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|Mar 10, 05
Wow! Thanx for the memories! I was doing a search on NYC radio stations
and recalled when I first moved to Tucson back in 78 and started to
listen to KWFM. The only dj's I could immediately recall from that time
were Dave LaRussa and Karen Stern. Thankfully, I found the site and was
able to go through everything again. PS: I still have the KWFM On the
Air album in my collection!
|Mar 7, 05
What ever happened to Streeet Pajama. They were the best Tucson band
ever! I have not heard Screwed Again in ages. I remember seeing them
at The Embers, Westward Look, and I think a place on 1st Avenue called
Noni's. That was way back in '82. Mikey King was great and Merle was
just too cool. If anyone remembers this great band email me at
choicekten at aol dot com.
|Feb 25, 05
Man, what memories this site brings back. I started listening to KW when
I was about 15, in 1976. The many great times that I associate with
listening to this station all come flooding back, Choo Choos, the Gran
Faloon Salloon, and just hangin' out with my buds....and somebody
always had an FM radio so we could party while we listened. Thanks for
a fantastic site.
|Jan 20, 05
Tucson really lost a great radio station when the KWFM as we knew it
left us. Bob, we love and miss you...... Radio just ain't the same
without ya. Can't read that from a liner card!
Robert (Foster) Napier
|Jan 19, 05
Howdy and thanks for doing such a great job on your web site! Many
great memories came flooding back. I was very fortunate to have worked
with folks like Brian Miller, Jim Brady, Alan Browning, Bob Cooke, Bob
Bish and many more beginning in 1976. Oh, do we have some stories to
tell when we all get together around a pitcher of margaritas?!
I'm even luckier to still be friends with most of them today. Our hair
has some grey in it, there are fewer of us still around and we now all
have real jobs. But it is a rich experience to relive the crazy days
of life at KWFM before the Empire of the Formats took over.... Before
the dark times. We were considerably more carefree back then.
Thanks a megawatt!
VBW Productions, Inc.
|Dec 25, 04
KWFM was the ONLY station my big brother and I ever listened to in the
'70's and early 80's. It was the greatest, and this web site has
brought back great memories of the station. I remember one of the DJ's
doing a special segment where a disco record would be "put on trial"
(played) and then destroyed. Would LOVE to hear that again!
Thanks for the memories,
|Oct 27, 04
Hey Cats and Kitties. I love this site. As a former radio personality
in town, I have fond memories of your station, including Sunday night
Jazz. Tucson needs a full-time jazz station again. Long live the
"Great American Art Form."!
|Oct 18, 04
Awesome Website! Thanks for a Historical tour of Radio here in Tucson.
Working with Margie and some of the others I am certain we've only
heard the tip of the iceberg when it comes to some of the stories out
there of "the ole days" Thanks again for the site.
|Jul 24, 04
Hey, you folks got my name all wrong! It all started back in 1976 at
KIKX 580, .........KWFM ..... KLPX ..... KKLD .....KUPD ..... KDKB
.... England .. Guam ... and the saga continues!
|Jun 24, 04
I'm still a close friend of Jane Snyder and know Perk pretty well. I
used to hang at KWFM with Janie in the good ole days and remember
several live interviews that took place at the board. What great
memories. (I'm not saying anything here Janie!) It was a tribute to
Jane that years after, when she would visit Tucson and the station
would give her courtesy air time, guys would still send her roses and
chocolates. We remember her airtime well. What a good time we all had
in those years. KWFM was the only radio station worth listening to
then. I moved here in 1972 and met Janie that first month. What good
fortune. Thanks Lee and everyone else for putting this together. I
look forward to more photos and some stories.
|Jun 12, 04
I came to town in 1980: worked at KIKX, KCUB, and KCEE...listened to
KWFM. When I heard that "we" (Behan Broadcasting) had purchased KWFM,
I was hoping for a shot at a shift. I got one...AFTER the format had
changed. Be careful what you wish for...
|May 20, 04
Talk about a time warp..what a wonderful site. KWFM was truly one of a
kind, because of the people who were there and the music that we could
I'm a 2nd generation radio person; my dad and aunts and uncles were in
the biz in the way old days. But moving to Tucson, it was Bob Cooke
that said "hi, you have a great voice"..dragged me into the production
room, Jim Ray said "o.k., we'll give her a shot", and 22+ years later I
can't get radio out of my system.
