Friday, December 19, 2014


A Special "Hi" to all of our friends of  "The Mighty 1090/KAAY" !   For those of you who are new to our Blog, for almost every year since I started in Broadcasting I've created a Special Holiday Viewing List...and for 2014 I've expanded it !

It includes Movies, DVD's, Videos, and, some rare TV Episodes !  To see the COMPLETE list, simply Click-On the following Link and you're on your way:

And, as that "Jolly Little Man In Red" says: "A Merry Christmas To All...Each And Everyone" !



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

KAAY Phil North on the weekend before Xmas 1970

"Phil North" (Eric Chase), because of his talents and voice, was said by one of The Greats to be "an amazing young man".  Many of us agree- he had "that voice"!  We pondered whether we had any more Christmas audio by any of the deejays of KAAY and I found this!  We'd posted it before, and agreed it was fitting that we bring it enjoy!  This is from Saturday night, December 19, 1970:

I see Dave S. over there, dressed in his Santa suit and dark glasses, starting to sample the egg nog...I see Greg B. over there in HIS Santa suit, sampling the finger sandwiches...I'd better get MY suit on and dive into the goodies, too, before they're all gone...MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYBODY!!!!

Bud S. (

Monday, December 15, 2014

Beaker Street April 3, 1971 Part 2

I've had to do some listening and investigative work to try and decipher some of A. J.'s notes on his recordings.  I believe this is Part Two of 4/3/71...

There may be one or two 'scoped areas in this recording.  Hey, how about those concert ticket prices?

Thanks, Greg!

Bud S. (

Friday, December 12, 2014

Don Payne, Former KAAY Jock, Indiana Hall Of Fame

Don Payne, who passed away on this day in 2010, was the last deejay to air Beaker Street on KAAY, before "the suits" shut it down.  I have petitioned the Arkansas Broadcasters Assn. to do the same as the Indiana Broadcasters Assn. and induct him- so far, no response.

Don worked for KAAY and KLPO in Arkansas, and WZPL and WAZY in Indiana and was the Director of Engineering at WKRQ in Cincinnati, OH before coming back to Indianapolis, IN to be Chief Engineer for Radio One, for a TV station and four radio stations.

Don was also an Amateur radio operator, but we never got to speak over the air, due to his condition in his last days....

It is only fitting that we honor Don at this time, as we air Beaker Street airchecks.  I can hear his hearty laughter now, knowing he is in a better place.  Thank you, Don!

Bud S. (

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Former KAAY News Director Ron Casteel, R.I.P.

Just got the word from Scott Charton early afternoon 12/9/14:

"Dear Bud,

Some sad news, the passing of former KAAY news director Ron Casteel, who also served as morning anchor in the early 1980's. Ron had been in declining health over the last two years.

Scott Charton
Charton Communications
& Consulting"
Funeral services will be Friday, 11AM December 12, 2014 at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home...please see the link for more information.
Another Great, passed on into eternity.  Through Scott's information, I'd just found out Ron was also a Ham radio operator (N6CSS).  He was a very accomplished man; I will be trying to find the movie "Ground Zero" in which he starred.
Thanks to Scott Charton...see you later, Ron....

Monday, December 8, 2014

Beaker Street April 3, 1971 Part 1

In this version, I believe it is Tom Perryman's voice in the introduction.  Tom's voice was used for years at KAAY, who would sent a request to WAKY, Tom would record his voice on tape and send them to KAAY, who would then build on it and change it tremendously!

I've talked with Tom a few times and can recognize that voice today!  Tom mentioned that he was amazed at how KAAY would make his voice sound so much more effective with sound effects.  Tom's voice is STILL amazing today!

OK, I know, you want to get to the good stuff!  So here goes with Beaker Street from April 3, 1971:

Lately, as I drive to work in the pre-dawn times, I've been reliving memories of listening to Beaker Street while driving all those many years ago.  I am eternally thankful to those who thought to record all this audio we're able to share today!

Bud S. (

Monday, December 1, 2014

Beaker Street Change, Part 2....

The other change that occurred on Beaker Street was that of the 17:52-length background music bed entitled "Cannabis Sativa" on the album called "Head"  This was an oddly other-world music bed played behind Clyde Clifford's voice to mask the huge fan noise from the transmitter only 10-12 feet away...and it was very effective!  As a young lad, it ran chills up & down my spine as I listened late at night....

