Saturday, September 19, 2020

Newspaper Article, From Doug Virden

From Doug Virden's posting on Facebook:
"Rex Nelson's article about the 50th anniversary celebration of The Mighty 1090."
Thanks, Doug!
Bud S. (

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Bobbie Walsh, Wife Of Pat Walsh, Passes On To Radio Heaven

Thanks to Richard Robinson, on Facebook...the entire message here:


"For those KAAY fans who knew or knew of J. Pat Walsh, who was a manager of KAAY and a broadcast media consultant for many years in Little Rock, I have some sad news to report. His widow, Bobbie Walsh, died on August 18, 2020. Her graveside service was held on Saturday. Bobbie loved the Arkansas Razorbacks, Pat Walsh and her family. When Pat was managing KAAY, Bobbie used to sit at home, listening to the competing stations and taking down the names of all of their advertisers for use by the sales staff at KAAY. I'm posting the link to her online obituary for your information. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Walsh when I interviewed Pat in their home and later Bobbie after Pat's death. It was a pleasure to know her and I am sorry to hear of her passing."

Thank you, Richard, for your info on this....


Bud S. (

Sunday, August 16, 2020

KAAY COMEX Newsmobile, 1960s Style!

Again, gleaned from Barry Mac's Facebook post, and all I can say is, "Va-va-va-VOOM!" 

Thanks, Barry!

Bud S. (

James Wells, KTHS/KAAY Engineer

Thanks to Tony Meyer, here is a picture of James Wells, d on Facebook, who was the engineer of KTHS and KAAY from 1954 to 1965.  Just reading the comments, he is one of the few remaining engineers alive form the KTHS/KAAY era.

Thanks, Tony!


Bud S. (

Lawnmower Contest Promotion

This was also posted by Barry McCorkindale on Facebook, he just found it after he found the other lawnmower photos...ah, well, we can't be picky!  But this works for the blog, because latest comes firstest and you can just scroll down to see "the rest of the story...."
Thanks again, Barry!

KAAY Lawnmower Promotion?

Barry McCorkindale posted this picture on Facebook regarding a lawnmower race, obviously tied to a previous photo and post here and on Facebook. How does one win a lawnmower race? Perhaps the cleanest cut in the lowest elapsed time, it looks like!

Thanks, Barry!


Bud S. (

Monday, July 13, 2020

Jerry Sims, the 2nd "Sonny Martin", Presentation

Thanks again to Barry McCorkindale and his photo vault, here is Jerry Sims presenting Herman's Hermits' drummer Barry Whitwam leader Peter Noone with a car tag.  Some comments were made about the gentleman in the background (drummer Barry Whitwam) copping some Zzzz's but I'll bet they had "camera-flash-itis" where they automatically blink when the photographer said, "one, two, THREE!"

Thanks again to Barry McCorkindale for posting this on Facebook!

Bud S. (

Monday, July 6, 2020

Lawnmower Givaway

Barry McCorkindale posted this on Facebook a short while back:

Richard Robinson (son-in-law of Eddie Graham) identified all the gentlemen here but one...I recognized A.J. Lindsay and Jerry Sims right off the bat...

"Richard Robinson Barry, I asked my father-in-law, Eddie Graham and here is the information. You are correct, all of the men pictured were air talent at The Mighty 1090. From left, A.J. Lindsey (one of the "Doc Holidays"), Bob Mullins (air name unknown, but he worked a day shift), Howard Watson ("Ken Knight," worked nights, left for a day shift on KMYO - "Cameo" in LR), Richard Wietan (Eddie isn't sure about the spelling of his last name and didn't remember his air name. This came to KAAY from Moberly, Missouri. He only worked at KAAY for six months or so. He was in the National Guard and was tragically killed a short time later in a Jeep accident, during his summer training, according to Eddie. The last jock on the right Eddie remembers, but can't recall his name. Eddie did remember that he didn't work at the station very long. That's what I have, so far."

Great history, thanks to Barry McCorkindale!

Bud S. (

Monday, June 29, 2020

Beaker Street Set Lists

One of our blog readers, Tyler Vincent, contacted us about a web site he and others are maintaining for the newest incarnation of Beaker Street --- go to Beaker Street Set Lists,

to see the set lists and listen to each of Clyde's shows.

Thanks, Tyler!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Beaker Street Returns: Article

Thanks to Doug Virden for sending the link...photograph credit to Arkansas Online:

"The show airs from 9 p.m.-midnight each Friday on the Arkansas Rocks network of classic rock stations. It can also be streamed at "  This, after a nine year absence from the radio waves.


Bud S. (

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

KAAY Tower #1 Down....

Per Doug Virden's e-mail and Facebook post:

"A couple of photos taken by Pat McDonald Hardwick after the tower went down.

According to an all access media article one of the KAAY nighttime directional towers has fallen down.  Currently there are only two towers standing.According to the Chief Engineer it was caused by a rusty guy wire at the insulator.  Inspectors will be at the transmitter site this week to look over the two remaining towers.  An STA has been filed for 12.5KW ND at night, that’s seventy five percent less power.
A boatload of money has been spent in recent years to get the signal back to full power.
As to what will happen with the station is still uncertain.  It will be very costly to put up a new tower and wonder if the company will spend the money to replace it?  Cuts have been made recently due to the pandemic." (re: the coronavirus, or "COVID-19" it for all the drama you can stand. bs)

It has been estimated that the tower went down right around Memorial Day (2020).

I walked amongst those towers with David B. Treadway and Jerry Sims, looking for Glaspie Dillard's grave; it took Daniel Appellof to take us; we rode on his truck tailgate out to the site near one of the towers to see his resting place.
Sad to say, this is what budget cuts cause; lack of maintenance and inspections lead to catastrophe.  Knowing what's been going on with KAAY in these latter years, some people's opinion is that this tower may never get replaced....
Thank you, Doug Virden, for alerting us to this tragedy.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Blog comments keep coming

It's been a while, so here goes:  Here are comments that were submitted to the blog over the past few months.  A lot of these comments were added to blog articles that are quite old, so there is no way that anyone can keep track of all new comments without a public listing like this one.

Each comment is documented with a date, the name of its sender, and a (partial) name of the post to where it was attached.    In the past, I was able to trick the Blogger interface into saving an enlarged copy of the comments so that you could read them easier, but no such luck this time --- sorry!

Since there is a significant backlog of comments, I'll do these in stages --- more to come!

Happy reading!

--Dave S.