Thanks to Jim Hardy, who called me his "baby d.j." and gave me my first
taste of major market radio at KBPI, Denver, and Lee Dombrowski, who
wouldn't let me quit when I threw a hissy-fit!
I have tapes I need to share, being a wife and mommy to two beautiful
boys, finding time to xfer my stuff to c.d./mp3 is a challenge, but I
promise to come through!
Tim, you're great, thank you for giving us this site to share a unique
time in radio.
weekends/middays/research/production February 1982- August 1984
|Apr 6, 04
Wow! This brings back some memories! I loved KWFM! As a youngster,
rock musician and budding radio guy myself, that was the pinacle to
which I aspired.
I have a Bob Cooke story... I was a student DJ in the late 70s on
KUAT-AM (the local public radio/jazz station).
Bob called me during my shift one night to ask if I'd ever considered
doing commercial radio. He said he thought I'd do well in the
That blew my mind! Having this pro-DJ calling to talk to me was a
thrill that I still recount decades later. It meant a lot to me. I was
so sad when he left us...and in such a bizarre way!
I still do a bit of announcing on TV and Radio in Tucson, but one of my
buddies (also a budding student DJ at the time) is still burning up the
airwaves in Tucson...Mike Rapp.
A hearty pat on the back to all those who made my college years more
liveable by letting me tune into KWFM on my radio!
|Sep 3, 07
||Lisa Harber Maher
||Tucson again, thank heavens
I ran the Pawnbroker from 1975 to 1980 and have a photo of Bob and Lau
Cooke at my home having dinner. Also lots of Riopelle, Meighan,
Straight Shot, etc. photos. That and wild memories, what does a gal
need? Ran into Lee Dombrowski at a Denver restaurant several years
ago, should have but didn't follow up. Saw Steve Zind recently, what a
- Lisa Harber Maher 520-232-3878
|Mar 31, 04
Wow...what a tribute to a great time in our lives, both as professionals
working in radio, but more importantly, as people who LOVE MUSIC! Those
were the days when DJs were creative, when we could meet to discuss what
songs on a record would be best to play. No computers. No consultants.
OLD SCHOOL BABY! Thank you for putting this site up, and I will be
making audio and video available. Remember the Frank Zappa interview?
I've got it on tape! KWFM rocks Tucson...my first radio gig and a great
place to cut my teeth.
KWFM DJ 1980-1987
|Jan 1, 11
||Frederick H Acosta
I can remember having an FM converter in my car so as to listen to KWFM
radio. I remember listening to one of the original DJ's, Jim Ray, and
immediately became a loyal listener to KWFM. One of KWFM's main
formats/strengths was to take other cuts/tracks from albumn's and play
them over the Top 40 formats by other stations. I first heard and
listened to Dan Fogelberg on KWFM. Captured Angel. I was hooked. What
memories. R.I.P. B.C.
|Mar 3, 07
I got out of the Army in 1969, returned to Tucson and went to work for
KVOA-TV, camera, vidotape, there were DJs from all of the local radio
stations floating in and out of there working the audio booth, reading
news or sports and making ends meet which is how I first heard about
KWFM coming on the air. We had one DJ from KWFM working the booth but
for the life of me I can't remember his name (TMB/CRS), I do remember
he had a droopy Peter Maxx style mustache and smoked a pipe filled with
latakia tobacco. I had this VW bus with a Blauplunkt AM/FM radio in it
and used to listen to KWFM as I drove back home from work after the
10:30 News. They were the first ones to play the entire Who album
Tommy. So thanks for the site and for jogging my memory cells.
|Feb 17, 05
I am the "little sister" that Christy Price referred to in here in the
I wanted to thank you for this very cool web site. I have had such a
great time listening to the "tune in" portion. I am just going nuts
over this one. Takes me back listening to the lost and found animals
and all the great Audio Emporium commercials. We truly were two of the
most loyal fans and we were so sad when it ended. Tucson radio has
never been the same.
