Minnesota Public Radio was founded in 1967 by Bill Kling and Colman Barry, president of St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn. After the first station, KSJR 90.1-FM, went on the air, Kling began building a statewide network. Here's a sampling of some early recordings found in the MPR Archive.
February 12, 1980 — A Prairie Home Morning Show February 12, 1980
March 28, 1979 — A news feature on John J. Koblas' book, "A Guide to F Scott Fitzgerald's St Paul: A Traveler's Companion to His Homes & Haunts."
March 11, 1977 — A news feature of British economist E. F. Schumacher, author of the book "Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered."
March 4, 1977 — A news feature of poetry that is written later in life. And poetry in buses speaks to a diverse audience.
June 2, 1976 — Two poems read by David R. Solheim, North Dakota's Poet in the Schools.
May 10, 1976 — Author of Our Two Lives, Madame Halina Rodzinski talks about her love and marriage to her husband, the conductor Artur Rodzinksi.
May 6, 1976 — Highlights from the 7th Annual Writers Conference at the University of North Dakota. Participants include Truman Capote, Tom Wolfe, B. J. Phillipa from Ms. Magazine, North Dakota poet Larry Woinode and others. They discuss new journalism, media and politics.
April 15, 1976 — Tom Wolfe, credited for developing "The New Journalism", speaking at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks on the direction of "The New Journalism" for the 7th Annual University of North Dakota Writers Conference.
March 26, 1976 — Reflections of the North: Two Minnesota Naturalists and Artists - Writer Sigurd Olson and Photographer Les Blacklock offer readings and personal commentary on life in the North.
March 25, 1976 — An introduction to the Beat Poetry scene, an American style of poetry.