Monday, December 31, 2007

My feelings are hurt!

First let me say I worked with Billy Dixon at KDXE. We used to race each other to the bank to see who could get their paycheck cleared. I was a kid just out of high school and got to move up to the big time at KXLR. Billy stayed with country KDXE.
It was a 1000 watt daytimer. From my previous posts you can read how I left KXLR for the 50,000 watt giant and became Emperor Holiday.

Now I find an aircheck of Billy Dixon at KDXE from 1965 for sale on Ebay for $12.00.The guy selling it is from California. No one has ever offered an aircheck of me on Ebay and I can't do it because I don't have any. I didn't save anything from my time at KAAY. If you have an aircheck of Doc Holiday or Emperor Holiday, please email me at Or put if up for sale on Ebay.

All the airchecks on this blog are free for the downloading. You might even download them, put them on a CD and sell them on ebay.


Listen to the Christmas jingles all the way through to the New Year's jingle and try to keep a dry eye. You will have to move to green bar down to the KAAY Chirstmas Jingles selection.

Click here to get your own player.

Beaker Street Comment posted on Amazon

1967 was the summer of love, and I was a naive 13 year old nerd from small town Kansas. At that time, the few FM stations that did exist played only classical music. AM radio was full of crackle and full of life. I discovered that on a clear summer night, an old tube-powered bakelite AM radio was a window to the world. Top 40 radio stations from all over the country faded in and out through the night: WLS in Chicago, KOMA in Oklahoma City, WOAI in San Antonio, and KAAY in Little Rock. I made a list of my favorite songs and the bands who sang them.

Then one Saturday night I stayed up late, past midnight, and KAAY was transformed into..... Beaker Street. Slowly, a door into a whole new world of music opened. Clyde Clifford was the DJ, but he wasn't your typical fast-talking Top 40 DJ. Clyde spoke slowly and softly over a background of eerie, spacey music that played in the background. And the music he played was definitely not Top 40, it was "Underground Music" by bands with strange names like Pink Floyd, Savoy Brown, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Clyde broke all the rules of AM radio, especially the three-minute limit. I learned that "Light my Fire" was not a 3 minute pop song, but a 7:05 guitar and organ opus. I was hooked, throughout that summer and for the rest of my adolescence I lived for Beaker Street.

My Beaker Street favorites
Pink Floyd "Astronomy Domine" The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Quicksilver Messenger Service "Pride of Man" Quicksilver Messenger Service
Savoy Brown "Hellbound Train" Hellbound Train

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My Beaker Street firsts
Big Brother and the Holding Company "Piece of My Heart" from Cheap Thrills
Black Oak Arkansas "Lord Have Mercy on my Soul" from Black Oak Arkansas
Bloodrock "D.O.A." from Bloodrock 2
Captain Beyond "Dancing Madly Backwards" from Captain Beyond
Cream "Tales Of Brave Ulysses" from Disraeli Gears
Creedence Clearwater Revival "Susie Q(unedited)" from Creedence Clearwater Revival
Deep Purple "Child in Time" from Deep Purple in Rock
The Doors "Light my Fire" from The Doors
Frijid Pink "House of the Rising Sun" from Frijid Pink
Grand Funk Railroad "Closer to Home(unedited)" from Closer to Home
Iron Butterfly "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" from In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
It's a Beautiful Day "White Bird" from It's a Beautiful Day
Jaime Brockett "Legend of the USS Titanic" (from the album "Remember the Wind and Rain" -- CD now available from Collector's Choice Music @
Jefferson Airplane "Plastic Fantastic Lover" from Bless Its Pointed Little Head
Jethro Tull "Nothing Is Easy" from Stand Up
Jimi Hendrix "Third Stone From The Sun" from Are You Experienced
King Crimson "21st Century Schizoid Man" from In The Court Of The Crimson King: 30th Anniversary Edition
Led Zeppelin "Moby Dick" from Led Zeppelin II
Mason Proffit "Two Hangmen" from Come & Gone
Neil Young "Cinnamon Girl(unedited)" from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Rare Earth "Get Ready(unedited)" from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Rare Earth
Santana "Singing Winds, Crying Beasts / Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen" from Abraxas
Spirit "Prelude - Nothin' To Hide" from Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
The Who "The Acid Queen" from Tommy (1969 Original Concept Album)
Traffic "40,000 Headmen" from Welcome to the Canteen
War "Spill the Wine(unedited)" from Eric Burdon Declares "War"

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Beaker Street Lives
Clyde Clifford is still going strong! These days, it airs every Sunday night from 7PM until midnight Central Time, on Magic 105.1FM KMJX in Central Arkansas. And it is also streamed live via the internet (using Windows Media Player), from the homepage:

According to an interview posted on the web site, the original background music for the show was from the dream sequence in the movie Charade by Henry Mancini! Believe it or not!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

More Black Oak Arkansas and KAAY

Doc, it's funny how many great memories you've invoked by your blogsite! I first heard Black Oak Arkansas on KAAY back in the day and got one of their LP's ("If An Angel Came To See You...")- something that today's teens know little or nothing about! I still have that record AND a turntable, although the latter may not work very well. This memory was keyed by reading some of your entries from June '07....

Living in the past? No, just remembering great memories that otherwise brightened an ugly, drab life....and if I could have escaped, I would have travelled and transplanted in Little Rock, AR. Too bad KAAY didn't stay as it was- although, as a Christian, I'm glad they now have Christian-based content on the air, rather than some of the crud on the airwaves today. If KAAY had've stayed, then I might have persued my interest in broadcasting, as was an early, pre-teen goal of mine....

...but then, I wouldn't be where I was today, with a great wife & kids, etc.; "what if" isn't even an option any more. But, by gosh, as long as you and others keep up the archival storage of such great things as KAAY, as long as the Internet doesn't go down, we can relive it!

God bless you, Doc, for everything you do!

For HIS glory,

Bud Stacey

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Jerry Sims……. AKA Sonny Martin, KAAY 1962-1967

Emperor A.J.,

A little bit of early KAAY history, and a dream that came true. My KAAY experience:

I too had the experience of opening that mike and having my voice blasted all over North America on KAAY “The Mighty 1090”. Forty years later, I am still thrilled by the memory.

I grew up in North Little Rock , Arkansas and radio always fascinated me. As a Cub Scout I built a Crystal Radio, all the way from winding the wire around the coil, to attaching the whole thing to a small board. Every night I would have the headphones on in bed listening to whatever it would pick up. Not much. Usually it was, for a young boy, a very boring “adult” radio station whose tower was a short distance away. The station was KARK 920. It did not matter though; it was radio and helped grow my fascination.

As Rock ‘n Roll began to grow in popularity around North Little Rock , my choices were two radio stations. There was KGHI (later KAJI- later KALO) and KXLR. They both were Top 40 type formats and were the choices of all the kids in town. My favorite was KXLR 1150. That’s where I knew I wanted to work. I did not know anyone in radio, but my Dad knew a “radio announcer” in our church who worked for KTHS 1090 (later KAAY). My Dad introduced me to Earl “Pappy” Davis and I began to hang out with him at the station on his late night shift. The radio station was owned by the same group that owned KTHV Television, and had their studios in the same building. KTHS usually programmed a “good music” format they called Sonorama. The exception was Earl’s late night “Razorback Roundup”. He played Country Music and even had a fan club which was based, I believe, in Iowa . I was amazed that this 50,000 watt for runner of KAAY could send a signal so far. I would take home old AP news copy and practice for the day when I would be there too. All the announcers had an engineer who would run the board for them while they sat in the announcers booth, which was later the KAAY newsroom, and “announce” when the light came on. The engineer would spin records and play commercials from the control room. One night Earl asked his engineer, Eddie Graham, later of KAAY, to record my voice reading news copy. It was the first time I had ever heard my recorded voice. As is the case with everyone, it did not sound like I thought it would. Now after all these years, and thousands of recordings, I recognize my recorded voice, but it still sounds more like an old friend rather than me, different from what I hear or imagine. (I sound much better in my head than outside it)

I tried every opportunity to get on the radio somewhere, anywhere. Everyone wanted experience, and I could not get experience if a radio station would not allow me the experience. I adopted the “persistent” approach. I caught a real break in my first year of college at Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway , Arkansas . Gary Weir, who later became a local favorite as Bozo the Clown on KATV, was working part time at KXLR (my dream job), and we became friends. He introduced me to the station Program Director (A.J. Lindsey, our KAAY Blog Master, AKA Doc Holiday) who gave me a try. As exciting as KAAY was for me, it could not have been any more exciting than being at KXLR was for me then. I remember we, at KXLR, listened as KAAY came to town with The Baby Elephant Walk and all their excitement. At KXLR we gave away a few records, an occasional transistor radio, or some stuffed animals. KAAY hit the air giving away Mink Coats and even a car (used). They had a saying, “it just sounds better on KAAY”. One thing that sounded, at least different, was the speed that they played their records. With variable speed turntables, they would run them a little faster than 45 RPM’s. We had listeners telling us that we were dragging.

