I was driving the other day listening the Mountain and realized Blake Rogers was gone, missing in action, no word from him neither hide nor hair, where had he gone? Bored, I turn the radio off and listen to the sounds of the city. Later I got home and went to my facebook and saw the Blake had been “let go of” from the morning show. No warning, no explanation on the radio just let go. I felt sad really because I liked the team work of the morning show but do not care for just listening to one person all morning long. I realized it was time to change up a start listening to a variety of stations when I am driving to avoid boredom, and this got me thinking.(Gesh here we go)
As a kid, and mind you a “young kid”, I listened to the top forty. If we wanted to listen to rock and roll, that is what our parents let us listen to. So the radio station in my day was KTKT. It was an AM station that played top forty pop such as The Beatles (Of course!) Jackson Five, Chicago, Bread, Four Tops, Guess Who, Fifth Dimension, Spiral Staircase, Sly and the Family Stone , Tommy James & the Shondells, CCR, B.J. Thomas, and The Rolling Stones.
This was our offerings for AM radio. It wasn’t bad, and as a kid I thought it sure did beat country music and elevator music. The radio station sure became a child’s friend. It played the music and created loads of entertainment. At night I would lay in bed with the radio under my pillow listening to the DJ as if they were talking to me personally. I had their bumper stickers, and picked up their weekly charts at the five and dime. I was a real KTKT fan at the time because that is what I knew.
As the introduction to FM came of course I abandoned KTKT AM to start listening to other stations such as KLPX and KWFM to become “musically mature” whatever that meant. I think in my day, musical maturity meant FM. However that radio station KTKT, where I won prizes often by being the 9th caller are the things that made memories for me as a radio listener.
I tracked down some of the DJ’s of the early days and radio stations (that played rock or pop) and thought I would share them with you. I would love to hear what DJ’s you remembered and the memories that went with it.
- Ed Alexander- KHYT, KWFM, KTKK, KHOS
- Jim Brady – KWFM, KLPX
- Frank Casanova – KIKX, KTKT
- Bob Cooke – KWFM
- Gary Craig – KIKX, KAIR
- John “Mack” Flanagan – KTKT
- Dan Gates-KTKT, KIKX, KWFM, KAIR
- Tom Lang- KIKX, KTKT, KWFM
- Bryan Miller- KTKX, KWFM, KLPX
- Patrick (Kidd) O’Shea – KWFM
- Johnny Rabbitt – KTKT
- Mike Rapp – KLPX
- Jim Ray – KWFM, KLPX
- Phil Richardson – KTKT
- Bobby Rivers – KRQ
- Chris Ryan – KWFM, KTKT
- Margie Rye – KLPX, KWFM
- Bob Scholz – KHYT
- John C. Scott – KHYT, KTKT
- Lee Smith – KTKT
- Gene Thayer – KTKT, KIKX, KWFM