Wednesday, March 27, 2019

More comments on the blog

It's been awhile, so here are more comments that were recently submitted and posted on the blog.  Click on a comment to read it in larger type. Each comment is documented with the name of the post where it was attached, and you can jump to the post by typing its name in the search box located at the upper left corner of this web page.  Happy reading!





Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Belle Starr and the Doc Holiday Dance Party, Donnellson, Iowa, February 29, 1964

One of our readers, John Doherty, of Raleigh, NC, has contacted us and helped answer a question posed on this blog almost ten years ago!

Here is some background: The Mighty1090KAAY blog was started in summer, 2009, shortly after the untimely death of KAAY's Doc Holiday II,  A. J.  Lindsey.  The blog's first postings honored A.J. and his career; one posting, titled,  "Where is Belle Starr?" (https://mighty1090kaay.blogspot.com/2009/08/where-is-belle-starr.html), began with this quote from long-time KAAY listener Ron Henselman:

I first heard A.J. as Doc around 1963 or 64 in the evening from Melrose Park, IL. Doc had a young lady on the show he called Belle Starr. She had one of the sexiest voices I have ever heard. Sometimes he called her Belly Starr to make fun of the way the name is spelled. Once in a while Doc referred to himself as The Rockin' Doctor. I'm not sure he even remembered that. All of this stuff was very important to me when I was sixteen or seventeen.
Ron contacted A.J. to learn as much as he could about Belle Starr.  Here's what A.J. replied:

Yes, I remember Belle Starr. She started doing requests when I was doing the night show. She was a very attractive girl from Little Rock University where I was going to college....   Her real name escaped me, so I asked Jim Pitcock a/k/a Ron Owens. Her real name is Sue Phelps and his last information was that she is living in Baton Rouge, LA.  All of us at KAAY, and the listeners alike, were in love with Belle Starr....  Anyone have any pictures or tape?"
And no one had any pictures or tape....  That was the "legend" of Belle Starr as we knew it  --- a name and a sexy voice but no face --- until a few weeks ago, when the following comment to the above story from 2009 popped up out of nowhere:

Anonymous January 19, 2019 at 10:53 AM 
The Doc Holiday Dance Party came to my high school in Donnellson, Iowa in 1964. Ron Owens and Belle Starr were there, I have photos of both which I will post shortly. Other DJs were there from WPGU, KOMA, WLOL. I won a twist contest and was given a first release Surfer Girl LP which the DJs autographed.

Wow! And better yet, the comment's poster, John Doherty, contacted us with the details and photos of the Doc Holiday Dance Party!

In a subsequent email, here's what John told us about the Dance Party:

I was one of those teenagers back in the 60s who laid in bed every night with my transistor radio under my pillow listening to 50000 watts from either KAAY, WLS, or KOMA, which ever was clearest at the time. We lived in a small southeastern Iowa town called Donnellson.

My high school, Central Lee, sponsored a Doc Holiday Dance party on 2/29/1964.  We invited all the schools from the conference and we had over 500 kids there.  For some reason Doc did not attend, I don't remember the reason why?  It didn't matter much because the guys were thrilled that Belle Starr came, and Ron too.  I won a twist contest and was given a Surfer Girl album which Ron and a couple of the other guest DJs signed.   But my highlight without a doubt was doing the "twist" with one "Hot" Belle Starr,  I will never forget her bright red dress with red gloves and her black hair, what a thrill for a 15 year old!
And John has the photos to prove it!  First off, here she is, Belle Starr herself:


Even though the photo is in black and white (it comes from John's high school yearbook), you can still "see" that bright red dress and the red gloves!  And here is Ron Owens, covering for the missing Doc Holiday:


After I got a look at these photos, I asked John some follow-up questions, which he graciously answered:

I don't remember all the details but it was a pretty big deal back then.  It was advertised on radio stations in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Missouri.  There were several DJs there,  I only recall the ones that signed my album,  Gary Connors (WPGU Champaign, IL) and Scott Perin?? (WLOL Minneapolis, MN), and Ron Owens.  I said over 500 attended, our school Central Lee had about 400 students, 9th-12th, at the time and we probably more than doubled it, more like 800-1000.  Our gym and cafeteria were packed and the school parking lot was full of buses and cars from other schools. 
The stage was on one end of the gym and it also separated the gym from the cafeteria.  If you were in the gym you could look through the stage and see into the cafeteria.  Anyway, they had all the stage curtains open because they had to put the overflow kids into the cafeteria.  It was definitely non stop dancing.

Belle was a huge hit dancing with the guys, I was one of the lucky ones.
And John supplied this photo of the Non Stop Dancing. (Is Belle in there somewhere?  How about John?)


And here is the write up that appeared in the yearbook:


But what about that Beach Boys album that John won in the twist contest?  Well, John still has it, and he sent this photo as proof!



If you click on the photo for a larger version, you can see Ron Owens' signature in the center, just above the Beach Boys' heads!  John also told us:

Some time ago I did research and confirmed that my Surfer Girl Album is a first pressing.  It is a monophonic with "file under: the beach boys * vocal group, surfing music" and T 1981 appearing across the top.  Most of these were sent out to radio stations or used for other promo use, some did make it to retail stores.

What a great story and a great collection of photos!  Thanks, John, for telling us all about the KAAY Dance Party and putting a face to the name, "Belle Starr"!


---Dave S.  (schmidt1953@gmail.com)

P.S. If you, dear reader, have similar KAAY-related stories or materials to share, we'd love to hear from you --- contact me at the email address just above!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Upcoming Event On Rewound Radio!