KXLR sold and changed music formats and no longer had a need for teen aged disc jockeys, so we left. We also thought they would not have a need for all those Rock and Roll records. I don’t suppose they ever missed them.

The one competitor left for KAAY was KALO 1250. Gary Weir (John Scott) and I joined them. KALO had a very unusual owner/manager who had all the jocks calling themselves (whoever) Kay-Low. There was Jim Kay-Low, and Bob Kay-Low, John Kay-Low, etc. I did not want to be “Jerry Kay-Low”. Also they did not want me to be Larry London, my KXLR name, for some reason. I later won that one and was Larry London on KALO.

Then the “weird man” sold KALO, and again I was without a job. (Just a little richer in the record collection). As much fun as radio had been, I decided that I could use some stability in my life, and needed a real job. I got one, and was happy enough, until my old buddy A.J. Lindsay (same friend, same Blog Master, same A.J. Lyons, same Emperor Holiday) called. He was now Program Director at KAAY. WOW. His offer of a job back on the radio was going to be a tough decision for me. It took me about 45 seconds to throw the stable job out the window. He was suddenly talking to the new Sonny Martin (a station owned name).

So, this has been a long way in telling the story of the absolute thrill of opening the mike at KAAY and watching those 10 telephone lines start to blink with listeners calling from ”who knows where”. It might be from Mountain View , Arkansas , or it might be from Missouri , or Minnesota , or Canada , or Central America . Our listeners were having a great time, but not as much fun as we were. We were a confident bunch too. I remember one of our sales people coming to me when I was working the 8 pm to Midnight shift. He asked me if I could choose a record to come out of the Religion Block (6:30p to 8p) that was a little “soft”. I suppose he was thinking about the Beach Boys “Surfer Girl”, or something. I think I must have used my 45 second thought process again to think….”these kids all over the Mid-West who have been listening to “The World Tomorrow” and have lit up all these telephone lines just may want to hear a little Mitch Ryder”… so hear comes “Devil With The Blue Dress”. One of my favorite “un-soft” records.

Fun…Fun…Fun!!! And we even got paid to do it. Not much, as I remember, but a wonderful experience for a young boy who went to bed with his headphones on dreaming of the moment. I would not trade the time with anyone.

Jerry Sims……. AKA Sonny Martin, KAAY 1962-1967

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

And I always thought Beaker Street listeners were hip

From a Black Sabbath message board
From: "Darryl

>> You brought me to mind an "underground" radio station from mid-70s: WKKY with a special program called "Baker Street". If i remember well it was located in Little Rock, Arkansas. It s rumoured that was sponsored by a millionaire who liked heavy metal, they used to put the best music at midnight & between songs you could hear terrifying sounds. It was absolutely great!!!!. One day, it simply stop broadcasting. Does anybody here remember "Baker Street"? <<

Beaker Street KAAY Clyde Clifford

Excerpt from the Ottumwa Courier (That's Iowa for you Arkies)
Published October 01, 2007 12:07 am -

Onward to Oktoberfest
Browsing Around

BY CINDY TOOPES Courier staff writerThat takes me back to high school summers in the late ‘60s. I used to listen to the radio while lying on a blanket in the back yard, hoping to get a tan. His voice will always be on file in my head.

Hearing about Dic Youngs reminded me of another radio voice from the ‘60s — Clyde Clifford on KAAY Radio, Little Rock, Ark. For most of the day, the station played a Top 40 format; but, after 11 p.m. KAAY’s signal was underground music with “Beaker Street” hosted by Clifford.

“Beaker Street” began late in 1966 and ran through 1972. It was the first underground music program broadcast regularly on a commercial AM radio station in the central United States.

The Internet gurus in the newsroom squawk about Wikipedia, that free encyclopedia on the Web. I’m here to testify that at least a few facts are right in the article about KAAY.

The article reminded me the station was called the “Mighty 1090.” KAAY did send the signal about the latest in rock to kids in the Midwest, definitely in Ottumwa.

I’m one of those kids. I had a transistor radio and I soaked up the music from bands I didn’t hear anywhere else. They had names stranger than Beatles or Rolling Stones, such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Pink Floyd, Savoy Brown, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, just to name a few.

I hear Clyde Clifford is still out there on the radio waves. That’s fun news for the 40th anniversary of those late ’60s years.

So, next Sunday night I’ll search for Magic 105.1 FM, KMJX, central Arkansas. My ears are ready for a flashback.

Cindy Toopes can be reached at (641) 683-5376 or via e-mail at

Merry Christmas

Take some time today to study The Word.

Merry Christ Mass!

Monday, December 24, 2007

The Night before a KAAY Christmas

T'was the night before Christmas
and all through the station,
All the DJ's were stirring
cause we had no automation.

All the salesmen were partying
at every turn
Hoping for a big commission check to earn.

The Big K Mobile Money Cruiser was ready to click.
With a driver that could be mistaken for St. Nick.

It was Pat Walsh doing one more follow contest on the way home
The only time he allowed his voice to be known.

Out at the transmitter there was a great noise.
Sonny Maritin and the Marines gathering toys.

Felix McDonald was there in a flash.
Not wanting the transmitter to gather any trash.

(how about some help to finish this up. Email me at:

Many thanks to the current KAAY

Many thanks to the current KAAY for their mention of this blog. It is responsible for many visitors each day.

The current KAAY link is:

Sunday, December 23, 2007

The original KTHS KTHV Studios

This is downtown Main Street in Little Rock in the 1959s. Look closely in the upper left and you will see KTHS on a building. When KTHS was moved to Little Rock from Hot Springs, this is where it was located. When KTHS put KTHV, channel 11 on the air it was done in this building. KTHS was purchased by Lin Broadcasting and the call letters were changed to KAAY. For a complete history, put KTHS in the search box and click search this blog.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Did you work at KAAY?

Here is the link to the personnel roster that I try to make as complete as possible. If you worked at KAAY and are not on this roster, please email me with your air name, real name and the years you were there. If you notice a mistake or omission please email me also at

KAAY, Beaker Street, Mighty 1090, what else can I say.... get your attention. I don't mean to complain but I guess all of you are out shopping today. Only 6 visitors to this blog and one of them was me. I am noticing a lot of the new visitors to this blog are only looking at the first page. I've been at this a couple of years. I have written a lot and don't like to repeat myself. So if you are new to the blog, look at the archives or do a search on this blog. (upper left) There are lots of airchecks and audio you can download. What I enjoy most is hearing from you about where you were and what you were doing, when you heard KAAY. If you are a previous employee I would really like to hear some comments from you. Email me at

This link will take you to many of the audio clips that have been posted (but not all):

Friday, December 21, 2007

Welcome college research

Someone at Creighton University spent 5 minutes with this blog and viewed 7 pages. Hope you found something worthwhile if not email me and I will see what I can do.

Someone looking at Corvette Stingrays found this blog. (all because I mentioned I had a 1963 Corvette stingray.)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

"We will have these moments to remember"

I guess I am so intrigued with the internet because the coverage is so much like KAAY only larger. I am also fascinated by the visitors to this blog and why. The counter that I use to find out how many visitors there are to this blog (over 10,000 now) supplies all kinds of statistics. Yesterday I discovered a visitor to this blog from South Africa who was looking for prisons in Oklahoma. I'm not sure how Google made the connection but I'm sorry we didn't have much info on Oklahoma prisons.

