Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Technical Difficulties

Yesterday (Monday) and even this morning Pod-O-Matic, the service I use for audio and video clips has been experiencing problems with congestion and the feeds have not been downloading. I hope they correct this problem. If you are not able to view or listen to a clip please try again later.

Now to the main issue of this post. I am getting great hits on this blog from all over the world. Thank you for your visits and for posting my blog address on websites and other blogs. What I really need to continue this blog is your comments. I get very few comments lately. I like to post your comments and how you remember KAAY.
Please email me you reaction to posts on this blog. My email address is: ajlinds@yahoo.com .

Sunday, May 27, 2007

More Memorial Day

Radio stations used to sign off so much more than they do today. KAAY was 24 hours but it did sign off Sunday at midnight for transmitter maintance. It was the custom of most stations to play the National Anthem. At movie theaters, the program started with the National Anthem. I wonder if there is any movie theater today that does this. On this Memorial Day here is a look back to a movie screen in 1942 (the year I was born).
I really enjoyed seeing the WW2 military.

Click on:


On This Memorial Day Weekend...

(double click on the picture to see it larger)

Please go to the search box at the upper left and type in "Day For Decision" and listen again.

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Alltel Corp. & KAAY

With Alltel Corp. in the news recently going private, it was significant that in a package of KAAY material Len Carl recently sent me was a 45 record that Allied Telephone Co. had pressed and gave away freely. It was an excerpt of an Ear On Arkansas
piece. How does that relate to Alltel?

First a bit of history:
The Allied Telephone Company of Little Rock, Arkansas, had been founded by Hugh Wilbourn and Charles Miller, who had worked as contractors in the telephone business in the early 1940s. In 1943, they purchased the Grant County Telephone Company, which operated a toll line that ran from Sheridan to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, connecting 275 magneto telephones. After World War II, Wilbourn and Miller put together a network of four small telephone operating companies in Arkansas. During the next 30 years a steady stream of acquisitions helped Allied expand to serve customers in six states.

Both Allied and Mid-Continent had entered unregulated areas of the telecommunications industry, and their activities fit well together. Given these factors, the companies decided to join forces. Mid-Continent and Allied merged on October 25, 1983, and the new enterprise was named the ALLTEL Corporation. ALLTEL began with assets of $1.35 billion, making it the fifth-largest American telephone company.

On this record you will hear Len Carl a/k/a Len Voth introducing the bit. Howard Watson a/k/a the first Ken Knight does the Rufus Stevens singing. When you listen to Ear on Arkansas most things have a secret double meaning that only KAAY employees get. Or some of them get it. "Rufus" was the real first name for Steve Stevens of Channel 11's Steve's Show.

Here it is:

Friday, May 25, 2007


We almost never talked about ratings on the air. With all the heavy production, we always felt it was better to not yell about the ratings, just in case we slipped. Hooper (telephone) Ratings were on their way out and Pulse was becoming the big rating service. One of the main strategies for keeping the same names for disc jockeys was to help build ratings. We stopped saying K Double A Y because we thought that might create confusion in the listener's mind. The night jock sometimes got embarrassed when the religious block from 6 PM til 8 would pull higher ratings than his show. Pat Walsh was a ratings nut. He had a huge file of ratings going back to the late 50s.Before he passed away I helped him find a home for his ratings collection. We felt it was a part of history that needed to be saved. After the bad experience of giving Little Rock University all the Ear on Arkansas masters and having them record over the tape, we felt they needed to go to someone who would copy and pass them on to the next generation.

Today's clip is very short. It is one jingle that few of you who worked for KAAY have ever heard. It was rarely used, for the reasons I mentioned above. Enjoy:

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

KAAY Skunk Festival

Loudon Wainwright, III is best known for the 1972 novelty song hit "Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)", with pianist Teddy Wender and for playing Captain Spalding (the "singing surgeon") on three episodes of the American television show M*A*S*H in its third season (1974-1975), but his musical reputation is much deeper. Using a witty, self-mocking style, Wainwright has recorded over twenty albums on eleven different labels. Two of his albums have been nominated for Grammy awards.