I just did want to share with you... I found the actual album "Meet
Mississippi Charles Bevel" through Craig Moerer Records By Mail. I
just received it the other day. Now, I am totally in heaven.
I also found the original (long) version of Little River Band "It's a
Long Way There" on that site. Of course, these are not out on CD's --
only vinyl. Which is totally cool.
All my findings were thanks to your web site. Looking through the play
lists really helped jog my memory of tunes I had nearly forgotton. When
I started this mission, I knew I wanted "overheard" by Mississippi
Charles Bevel, however, I had no idea what the name of the album was or
that it was made by A & M--- so, with thanks to your web site, and me
doing more digging...after many years... I FOUND IT.
You may want to sometime check out that Craig Moerer Records By Mail
web site, they have some very hard to find vinyl. They may even have
another copy of the "Bevel" :)
Just wanted to say "thanks" and share my findings.
Long time fan of KWFM and native Tucsonan
|Feb 9, 05
Hello All; what a welcome site to see the call letters KWFM. My little
sister and I grew up in Tucson, rockin' to KWFM during the 70's, This
was the best station going. My little sister found your site, then
shared with me where you were on the web. We were also able to find an
artist that we have not been able to find anywhere else, by searching
thru your archives. Lo and Behold, we found the album by Mississippi
Charles Bevel, song title "Overheard" in Portland, Oregon and it is on
the way to our hot little hands.
It was great seeing all the DJ's and some of the old local bands names,
Dusty Chaps, Street Pajama. The old Stumble Inn, Choo Choo's, Ox Bow.
Great Stuff. My sister and I will spend hours on your site remembering
days gone by and songs that will never leave the heart.
Thanks for all your hard work, Christy
|Apr 21, 15
||John W. George
Just discovered this site while looking up "Overheard" by Mississippi
Charles Bevel. I so miss that station! At least we have KXCI...
|May 15, 09
Wow; what a find!
After an evening of reminiscing through this web page, I'll admit - I
was one of those goofy high school interns at KHYT when Rich Robbin
showed up back in 1978!
REAL radio was KWFM - that was what I wanted. Yeah, I wanted to be the
engineer that got to resurrect the transmitter at 3 in the morning, or
replace the pot on the board, or, even, clean the cart machines, but it
just never did work out that way.
Now, after over 25 years in aerospace (at that place south of the
airport...), I really miss what all of you did over there; thanks so
much for setting this web presence up!
Fortunately, the only thing that's marginally close is KRDX 98.5 in
Vail. With a a good car radio receiver, it's covering a good chunk of
Tucson - give it a listen!
Now, to begin the task of copying some of the files for listening on
|Apr 25, 09
Thank you so much for the great site and time machine back to the great
KWFM and the early 1980s Tucson music scene I loved so much! Dave
LaRussa STILL rocks, and I am still thankful to him for all of his help
as I started in music... Any old Tucson scenesters who remember Jacket
Weather, The Marshmallow Overcoat or any of my other bands please drop
a line! :)
|Jun 18, 04
Dear Old Real Radio Hounds,
Imagine my surprise….. KWFM certainly lives in my head and heart, and
I’m happy to see all the aged expatriates writing in to confirm that
they have not been swallowed-up by what now passes for commercial
radio. Since my mother was the first female newscaster in New Mexico
(in, I believe, 1938) I have a small bit of family investment in the
free airwaves. Mom would like that New Times picture of me too… all
It is of course crucial to add some names to the employee list. Those
of us in the Public Affairs Department in 1974 (ok, that means me) were
busy recording news-maker and rocker interviews for the show entitled
“Love News Confusion,” an original creation by Dick Hermans whom I
replaced. My personal favorite interview exists now as a CD: a killer
discussion with John McLaughlin, who presented a number of stunning
insights into his spiritual and musical paths. Forgive me but the
interviews with Ravi Shankar, Howard Baker, John Mayall, and Cheech and
Chong (recorded at the still-standing El Minuto after their show) have
long disappeared into tape-dust.