Somehow though, surfing on a computer is just not the same as having an old tube type
bakelite radio, with the lights out, in bed under the covers, tuning the AM radio band
and landing on KAAY. Imagine for a moment being on the other end of this senerio. You
are a kid in college, working full time at possibly the greatest job of your life. You throw the mike switch, the on the air light goes on, relays click, and you are going to talk, but you have no idea who, if anyone is listening. Almost 50 years later you hear from someone who shared that moment. Thanks to all of you who have emailed. You are what keeps this blog going. For those of you who haven't written, please understand how important it is to hear from you. Email me at

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Beaker Street Theater Remembered

You know, Doc, I also remember when I was a kid, keeping that ol' Bakelite green Zenith table radio's volume 'way down, especially when that spooky creaking door opened on the Theater at 2:00AM! I'd be snuggled right at the edge of the bed, with my head as close to the radio as possible, while having the covers over my head! Of course, I knew that old tube radio generated heat, so I didn't put the cover on it! But, this was during the summer, while I was out of school and I could sleep a little late in the morning, until I got yelled at to go feed the chickens & cows! Heck, it was worth it! Lotsa spooky fun!

Oh, to have some of those recordings and airchecks of the Theater! Are any available?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Some interesting things I learn doing this blog

Someone from Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania spent 7 minutes on this blog reading about reverb. They had googled building a reverb from a garden hose.

Some KAAY Night Music

It's been a while since we had some music on this blog so here is something appropriate:

Saturday, December 15, 2007

KAAY & The Fouke Monster

There were three movies made about the Fouke monster. Such a great story. Charles B. Pierce was a local film maker that jumped on the news reports of a hairy monster lerking in the swamp near Fouke AR. You can rent "Legend of Boggy Creek" and the sequel on Netflix. (Fouke is near Texarkana a far piece from Little Rock) I have been trying to remember KAAY's involvement. I must have been gone from the station when the promos were done. I vaguely remember a tee shirt and now I find documentation that KAAY offered $1090.00 for proof of a Fouke monster. Read the article at:
(If only Pat Walsh were still with us, he could tell the story with great gusto)
If you can add to the Fouke story, please email me

KAAY Control Room Pictures

A recent comment asked for control room here are some that have been previously posted.

The first picture is in the second studio location on W. 7th Street across from the state capitol. It is me as Emperor Holiday showing the North Little Rock Mayor at the time, Casey Laman how to work the board to do my program since he lost an on the air bet. Note the microphone was still an RCA 77D. The cartridge racks take up a lot of space.

This picture is from the original control room in the Channel 11 building. This is Jim Pitcock, a/k/a Ron Owens with recording artist Bobby Vee and record promoter, Stan Lewis. Note the RCA 77D as the announce mike.

The is Dale Schidenswartz a/k/a Clyde Clifford. It is photographed again at the 7th Street Studio. That is not where Beaker Street was broadcast from. The photo shows the mike has been changed to an E.V.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Ratings & KAAY

I have written often about ratings and KAAY. If you have an interest, type "ratings" in the search box in the upper left corner and click on search this blog.

When I first started in radio, Hooper was the primary rating service. When I started at KAAY, Hooper was on the decline and Pulse was the rising star in ratings.

Pat Walsh was a ratings finatic. He subscribed to statewide and national Pulse ratings. He lived to catch a DJ bragging about his ratings. Pat would reach down in a file and pull out the book and start quoting actual numbers to put the DJ in his place.

I found an interesting website that traces the history of ratings.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

KAAY & Christmas

There still hasn't been enough written about the Toys for Tots program at KAAY. Unfortunately I can not pick up the phone and call Pat Walsh for a complete history of Toys for Tots. It was one of his favorite public service efforts of KAAY. It may have been the first Toys for Tots marathon broadcasts in the nation. It started as a marathon effort of the disc jockey to stay awake as long as possible at the remote location of the Toys for Tots drive. The Marines did all the work. The disc jockeys, Matt White or Bob Robbins did cut ins 24 hours a day for as long as they could stay awake. The Marines, unloaded the toys from listeners cars and put them in semi-trucks. The Marines distributed the toys. The Marines kept the disc jockey fed, watered and awake. There were plenty of civilian volunteers. All the volunteers should get the recognition for making these campaigns a huge success.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

KAAY Fun Moblile

Hi AJ -

Speaking of the FunMobile (pronounced Fun Mo -beel), there were two of them during my time at KAAY. They were used extensively during the Christmas shopping season, and the FunMobile was the focal point of the US Marine’s Toys for Tots drive each year.

The first FunMobile was a rehabilitated travel trailer, painted blue, with large yellow KAAY signs on the roof. It started life at WAKY in Louisville , and was sent to Little Rock when KAAY was still part of LIN Broadcasting.

It had a large glass window in the back, and the DJ booth was built onto the rear window so that people could come up to watch the DJ through the windows on three sides. There was a small audio mixer and two turntables, one on either side of the DJ. There was also an intercom so the DJ could talk to people outside. Inside the other end of the FunMobile had a small table arranged like a diner’s booth and visitors usually sat there when the DJ was busy. The finishing touch was a set of loudspeakers mounted outside on the roof that loudly played KAAY music to anyone nearby.

Visitors to the FunMobile could watch the DJ work, making announcements and talking on the air, selecting the next record. Lucky visitors could make requests on the spot and hear their favorite record played on the air.

The blue FunMobile trailer was retired in the mid-‘70’s and replaced with a more modern motor home / studio. This one was painted bright yellow and had the KAAY “Sunshine” logos. It was equipped with a UHF link that transmitted signals from the remote location back to the studio, and could be seen all over Arkansas at a variety of events. We drove it to Greer’s Ferry Lake and parked on a mountain top while the DJ’s broadcast from a party boat that roamed the lake. It went to the Arkansas Prison Rodeo. It broadcast from all corners of Central Arkansas , and its bright yellow color made it visible from miles away.

Both FunMobiles, the blue one and the newer yellow one, were fixtures at Toy Hill ( War Memorial Park in Little Rock ) at Christmas, collecting toys with the Marines. The FunMobile was as much a part of the personality of KAAY in the ‘70’s as were the radio personalities themselves. Every DJ at KAAY ended up at some point spending time in the FunMobile. It could be blazing hot in the summer and ice cold in the winter, but it was broadcasting in its most public sense. A listener could walk right up and talk to the DJ, get an autograph or prize or bumper sticker, and go home listening to his new friend on the radio.

After I left KAAY in search of my career, I heard that the bright yellow FunMobile was enroute to a remote broadcast one day, had an engine fire, and burned to the ground.

People loved the FunMobile. DJ’s would make all sorts of contests on the spot to draw a crowd. Usually the DJ would take some T-shirts and a stack of albums to the remote site. Then he would announce something like this:

- The first car with a KAAY bumper sticker on the outside will win two KAAY T-shirts


- The first 2 girls in a bikini will win two albums of their choice


- The first 2 girls driving a convertible will win two movie tickets


- The first person to show up - - - well you get the picture

The FunMobile was a great place to meet girls! Guys would cruise by or just hang out just to check out the girls that would show up. Little did they know that the girls were really there to meet the DJ and get some free loot! An on the spot romance was possible but rare.

Regards, merry Christmas

Dave Montgomery

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Snapshot of a few of our visitors

Cuba Habana, Ciego de Avila
United States Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Cuba Habana, Ciego de Avila
United States Martin, Tennessee
United States Tanner, Alabama
United States San Antonio, Texas
United States Huntsville, Alabama
United States Van Buren, Arkansas
United States Memphis, Tennessee
United States Sulphur Rock, Arkansas

"Spin it and win it"

Hazel Dillehay has left a new comment on your post "From the "Timeless Tracks" KAAY 40th Anna. Pgm":

I listen to Tony on "Timeless Tracks" every Sunday night before leaving work and in the car coming home from work. It's my treat for working every weekend to end with the best music ever. I remember in the early 60's listen to KAAY and playing the "We spin it...You win it." I picked up lots of 45's during that time. Of course living in Jacksonville at the time I had to ride the bus to Little Rock to pick up my 45 record. It was worth every minute to get the record from KAAY. I still have some of my collection from the 60's but not as many as I used to have. Tell Tony Warner to keep up the good work. It makes me feel as if I was living my teenage years all over again. I love "Timeless Tracks".

