ www.kdwb.com]
KDWB (101.3 FM) is a
radio stationin the Twin Cities region of Minnesota, known for almost fifty years as a major Top 40 pop musicoutlet. Its transmitter is located in Shoreview, Minnesota. Today, the station is owned by Clear Channel Communications.
Between their AM and FM frequencies, KDWB has been an uninterrupted top 40 outlet since 1959. Originally starting out at 630 kHz, the station's owners purchased the 101.3 MHz frequency in 1976, later transferring the entire format there.
KDWB's origins on the AM dial date back to 1951, at 1590 kHz. The station began as a collaboration between three brothers who named it WCOW, and it played country and old-time music. Vic, Nick, and Al Tedesco, who had previously put together a station in
Stillwater, Minnesota, attempted to get into television on channel 17 the next year, but financial backing fell through. The channel 17 allocation was taken by Twin Cities Public Televisionin 1965. In the early days, WCOW signed on with a cowbell.
WCOW was not very successful, so the station transitioned to being a female-oriented station with the call sign WISK in 1957, and switched their frequency to 630 kHz the next year. Again, the format was not popular, and the station was soon sold to Crowell-Collier Broadcasting Company, who owned
KFWBand KEWB in California. The top 40format of those stations was brought to Minnesota, and the station was dubbed KDWB in 1959. It quickly became a major competitor to the established WDGY, which had been playing a pop music format for a few years by that point. With the 630 kHz frequency, KDWB, calling itself "Channel 63," began its long uninterrupted run as a pop music station.
KDWB allegedly was the first station to have been fined by the
Federal Communications Commission. They apparently had to pay $10,000 because of repeated willful violations of nighttime broadcast power restrictions on the AM band. A fire at the station knocked it off the air for a few days later that decade.
History of 101.3 FM
After two years of wrangling and obtaining start-up funds, WPBC officially signed on the air on
October 18, 1949. The station was owned by the People's Broadcasting Company, founded by former WCCO announcer Bill Stewart and his wife Becky Ann. In contrast to WCCO and KSTP, WPBC carried no network programming, and were live and local all day. The station in the early years played a variety of middle of the roadpop music and standards, and was even considered an innovator in the concept of singing jingles.
As they were limited by their then-daytime only license at 980 AM, they started up WPBD at 101.3 MHz in August 1959, simulcasting the AM station.
The Stewarts sold the stations in 1972 to Fairchild Industries for $1.5 million. Fairchild subsequently dismissed the entire staff and overhauled both stations. On
November 3, 1972, the AM station was relaunched as WYOO, picking up an oldiesformat (with rock and roll included). A few days later, WPBC-FM became WRAH and programmed an automated album oriented rockformat. When the oldies format of WYOO started to slide in the ratings, more MOR music was added, but ratings slid even further. Fairchild contemplated selling the station. The general manager and program director, both hired from established Top 40station KDWB, felt a major change needed to be made.
Station management decided to flip to a
Top 40format. The new station was christened "U100" and debuted on August 26, 1974 during a remote broadcast from the Minnesota State Fair. The new U100 quickly became the topic of conversation throughout the area with its rowdy, outrageous mix of Top 40 and hard rock. Though neither station's frequency had anything to do with the number 100, the placement on the dial at 980 AM and 101.3 FM, close enough to the big "100" on the dial, gave management enough of a reason to call the simulcast U100, since all radios at the time were analog and showed the number "100" on the dial near where both stations were located.
During the next two years, U100 quickly became one of the most talked-about radio station in town. Competition was fierce in rock 40 radio at the time, and compared to U100, WDGY,
KDWBand KSTP-AM seemed a bit tame in their on-air presentation. As an added advantage, U100 was the first Twin Cities top 40 station to broadcast on the FM dial in stereo (in addition to 980 AM).