I am indebted to many of you for an era of very creative effort, and
my final hurrah in public media. The experience drove me to become a
psychotherapist, where I still work with crazed individuals but now
make more than $40 a week.
*thanks to those guys in the next-door Spanish radio station for
calling me “Pescado” whenever they saw me
*thanks to Matt Seigel for demonstrating that a music segue could
literally provoke an altered state of consciousness
*thanks to Lee Dombroski for selling advertising so that I could spend
eight hours generating thirty minutes of taped music and interviews
*thanks to Janey Snyder for being the brilliant station on-air female
presence and for playing Allman Brother’s “Blue Sky” every time I
phoned in the request…
Let’s quit our day jobs and start up again! I’m ready!
|Feb 24, 11
FINALLY ! Some history about one the most influential (and early) Tucson
Many of the persons mentioned here I've had
the pleasure of meeting & working with over the
years in and around Tucson/Southern Arizona radio.
Like Jim Brady, I too hung around the studios from time to time but
alas, I was WAY too young but was
still Interested. It's unfortunate that there aren't any air checks to
listen to but . . . the
voices that made KWFM I can remember like yesterday!! My most sincere
Thanks for your web site, & if by any chance I have ANY air checks in
my collection, I WILL DEFINATELY pass it on to here!!
580 AM, 1210 AM, 1080 AM, 100.3 FM
....thanks for the memories, KWFM RULES!!!
|Sep 22, 10
Hey everybody! Looks like Jim Ray is coming to town for a visit and
that means KWFM staff reunion! Mark your calendars for November 6th
and contact me or Margie for the details. Looking forward to seeing
you all there!
|Sep 19, 04
I still have one of the famous (infamous?) classic KDKB "Howdy!"
T-shirts. Does anyone else besides me remember them?!
|Sep 19, 04
I found this site while trying to locate any information on the
DJ, Nina Joy. Besides this station, she also was on the FM station
"KDKB" (The early, really cool format KDKB, not the commercial-format
station it later turned into) in Phoenix in the early '
1970's. Does anyone know whatever happened to Nina Joy...???
|Jan 16, 06
||Upper St. Clair, PA
I remember sitting in my parent's house late at night watching channel 9
with my Walkman tuned to 92.1. Rock 'n Roll picture show was awesome!
|Jun 5, 18
I lived in Tucson from '76-'79 & I remember that the DJ's would always
answer the phone with,"FM", because it was understood that this is the
ONLY station of note! I also remember they played a song for me on my
birthday(as requested by my sister, I was in the desert partying & she
knew I would be listening)it was "Montana" by Frank Zappa, who else
would play him??!!
One other memory, I scoured the city to get as many bumper stickers
as I could & covered every square inch of my bedroom walls with them!
It looked pretty cool! Glad to have found you guys!
|Jan 1, 06
WOW, what a cool find. I was a loyal listener from 72 to 79 when I moved
away. I still got that old bummper sticker on my tool box.
In 79 the station was giving away 3 albums if you were the 9th caller,
got the bumper sticker with the albums.
I to was checking the web for following groups: Street Pajama, Chuck
Wagon and the Wheels, Saddle City Band, & The Frank and Woody Show.
Anyone know if you can get their CD's if there are any?