Friday, December 07, 2007

Christmas & KAAY

This comment from Bud:

Hello again, Doc! This time of year (Christmas) reminds me of KAAY even more....I always will remember the Toys For Tots going on in Little Rock. One of my plans was to take as much vacation as possible, drive up and stay in Little Rock during Christmas. Alas, due to my family (I was the oldest, holding things together, in a broken family) and my work ethic, I hardly ever took time off, so this dream never took place....

Nonetheless, just listening to KAAY during the Christmas season bolstered my spirits and fueled my imagination! Thanks for the memories!

And this previously from Dave Montgomery:

Also, remember the "Funmobile"? The big blue remote broadcast trailer? We did hundreds of remote broadcasts from all over central Arkansas, including the annual Toys for Tots broadcast from Toy Hill at War Memorial Stadium. Sonny Martin (Matt White) did this for years, and was taken over by Bob Robbins (Bob Spears) after Sonny moved on.
If you are interested in any of these stories, let me know, and I will pass them along. Best regards, and am enjoying seeing the stories and history lessons.
Dave Montgomery

Thursday, December 06, 2007

KAAY, Elvis, and me

I live in Alma, AR a bedroom community for Fort Smith AR. Elvis was inducted into the Army at Fort Chaffee, AR just outside of Fort Smith. Just the other day my Grandson visited the barber shop where Elvis got his first G.I. haircut. See the visit on my Grandson's blog at:

Oh yea the KAAY connection. I played Elvis records at KAAY.

My oldest Daughter, Holly's first concert was Elvis in Pine Bluff, AR.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Writer's strike continues

I have asked for former KAAY staffers to write their Christmas memories. I am still waiting at Soooooooooo while I wait here is a recycled post from last year:

My Best Christmas Memory

It was Christmas Day and my wife and I had only been married a few months. I was doing the Emperor Holiday stick on KAAY. We decided to put on the Emperor robe and crown and my wife wore the Daphnie get up. (short cheerleading skirt and white go-go boots). We spent Christmas morning at the Arkansas Children's Hospital. Understand that every child who could possibly be sent home, was gone. The remaining children were very, very sick. They gave us so much more than we could ever give them. Through all their pain, they was excitement and joy on their faces. To this day, its one of my best Christmas memories.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Beaker Street Comment

Bud, Thanks for your Beaker Street comment. This is exactly what we are looking for. your memories triggers our own great trips to the past. Here is Bud's comment:

A. J., I just found your blog today! I previously asked about recordings...looks like there are some on your site? I'll investigate more!

I listened to Beaker Street when I was a fact, I listened to KAAY probably more than I did to local radio stations here in Mobile, AL! Radio became my hobby when I was nine, 40 years ago this year...and I found KAAY shortly after and still have a radio log on notebook paper, where I DXed AM radio stations. Later, when I was old enough to drive, I outfitted my '66 Dodge Coronet 440 with an extra-long antenna and a bullet antenna amplifier...KAAY came in louder and with better fidelity than most local FM stations!

I would almost always drive 'way out of my way going home from work, just to after midnight around the house was a strict no-no! Of course, on weekends, I almost couldn't wait until sundown...KAAY would almost always come into the clear about 30 minutes before dark, they were so strong.

Needless to say, KAAY was a large part of my radio life....

"Safety-Courtesy-Responsiveness-Accuracy-Efficiency"...Service Is Our Passion!

For HIS glory,

Bud Stacey, Parts Advisor
Cummins Mid-South LLC

To hear the Beaker Street airchecks and previous Beaker Street material, just go to the top of the blog and type in "Beaker Street" in the search box and then click on search this blog.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Raccoon Story just won't end!

Before you read this scroll down and read the story about the raccoon and the nail gun. Then read the new story:

* Huntsville teacher kills raccoon with nail gun in parking lot
* Humane Society questions 'educational' raccoon killing

HUNTSVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Authorities in Madison County are working to find out who killed and skinned a large dog, then draped it over the gate of a Huntsville High School teacher.

Madison County Sheriff Phillip Morgan says the person who left the dead dog apparently believed the teacher had reported another teacher to the Humane Society for killing a raccoon with a nail gun prior to a class demonstration on how to skin an animal.

The dog was placed on the gate on Thanksgiving Day or on Friday.

Morgan says the culprit could at least face a harassment charge. He says the investigation is continuing.

Prosecutors say no charges will be brought against Jerick Hutchinson. The agriculture teacher killed the raccoon at school -- but out of view of students -- earlier this month. The principal has told Hutchinson not to kill any more animals on school grounds.

©2007 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Still waiting fro some former KAAY staff reflections on Christmas

Let me remind you the writer strike is still on. I am depending on former KAAY employees to send me their memories of Christmas at KAAy. The email address is :

Meanwhile, I hope you find the list of locations of visitors to this web site as interesting as I do.

If you are new to this site, don't miss the archives that contain hours of airchecks, jingles, music etc.

United States Washington, District of Columbia
United States Huntsville, Alabama
United States Tulsa, Oklahoma
France Paris, Ile-de-France
United States Suwanee, Georgia
United States Suwanee, Georgia
United States Little Rock, Arkansas
United States Carthage, Missouri
United States Van Buren, Arkansas
United States Fort Lauderdale, Florida
United States Martin, Tennessee
Canada Richmond Hill, Ontario
United States Hopkins, Minnesota
United States Loganville, Georgia
United States Bosque Farms, New Mexico
United States Saint Louis, Missouri
United States Ellabell, Georgia
United States Billings, Montana

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A snapshot of the last few visitors to this blog

United States Mountain Home, Arkansas
United States Rockford, Illinois
Turkey Izmir
United States Martin, Tennessee
United States Rochester, Minnesota
United States Cabot, Arkansas
United States Two Harbors, Minnesota
United States Omaha, Nebraska
United States Bedford, Texas
United States Saint Louis, Missouri
United States Hopkins, Minnesota
United States Owens Cross Roads, Alabama
United States Martin, Tennessee
United States Bedford, Texas
United States Roswell, Georgia
Australia Brisbane, Queensland

Monday, November 26, 2007

Anyone Interested

I have an aircheck from KBOX and KLIF in the Kennedy assassination. Before I go to the work to encode it, I would like to know if anyone has an interest in these airchecks. Email me at

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Please come home for Christmas

About this time of the year I was always scrambling (regardless of what station I was working for) to find Tommy Riggs a/k/a Rock Robbins version of "Please Come Home For Christmas." (do a search in the upper left corner for "Tommy Riggs" and then click search this blog. Lots of Tommy material.) If any one has Tommy's version please email me. While I continue my search enjoy this:

Your Comments keep me going

Thanks for the ananomous comment on the "How long has it been since you heard a cigarette commercial" post.
Ananomous said: A Great 58 minutes!!
That encourages me to keep looking for great stuff.
I still need lots of comments on Beaker Street. (see post below)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Writer's strike goes on

Remembering what yesterday was, go to the top of the blog and type JFK into the search box and click on search this blog.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Beaker Street

A good friend of this blog is doing research on Beaker Street. I think it might be useful to him to maybe hear some personal stories of what Beaker Street meant to you.
We all are aware of the nationwide coverage, but it is very helpful to hear your personal story of where you were when you heard Beaker Street. Did it cause you to go into the radio business? (or stay out of the radio business) How much time did you spend listening to Beaker Street? Was Beaker Street common among your friends? Why was Beaker Street different from what you could hear locally? Did you call in to Beaker Street and how did that conversation go? Do you have any recordings or other Beaker Street material? Please don't just read this blog and click on. Take a few minutes to email me you comments at

Clyde Clifford maintains a Beaker Street website at:

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

How long has it been since you heard a cigarette commercial?

Well you can today. This is a great montage of commercials. (not necessarily from KAAY)
Remember the Studibaker Lark? Enjoy a great glempse of history with this:

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Raccoons Rule

Has the raccoon story made it to Little Rock TV? For those of you outside the state, which is by far the largest segment of readership to this blog, Little Rock is in the center of the state, the State Capitol, and some would believe the center of media. Northwest Arkansas is a completely different critter. For example, if you live in Fort Smith, you will probably be inclined to go to Tulsa to shop or be amused, rather than Little Rock. Part of this is the attitude toward NW Ar, by the Little Rock media and state government. Northwest AR has plenty of local media and the torrential signal from Little Rock doesn't reach there. All this to give you a local TV station's coverage of the raccoon story and to dispel the image of hicks in this part of the state.

