GOING NEW WAVE
A short story by Jeff R. Lonto
It’s the early 1980s. A small-time rock band plays the dive bars and dreams of bigger and better things. A young dude who writes lyrics, posts flyers and sends out publicity packets for the band gives his perspective from behind the scenes as the group deals with drunken audiences, records an album, changes musical format to new wave, and brings in an ambitious female singer who worships pop star Madonna and subsequently takes over. Find out more>
STUDIO Z-7 E-BOOKS
"NOW I WANNA SNIFF SOME GLUE"
a short story by Jeff R. Lonto
At the Delaney family get together in the summer of 1973, while adults drank and socialized, kids played and chased one another in and out of the house, and Uncle Mel snapped pictures everywhere, teenage cousins Tom and Terry were hanging out up in the attic, talking about girls and stuff while listening to a David Bowie album and sniffing model airplane glue. Their younger cousin Diane finds them, and really blows their minds. Find out more>
TWIN CITIES BROADCASTING IN THE ANALOG AGE
A Presentation for the St. Paul Radio Club Annual Banquet at the University of St. Thomas, April 26, 2014
by Jeff R. Lonto
Author-historian Jeff R. Lonto's presentation on the history of radio and television in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area that he gave for the St. Paul Radio Club's annual banquet in 2014. He gets into the history of the early stations in the 1920s, the formation of the big networks and the role Twin Cities stations played, into the television era, top-40 radio, FM, all the way to the conversion of television channels to digital. Find out more>
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OLD SNAPSHOTS Vol. 1
Quirky Short Stories From Out of the Past by Jeff R. Lonto
They say every picture tells a story. Well these thirteen stories develop pictures. Old snapshots from a time that really isn't all that long ago, but now seems far, far away. Faded photographs from yesteryear come to life in the articulate writing style of author Jeff R. Lonto. Thirteen short stories at one low price. Find out more >
A TRIP AT GRANNY'S
a short story by Jeff R. Lonto
The recollections of a young boy in the late 1960s of his hip grandma who liked to throw parties in her big old house in an urban residential neighborhood. When she hosts his uncle’s college graduation party, the boy inadvertently finds out the fruit punch is spiked. Then the adventure really begins. Going to Grandma’s house was never quite like this. Find out more>
TERROR ALERT: 1970
The Strange Summer of Bomb Threats in Minnesota by Jeff R. Lonto
In the Summer of 1970 there was a slew of bomb scares in Minnesota. Dynamite blasts at a federal building in Minneapolis and a department store in St. Paul caused serious damage and injuries. That was followed by numerous bomb threats across the region, including one that forced the evacuation of a Twins baseball game. Twin Cities-based historian Jeff R. Lonto recounts that turbulent summer at the height of the Vietnam War era and shows what a completely different world it was 31 years before the 9/11 terror attacks. Find out more >