It was recorded in 1970, under the Buddah Records label, at the Gold Star Studios in Hollywood (CA).  The artist was a Los Angeles-based electronic musician known variously as Nik Raicevic or Nik Pascal.  You may- or may not- be surprised to know that it was recorded using a Moog synthesizer!

This is another album I'd like to find, for historical value.

Side A, which Clyde used, held "Cannabis Sativa"  Side B held "Methedrine" and "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide".  This was definitely a "druggie" album...

The credits and notes are as follows from


  • Artwork [Coloring Book Drawings]Cathy Siracusa
  • EngineerDoc (14)
  • Other [Credits Coloring Book] – Neil Bogart, Richard Robinson, Soulful Soozin
  • Producer, Composed By, Photography By [Cover Photo]Nik Raicevic
  • Synthesizer [Moog]107-34-8933


Recorded at: Gold Star Studios in Hollywood.
Electronic Music from ART IN SPACE.The sound of numbers for soaking in soft dreams. Sweet moments and private notes making a rhyme into a habit. An album that creates the ultimate environment for the smoke generation.
Taste it.
Original released in 1968 as Numbers on Narco Records / Cat.# nr 101.
Comes with an 8 page coloring booklet

 I believe Greg B. had posted this before, but since we're going for the historical value of Beaker Street, we'll give you the audio again!  Hit it, Greg!

And so, we enter a new era of Beaker Street...thank you, Clyde, for being so innovative!  Please stay tuned....

Bud S. (

Thursday, November 27, 2014

1962 KAAY Thanksgiving

Giving thanks, the KAAY way:

A. J. Lindsey thought one of the voices was that of John K. Anderson; he knew the other was George J. Jennings.  Can anyone substantiate this, please?  here's two links he had up on his blog, but the link within the link may not work:

Thanks be to God for all we have...and, speaking for all here at The Mighty 1090 KAAY Blog, may you all have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Bud S. (

Monday, November 24, 2014

...And Then, Beaker Street Changed A Little...

Somewhere after the "Dreamscape" airchecks we've presented to you in 1970 and somewhere in 1971 (and maybe a little later?), there were some changes to Beaker Street...

One was the intro using the Moog synthesizer version of "House Of The Rising Sun"...the other was that the background music was changed to "Cannabis Sativa" from the "Head" album...both very interesting tunes!  Greg B. and I had been discussing bringing these back for your enjoyment...and I was able to find the Moog "House Of The Rising Sun" and download it from the web.

There are some interesting historical links about the Moog analog synthesizer on the web.  Dr. Robert A. Moog began in the 1950s selling theramin machines in kit form.  He later built and sold complex synthesizers under "R. A. Moog Co.", then "Moog Music" and later "Moog Electronics".  The first commercially-sold Moog synthesizer prototype was commissioned by the Alwin Nikolais Dance Theater of NY in 1964.

Jumping forward, on the DECCA label, Claude Denjean utilized the Moog to lay down tracks for numerous pop songs of the then era...the one we're concerned with, since it has a history with Beaker Street is "House of The Rising Sun"

I cannot remember the link where I found the music...and things change on the web almost daily, sometimes.  Nonetheless, I'd love to find this album and get it for my very own!

Now, for the moment you've been waiting for:  the song itself!  Hit it, Greg!

Stay tuned..."Head" is coming!

Bud S. (

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Phone....

There's been some messages and inquiries about "the phone" on the desk where Clyde Clifford held sway over "Big Momma" as David B. Treadway calls the big 50,000-watt RCA transmitter out in Wrightsville, AR...and here's the phone on the desk, in the picture I took when I was THERE in April 2011....

Doug Virden noted, "Here is the story I got from Barry about the phone @ the transmitter building. It was still hooked up and working until around the mid to late 90's. Management realized they were paying a 20 something dollar a month lease to have a phone hooked up out there so management shut it off. This was before most everyone had cell phones. The reason the phone wasn't updated @ some point over the years probably because Felix McDonald wouldn't change it.

I believe that phone was the original one put in when KTHS moved to LR in the early 50's. That was the phone style in the 40's and through the 50's. I believe when 1090 changed to KAAY those phones were already phased out."

Thanks Doug, and thanks for those who left comments on Facebook regarding "the phone"!

Bud S. (