Watch the video at:

Urgent Request

Comments have been slow lately. Maybe it's the writer's strike. I have an urgent request of all former KAAY staffers. Please send me you memories of KAAY at Christmas time. My email address is

Monday, November 19, 2007

Still on strike

The writers remain on strike so it in necessary to recycle old material.

It is really warm here in Alma, AR and Christmas seems far away, however, this picture seems appropriate.

This picture is from a Christmas in August promotion we ran at KAAY. The Santa in the dark sun glasses is Jim Pitcock with no fat padding. We thought this was such a great gag and had him ride around in a convertible with the top down. People were to put signs in their yard for Santa to see as he drove around. Prizes were awarded for the best signs. I forgot what the prizes were, but it was a great successful contest.

Not to early to be thinking about Christmas

I thought I had posted this earlier but as I found the audio, I heard some phasing and generally bad quality. Now I can't put my hands on the master tape. Still it will put any KAAY employees in the Christmas mood. (click on the link).

Sunday, November 18, 2007

More Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving & KAAY

The holiday season was always great at KAAY. There were always plenty of contests and promotions with a Thanksgiving theme. Most WKRP fans identify the "flying turkeys episode" as their favorite. As most remember the last line of the show is from "The Big Guy" who says "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly". I have mentioned in previous posts that season one of WKRP is available from Netflix. If you rent it or purchase the DVD be sure and listen to the comments from Hugh Wilson, Herb & Gennifer. They only comment on a couple of episodes but it is well worth listening to. They briefly explain why some of the songs have been changed. How stupid it is on the artists part to demand such high royalties. After all only a brief section of the music was used and no one would purchase the DVD because of the music. In fact, if they were smart, an artist would pay them to have it included to renue interest in their song and maybe stimulate some music sales. Call me old fashioned, but artists still need exposure now more then ever with all the competition out there. The quality of the DVD is a little disappointing. After all it was shot on video tape instead of film as most of the MTM sitcoms were. The transfer to DVD should have been sharper than it is. But, hey, I guess we are lucky to get what we got. I noticed from the comments on the extra features part of the DVD, that the cast seemed to have developed the same comradity as a radio station. They mentioned that radio people were always coming up to them and saying we had someone just like Herb, or the big guy, or Les. Few said they had a Gennifer. Without getting too personal, I would say we had a least two maybe three Gennifers at KAAY. But that's another story, one I may never tell.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Russell W. wrote:
When writing, I often use the old-school abbreviations (Ark., Ala., Miss., et al) just because I like how it looks instead of the sterile AR, AL, MS.

BUT, since I like my outgoing mail to get to point B without delay, I put the two-letter kind on the envelope. Anything to help, I suppose.

My .02,
Russell in Savannah, GA/Ga. (where after dark the raccoons come out en masse outside the station)

The raccoon story is getting picked up all over now. I noticed AP has several versions of the story and often use the term he "dispatched" the raccoon with a nail gun.
Interesting use of a word that I usually attribute to a wire service. At least they avoided the obvious "he nailed the raccoon". Neal Boortz was the first national figure to take up the put down of Arkansas. Being from Georgia, where plenty of kooky things take place, he has a lot of room to talk. Wait, there is a writer strip on and I have written too much.

Friday, November 16, 2007


International visitors:
Argentina Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal
Greece Thessalonki, Thessaloniki

The raccoons just won't go away

Well at least Arkansas may be off the hook. Today, Friday at 4 PM central time, ABC Radio News reported the nail gun-raccoon story. (Scroll down to read the whole story). Not only were they several days late but they credited the event to Huntsville ALABAMA. Thanks ABC for taking the spotlight off Arkansas. I doubt if the good citizens of Huntsville Alabama will appreciate this story attributed to them. Notice in the original AP story Arkansas is abbreviated "Ark" the old 3 letter abbreviation. Now I am wondering whose right AP or ABC? I know some of my readers are research inclined, so do me a favor. Since I am observing the writer's strike, do some research and email me the real story:

Thursday, November 15, 2007

President Clinton 2000 comment on Coon Supper

And I thank-when Marion Berry ran for Congress after doing a stint in our administration in the Agriculture Department, Dale and David and I really felt that he was entitled to be in Congress, almost as a conciliation prize for having hosted us at the coon supper in Gillette all those years. Anybody who could get us to eat coon for 10 or 15 years in a row should be given a seat in Congress, just as a matter, of course. But I thank them so much.

Writer's Strike but not at KAAY

We never had any unions so never had that DJ can't touch the records that must be played by union engineers.

Maybe I will join the writer's union so I can have some time off.

Continuing the coon thread. Read below stories and comments.

Raccoons have always played a roll in Arkansas politics. Most notable is the Gillette Coon Supper. In an election year this event draws politicians from across the state to mingle and I'm not sure how they are killed but the cooking takes a couple of days.

Arkansas is full of festivals. KAAY always tried to participate in any way possible.
We entered a turtle in the Gould turtle derby, but totally missed the idea of the event. (locals wagering on the critters).

Here is a current list of some of the events in Arkansas:

Altus, Wiederkehr Weinfest
Bismark, Eagles Et Cetera Weekend Festival
Clarksville, Johnson County Peach Festival
Dermott, Crawfish Festival
Des Arc, Steamboat Festival
Fordyce on the Cotton Belt Festival
Gillette, Gillette Coon Supper
Gould, Turtle Derby Festival
Hazen, Prairie County Rice Festival
Heber Springs, Greers Ferry Lake Water Festival
Hope, Watermelon Festival
Lincoln, Arkansas Apple Festival
Malvern, Brickfest
Mount Ida, Quartz Crystal Festival
Murfreesboro, John Huddleston Day Diamond Festival
Paris, Arkansas Championship Grape Stomp and Cowie Wine Fest
Parkin, Riverboat Festival
Sheridan, Timberfest
Smackover, Oil Town Festival
Stuttgart, Wings Over the Prairie Festival
Tontitown, Grape Festival
Trumann: Trumann Wild Duck Festival
War Eagle, War Eagle Mill and Crafts Festival
Warren, Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival
Washington, Jonquil Festival
Weiner, Arkansas Rice Festival
Yellville, Turkey Trot Festival

There is even a website established to oppose the Coon Supper. Here is a segment from that website: (whoever did the site made many misspellings including the name of the town. Most have been corrected)

Every year The high School in Gillette, ARK plays host the annual Coon supper. Let's put a stop to this event! Each year 600-800 pounds of Raccoon meat are served at this event. This is considered a political event, every politician in Arkansas must attend this event and eat Raccoon meat.

"In most places, a politician has to kiss babies in order to succeed. Arkansas politicians have to eat raccoon.

The small east Arkansas town of Gillette doubles its population on the second weekend of every year as candidates and political junkies gather for its annual Coon Supper.

More than 60 years old, the event has become a required stop for anyone seeking or holding political office in Arkansas. Originally started as a fundraiser for high school athletics, it's now the ultimate meet-and-greet for the state's politicians"

And I found this positive comment:

I've been to the Coon Supper and its actually pretty tasty! Its a wonderful custom for a good cause...all of the top politicians in the state attend and a good time is had by all (except the raccoons of course). If you're against eating any and all animals, then I can understand why one might oppose this event. However, I think its difficult to argue that its okay to eat pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys, etc., yet not raccoons. What exactly about the event upsets you? People in Arkansas and other parts of the country have eaten raccoons for centuries. Just because its not so common in urban areas anymore is no reason to oppose the Gillette Coon Supper.


Comment of the raccoon story below:

He nail-gunned a raccoon to death as part of a school class???!!! What the F@#$ is wrong with people like this??? People who think that killing animals is fun or just no big deal are obviously missing a key component of humanity:empathy for other beings. No,I am not a crazy PETA type. I simply believe that people who have no feeling about killing animals fit the profile of a killer. Interesting how psycho-killers always start out killing animals...are these people so different?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A union writer would have pointed out:

A union writer would have pointed out the late Orval Faubus was from Huntsville, AR.
See story below.......

