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|Nov 28, 09
I went to high school in Tucson 79-83 & still remember this as one of
the best radio stations EVER! I've worked in the music biz for 20 years
& the world is a better place because of KWFM! Thanks for all the great
music & memories! Cheers
|Nov 14, 09
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???
|Nov 7, 09
||John Des Portes
Listened to KWFM...nearly...from the beginning. Played a lot of gigs
hosted by KWFM and of course went to a lot of concerts promoted by the
station. A GREAT radio station and a great time in Tucson. And, after
all of this time, I still have my hair!
|Oct 26, 09
Holy smokes! I was there for the Lee Dombrowski, Jim Hardy, Nancy
Wilson, Jim Ray days. And I worked with lots of the alumni at KTKT/KLPX
too. I went to Denver with Hardy and later Lee then moved east to Prov.
RI market. I saw Hardy in San Francisco about 15 years ago. We had a
great visit. And where's Kimberly Craft? I saw her in Boston in the
80's. I'm practicing law now but KWFM has my fondest of memories.
|Oct 24, 09
This station so rocked when I lived in Tucson. Air Brothers, Straight
Shot, Jerry Riopelle, Bob Meighan, Dusty Chaps...dancig to this great
music at the Pawn Broker...so home grown and so great.
|Oct 4, 09
It's so gratifying that this music and time in our lives will live on -
captured here. And what a treat to read notes from fans of the old
K-dub. That was a magic time. Thanks to Dave LaRussa and all who
contribute to make this site possible.
|Sep 15, 09
What a treat to see this. Brought back some great memories for me. I
was the Local Sales Manager from sometime in 1981 through 1983, when I
moved to Sacramento to work for KZAP. Any one know where Jim Ray is?
I know Jim Hardy is in Puerto Vallarta. How about Lee Dombrowski or
|Sep 2, 09
This brings back burning pallets and doobies in the desert. After High
school football games. Great site.
|Jul 26, 09
Just stumbled on your site. What a trip down memory lane. I was born and
raised in Tucson and was a disco hater from the get go. My wife of 28
years still remembers me listening to kw back then. I had forgotten
about the Dixie Dregs. Got to go find my cassette. Thanks again.
|Jul 13, 09
||Pine Plains, NY
The early days at WKZE were a great trip. I was news director for $18
per week. But for that I got 5 minutes every day to say whatever I
wanted to on the radio, plus rip and read the news. I really wanted to
be a dj and got to do that only a little at KWFM. Today, I am 34 years
into an independent book and record store in the Hudson Valley (Oblong
Books & Music), have a weekly radio show on WKZE and am married to a
folk singer, Priscilla Herdman. Live is good.
|Jul 5, 09
I worked with Lou and Norm in Tucson in 1977. Remember Westad
advertising and our campaign for Robert Royal for mayor.
I remember our fun in San Diego when you were with Marty. We went to
Tucson to do a commercial with James Kahn.
Nice to catch up and remember
Sincerely, david gentner
|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! :)
|Mar 1, 09
||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
We were like a family - it was awesome.
Thanks for the great flashback I had tonight.
|Feb 5, 09
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.
|Jan 6, 09
I came to Tucson from northeast Missouri in the Summer of '72. I was
stationed at DM, working at the hospital. It didn't take long for me to
discover KWFM, and my radio stayed tuned to it till 1977, when I left
KWFM introduced me to a universe of artists I had never heard of, and
probably wouldn't have if not for their outstanding crew and
Sometime in '76, KWFM simulcasted a concert by Tom Waits. I mention it
because I didn't see it in the history, and it was a really good show.
KWFM also introduced me to the National Lampoon Radio Hour, whose cast
included John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Michael O'Donahue, and other folks
who went on to The Not Ready For Prime Time Players.
I can tell you for sure that KWFM kept a lot of lonely serviceman far
from home company on a lot of nights, and I was one of them. Thanx for
a lot of great memories and music.
|Dec 29, 08
I grew up in Tucson and in my early years, my station of choice was
KTKT. When Kdub came around, I spent quite some time trying to get an
FM setup in my bedroom in the foothills. When I did, my world changed
and I became engaged in music and new sounds that still engage me
today. I'll always remember placing the white sticker with the yellow
sun all over my parent's house and my Dad going nuts.
I was extremely disappointed when Kdub disappeared in a format change
and I still know the disappointment I had back then. I have since moved
away from Tucson and have been exposed to bigger cities and the radio
they offer, but outside of WXRT here in Chicago, nothing really comes
close. Even XRT doesn't fill the bill, but I know how strongly
listeners in Chicago have felt about this station and I understand. It
just isn't enough for me. As time goes on, I find that I really
appreciate the past and this website is a fine reminder of how
important the past can be. I still remember absolute shock over the
senselessness of Bob Cooke's death. But my other memories are equally
as strong and they remind me of a Tucson I no longer see when I'm
When I visit Tucson today, which I do yearly, I seek out a station that
might take me back, but one never does. Kdub will never be replaced but
if I take time and think back, I can't quite feel those days, but their
presence in me is unmistakable. Thank you for the website and the
jogging of memories.
|Nov 27, 08
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,
|Nov 25, 08
||San Diego, Ca. (for now)
Hello friends! It's been so quiet on this site for over a year! Figured
it's time to post something. My radio job here evaporated at the end of
September, so I am between opportunities as it were.
We are finally going to get some much needed rain here in SoCal.
Hope you all have a pleasant Thanksgiving, 2008, and here's looking
forward to the new administration in Washington.