In early 1976, Fairchild Industries decided to put both stations on the market. The owner of
easy listeningFM station WAYL was interested in the AM operation, to simulcast WAYL's signal and expand coverage in parts of the metro area. Since one company could not own more than one AM or more than one FM station in the same market at the time, they needed to find a buyer for the FM station, and sought out the owners of various AM stations in the area. Doubleday Broadcasting, owner of KDWB, wasn't actively seeking an FM station at the time but offered to buy 101.3 FM in February 1976 after they were offered a rather generous deal for $750,000 that included WYOO-FM and the building in Eagan that housed both stations. KDWB's general manager at the time, Gary Stevens, claimed that they did not buy WYOO-FM to shut down a competitor, but rather to take advantage of what they saw as a good deal. [http://www.radiotapes.com/user/U100%20-%20Sun.pdf]
U100 signed off for the last time at midnight on Wednesday
September 15, 1976, and KDWB morning personality True Don Bleu launched the new KDWB-FM simulcast the following morning at 6 AM.
Helped by the stereo simulcast on 101.3 FM, KDWB quickly regained its position as the dominant Top 40 station in the Twin Cities. WDGY switched to a
country musicformat in 1977. And KSTP hung around until 1979, as they slowly transformed into a talk format. By the end of the decade, KDWB was the only true Top 40 station in town.
With the major competition gone, and the FCC mandating a breakup of AM/FM simulcasts, KDWB-FM split apart from the AM station's Top 40 simulcast in September 1979 and became a pop/rock hybrid as "K101." The station soon morphed into "Stereo 101," an
album oriented rockstation designed to go up against KQRS-FM, which had recently dumped their free-form rock presentation and adopted a stricter playlist. "Stereo 101" would be mildly successful in its four year run, even topping KQRS in the ratings several times. KDWB's AM signal continued with the Top 40 format during this time.
Back to Top 40
In 1981, a serious new Top 40 competitor arrived in the Twin Cities. WLOL dropped their
soft rockformat and turned itself into a high-profile hit music station, immediately shooting to the top of the ratings. WCCO-FM also briefly switched to Top 40. Meanwhile, 63 KDWB faded quickly in the ratings, as AM music stations were slowly becoming a thing of the past. To protect its heritage, take a chunk of WLOL's stellar ratings and finally make the move of its legendary station to the FM dial, KDWB-FM dropped AOR in Early1984 and reverted back to Top 40, though the AM station was running their own programming at times. In a role reversal, the FM signal was now deemed the priority, as 630 AM attained secondary status. The AM station continued with Top 40 until 1985, when it flipped to a separate oldiesformat.
The new "101 KDWB" struggled for years against upstart market leader WLOL, which featured a fresher music selection, more popular DJs, and a highly-rated morning show. KDWB was viewed by many as stuffy, stale, boring and misguided, and they went through several unsuccessful morning shows. It was argued by many that their promotions, music selection and on-air presentation paled in comparison to WLOL.
Finally, in 1988, newly-hired program director Brian Phillips cleaned house, as he dismissed many of the air personalities, overhauled the music, and brought in Steve Cochran to host the station's new morning show. He also hired a new air staff, introduced 12-song commercial-free music sweeps, changed the overall on-air presentation, and created a new logo, which is still in use today. As the rechristened "101.3 KDWB," their fortunes changed. KDWB quickly became the top CHR station in the market, starting a dominance that continues to this day. Now WLOL was playing catch-up, as they tried various minor overhauls and tweaks before moving in a dance music-oriented direction in 1990. KDWB also gained national attention in 1989 for helping to break "The Look" by
Roxette, the first of four US number-one songs for the Swedish duo. The next year, WLOL came to a sudden and premature end, as owner Emmis Broadcastingexperienced financial problems and began to divest of many of their properties. Minnesota Public Radiopurchased WLOL and turned it into the flagship for their classical music service. Throughout the rest of the 1990s, KDWB had virtually no CHR competition.
In 2000, KDWB got a new rival of sorts when upstart
KTTB("B96") went on the air with a rhythmic Top 40format, heavy with hip hopand urban contemporarymusic. While B96 hasn't been a major ratings threat, partly due to its rimshot broadcast signal and smaller promotional presence, it has given KDWB the most formidable competition it's had in recent years. At the other end of the spectrum, KS95 also competes somewhat with its older-leaning Hot ACformat.