Writer's Strike Continues

SO, I am turning to the Associated Press for thoughtful writing:

HUNTSVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A Huntsville High School teacher killed a raccoon with a nail gun Friday after discovering the planned subject of a skinning demonstration was alive.

Superintendent Alvin Lievsay says a student's parent promised to bring in a raccoon for the exercise, but surprised agriculture teacher Jerick Hutchinson by bringing the animal in a live trap. Lievsay says Hutchinson took the animal outside to the back of his truck and shot it with the nail gun. Lievsay says no students witnessed the raccoon's death.

Hutchinson used the dead raccoon to demonstrate how to skin the animal and to examine the contents of its stomach. Lievsay says only one student asked not to attend the skinning.

Lievsay says school officials later talked with Hutchinson and told him animals would not be killed on school grounds. The superintendent says Hutchinson also would provide more detailed lesson plans in the future.

The superintendent added that Hutchinson does a good job, and that the students enjoy his classes.

Writer's Strike Affects KAAY Blog

Today instead of writing a new post, I felt it was appropriate to respect the writer's strike. So, today you get a re-run.

Actually, I was looking over the ever changing list of locations where people are viewing this blog from. It caused me to remember this may be the first time you have visited this site and you make not take the effort to catch up.

Today I would like to feature an old post that has an aircheck that is very special to me. It is a George J. Jennings newscast from 1965. It is significant because it features the old format created by Jim Hankins a/k/a Mike McCormick. In those days the five minute news was at :45 and the headlines at :15. Mike's theory was that we would be ahead of the competition that had newscasts at :55. Also, the term "Comex News" baffled listeners for years. Most thought we were saying "comics" news. Comex News was short for Communications Exchange. A big name for the news closet in the Channel 11 building.
George has passed on. The news was moved to the top of the hour, and Comex News was one of the first things I changed when I became program director.

I can still see George gesturing to the jock as the hotline rang during this newscast. I morn the loss of George, radio news with big voices, authority and NEWS.

Listen once again to the aircheck in this link:

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

1965 on KAAY One of my favorites

Stax Records did a great job of carrying on the Memphis sound legacy. One of my favorites was Rufus Thomas and "Walkin The Dog". It led to a dance. This video is from a British TV show. I'm not sure of the name of the show, but it was a live recording. Unusual because most of the US TV dance parties, just lip synced the songs.


United Arab Emirates Dubai, Dubayy
and a few US sites:
Flossmoor, Illinois
Billings, Montana
Bald Knob, Arkansas

Monday, November 12, 2007

New old songs on the player on the right

There are 45 new old songs on the player on the right. I take requests. Let me know of a song or artist you haven't heard lately and I'll try and find it and play it for you.

Email me at

Radio Innovation?

Lee Abrams' blog introduces the all Led Zeppelin
channel: LED ZEPPELIN: we have launched a dedicated Led Zeppelin Channel. Not easy to put that one together as there are 3 managers, 1 lawyer, and a record company. I had to work phones overtime to get this one closed…and lost sleep along the way.
Despite all that—It’s done and will be very cool. On channel 59.

Do you remember the all girl radio stations, the all Elvis stations, the all Beatles station?

This is the time of the year when all Christmas music station's turn up. XM has four.

Not to be outdone I am introducing a Christmas music blog. You will be able to request songs or artists and I will find them and add them to the 45 songs already to listen to .
Here is the link:

Sunday, November 11, 2007


Cote D'Ivoire


Korea, Republic of Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi
and El Dorado Arkansas....For those of you who don't know it's pronounced EL-Doe-Raid-Oh.

I'll always remember when Federal Express first came to El Dorado. They bought radio commercials produced obviously by their ad agency telling the good folks how happy they were to be in "El Do Rod Oh". The home folk were not impressed.

Razorback Comment

G Hammons left this comment:




Your right G. At the time, of course, I lived in Little Rock. Arkansas State had a following and for those of you new to this blog, do a little search in the upper left box about the time KAAY delayed the Razorbacks to broadcast an A.State game and why.
Now I live in Alma. A stones throw from the home of the Razorbacks. I am not sure anyone here has even heard of Arkansas State. Even this close, there is not the excitement of a Razorback game day as in the 60s.

New KAAY Songs

New old songs. 45 in all, have been added to the player on the far right. Click on the little arrow to play. Email me you comments at

Saturday, November 10, 2007

WKRP Fans Note:

The first season of WKRP is available in three DVD discs on Netflix.
Because of music rights clearance difficulties, some of the music has been changed.

The second Mama Carlson Dead at 87

'WKRP's' 'Mama Carlson' dead at 87
Carol Bruce played Mama Carlson on "WKRP in Cincinnati"

Bruce was nominated for Tony in mid-'60s

Actress appeared in dozens of TV shows over the years

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Actress Carol Bruce, perhaps best known for her role as Mama Carlson on television's "WKRP in Cincinnati," has died. She was 87.

Carol Bruce appears in an undated photo provided by her family.

Bruce died October 9 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in suburban Woodland Hills, spokeswoman Jaime Larkin said in a news release.

Bruce began her entertainment career as a Montreal nightclub singer and went on to captivate Broadway audiences with her sultry voice in the 1940 musical comedy "Louisiana Purchase."

She appeared in the films "This Woman Is Mine," "Keep 'em Flying" and "Behind the Eight Ball" between 1941 and 1942, then returned to the stage, where she was praised for her Broadway performances in the 1946 revival of "Showboat."

She was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway show "Do I Hear a Waltz?" in 1965.

In 1979, she took over the role that Sylvia Sidney had originated on "WKRP in Cincinnati" a year earlier as Mama Carlson, the tough-talking owner of a radio station managed by her son Arthur, played by Gordon Jump. Bruce kept the recurring role until the series ended in 1982.

The actress, born Shirley Levy, had guest spots in dozens of other TV shows, including "Doogie Howser, M.D.," "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Knots Landing."

Saturdays were a sum of a week of Razorback promotions on KAAY

(That's my grandson, Davis. Visit his blog at:
I have often written about Razorback fever on KAAY. Somehow, I don't see the excitement that existed in the 60s. Perhaps the increase in TV coverage and the increase in seating at Reynolds Razorback whatever the names is stadium. The Razorback program was built on a statewide radio network that every station in town could carry the game for a very low fee. Later, Frank discovered the media gravy train. I don't know of any station that did more for the promotion of the Razorbacks. Bumper stickers, store signs,pep rallies, records, jingles, contests, and the jocks 24 hour cheerleading. Sonny and George long running Arkansas vs Texas sthick was almost overplayed. George would tell you privately, his Texas feelings were only there because it made good radio. When I was there, a large group from the station would party to Fayetteville, party at Maxine's Tap Room, party at the stadium and all the way home. Pat Walsh was the head hog party provider. He could never get into a stadium today prepared the way he was in those days. He had a portable bar, portable TV, cushions, drop clothes (to cover a couple of rows of seats in case of rain). Going with Pat to a game was an experience even if we lost.

Friday, November 09, 2007


Sleepy Eye, Minnesota

Some notes on Sleepy Eye:

Many watchers of the "Little House on the Prairie" TV series will also recognize Sleepy Eye as an important trade post for the citizens of Walnut Grove. In fact, the first telephone line to reach Walnut Grove from Minneapolis was called the "Sleepy Eye Line" in one episode.
Every August the residents of Sleepy Eye host the annual "Corn Days" event, where free buttered corn is provided, as well as live music, a flea market, and various other events.
Ralph John Fritz, a longtime Twin Cities sportscaster, is from Sleepy Eye.
Residents of Sleepy Eye made headlines in the early 1990's by trying to ban MTV in the town.

Welcome Visitors

Australia Perth, Western Australia

How would you like to have the #1 record the week JFK was shot?

Note: Dale died last month.

Dale Houston

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dale Houston (April 23, 1940September 27, 2007) was an American singer who, along with his performing partner, Grace Broussard, rocketed to the top of the Billboard chart with two rock and roll hits - gold records with more than 1 million copies sold - I'm Leaving It Up to You (No. 1) and Stop and Think It Over (No. 8) in 1963 and 1964, respectively. In his later years, Houston was reunited on stage with Broussard.

