KWK Radio Collection

Accession Number: MA uu:167
MA 90:17
MA 14:07
Location:  SC E1
Dates:  circa 1940 – circa 1980
Size:  1 box
Creator/Collector:  Created by Special Collections
Acquisition info: The first accession is an assembly of materials transferred from the SLPL Tin Room Files and individual items given by unknown donors.
The second accession was a donation of the KWK “Hit Van” license plate by Barb Godfrey on November 6, 1990.
The third accession came as a donation from the St. Louis Media History Foundation on March 18, 2014.
Accruals:  Few accruals expected
Custodial history: The collection was created in Special Collections in 2015. All of the KWK radio materials were combined to create one discrete collection.
Language:  English
Processed by:  Sarah Cain, May 2015
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, ephemera, and memorabilia of KWK Radio.
KWK-AM first broadcasted in 1927 and went off air in 1972. The station began broadcasting again in late-1978 and lasted until June 1984 when it was sold and renamed KGLD. For most of KWK’s existence, it was the Mutual Broadcasting System affiliate in St. Louis and broadcasted radio dramas and Major League Baseball games. KWK also played rock-n-roll for a stint of its time. The station switched to an R&B format in August 1969.
KWK-FM first sign on the air as WWWK (1976-1987). It wasn’t renamed KWK-FM until 1987 and only lasted a year as such. From 1967-1988 the station played rock and Top 40 hits. KWK-FM became WKBQ 1988 and continued to play Top 40 hits until the station was sold in 1994 to the Zimmer Radio Group, who changed the call letters to WKKX.
Arrangement:  Alphabetical
Restrictions: Copyright held by KWK (or affiliate) or CBS. Permission required to reproduce images.
Remarks: Jean Gosebrink accession numbers included with corresponding items.

KWK Collection
1940 – 1980
1 legal Hollinger; 0.5 cu. ft.

Box/Folder Description
 1/1  Finding aid
 1/2  Affidavits
 1/3  A Hunting We Will Go script. Ge-512
 1/4  Concerts, Sports & Entertainment Guide, 1982
 1/5  Easy Listening Program, “Bluebird of Happiness” lyric and correspondence, September 15, 1945
 1/6  Ephemera and memorabilia. Ge-503a, Ge-511, Ge-914, Ge-919, Ge- 1252, Ge-1290, Ge-1317, Ge-1322, MA 14:07
 1/7  EKKO listener verification stamp, 1920s (2 stamps). Ge-448
 1/8  High School Revue script, May 1950
 1/9  History
 1/10  Inquiring Girl Reporter scripts, 1942-1943
 1/11  Interoffice communication, March-July 1946. Ge-511
 1/12  License plates for staff “hit-van.” Pr-149/MA 90:17
 1/13  Marketing and programming
 1/14  Playlists, 1958-1980
 1/15  Production reports and schedules. Ge-511a
 1/16  We will not forget program 3 script, August 24, 1942
 1/-  Playing cards. Ge-689b
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