Well the Columbia record song inspired George J. Jennings and Sonny Martin to hold a Skunk Festival at War Memorial Stadium. Loudon was there (even though he was very late). Mark Lindsey of Paul Revere and the Raiders was a judge and appears on this cllp. There is a newscast on the clip with newsman Michael O'Sullivan there are some items about the Viet Nam peace talks and cease fire. There is a commercial for Dixie/Yellow Cabs which may sound strange, however, this was a trade to give KAAY sign advertising space on the back of the cabs. Jim Ray Toyota sponsored the festival. At the end of the clip you will hear the inspiration for all of this. It is included for educational purposes and was recorded off the air.

Here's the clip:


Another City Song

A few days ago I posted the city song by Pams for Little Rock. It was from KVLC. If you haven't heard it and you're from Little Rock, you are missing a treat.

Jim Pitcock, sent me some time ago the WNOE city song. I'll always remember comments that in New Orleans at night you could hear KAAY playing on radios at drive-ins. I never could understand why. with stations like WNOE and WTIX would push buttons on car radios be set to KAAY. I heard the same thing in Chicago. With WLS and WCFL why did KAAY have such an audience at night?

Enjoy the New Orleans city song:


Monday, May 21, 2007

KAAY Cow Chip Documentary

I have posted some previous entries about the KAAY Cow Chip Throwing Contest. Please go to the top and type "cow chip" in the box and click on "search this blog". All of this is to set up today's short clip (2 1/2 min) The Cow Chip Documentary. Here it is:


KAAY Editorial Comment on the Channel 7 for 2 trade

A recent comment said:

This was a few years before my time. They were wanting to trade channel 2 for 7? What was that about and why? Did KATV want to transmit on channel 2?

Yes, KATV wanted channel 2 because it could cover so much more area than channel 7.
I think there offer would give the channel 7 transmitter site and transmitter to the state. It was a short stick at the time. The legislature was about to make the deal.
KAAY editorialized against it. Claiming that channel 2 was a valuable state asset that shouldn't be bargained away. Len Carl, General Manager at the time did the editorial. I believe he reads this blog and can give us more detail.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Did we play Waylon Holyfield on KAAY?

First Waylon Holifield is mostly known as a songwriter. I knew Waylon in Little Rock in the 60s and I thought it was from the campus at Little Rock University, however, the bios I read on Waylon don't mention L.R.U. I'm a big fan of Waylon's writings and even though he skews country, KAAY still played many of his songs. The real reason for writing this is to see if any of you have "Arkansas You Run Deep in Me" in digital form. If so please email me. I just figured out a few days ago, Waylon wrote it. For those of you who don't know who the heck I'm talking about, here's his bio:

Wayland Holyfield is a native of Little Rock, Ark., where he attended public schools and completed his formal education with a marketing degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He moved to Nashville in 1972 and had his first # 1 song, "Rednecks, White Socks And Blue Ribbon Beer" in 1973. Since then Wayland has been honored with 37 ASCAP and BMI awards and has written more than 40 Top 10 hits, including 14 # 1 songs. "Could I Have This Dance," "Some Broken Hearts Never Mend," "Till the Rivers All Run Dry," "Only Here For A Little While" and "Meanwhile" are but a few of his almost-four decades of hits. He also wrote "Arkansas You Run Deep In Me," adopted in 1987 as the official state song of Arkansas. Long active as an advocate for songwriters' rights, Wayland was the first Nashville-based writer to be elected to the ASCAP Board of Directors. Wayland has also served as President of the NSAI and as Chairman of the NSF. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Razorbacks and KAAY

The Razorbacks were always a promotional vehicle for KAAY. The station did everything to promote the Razorbacks, i.e. bumper stickers, store signs, records, contests, pep rallies. I've written about early Razorback records on this blog. (check the archives).
One reason KAAY backed the Razorbacks was that General Manager Pat Walsh was a big supporter. Some of my fondest memories are going to Razorback games in Fayetteville with Pat and friends. He always took anyone who wanted to go from the staff. In those days you could take anything you wanted into the stadium. Pat would have a portable TV (rare in those days), a bar, radios, a drop cloth big enough to cover several rows of fans in case of rain, and any thing else he could think of for fan comfort. Going to a game with Pat was an experience regardless of who won.