Early years

Houston was born to Claude Houston and the former Essie Walters in Seminary, a small town in Covington County in southern Mississippi. He was delivered by a midwife on the family's kitchen table. The Houstons thereafter moved to nearby Collins, the seat of Covington County, where the senior Houston surrendered to the Christian ministry. Young Dale began piano lessons when he was a sixth grader, but the family stopped his training after three months because of financial difficulties. Thereafter, Dale was self-taught: his musical skills were enhanced by playing and singing in church.

At the age of eighteen, Houston recorded "Lonely Man," which reached No. 75 nationally. In 1960, while he was performing in Baton Rouge, record executive Sam Montel caught Houston's act in a local bar. Montel declared Houston "a pretty good writer" and signed him to compose exclusively for his label. Houston then wrote and recorded "Lonely Room," "Bird With A Broken Wing," and "That's What I Like About Us," none of which was particularly successful.

Partnership with Grace Broussard

In 1963, Houston was working in a bar in Ferriday, a well-known small town in Concordia Parish, Louisiana along the Mississippi River. Montel approached Houston about teaming up with a female singer, Grace Broussard (born 1939) of Prairieville in Ascension Parish near Baton Rouge. The two met and practiced on Montel's home piano for four hours. When Houston began to play an old Don and Dewey song from the mid-1950s, "I'm Leaving It Up To You," Montel was awakened and declared that it would be "a hit!" Montel was vindicated when in November 1963, I'm Leaving It Up To You reached No. 1, where it remained for two weeks.[1]

In the autumn of 1963, Houston and Broussard toured with Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars. He appeared on Clark's American Bandstand program. The Clark caravan, which also included Brian Hyland and Bobby Vee, was standing on a street corner in Dallas waving at Kennedy on that fateful November 22. The limousine was two blocks away from the caravan when the president was killed, and Texas Governor John B. Connally was seriously wounded. ("I'm Leaving It Up To You" was also No. 1 when Kennedy was assassinated.) Six days later, Houston spent Thanksgiving Day at Clark's home.

Dale and Grace then produced Stop And Think It Over, which went to No. 8 in 1964. However, the popularity of The Beatles, combined with personal problems between the two performers, caused the duo to separate in 1965.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Not from KAAY, but one of my favorites

Jim Stagg passed away on Tuesday, one of the guys I came
rushing home
from high school to listen to on KYW, Cleveland back in the
sixties. Cleveland's in the groove again, on the Stagg
Cleveland's on the move again, on the Stagg line. And
here's your
million dollar music man to start the show.....
Obituaries |Jimmy Pearson Staggs: 1935 - 2007

Longtime Chicago radio deejay

By Trevor Jensen | Tribune staff reporter
November 8, 2007

Jimmy Pearson Staggs was known as Jim Stagg to teenagers
tuned in to
WCFL-AM during afternoons in the 1960s and 1970s. A disc
jockey who
toured with the Beatles in the mid-1960s, bringing
listeners hourly
updates on the Fab Four, Mr. Staggs signed off in 1975 as
AM rock
radio was dying out and started a chain of record stores in
northern suburbs.

Mr. Staggs, 72, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, at his Lake Forest
home of
complications from esophageal cancer, said his daughter
Kara Drumke.

At WCFL, Chicago's longtime "Voice of Labor," later known
as "Super
CFL" during its battles with WLS for teen listeners, Mr.
Staggs held
down afternoons with the "Stagg Line" and "Stagg Starbeat."

WCFL program director Ken Draper recruited Mr. Staggs and
other disc jockeys from KYW in Cleveland to Chicago in the
said Jerry G. Bishop, who was also among Draper's hires. At
stations, Mr. Staggs was often the one who lined up the
play list,
Bishop said.

"He was the music guy. He picked the music," Bishop said.
"He was
pretty connected to the record guys."

Bishop and Mr. Staggs were among about a dozen reporters
who traveled
on the Beatles' private plane during the band's 1964 U.S.
tour. The
reporters had tags connecting them to the tour and
sometimes found
themselves running through screaming hordes of teenage
girls right
along with the beloved Liverpudlians, Bishop said.

"There was amazing hysteria," Bishop said. "[But] I had no
idea it
was history, and he didn't either."

During the Beatles' 1965 tour, Mr. Staggs broadcast hourly
updates to
a rapt WCFL audience. This tour was much more heavily
covered, and
Mr. Staggs and other media were relegated to a second
plane, his
daughter said.

Mr. Staggs had a rich voice and a relatively straight
delivery for
the era, Bishop said. "Jim was more of a workmanlike guy,
not a
performer," Bishop said.

After leaving radio in 1975, Mr. Staggs opened a record
store called
"Record City," which eventually became a chain with
locations in Lake
Zurich, Skokie, Glenview and Northbrook, with another
outlet in
Orlando, Fla. The last Record City closed two years ago,
Drumke said.

Mr. Staggs also got into real estate, working with Keller
Realty in Libertyville, and started a business that
people's lives through video montages and interviews.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Mr. Staggs worked
in radio
in Birmingham, Ala., Philadelphia, San Francisco and
Milwaukee before
landing at KYW.

Mr. Staggs is also survived by his wife, Valene; a son,
Patrick; two
more daughters, Lisa Henderson and Dina Jaske; a sister,
JoAnn Terry;
and five grandchildren.

Visitation is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, and 3 to 5 p.m.
at N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home, 1240 Waukegan Rd.,
Glenview. A
5 p.m. service will follow the visitation on Saturday.


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Welcome International Visitor:

ItalyAppiano, Trentino-Alto Adige
El SalvadorSan Salvador

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

New Feature Added

Over on the right is an "On the Air" box. Click on the arrow for some music. I will be changing the playlist from time to time. Enjoy!

KAAY & Jingles

I've talked several times about jingles. I listen to jingles as often as I do music. I love jingles. Radio station jingles, commercial jingles, any jingle. I have included many of the KAAY jingles on this blog. My favorite jingles came from Pams. I hope to someday to try and put together all the KAAY jingles. I also especially liked the beer and soft drink jingles. Jingles must be out of favor today. I don't hear them as much for radio station IDs or even commercials. Where are those great beer and soft drink jingles? I do notice XM radio uses jingles well. They have taken some of the best from the past and had them resung with XM Radio in the place of call letters. The 60s channel on Friday afternoon features a great top 40 station from the past and their jingles. Here is a link to a PAMS page. Pick out a decade and enjoy.
It was a great feeling to be out in the public and have folks sing the logo (KAAY, Tune ten ninety) back at you.
Welcome International Visitors:

ChinaNanjing, Jiangsu

IndiaBangalore, Karnataka

Bombay, Maharashtra

Music of 1964

The Beatles really dominated the music of 1964. However, there was still some great music from Motown, Roy Orbison, Beachboys, etc. Then there was music like Jan & Dean and Dead Man's Curve. I play that for you today primarily for the picture of the 1963 Corvette. I drove a Red 63 Corvette Sting Ray. When I left KAAY bound for Decatur, Il and WAND (A TV station that LIN Broadcasting had purchased and Len Carl was the manager) I moved in the Corvette. I remember getting a speeding ticket once a month in Illinois. Fortunately they didn't report it on my Arkansas driver's license. The car just looked like it was speeding setting still. The 63 had some real inovations for it's day. There were seat belts and FM on the radio.

Remember this epic:

Monday, November 05, 2007

More International


Welcome International Visitor:

CanadaMedicine Hat, Alberta

I'm Constantly learning from this blog

We had a visitor to this blog from Alma Kansas. I had never heard of Alma Kansas and was interested because I live in Alma AR. In researching, it is about the same size as Alma AR. We however have a significant industry. Allen Canning Company produces Popeye spinish here.
Thus the chamber claims this to be the spinish capitol of the world. Not sure of the documentation for this claim.

I never tire of reading this kind of story

Thanks to
for your comments on KAAY and your link to this blog.

It's aways fun to read of the countless number of folks who entered the broadcast business after being inspired by KAAY.

Remember we were learning too. We had no consultants, music research, computers, or the aids that make broadcasting easier today.

I hope today it is still possible for someone to start at a small hometown station and work their way up.

