KSTL Collection

Accession Number: MA uu:166
MA 02:23
MA 14:15
MA 15:05
Location:  E1, Shelf 3
Dates:  1948 – 1989
Size:  1 box
Creator/Collector: Collected by Edward Bench former KSTL radio engineer.
Collected by Frank Absher/St. Louis Media History Foundation
Acquisition info: The bulk of the collection was donated by Edward Bench.
Donated by Frank Absher of St. Louis Media History Foundation
Accruals:  Few accruals expected
Custodial history: The first accession (and bulk of the collection) was a donation by Edward Bench on April 3, 2002.
The second accession was a donation of a KSTL Country Record Survey (7/23/1973) by Frank Absher of the St. Louis Media History Foundation on July 31, 2014.
The third accession was a donation of a KSTL playlist (4/30/1973) by Frank Absher of the St. Louis Media History Foundation on April 1, 2015.
The collection was created in Special Collections in 2015. All of the KSTL radio materials were combined to create one discrete collection.
Language:  English
Processed by: Sarah Cain, May 2015. Revised by Kristina Impastato, November 2016.
Conservation notes: All items placed into acid-free folders and envelopes within archival boxes. Metal fasteners have been removed
Scope and Content: The collection contains administrative files, publications, and ephemera of KSTL Radio.
KSTL-AM broadcasted in 1948 and has been a Christian station since its beginning. At first, the station only aired Christian music, but soon hosted Christian talk radio programs as well. It wasn’t until 1954 that the new General Manager Dick Kasten began to change the format of the station. During his management, DJ Spider Burks signed on to host jazz programs. Burks was one of St. Louis radio’s first black DJs.
It was also during Kasten’s term that KSTL-FM first sign on the air on April 2, 1960. The station lasted seven years and was then sold to Foreground Music, Inc., who changed the call letters to KRCH, in 1967.
Arrangement:  Alphabetical
Restrictions: Copyright held by KSTL. Permission required to reproduce images.
Remarks: Jean Gosebrink accession numbers included with corresponding items.

KSTL Collection
1948 – 1989
1 slim legal Hollinger; 0.25 cu. ft.

Box/Folder Description
 1/1  Finding aid
 1/2  County Record Hit Sheets, 1968-1982. MA 14:15, MA 15:05, Ge-678b, Ge-616
 1/3  Grand Ole Opry: County and folk music festival, 1964. Ge-001360
 1/4  Marketing, 1950-1989. MA 02:23 Ge-0766
 1/5  News Bulletin, 1951-1953. Ge-001465
 1/6  Programming. MA 02:23 Ge-0766
 1/7  Proof of performance measurement, 1955. MA 02:23 Ge-0766
 1/8  Transmitter logs, 1948. MA 02:23 Ge-0766
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