Today's audio treat is a personal tape put together for Pat probably by the production department. He used this tape for parties and any occasion for inspiring the hogs.

I'm sure Pat would want to share this with you, even though it relates mostly to the Southwest Conference.

Enjoy: http://kaay.podOmatic.com/entry/eg/2007-05-19T14_19_43-07_00

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Long before KAAY there was KVLC

As top 40 goes KAAY was a late comer to the Little Rock market. When KAAY went on the air Sept. 1962, there was three other top 40 stations: KXLR, KAJI, and KVLC. KVLC was the first to bring top 40 to Little Rock, but it had a major problem. It was a daytimer. It ran down at sundown. None the less, it was highly successful when it was on the air. The original owner was Lenord Coe. That's where the call letters came from: "The Voice of Lenord Coe". Mr. Coe sold KVLC and bought KLRA, where Brother Hal was always a rating thorn in KAAY's side. I found a 45 record in my collection on the KVLC label called "Little Rock My Home Town". One of my rules for this blog, is to limit it to KAAY material but I can not resist sharing this record which is actually a Pams jingle. You will recognize it immediately. No telling how many cities Pams sung this for. In fact, one of the problems we had at KAAY, is that many of the good jingles had been taken by other stations.
Those of you from Little Rock will really appreciate this jingle. Listen closely they did a poor job of making the call letters stand out and they are only mentioned once:


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

WAKY call letters return!

What am I doing talking about WAKY on a KAAY blog? Well, first WAKY was owned by LIN Broadcasting as was KAAY. Many of the original employees came from WAKY, like Mike Hankins, George Jennings, and Jack Grady. The big news WAKY call letters return. Here's the item:

79WAKY.com would like to welcome WAKY back to the Derby City! On May 11, 2007, WASE-FM in Elizabethtown changed their call letters to WAKY, while maintaining their popular oldies format. Now much of the Louisville market can enjoy the music and jingles that made WAKY famous on the all new WAKY 103-5.

On the www.79WAKY.com website you can check out Mike McCormick a/k/a Mike Hankins that I write about often, under "DJs".

On the site Mike writes about George:

George J. Jennings WAKY News Director in the '60s (right before Bob Watson). He also worked at KAAY in Little Rock, Arkansas and WOIA in San Antonio, Texas. Died March 15, 2007 at the age of 67 due to renal failure. Mike McCormick wrote in 2005:
"George Jennings was my second news director at KAAY/Little Rock. He was later transferred to WAKY/Louisville, another LIN Broadcasting station. He also served as our News Director at Storz's WDGY/Minneapolis, but later returned to KAAY."After a couple of changes in Little Rock he accepted a position at WOIA/San Antonio and retired around a year or so ago. [JQ notes: He retired in 1999 after more than 20 years at WOIA.]
"We plan to get together soon and drain Austin of its beer supply...and tell radio lies all evening long.
"George is a great broadcaster and super gentleman. I'd hire him again...probably!"

I guess Mike forgot George doesn't drink. The one night he did.......well thats another story.

Kennedy Editorial on KAAY

KAAY frequently editorialized. The editorials were usually written by the General Manager. Len Carl started that tradition. He editorialized on everything from urging the state legislature not to trade educational channel 2 for channel 7. They didn't and that's a story all it's own. Len even editorialized when rumors were going around about the dirty lyrics of Louie, Louie. Len read the bland lyrics is a very formal style. It was great. This editorial is about the Robert Kennedy shooting. George J. Jennings reads the editorial but it is unsigned. Since both Pat Walsh (the General Manager at that time) and George J. are gone, I cannot verify who wrote it. But the style is very definitely George's style and I suspect he wrote it. There are a lot of commercials in this aircheck from 6-5-68. This was before the days of the stop set. Records were never played back to back. You will notice a lot of talk between records. Ratings with all this talk were at an all time high. Everything from Prep. H (openingly talking about health issues) to Channel 11 promoting and hour of black and white programs. Lots of history in them there spots.