Please continue to share your stories with me at It is a great pleasure to share them with readers of this blog.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

I Heard it This Morning

I heard it this morning for the first time in a long time. You may think I spend all my time listening to XM Radio. The best thing about XM is depth in chart selections on the decades channels. Naturally, I listen most to the 60s channel and I am always rewarded with songs that never made it in the top ten and are ignored today by music research done for the oldies stations. KAAY never heard of music research. Our research was totally listner feedback. We even paid a kid to answer the phones at night. He kept a log of every song requested and gave it to the music director.
It seems like today's oldies stations have such a tight playlist and repeat it over and over. I never seem to tire from the XM Decades channels. The song in point today is "Let's Think About Livin by Bob Luman. The song is interesting from a couple of aspects. First the lyrics comment on the tragedy songs of the day and second, Bob's life was tragicly short.

Bob Luman (Robert Glynn Luman, 15 April 1937 - December 27, 1978) was an American country and rockabilly singer born in Blackjack, Texas, a church community south of Tyler in Smith County, Texas.

The smooth baritone was best-known in non-country circles for his crossover hit, "Let's Think About Living," a novelty song that hit #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #9 on the Billboard country chart in 1960.

Luman was, however, well-known in the country music world. His 1972 hit, "Lonely Women Make Good Lovers," became his biggest country hit, hitting #4 on the country chart.(Steve Wariner, who had earlier been a member of Luman's band, later covered the song in the 1984, and he, too, took it to #4 on the country charts.)

Luman's other country hits included "Ain't Got Time To Be Unhappy" (1968), "When You Say Love" (1972), "Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)" (1973), "Still Loving You" (1974), "Proud Of You Baby" (1975), and "The Pay Phone" (1977).

Luman died of pneumonia in 1978, at the age of 41.

Friday, November 02, 2007

1969 Hit but could it happen today?

"Oh Happy Day" is a 1967 gospel music arrangement of an 18th century hymn. Recorded by the Edwin Hawkins Singers it became an international hit in 1969, making US #4 and UK #2 on the pop charts. It has since become a gospel music standard.


Edwin Hawkins’ funk style arrangement of the hymn "Oh Happy Day" has a long pedigree: It began as a hymn written in the mid-18th century ("Oh happy day that fixed my choice") by English clergyman Phillip Doddridge (based on Acts 8:35) set to an earlier melody (1704) by J. A. Freylinghausen. By the mid-19th century it had been given a new melody by Edward F. Rimbault and was commonly used for baptismal or confirmation ceremonies in the UK and USA. The 20th century saw its adaptation from 3/4 to 4/4 time and this new arrangement by Hawkins, which contains the repeated refrain only (all of the original verses being omitted).

The Edwin Hawkins Singers

The Edwin Hawkins Singers began as The Northern California State Youth Choir founded in 1967 by Hawkins and Betty Watson, its members aged 17–25. As was common in gospel circles they produced and distributed their own LP: Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord, recorded live in church. "Oh Happy Day", featuring Dorothy Morrison as lead vocalist, was picked up by a local DJ and subsequently released commercially. Aretha Franklin had already brought strong gospel stylings to the pop charts with songs such as "Think" (1968), but a hymn had never “crossed over” before. "Oh Happy Day" soared into the US Top 5, winning a Grammy and massive sales worldwide.

Legacy and influence

Hawkins' arrangement quickly became a “standard” and has been recorded by hundreds of artists. It was included on the RIAA Songs of the Century list.

Hawkins is still active and is now an elder statesman for the Contemporary Gospel style which "Oh Happy Day" helped found.

This song served as an inspiration for the Nick Cave song "Deanna" (1988), which appears on Tender Prey and B-Sides & Rarities.

The song has appeared in many movies, but notably Whoopi Goldberg's Sister Act 2. The song also appears in Big Momma's House and Nutty Professor 2:The Klumps. In the United Kingdom, it was played by Bruno Brookes on BBC Radio 1 in the early hours of April 10, 1992 to herald the Conservative Party's fourth consecutive election victory.

Other versions

In addition to the Hawkins Singers, the song has been recorded by a number of other artists, most notably Joan Baez, who included the song on her 1971 album Carry It On, and later her 1976 live album From Every Stage.

* Recorded live 1967, Ephesian Church of God in Christ, Berkeley, California.

Independently released on the LP Let us go into the house of the Lord (1968). Commercially released as a 7" single on Pavilion Records April 1969, then on Buddah Records LP Oh Happy Day 1969.


* 1970 Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Another International visitor

Canada Montreal, Quebec

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Netherlands Boxtel, Noord-Brabant

Hi Records

Yesterday's spotlight was on a record on the "Hi" label. (see post below) Hi was one of the Memphis labels that had a distinctive sound that made a great contribution to rock and roll. When you think of Memphis, Sun Records is usually the first to come to mind, but there was Hi, Stax, and others. I found an interesting sight about Hi Records. Take a look and don't miss the juke box to play a few of the hits.

Also take a look at:

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

KAAY halloween Song For You

Where is everybody today? Hits are way down. I'll blame it on Halloween.

One of my favorite halloween songs:

KAAY Contests

I have written in the past about contests at KAAY. I don't think I have written enough since contests were an intrigal part of KAAY programming. I would really like to hear from you about contests and promotions you remember. Email me at We usually had at least two contests going at the same time. There was a phone in contest each hour. Usual format called for an OPEN (the invitation to call in) the CONTEST itself, and the CLOSE. The contests usually tied to the season: Halloween, Thanksgving, etc. Then there was often a write-in contest. Something you rarely see today. We aways got good results from write in contests. Prises ranged from large items (see Car A Day) to small items (see transistor radios). I would really appreciate hearing your favorite contest or promotion.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

New Comment


my name is Given Campbell Arnoux, and I found your blog...thank you for putting it up, he was my grandfather as if you couldn't tell by my name. I am so happy to see someone else talking about him. He was very valuable to radio and has been all but forgotten but everyone except his family. My father was a tv pioneer and I worked in radio too for nearly a decade in and off. Keep up the good work


Monday, October 29, 2007

Stan Lewis of Stan's Record Shop has a big hit

He had several but Paula Records "Judy in Disguise" by John Fred and the Playboy Band hit in late 67 and road into 1968. I have never seen this video. If you pause the clapboard at the front maybe that will identify what it was made for. For previous posts about Stan's Record Shop, 728 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA, go to the searchbox upper left and enter "Stan's Record Shop" and click on search blog.

Day For Decision on XM

Monday afternoon in drive time, XM Radio 60s decade channel played the Johnny Sea version of Day For Decision. That's what I like about XM. They have a huge play list and play songs that the oldies stations don't play. Those of you new to this blog, go to the upper left hand corner and enter "Day for Decision" and then click on "search blog" . Be sure and scroll down for several posts. When Johnny Sea purchased the material he listed himself as the author.

More Billy Joel

There used to be a better video on You Tube but I guess it had to be removed. It had much better photos of the old stuff.

The song still brings back great memories even if the video is a little hokey:

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Comments on KAAY & Monster Mash

From Guitarlizard re: Monster Mash:

I still remember when that song came out, I had to have it so my mom on one of her trips downtown to the dentist picked me up a copy of Monster Mash down at Woolworth's with the cartoon cover.
I still have the 45, a little worse for wear, but the cover has gone the way of all flesh....

Thanks for the comment. When I first started in radio at KBBA Benton AR we didn't get all the hits from the record companies or distributors, so I often had to buy records sometimes for my show on the weekends. One of the owners of the station would open all the records when they came in and often stash the good ones in his desk. Lavelle Langley was his name and he was a co-owner with Preston Bridges. Later, after I left, Preston bought him out and comtinued to build the station.
While I was still there, I remember skipping school one day so I could work at the station. Seems as all the air people were doing a remote and they needed someone at the station to run the board. It was a high school track meet. Yes folks, a high school track meet on the RADIO. I probably learned more there than I would have at school. Being a daytimer, KBBA would have to tape the high school football games and play them back Saturday morning. It wasn't too bad because the players could listen then. Filming high school games was just coming into use. Black and white, 16 MM film. My senior year at Mabelvale High School, we got a Bolex 16 MM camera and I took the film to RayChris Productions at channel 4 to get our film developed Friday night for the coach to use Sat. morning. He ran it forward, backward, freeze frame, every way possible. He would rant and pound the table and throw thimgs. Great invention filming football. He did coach a district co-champ team that year. In those days there were no playoff or final championship games. Friday night lights were black and white.