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May 6, 15 steve howser bellbrook, OH
 
Yeah bro. '72-'77--loved those blinking yellow lights on Speedway,
Broadway, Grant Rd., et al. Loved my days w/AB,JB, Matty, Janie Snyder,
Bill Russell, Lee Dombrowski and the K-Dub fans who supported us thru
the formative years.
God bless, and God rest Mark Young.
Nov 14, 09 steve howser dayton
 
Lord have mercy how I miss J.Snyder, Allen Browning, Bill Russle, Jim
Brady, and of course, Lee Dombrowski. Tried to get in touch w/Matt
Segal (rockin' in Bean Town) Broadcast life after KW was brief...about
a year @ KAIR, then into publishing (Sale-O-Gram, Tucson Shopper), I'm
sure the 'Shopper still inundates the Tucson area mail boxes on a
weekly basis. Then on to El Paso for another 'shopper', then to Austin,
TX for still another tree destroying fish-wrap. Lastly came auto sales
with Performance Mazda, Desert Toyota, Dave Aufmuth and a couple
others. Mom's illness brought me to Dayton, OH in 1990, where I've been
stuck ever since. Although I did get to break bread w/ AB and talked w/
Jim Brady. I sure miss the area where a person can breathe air without
having to chew it first. If any of you old KWs from the early-mid 70's
catch this diatribe, it would be more than fantastic to hear from you.
P.S. Whatever happened to Diane and Stan Sloan???
Feb 13, 05 Steve Hawkins Boone Iowa
 
I grew up in Tucson and had just got out of the Navy when KWFM went on
the air. Just before I left the Navy I made a quick trip to the
Exchange in Yokosuka Japan and came home with what was then a nearly
unheard of FM Tuner / Amp and killer speakers.  KWFM went on the air
soon after I arrived home and sounded great on my system.  The station
was informal enough in those days that if you called ahead the DJ's
would usually let you in the studio which at first was about the size
of a large phone booth.
Sep 10, 05 Steve Godwin Tucson
 
What a blast to find this site. I was the graphic designer and part
owner of a small alternative paper in Tucson from 1978-81 (Tucson Nite
Times) and we did a lot of work with Lee & KWFM. In fact, I put
together ('designed' might be too strong...) the Dave LaRussa "Anything
that's Rock & Roll" ad seen in the web gallery. Strangely enough, I was
also the "Dan Ackroyd" that won the Blues Brothers contest (also
featured in the gallery). All of us at the paper listened to KWFM
exclusively and we worked closely with them on a number of promos. I
still have a stack of our old papers around here somewhere so I'll dig
through and see if I can find any other print nuggets for the site.
Like the family-owned FM stations, our alternative paper was one of the
independant, funky papers of that era that ultimately led to the
corporate owned "alternative" papers that came later. Great work!
Thanks!
Dec 19, 10 Steve Felde tucson
 
The reunion show was fantastic!
Nice to have a short blast of old, favorite memories, specially late
nights with BC.
Jun 12, 11 sterling mark Yucson
 
One reason KW was so successful was it had that we will do as we please
attitude. They played what everyone wanted to hear, not what some d!@&
back in New York wanted to play to us. 

  I was sorry to see it go.
Feb 3, 06 Stephen Ruby Oshkosh, WI
 
If one radio station ever existed that pushed musical boundaries KWFM
was the ticket to every type of genre. Bob Bish kicked and so did Doug
Jaffe with whom I lived in 1974 at Euclid Terrace Apartments, went to
UofA until 1980, now married with 3 children, my long association with
"electronic" music and those concerts at the Night Train on 4th Avenue,
saw Randy Hansen, The Dregs, Asleep at the Wheel... is owed to the staff
at this remarkable station.
Great I found this website....
Jul 4, 04 Soso Pool
 
Hi, 
A great site. Thank You
Apr 20, 06 Slick Tucson
 
I arrived in Tucson in 1980...never got a chance to work on this
frequency when it was that format...I loved the station and, when it
was on the air, listened to it more than those I was working at.

(Street Pajama)
I need a copy of "I'd Rather Smoke Butts Than Kiss Them"!!!...
Jun 12, 04 Slick Tucson
 
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...
Jul 19, 11 Sharon Lynch Tucson
 
Hey Margie its Sharon remember me we used to work together in the 80s at
Klpx. You always have when we have spoke. Wanted to say Hi and if
possible can u email I am trying to find out if Ohio Joe has a email.in
Texas. Joe and I were very good friends if you remember. Been thinking
about him so if u could let me know.
Love you always 
Sharon
Jan 29, 07 Scott Richards
 
THIS IS GREAT!!!

I worked 7p-12m at KWFM from 83 to 85 for Jim Ray. I was there on the
day the music died and they changed format to soft rock. Shortly after
I went to KOMP in Las Vegas to work for Charlie Morris. Those were the
best days of my 25 year radio career. Still have the old KWFM Silk
Jacket!