Enjoy: http://kaay.podOmatic.com/entry/eg/2007-05-15T09_02_10-07_00

Robert Kennedy Shot 6-5-68 Geo. J. Reports

It's 6:30 AM, Marvin Vines wraps up his Farm Report, and George J. Jennings does KAAY Comex News with complete details of the 4:30 AM, Little Rock time, Robert Kennedy shooting. Clyde Clifford, of Beaker Street does a police report. We all did "phoners" or newscasts. Notice the farm commercial that runs in the newscast. More information than we want to know about flies.

Here's the link:


Monday, May 14, 2007

Broadway Drive-In and more great commercials on KAAY

This aircheck of Ron Owens a/k/a Walt Sadler has a great spot for "Big Daddy" showing at the Razorback Drive-In Theater. Also "The Wild Bunch" is showing at the Arkansas Theater. Southwestern Bell's spot plays off the "only phone company in town" joke and Frank Woods does Comex News. Walt passed away several years ago. We worked together at KAAY and when I was Manager at KOKY Walt was sales manager. A great guy and good friend.

Enjoy about 24 minutes:

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Marvin Vines & Sonny Martin on KAAY

From 11/2/71 this aircheck has a longer segment of Marvin Vines. We often forget KAAY had a 30 minute farm program from 5:30-6:00 AM. Also a 15 minute segment at noon. Religious programs 5-5:30 AM AND 6:00-8:00 PM in the evening. There was also a hour 11:00 -Midnight for Stan's Record shop. This was unheard of for a top 40 station. These paid programs paid the overhead, so that the rest of spot sales were profit.

Enjoy the aircheck:


Wednesday, May 09, 2007

KAAY Commercials

No airchecks just commercials. Not presented here as examples of great commercials but a look back in history. Can you imagine the ticket price for a James Brown show? Jerry Sims hawks the virtues of channel 11's color and local line up. Don't miss the movie spots. Remember the Broadway Drive-In Theater.


The First Mike McCormick on KAAY

We've been listening to the 2nd Mike McCormick but who was the first. I've written extensively about Jim Hankins the first McCormick and the first program director who put together the staff and sound of KAAY. Please go up to the "search" box for this blog and enter "Hankins" scroll down and read the earlier posts. Here is a short aircheck. Listen to the enormous reverb. George Jennings and I do produced record intros.


Saturday, May 05, 2007

Part 2 of KAAY Aircheck

The way blogs are posted causes airchecks that are broken into parts to be backward. This is part 2. You might want to scroll down and start with part 1 then come back to:


KAAY aircheck 4-1-67

Posts below have been featuring some of the last day of KAAY broadcast. This clip is from that show but it is an actual aircheck from 4-1-67 with Barry Wood a/k/a Mike McCormick. You'll notice his voice is much younger:


More last day Harper Valley PTA

How fast did KAAY start playing Harper Valley PTA?

Listen and find out:
More facts about the record:
Jeannie C. Riley (born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson on October 19, 1945) is a Country Music singer. She is best known for her 1968 Country and Pop hit "Harper Valley PTA". She became the first woman to have a single become a Country and Pop #1 hit at the same time. Following the success of the song, she had more success on the Country charts.

KAAY News Item

Hear what former GOVERNOR of AR, Bill Clinton had to say about FORMER coach Eddie Sutton going to Kentucky:


Friday, May 04, 2007

Last Day of KAAY as Sonny tells where the name Beaker St. Came from

Sorry it's been so long since my last post, but I lost my transfer cable. To continue with the Last Day of KAAY broadcast Sonny Martin a/k/a Matt White is talking with Mike McCormick a/k/a/ Barry "woody" Wood and tells how the name for "Beaker Street" originated.