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|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.