Thanks for putting this together! Great Memories.

Scott Richards
Apr 6, 06 Scott Plapp Berwyn, Illinois
 
There were 2 great radio stations in my life during my slightly extended
time at the UA ('77 to late '81), KWFM and WXRT in Chicago (KWFM was the
better of the two.)  It's a shame what's happened since.  Kdub is gone
and XRT is a shell of its' former self (it's now owned by CBS Radio,
need I say more.)  The photos and Tune In To The Past bring back a lot
of great memories.  Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this
site.      
Nov 27, 08 San Timoteo Tucson
 
Hey Eric, howdy K-Dub fans,

Yeah, the site has been waaaaay too quiet, and I guess I'm the culprit.
 If it weren't for this pesky day job, and all the other projects... I
can't even find time for ripping my vinyl collection...

So... Thanksgiving resolutions... -1- Don't eat too much.  -2- Start
updating the site.

I've got a few great photos from Douglas Grant and Jim Ray to add, as
well as a few more RNRPS's to edit and add...  and we're still hoping
to get some more goodies from Karen Stern, Jim Brady, and Bob Bish. 
(Airchecks!  More Airchecks!)

In the meantime, I've just posted a good year's worth of guestbook
entries... been holding out on y'all -- when they used to post
automatically, we had too many problems with imbeciles adding spam, so
I had to start posting them manually -- a royal, but necessary pain.

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving, everybody and keep it here on 92 KWFM,
Tucson.
Dec 9, 06 Sally Milo Tucson
 
How fun! KWFM was MY station! How I loved listening to Bob Cooke on
Saturdays - he had the silliest sense of humor! I recall one year when
Mikey King (of Street Pajama) sent Bob a Christmas card to "the second
funniest person in Tucson". Ah, the good ol' days!
Jun 16, 04 S Reid Washington DC
 
Where else in 1970 could anyone hear songs like "The Legend of the USS
Titanic" by Jaime Brockett but KWFM?  Or anything by King Crimson? Or
"Layla" coming from a cheap FM radio purchased at AMA? Or Hot Tuna's
"Water Song" played at sunset from a backyard patio on a steamy,
post-monsoon-rain summer day?

But I digress. My yellow Datsun wore the stripey KWFM bumper sticker
until the sun bleached it white. Were there any other stations then? Oh
yeah: KTKT. Pop. Shrimp.

Y'all have your memories, I have mine. KWFM was there for so many of
them. Thanks to all.

Oct 5, 12 Rogelio Perea New York City
 
Stumbled into this site following a memory lane trip that started with
looking for WTBS's Night Tracks show back in 1982. That brought
memories of the Rock and Roll Picture Show; I was 15 at the time living
in Nogales Sonora Mexico (60 miles south of Tucson). Me and my brother
had to rig up our TV antenna on the roof (no cable!) to properly get
channel 9... fuzzy and ghosty at best but it was enough: it was the
once hour we could see videos and listen to them in full blast stereo
sound. Stopped to check the personalities names in the site and it was
like seeing old friends... Mike Rapp... Kimberly Craft... Bryan
Miller...

Been working as a Radio Broadcast Engineer since 1987, currently doing
so in New York City for a Financial News AM station. Far cry from the
days when KWFM was a staple in my HS and college years... and the one
station that kept KLPX on its toes :-)

Long live KWFM!
Dec 2, 09 Robin Shestko Spring, TX
 
Had a crazy dream last night...was up on the roof of my teenage house
listing to KWFM again. Heard Street Pajama's "Screwed" in the dream.
After getting the morning caffeine, I went straight to the web looking
for that song. Thank Goodness for Google! Found this website and
remembered how much fun I had filling out 150 forms for the 79 top ten
list for rolling stone magazine! I still have three k-dub stickers on
my metal footlocker! Thanks for giving me an eclectic taste in music!
Have added the site to my favorites!
Jan 20, 05 Robert Napier Tucson
 
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
May 26, 11 Robert Lock II Laughlin
 
Wow!!!  What a flashback this site is.  I grew up in Tucson and played
in a band called "Bloodstone"  along with Marc Lock, Brian LeBoeuf,
Drew Comey, and David Detor.  We were included on your radio ad posted
on this site from the 1980 Night Train KWFM ad.  We used to play at the
Night Train, The Twin Peaks, The Embers, and played at the TCC for a UA
Homecoming party.  I remember Fred from "The Pills" as we went to the
same church together.  I also remember Winston Watson, whom I believe,
joined a later iteration of The Pills.  Great site.  Thanks for the
memories.
Aug 31, 06 Rick Allen Thermopolis, Wyoming
 
After a few years out of the business and some 24 years after being on
the air at KWFM. it's nice to see a legend being remembered.
Feb 5, 09 Rich Kalinsky New York
 
