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KQDS Radio documentaries

 Collection — Item: tapes
Identifier: S3718

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two documentaries on tape:

The Vietnam Era, 68 minutes, originally broadcast May 23, 1982. Produced and reported by Jacob Lewin.  The documentary looks back with a review of the war, peace movement in the Twin Ports and memories of local Vietnam veterans.  It won an Armstrong Award, UPI Midwest award, and duPont-Columbia citation.  The duPont judges said of the show, "Getting the local participants, both those who fought the war and fought against it, to recapture and express their feelings was a remarkable and valuable exercise in reconciliation."

Street People, 54 minutes, was originally broadcast August 1, 1982. It was produced by Jacob Lewin with reporting by Lewin and Mike Simonson.  It looks at people in Duluth who have no permanent homes.  Some are "new poor" others have lived on the streets for years.  The program examines how they survive, what forced them or brought them to the streets, and what is being done about the situation of homelessness.  It includes undercover reporting by Simonson and Lewin who, for a short time, became street people.  It won first place in the 1983 Armstrong Awards.


  • 1982


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Kathryn A. Martin Library, Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

KQDS went on the air in June, 1980.  Mike Simonson was a news director and Jacob Lewin a reporter.  KQDS delivered its last broadcast Friday, February 22, 1985.  Its news reporting waned the last two years. "KQDS is an album rock radio station that plays a wide range of music appealing to 15-35 year olds.  While the music entertains, in-depth local news and public affairs inform.  KQDS plays classic rock acts fro the 50s, 60s, and 70s as well as exposing the best new and local artists.  In essence, KQDS is an innovative album rock station that fully serves Duluth-Superior." [from KQDS 95 FM Programming Philosophy dated May 7, 1984.]


2.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The collection consists of two documentaries on tape: The Vietnam Era and Street People.

Physical Location

This collection is located at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives. For more information about this collection or to make an appointment, contact us at or 218-726-8526.


This collection is part of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections, which are housed in the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives at the Kathryn A. Martin Library.

Guide to the KQDS Radio documentaries
Finding Aid Authors: P. Maus.
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area

Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001
(218) 726-8526