Brown College (formerly Brown Institute) had its 60 year celebration and reunion on September 16th, 2006. This web site creator, Rick Burnett. a 1972 Brown Institute grad. attended and took some photos. To see the photos taken during this event to th the link: http://browncollege.multiply.com/photos
There you see photos of people and the Brown College campus in Mendota Heights. You can click on the photos to enlarge them.
There is a PDF file you can open for the 60 year event program and a brief history of Brown. This is also another PDF file old Lake Street school photo of the training studio from the current Brown College brochure. This also includes an old rendering of the Lake street location. The person at the control board is Bob Bergland.
See the Brown 60 year celebration photos link in section above for 9-15-06 photos of the Lake Street campus (now use by another school).
Chuck Knapp (left) and Dan Donavan At Pavek Hall of Fame Dinner October 2006
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting Hall Of Fame Induction Dinner October 2006
Mike Kronforst of Brown College attended the diner and provided the photos on the left. Here is the email he sent:
Attached are a couple shots taken at the Pavek Museum Hall of Fame Induction Dinner this past Saturday evening in the Twin Cities.
First shot shows Chuck Knapp and Dan Donovan. Chuck introduced Dan who was inducted into the Hall.
Second shot is of your truly and Lou Waters formerly of CNN and before that he was Lovable Lou Riegert at KDWB back in the early 60's.
If you're a real junkie, and I know you are, I'm pretty sure the Pavek has the whole evening available on their website.
Brown College 10/30/06
Photos courtesy of Mike Kronforst, of Brown College - Posted 8-17-07
Lou Waters (left) and Mike Kronforst at Pavek Hall of Fame Dinner in October 2006.
A Brown Student Audition Tape From September 1972
Bad stuff. This is embarrassing, but here it is. I originally provided an audition tape to the then placement director, Hugh Phillips. Hugh provided his honest comments and did not like the air name I was using on the tape (Rick R. Rockwood). He also did not think it was good to use the KTCR-FM jingles. You can hear my 1st tape to the right and see the notes with Hugh Phillips feedback by clicking on the PDF file just under it.
I did the audition tape again (redo posted to the right). I changed the name to Rick Burnett, and kept the jingles. I was stubborn at that point in my life, I was 20 years old and knew everything. It is amazing how much less you know as you grow older.
Audition Tape Used For KTCR-FM Part-Time Job - Recorded July 3rd, 1973 The first paying job in commercial radio I had was at KTCR-FM in the summer of 72. It was short lived. I think one of the reasons Jerry Cunning hired me was that I had a 1st Class license (the hard way-I attended an electronics course at Brown for over a year). Jerry was thinking I could be further trained at some time to help with Transmitter maintenance. I was not ready for Minneapolis and Minneapolis was not ready for me. I sounded a bit more up-tempo on the air at KTCR-FM, but still not very good. Jerry let me use the name of Rick R. Rockwood. I do not have an aircheck of my first job at KTCR-FM. I was fired after about two months when I mispronounced Illinois on a newscast. I then focused on getting a small market radio job.
This aircheck was not recorded at Brown, but at the Pirate (unlicensed) WXYE-FM studios. The pirate studio equipment had fair quality sound, but was simular in format to the Brown recommended way at that time.
The airchecks on this not for profit web site were recorded off the air. The recordings on this site provide historical examples of Twin Cities radio and are intended for purposes of archival preservation and for research. Additionally, the recordings can be used by vision impaired visitors to get an audio perspective of radio history. These recordings are not intended to by used by others for commercial purposes.
Some of the airchecks are off reel to reel tapes that were recorded off the air by the web site creator. In May 2006 the recordings started to be converted to MP3 and shared here. In addition to this web site creator's recorded aircheck collection, there are also many airchecks that were recorded and submitted by friends and acquaintances, or contributed by other collectors. Sources are cited, if known. The contributed recordings from friends and contributors of both airchecks and other material are greatly appreciated. Without their help, the site would have many less pages of radio history. The recordings of the contributors to this web site who recorded them off the air may show up on other sites. This site does not charge any fees to listen to the posted recordings. The purpose of this site is to provide radio history and intended for purposes of archival preservation and research.
Windows Media Player works well to play these MP3 files, and depending on your internet settings, will start streaming the file once the link is clicked, Some files are large and may take time to open. Should you have any aircheck of Twin Cities radio stations, let me know and I may be able to include them at this site. Contact me at Rick(at)HotMail.com --- NOTE Replace "(at)" with @ when typing email address