Glad I stumbled on this site. My air name was Rich Kalin. I started out
at KW as a part timer sometime around 1980. Bob Bish showed me the
low-tech board while getting high on a overnight shift! I did weekends
and fill ins for about a year. I left for a brief time to do sales for
an AM Top 40 station in Tucson (KHIT???). I returned to do part time
again (for minimum wage!). Soon after I returned, KWFM was bought out
by a large company. Bob Bish was let go and I replaced him as the
weekday overnight DJ until sometime in 1982. Bob Cooke was the morning
DJ. Great memories from a great station.
Aug 29, 08 Ray Lindstrom Tucson
 
Before there was KWFM, there was KTKT. Be sure to check out the KTKT
tribute website at www.ktkt99.com
Oct 28, 07 Ray Lindstrom Tucson
 
Hey, come on over and take a look at the great new KTKT tribute web
site!
Relive the great old days of Tucson radio at www.ktkt99.com!
Nov 4, 10 Rand Carlson Tucson
 
Glad to hear about the reunion!

I worked with Perk Clark (who is out of town this weekend) on print ads
for the station for the Tucson edition of New Times in '71 and '72. I
miss the station!

I have been a cartoonist for the Tucson Weekly since '87.

Rock on!
Mar 10, 12 RALPH LOTITO LEBANON MO
 
SANDUSKY RADIO....SHOULD HAVE NEVER BOUGHT IT...ONLY TO SCREW UP THIS
STATION..WITH TOP 40 DISCO CRAP...NOW THE CALL LETTERS ARE ON AM...THIS
IS..UNACCEPTABLE....GREAT JOB SANDUSKY RADIO...WHAT A JOKE.........
Nov 22, 06 PJ Anderson Ho Chi Minh City
 
In 1975 Tim Buckley gave one of his last performances at an old roller
rink near 22nd and Kolb (?) which eventually became a furniture store
and who knows what it is now. It was the one concert of the many I had
seen over the years that I still feel priveleged to have witnessed. It
was also the most bizarre because the roller rink remained open while
Tim played. Teeny boppers scrambling all over the place while Tim and
his group performed on a platform with just barely enough room for them
to stand on and with no room to move. It was "bye bye baby" that night
for the 100 or so fans that turned out to see Tim for what would be the
last time.
What I want to know is this- did KWFM have anything to do with bringing
Tim to that show and does anyone remember the show? Email me if you
like.

By the by...I was working as a CSI with TPD the night BC was slain. I
missed getting the call to the scene by a whisker. I'm glad I didn't
make that one. I want to remember him the only way I knew of him...by
his voice. Bob Cooke, in my mind, is still one of the best to host a
show. He was more than just a voice. He had a wit and personality that
most performers only wished they had. Like most young people in Tucson
during the 70s and 80s I only listened to KWFM. The call letters still
roll around in my fleeting mind as if I was still there. In my 52 years
I can't say that about too many radio stations. Living in Tucson in the
70s and 80s it was only K Dub and KUAT's AM jazz station (which was on
from dawn till dusk) for me.

Aside from BC KWFM had some great voices coming over the waves. Allan
Browning's voice was made for radio as was Dave LaRussa's. Anyway,
thanks KWFM for making this web site so an old fart like myself can
relive his golden years. I now feel I can go another 52. Remember,
"Happiness is submission to Vinnie"
Jun 4, 10 Pete "Michaels" Kraushaar Sunset Beach, Oregon & Vancouver, WA
 
I don't really understand why Clear Channel didn't bring back the KWFM
call leters on Tucson's 92.9 frequency, maybe a few of the old jocks,
etc.  Especially since they play a Triple AAA format now and own the
calls KWFM on 1450 AM.  Seems like the least they could have done out
of respect for Tucsonans and radio fans.

Course in this day and age of corporatism it still wouldn't really
resemble the old KW.  What a GREAT station that was.  A lot of great
memories!
Jun 18, 04 Perk Clark Tucson, AZ
 
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
that hair….

	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!

Perk Clark
Mar 1, 09 Peggy Cape Cod, MA
 
What a flashback! I worked Traffic at KWFM in the mid '70s. What a great
trip it was! Morning chats with Matt Siegel (who I see on TV ads for his
show in Boston - no hair!! :) great seeing photos of his old shag "do").
Afternoon discussions with Dave Gordon. Laughs with Larry Sottosanti.
Dancing to Bob Meighan. Sitting next to Tom Waits during the studio
concerts. Jerry Jeff Walker, picking up bands at the airport - OMG -
all the back stage fun we had!! Worked at Choo-Choos in college -
worked at WHFS in
Bethesda, MD in the '80's (someone here mentioned that station) - I
miss you folks - I miss those days - no commercials - just MUSIC. Radio
is not like that anymore. But I'm still dancing at the edge of the
ocean!
We were like a family - it was awesome.
Thanks for the great flashback I had tonight.