Recently, I'd heard from John Troll, a.k.a. "JT", of Rewound Radio, who will be featuring KAAY in an upcoming Broadcast, slated for 12:00 Noon Eastern Time on January 12, 2019 (at this time).  Herewith is some of his information:

"The plan is to go back 50 years almost to the day and feature one hour each from Charlie King, Mike McCormick and Sonny Martin.  A 50th anniversary celebration of sorts.

I appreciate your support on the KAAY blog and I plan on reciprocating by linking to it as well during the week of the KAAY show helping to drive traffic towards your website.  It's up to all of us who remember to keep the flame alive for as many as these great stations as we can.

Thanks!
Happy Holidays!
JT"
 
More information at: https://rewoundradio.com/
 
Thanks, JT!
 
 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Marvin Vines


Thanks to Barry McCorkindale, a.k.a. "Barry Mac" here, comes a beautiful picture he posted on the "KAAY AM, The Mighty 1090" Facebook page.  He's guessing the picture was taken in the late 1960s.  Any takers, any information?

Thanks, Barry!

Bud S, (staceys4@hotmail.com)

Monday, November 5, 2018

Another Keith Parish "Ray And Ram" Aircheck

Here is another, good un'scoped aircheck of the "Ray and Ram Show", dated 12/8/1980, with Ray Lincoln.  It aired on KAAY (AM) and KQ94 (FM)...the last one in the line-up.

Once again, Greg Barman cleaned things up very nicely!  This aircheck taped the segment of approximately 9:34 to 10AM and is a second over twenty-seven minutes long.  There are an interruption or two, no problem with tapes this old!

It sounds like maybe Wayne Moss on a Toyota/Volvo commercial about 5:30 in the recording, followed by a commercial for the new Bloom County comic and other comics in the Arkansas Gazette.

Fifteen more shopping days until Christmas, on this broadcast...Ray was trolling for gifts...!

Who was the announcer for the Bozo's Toy Shop and The Athletic Department?  Any idea on the Rice-A-riffic commercial?

Steve Cook read the news and weather at 15:31 in the recording, reporting on the Iranian hostage crisis, among other things.  I don't remember this newsman, does anyone have any info on him?


https://archive.org/details/KAAYKQ94RayAndRam12880

We are SO glad Keith Parish could share these with us!  Thank you, Keith!

Bud S. (staceys4@hotmail.com)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A "New" Halloween Treat!


I have been a (very) amateur astronomer for many years, very avid in my boyhood, laying out in a grass field, looking at the stars, planets and constellations.  My interest has resurfaced a few years ago, with the help of a friend and I have enjoyed my new-found hobby once again.  The Witch Head Nebula cannot be seen with binoculars or small telescopes, that I know of, this image was taken by the Hubble Telescope.  I found it while searching some images and thought some might appreciate this image, just in time for Halloween!

As per NASA's website: "...this reflection nebula associated with the star Rigel looks suspiciously like a fairytale crone. Formally known as IC 2118 in the constellation Orion, the Witch Head Nebula glows primarily by light reflected from the star."

Oh, the beauty of the skies!

Bud S. (staceys4@hotmail.com)

Monday, October 22, 2018

Keith Parish "Ray And Ram" Aircheck

Here is another Keith Parish contribution!  This one is of Ray & Ram...I know we've mentioned this "duo", but I don't remember us having an aircheck here on the blog!

This one is marked May 14, 1980, from about 9:35 to 10AM and aired on KAAY (AM) and KQ94 (FM).  You can still hear some "artifacts", but Greg Barman, our audio specialist,cleaned it up quite well.

There are a couple of interesting commercials, so hang on!  I wonder if Acme Brick is the building supply division of the company that the Coyote ordered his goods from?  The news lady was Linda Johnson about 16:45 through the recording...was this her real name, or a radio name?

There was mention of "the hostages are still being held...what are YOU doing to get them released?"  Jimmy Carter was president at this time.

This is a good long, continuous aircheck (just like some of us like!) but with a few gaps (forgivable, on long un'scoped airchecks), so sit back and enjoy!


https://archive.org/details/KAAYKQ94RayAndRam51480

Thanks to Greg and Keith!

Bud S. (staceys4@hotmail.com)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Death-Knell To AM Stations?

Thanks to Doug Virden for getting this to me...this doesn't look very good: https://swling.com/blog/2018/10/fcc-might-reduce-am-clear-channel-power/ Bud S. (staceys4@hotmail.com)

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A Halloween Pumpkin Kit Of A Different Kind

I was searching for something on the web totally unrelated to this, and came upon a Velleman Halloween Pumpkin Kit.  Id's for those who are interested in building electronic kits or those who are looking for something different for their decorations:

https://www.vellemanstore.com/en/velleman-mk145-halloween-pumpkin-kit

Cheap & easy!

Bud S. (staceys4@hotmail.com)

Monday, October 15, 2018

Taped Audio Bits From Keith Parish

Hi, folks!

I met Keith Parish via the Internet- and I think he found me via this blog.  Well, he found some old tapes in his mother's closet while he was doing some cleaning up.  Some were in fair shape- he did some repairs and we got them to our audio specialist Greg Barman, who did the digital transfer, clean-up and archival.

These audio bits appear to have Wayne Moss himself on them...seems as if this tape was marked "1975 77", which may be the years.  They appear to just be audio checks of KAAY i.d.s and a nice Coca Cola commercial.

Isn't it amazing how these and other tapes have survived?  My hats off to Greg and Keith!



https://archive.org/details/KAAYVariousK.ParishTape197577

Bud S. (staceys4@hotmail.com)