"Muslim Jeopardy!" controversy
In late September 2006, KDWB-FM's Dave Ryan, Corey Foley and Steve-O performed a comedy skit based on radical
Islamicideas and behaviors that dominate the news. The skit, modeled on the popular TV game show" Jeopardy!", included an announcer using a fake South Asianaccent introducing contest categories such as "infamous infidels" and "potent portables." The skit also included a threat to behead a femalehost (Lena Svenson) when she got an answer wrong. Some people found the skit funny and a fair depiction of Muslim ideas and actions. Many others, however, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations(CAIR), a Muslim advocacy group, thought otherwise. After receiving complaints about the skit, it demanded an apology from KDWB.
On October 2, 2006, the station's website contained a short apology: "KDWB does not condone making light of Islam and Muslims. We regret that listeners found the 'Muslim Jeopardy!' comedy skit of one of our on-air hosts to be insensitive."
April 25, 2006, Clear Channel announced that KDWB's HD2 subchannel will carry a format focusing on Dance Hits. The HD2 signed the following July as the "Party Zone." "Party Zone" is also the name of the Friday and Saturday night show on KDWB simulcasted from local clubs that in the past has been hosted by the likes of Tone E. Fly, Gerry Dixon, Jeremiah Kubiak and Michael Knight. After six months of running jockless, the subchannel began to add announcers (from KDWB) to its programming.
Dave Ryan in the Morning Show
The Dave Ryan in the Morning Show is KDWB's morning broadcast, it has been broadcasted on KDWB for 15 years. It broadcasts Monday through Friday from 5 to 10 AM. Current hosts of the show are Dave Ryan (Host), Lena Svenson (Co-Host) and Steve-O (Producer),Crisco (Stuntman), and Intern John (Assistant Producer)
Skits, Bits and Quizzes
Here is a list of things performed on The Dave Ryan in the Morning Show.
*War of the Roses- an activity where a suspicious girlfriend will call in, asking for the show to call her boyfriend or husband and act as a company (usually a cellphone company) and offer free roses. The suspect will be asked who he wants to receive the roses. This usually reveals a secret lover.
*Blind Luck- an on-air activity that has all four hosts given the decision to choose between something that will taste good and something that will taste bad. Only thing is, they're all blindfolded.
*Lena Svenson's Have You Been Paying Attention Quiz- a quiz that Lena Svenson asks, giving you simple questions about the modern world. Answer correctly and you win tickets to a hot concert or party in the Twin Cities.
*Gary Spivey- a psychic that you can call into to ask questions to.
*Parodies of hit songs- such as the song
Glamorousby Fergie, replaced with the words Hollister, and sung by Dave Ryan's daughter, Allison.
*KDWB Pays Your Bills- an event when the radio station pays for something expensive that you have purchased.
*What Are You Nervous About- an activity when people call in, telling the hosts what they're nervous about over the weekend. Later, on Monday, the people are required to call the show back, otherwise they will give out your cell phone number on the air.
*KDWB's Gas Pump Payoff- an event where a caller will be given the chance to have the radio station pay for their gas bills. But, ask for too much, and you won't get anything at all.
*The One That Got Away- callers will ask the radio station to track down a past boyfriend or girlfriend of theirs to see what they're up to.
Past Morning Show Personalities include:Lee Valsvik:(1993-1998)Angi Taylor (1998-2003)Corey Foley:(2003-2007)Lena Svenson:(2007-Current)
* [http://www.kdwb.com/ KDWB]
* [http://www.radiotapes.com/ Radiotapes.com] Historic Minneapolis/St. Paul airchecks dating back to 1924 including KDWB AM & FM and other Twin Cities radio stations.
* [http://www.twincitiesradioairchecks.com/kdwb630tapes.html Twin Cities Radio Airchecks' KDWB page]
* [http://www.kdwb.com/pages/hd/index.html KDWB-HD2's "Party Zone"]
* [http://www.oldiesloon.com/twincitieshome.htm Oldiesloon.com, featuring historical information of Twin Cities Top 40 stations]
*(December 6, 2002). Radio station founder Al Tedesco dies. Associated Press.
* [http://www.users.uswest.net/~oldiesloon/stahist.htm Station histories.] Oldiesloon.
*Barry Mishkind (February 28, 2004). [http://www.oldradio.com/current/bc_1sts.htm Broadcast History FAQ.] The Broadcast Archive.
* [http://www.radiotapes.com radiotapes.com, featuring classic airchecks of KDWB, KDWB-FM, U100, and "Stereo 101".]
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