Monday, September 22, 2014

Focus On The Newsmakers 9/18/1969

"50,000 watts over Arkansas", with Frank Woods, who solicited comments to be mailed to the news organization....

There's a story about 1st Lt. James L. Stone, Korea, 1951 and his heroic efforts while fighting the Chinese.  He was awarded the Medal of Honor.  There was mention of his current assignment at the time of this news broadcast, and that of other Medal of Honor recipients being flown to Valley Forge for ceremonies.  If this doesn't make you stand up and salute the flag, nothing will!

God bless our up the flag, Greg!

Bud S. (

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Then, Cuba "Happened"....

Some of us are old enough to remember the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis.  It has been posted here extensively about how it affected us as a nation, and how KAAY got involved only weeks after the station coming to being, with Jim Hankins/"Mike McCormick" almost losing his job over the decision to participate; here is a link of material, mostly by Dave Montgomery and Richard Robinson, regarding such:

KAAY had almost been left out, with the U. S. government having thought KTHS was off the air, not realizing KAAY had the frequency and the coverage; Jim, who couldn't get in touch with anyone to make a decision (remember, cell phones hadn't been invented yet and there were very few car phones), made the decision himself, even though the staff was sharply divided...see the link, re: Dave M's comments from A.J.  Thank you, Jim Hankins, you and KAAY made history....

Basically, at midnight every evening, the government came in, ran everyone out of the studio, locked the door and broadcast Voice of America programming to Cuba; the signal from KAAY absolutely blanketed the island nation.

My God, can you even imagine the tension, the agony, the possible retribution that could have taken place?  Fortunately, the U.S. and Russia came to agreeable terms and things cooled down a bit.  So, without further ado, here is a recording, regarding KAAY's involvement of the broadcasts to Cuba:

Thank you, Jim Hankins/"Mike McCormick", for having the guts!

Monday, September 15, 2014

How 'Bout Them Harlem Globetrotters?

Wayne Moss heads up these commercials regarding the Harlem Globetrotters, the world's favorite basketball team!

What's odd is that this tape was marked 08/23/970, but Wayne's identification was one "...through Saturday, March 22 only" and "...for Sunday, March 23 only".  I suppose something else might have been taped, then erased for these two commercials.  Wayne sounds as good today as he did back then, when I get to talk with him over the phone!

Hey, Greg- think you and I could give them just a little bit of competition?

Bud S. (

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mike McCormick, 1962!

Here is Mike McCormick (Jim Hankins) broadcasting on KAAY in 1962..boy, it was cold outside...listen for the weather, "Tiger"!

Mike was rockin' and rollin'!

But the dark side emerges in our next post....

Bud (

Monday, September 8, 2014

Focus On The Newsmakers 4/27/1969

Here is another older version, this time featuring John K. Anderson, "Stand by for KAAY Focus".  I really enjoy the opening music- probably performed and recorded by an actual orchestra!

"Congressional Comment" featured Senator William Proxmire, speaking of human rights treaties and Abner Mifka of our country's military might- and morals...?  Others follow....

In this version, it was mentioned that NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) celebrates its 20th anniversary...George Foreman is interviewed about joining the Job Corps.

Many of the problems mentioned in these Congressional Comments could be the same as we face today....

Bud S. (

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The KAAY M-Squad!

Here, I believe, is the original line-up of deejays of KAAY in 1962- "The M-Squad"!

Dub Murray was "Doc Holiday", Jim Hankins was "Mike McCormick, Wayne Moss was "Sonny Martin", Tom Bigby was "Buddy Karr", Tom Campbell was "Rob Robbins" and Howard Watson was "Ken Knight".

After a short time, the players changed a bit; A. J. Lindsey became "Doc Holiday" and Jerry Sims became "Sonny Martin".  I can't remember if there were any more immediate changes....

I wish I had pictures of ALL of them, but at least here are some pictures of Dub Murray,  Jim Hankins,a picture of a Silver Dollar Survey recording (with A.J. as "Doc Holiday") and Wayne Moss:

Yes, indeed, 1962 was an exciting year in Little Rock history...and, later, for the United States...please stay tuned!

Bud S. (

Friday, August 29, 2014

52 Years Ago....

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY KAAY!  KTHS became KAAY 52 years ago on Labor Day, 1962.  This weird format could be heard "before the button was pushed":

Yes, it was the "Baby Elephant Walk" and deejays were reading the Little Rock phone book over the audio.  What a gimmick!

Dave Schmidt built an archive from A. J. Lindsey's KAAY blog; in commemoration, Dave, Greg Barman and myself will be sharing things here from that era....

Hey, how 'bout this flyer?

Please stay tuned for more, as we celebrate the 52nd anniversary of KAAY!

Bud S. (

Monday, August 25, 2014

Various Commercials (7/28/1972)

Here are more ads by Wayne Moss and other announcers (can someone identify them for us, please?)

We have a Moses Record Shop special by The Hollies, Sabric Fabricks, Wallach stores and J. C. Penny ads, among others...there are a couple of false starts & bloopers, which make it all the more interesting- roll it, Greg!

I think I'll go down to Wallach's and get one of those fine televisions, or maybe go to the night owl Penny store sales & get some new threads...Greg, you want to come along?

Who, wh-wh-whooo!

Bud S. (

(it's those 69-cent singles that always got me -- Greg)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Focus On The Newsmakers 10/20/1968

These may not be as glamorous or heady as some of the music we've posted, or that of the ever-popular Beaker Street, but it IS history, nonetheless.  I don't blame anyone if they don't want to sit & listen to political or other news, but some may find it interesting from a historical point- some may have worked with the particular people interviewed in these recordings or had something to do with campaigns or other events.  With that, we go into...

...George Jennings opening this news magazine dated 10/20/1968- the opening public service announcement or advertisement was for the Big Brothers of America.  The main focus was on the Arkansas Corrections Department, mainly at Cummings and shots being fired:

Bud S. (

Friday, August 15, 2014

Some Treats To Come! (Or, Old Is New Again)

Dear reader and visitor, a milestone is about to be that we want to spring upon you within a couple of weeks!  We'll keep it a secret for now, so stay tuned and keep your eyes peeled!

I've thought it over and discussed it with the guys...and we believe it'll be a good thing.  Hopefully, you'll be as enthused about the upcoming posts as we are.  We have some ideas to bring you some things that are of importance that some of you may or may not have seen nor heard before..., before I give it away (giggle!), we'll keep working on this project in earnest- and we hope you'll be pleased and not disappointed.

Get ready to have some fun!

Bud S. (