Tuesday, September 12, 2017

QSL Cards From The Past!


Thanks to Larry McDonald for these reception verification ("QSL") cards from the past!

Bud S. (staceys4@Hotmail.com)

Friday, September 8, 2017

"Big Mama" Is Gone....

I was just informed by KAAY's head engineer that the RCA, "Big Mama", as David B. Treadway called her, is now gone.

Was:

...and no more:


My heart hurts!  I am so thankful that Jerry Sims, the 2nd "Sonny Martin", now gone also, pleaded and cajoled with me to make the pilgrimage to Little Rock and Wrightsville, AR to see this once-magnificent radio station.  I was tearing up heavily when I saw David B. lovingly caress her face, then listen for her as he pressed his ear to her...as I am about to now.



That's Gordon Stephan behind David B.

And, to Jerry Sims, who made me actually realize my dream:


I can't say this enough: I love you guys, for caring enough to show me around and taking time with me, a humble fan from so long ago.  One other Great, Charlie Scarbrough, "Charlie King", who took the time to ferry me and my family around, thank you SO much!


I will always have fond memories of KAAY, and especially of this trip.  A few months later, Jerry Sims died from a heat-related incident while doing what he loved: playing softball...but that's another story.

At the top left-hand corner of this blog, type in "my trip" and search; post after post will come up, relating to my trip to Little Rock and Wrightsville, AR back in 2012 and will reveal all the wonderful pictures and memories I experienced.  One more chapter closed on KAAY.  Thanks, Daniel.

Bud S. (staceys4@Hotmail.com)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Happy 55th Anniversary!

My, how time flies!  Fifty-five years ago this moth, KAAY came into being and the "Baby Elephant Walk" song permeated the airwaves for a while, as deejays read aloud the Little Rock phone book, saying the folks were "friends of the Mighty Giant", etc.

https://archive.org/details/KTHSToKAAYBabyElephantWalkStunt

This signaled the format- and callsign change- of 1090 AM in Little Rock, AR, as KAAY bought out KTHS and became the Mighty 1090, KAAY that so many of us loved.  It happened Labor Day, 1962.  The history is slightly murky as to who the original jocks were, as some left, others came right in, but here are links to previous posts we have entered, as well:

http://mighty1090kaay.blogspot.com/search?q=Labor+Day

...as well as a few posts from A. J. Lindsey's now-inactive blog:

http://kaay1090.blogspot.com/search?q=Labor+Day

Yes, we have plenty to celebrate!  For my article regarding KAAY in the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, go here:

http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?search=1&entryID=6228

I was honored when they asked me to contribute!  No one had ever entered any information on perhaps the greatest radio station Arkansas ever had, so they encouraged me to arrange this article.  After a few months' work, and honing and polishing, and with the help of some of "The Greats" of KAAY, this was the finished project.  Enjoy!

Happy anniversary, KAAY and to you Greats who brought us so much wonderful entertainment!

Bud S. (staceys4@Hotmail.com)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Keepin' 'Em Cool....


Larry McDonald, son of Felix McDonald, found this as the family was cleaning up at the McDonald farm.  he says he'll bet this is the only survivor.  Does anyone know what the McDonald's favorite soft drink was?

Thank you, Larry!

Bud S. (staceys4@Hotmail.com)

Friday, July 28, 2017

"The Hotline"

Larry McDonald posted this on Facebook, his comments follow:


 "It is a phone hotline my dad helped build the station it was called KTHS before Linn broadcasting made KAAY. I watched them change the letters on the transmitter building, it went from there to the Mighty 1090."

Thanks, Larry, for all you and your dad did to keep this mighty station on the air!

Bud S. (staceys4@Hotmail.com)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Larry McDonald's Comic Picture

This was cut from a comic strip years ago, and Larry McDonald posted it on Facebook as the "Felix and Leta McDonald Family":

Larry's sister said, "That's us!"

Bud S. (staceys4@Hotmail.com)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"New" Bumper Stickers?

Alerted by Doug Virden, "sourced" by Larry McDonald (Felix's son), here are some bumper stickers I've never seen!


Thanks, Larry and Doug!

Bud S. (staceys4@Hotmail.com)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

No KAAY Facebook Page?

Sidney Woodbury just noted on the Facebook page "KAAY-AM, The Mighty 1090" that KAAY themselves no longer have a Facebook page:

"I don't know if this is a sign of some kind of change or just a coincidence, but there is no KAAY Facebook page, that would be the current KAAY, not the Mighty 1090 page."

More as their status develops....

Bud S. (staceys4@Hotmail.com)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Contact From A New Visitor!


From my e-mail recently:

"Bud,
 
My name is Jeff Barrette, I live in Madison Wi.  I crew up in a small southwest Wisconsin town.  I recently found your blog and it has been delightful.  I have been trying to read all of the posts’.  I have posted a few responses.  I have found all of the history of KAAY fascinating.  KAAY was without doubt my favorite station, even though I could only listen after sundown. The music that was played is timeless.
 
The purpose of this communication is Clyde Clifford. Because of Clyde Clifford and Beaker Street the music that is considered classic was introduced to millions of people.  It is my opinion that Clyde Clifford should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
 
Would you be interested in assisting with such an endeavor?
 
Your fellow KAAY and Beaker Street fan.
 
Jeff Barrette"
 
Jeff, thank you for your e-mail!  There are probably a lot of people who think just like you.  When Clyde proposed this back in late 1966, "the suits" didn't think Beaker Street would work- little did they know the huge success they would enjoy.  Later, when other owners/GMs discontinued it, they disappointed a lot of listeners.  In later years, when it was aired on other stations with Clyde at the helm, it gained momentum again...but you know radio....
 
I hope many other people attempt this endeavor.  I have also petitioned to get Don Payne in the Arkansas Radio Hall Of Fame, since he was the last deejay to air it until "the suits" shut it down...to no avail.
 
Go for it, Jeff!  And thanks again!  Also check the Facebook page at: ttps://www.facebook.com/groups/198469254312/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED
 
 

What KAAY Ought To Do?

Doug Virden notified me of Greg Barman's shared link over on Facebook's KAAY-AM The Mighty 1090 page:

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2017/jul/08/wfli-agatakes-flight/437252/#/

Thanks to both you guys!

Bud S. (staceys4@Hotmail.com)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cotham's Mercantile Razed By Fire

As per an alert by Doug Virden, Cotham's Mercantile was destroyed, as reported 5/30/17 on KARK:

http://www.arkansasmatters.com/news/local-news/fire-destroys-historic-cothams-in-scott/726183232

When I made my visit to Little Rock a few years ago, Charlie Scarbrough ("Charlie King") acted as our tour guide for a couple of days; Cotham's was one place he took us...unfortunately, it was closed on the day we went there:


There's my beautiful wife and daughter!

Such a neat landmark...sad to lose it....

Thanks to Doug Virden for the news flash.

Bud S. (staceys4@Hotmail.com)