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|May 18, 04
I arrived in Tucson in mid-August 1981 as the new General Manager under
the new Sandusky ownership. Lee Dombrowski stayed on as General Sales
Manager, Jimmy Ray was Program Director, Jim Owens was Production
Director. It was a "magic" time for me in my 36 year broadcast career
and I reflect on it often.
Thanks for putting it all together.
|May 15, 04
||Mt. Peasant SC
My daughter Colby found the web site. A treat for her to see the old
man in his aviators and his partners with their members only jackets.
Tell your kids to look at it and respond...
Tim, you have done a great job putting this together. We need to
recognize the UNSUNG HEROS of KWFM. THE SALES & SUPPORT STAFF. Back in
the day people like Larry Sotosanti, Lauren, Chris, Julie, Linda, Sue,
Tom, Jennie, Dave, Regina Barndt, Nancy Wilson, (and a ton more that I
can see their faces but can't recall their names) helped PAY THE RENT!
The owner at the time shall we say was a bit "frugal". When we needed
something for the station these guys went out and made it happen for
us. We didn't always agree but they loved it as much as we did.
Larry Sotosanti was the original Herb Tarlick (WKRP) — this guy made
sure we all had free pizza and beer trade somewhere. Larry was the
originator of the "Blues Brothers" look-a-like contest that went on for
weeks and helped us get "off the dime", so to speak.
People like Joe Crystal — not part of our generation but put up with us
— will always be remembered. (He had a great collection of Bolo Ties,
Mexican Wedding Shirts and Kachina Dolls.)
Then the "BIG GUY" Jim Hardy came along with the corporate strcture
that would eventually put KWFM in the money making column. We didn't
agree with the structure but we accepted it and he brought the "TEAM"
to the table. Thanks Jim.
Thanks again for the site. Lets fill it up with memories!
|May 14, 04
||Mt Pleasant SC
Jim Ray is my father! Crazy but true! Seeing him back before I was
born is nuts! With the aviators and members only jackets, he was the
|May 12, 04
What a kick! I'm having a little trouble concentrating at work today as
I just discovered this webpage. I keep looking at the pictures and
remembering how I felt 25 years ago when they were taken...knowing that
Bob and Jim aren't with us any more...knowing that I missed the reunion
and haven't seen the rest of you in that long...and still being in
radio knowing how much things have changed! What an amazing time of my
life. Thank you all for being a part of it.
|Apr 7, 04
||Julie Kuhel/Van Loan/McKee
Tim, Thank you for this history of KWFM. Being a 4th generation native
from Tucson and working there starting in 1982 was an honor.
|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!
|Mar 31, 04
||Mt. Pleasant SC
Watching this site come alive is very exciting. While I was in Tucson
in February I ran into many people that still have great memories of
KWFM. I have listened to the tapes from that time and it is amazing
just how good that station sounded. Holy cow, we knew how to have a
party. 50 ounce pitchers of beer for 92 cents at the Outlaw! The
people that worked on the air and manager Lee Dombrowski made it click.
If anything was ever a group effort, KWFM was. I will be sending all
my memories to Tim to share with others. There's not too many days
that go by that I don't have a great memory about my time there. While
listening to the tapes I got chills listening to Bob Cooke and Jim
Owens. Great friends taken away from us way too early. They would
love this site. The KWFM Birthday party at Reid Park, Lee Dombrowski
and I met with Jim Ronstadt who asked us how many people we thought
might show up. We smiled and said "if we're lucky about 1500 or so."
Well, 10,000 people showed up and Mr. Ronstadt was not happy with us at
all. What a blast! The number of artists that dropped by KWFM studios
to do interviews — the names are many and there was always a "Party on
|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
|Mar 30, 04
Tim, thank you for constructing this web site. As General Manager of
KWFM from 1972 to 1982 it gives me great pride to know that after all
these years listeners continue to remember KWFM.
Many of the crew have gone on to start their own businesses while many
have continued in radio. Matt Siegel 20 years # 1 at Boston's WXKS,
Larry Jacobs ABC Radio News, Lou Waters CNN, Karen Stern Denver radio
personality and voice talent. Little did we know that the innovative
and creative staff which deveoped: Live from Lee Furr's, the Radio/TV
simulcasts of national acts, the outdoor birthday celebrations at
Randolph Park and the Rock n Roll Picture Show — to name but a few —
would live on for so many years.
We should also remember the greats that have since passed away; in
particular the first P.D. Mark Young and of course Bob Cooke.
Thanks to every one who supported KWFM then and continue to remember it
Tim, Thanks !
|Mar 30, 04
I'll scan some 8x10 promo photos I have of Bob Cooke and send them to
you. Thanks for putting together the web site.
a.k.a Eric Spector
KWFM 1977-1980 or so.
|Mar 29, 04
As a teenager, I grew up listening to KWFM. It was easily the best rock
station in the area, and Tucson's only FM stereo rock station. I'm
pleased to be able to offer this tribute site and hope you will enjoy
browsing it. Please take a moment to sign the guestbook. If you have
any airchecks or memorabilia, we would love to hear from you. Cheers.