All the best,
P.S.: Look me up on Facebook if the mood strikes you.
|Aug 29, 08
Before there was KWFM, there was KTKT. Be sure to check out the KTKT
tribute website at www.ktkt99.com
|Jul 24, 08
||Nikki (Levin) Baldwin
I landed in Tucson from the East Coast in 1980 and started working in
radio. (I'm nobody you'd ever heard of - worked mostly in production in
I was lucky enough to occasionally hang out with some of the K-Dub
folks: Eric Schecter, Bob Bish (who introduced me to my husband) and,
all too briefly, Bob Cooke. Listening to the sound checks, hearing his
voice after nearly 26 years - I'd nearly forgotten how freaking
brilliant he was. Hardly knew him, but his death hit me hard - it was a
big loss to the Tucson radio community as well as to him family and
Those were good time years for a while - dancing to Street Pajama, Bob
Meighan Band and Los Lasers on the too-small dance floor at Ninos,
hanging at the Stumble Inn and (the original) Gentle Ben's, Giant
Sandworms playing at BB & LP's "wedding", the "Party on the Patio" at
Yanks... I feel so fortunate to have been part of that time and I'm
grateful that KWFM lives on, thanks to this site!
|Jul 6, 08
I was there in The Air Brothers.
|Jun 28, 08
I lived in Tucson from Jan 71 to 80. I doubt I ever listened to another
station. I have many anecdotes about KW, and get red-eyed remembering.
I lived in some bigger cities that claimed great FM, but none touched
KW. My little brother got pulled over in Arlington, Va and was forced
to scrape the sticker I gave him off the car. Thanks for the great
|May 30, 08
||Nikki (Levin) Baldwin
I "Stumbled Inn" to this site while Googling for some digital Street
Pajama tracks, and I'm so glad that I did!
Even though I never worked there, KWFM played a huge role that still
impacts my life today. I moved to Tucson in 1980, got a job working for
Perlin Advertising and took part time gigs writing for NewsReal and
running the American Country Countdown show (country music's answer to
Casey Kasem) weekends at KCUB. The whole time I was at KCUB, I wanted
to be Karen Stern or Margie, playing the Dregs, Zappa, Delbert
McClinton and Graham Parker.
Eric Schecter was working at KCUB part time as an engineer, and through
him I met Bob Cooke, Bob Bish and Lauren Pace (Lauren had worked traffic
for KW and went on to own the legendary Hand Me Ups on Grant Rd). It was
Bish and Lauren who introduced me to Bob Baldwin in 1982 - must have
been the right thing because we've been married 20 years.
Bob Cooke was without a doubt the most brilliant dj I'd ever heard then
or since. Listening to his airchecks tonight had me laughing and then
tearing up all over again like it was 1982 all over again. (At the time
of his death, my boss in the copy dept. of Old Pueblo Traders was a
friend of Tanya Robinson, the woman who killed him - made work damned
awkward and I quit shortly after to write copy and produce commercials
at KAIR/K-JOY). I didn't know Bob Cooke well. I felt the loss mostly as
a fan and through people who were close to him - my Bob still
occasionally laments that he owed Cooke a dinner at Blue Willow that he
never had a chance to pay up.
I've spent about 3 hours tonight reliving good music and good times
Ninos, Dooleys, Pawnbroker; Street Pajama, Bob Meighan, Giant
Sandworms, Los Lasers....thanks for the trip back to Bob's Berzerko
Lounge and the progressive radio Camelot of Tucson's musical history.
|Apr 1, 08
||santa cruz, ca
was norm flint, KWFM's GM in 1970, the producer of a garage band in
Monterey, CA in 1967, called The Rock Shop? I just found their only
song "Is That Your Halo?" on Fuzz, Flaykes, and Shakes Vol. 4 on a CD
produced in Germany. The Norm Flint I know was also a DJ from KMBY 1240
AM before being the producer of the Rock Shop. Great song!
|Mar 28, 08
Desert Dwellers REJOICE! It's the weekend!
Wow. What a blast from the past (75-83). Thanks. Anything that's Rock
and Roll, Midnight Album hour. I STILL haven't found anything that
comes close to KWFM.
|Feb 6, 08
||Dunedin, FL (Tucson resident for 27 years)
Tripped across your site. It brought back many memories of a Tucson
lost to me, where I whiled away the better part of my youth and all my
best memories remain.
My family had moved to the area in 1969, and I was always a faithful
listener until I left in 1996, in spite of the changes the station had
The classic KWFM logo on this site wrenched the heart and revived old
memories for me. The earler yellow-sun and earlier logos would display
nicely alongside, don't you think...?
Thanks for the site. You have no idea.
|Nov 8, 07
Started at the UofA in the fall of 1975. KWFM was my indoctrination to
real rock, reggae, southern rock, and jazz. Oh yes... Blue Dolfin,
KWFM, Sunday evening jazz show. Thanks for the website. It brings back
many memories Despite all the partying, I still remember.
|Oct 28, 07
Hey, come on over and take a look at the great new KTKT tribute web
Relive the great old days of Tucson radio at www.ktkt99.com!
|Oct 14, 07
||Cherokee Village, AR
Holy Shee-yite! Came across this site purely by accident. Almost
brought tears to my eyes! I moved to Tucson in '63 from northern MN.
I worked at Choo-Choo's from '71-'75-ish. I was Doc's housemate
(w/Gary Murray) on Waverly & Shag worked w/me, then took my spot as
mgr. when I left for NoCA. I was in Tucson a few years back & didn't
recognize it. My family lived up near Ina/Oracle when it was out of
the city. God, I loved Tucson! The Shanty, all of those bars up &
down 4th Ave, PocoLoco. I've retired from IBM & MGM/Mirage in Vegas
now living in the stix in the Ozarks -- peaceful & beautiful. PS.
Where's Jon Millar now??