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" pandemic...google 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.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Vivi Parker, David B. Treadway, Good Times

This is a picture of Vivi Parker and David B. Treadway, Here's her comments:

"This was in 2015- David B. Treadway and I (were) hanging with the Hippies in the Hippie Holler at the Fundraiser for The Make A Wish Foundation.  We had a grand Time.   There was food, auction, poker run and great music. David got on the stage and played (music) with a few guys. I believe around 15 thousand was raised that weekend.  It was awesome!"

Thank you, Vivi, for sharing a great memory!  I'd always said David had a heart bigger than Arkansas!  You were very fortunate to work with such a great man, "The Voice of Arkansas"!

Bud S. (staceys4@hotmail.com)

Thursday, April 30, 2020

REO Speedwagon Goodie

Steve Payne posted this item (?) on the KAAY-AM, The Mighty 1090 Facebook page:

Said he was cleaning out his house and found it.  Thank you, Steve!

Bud S. (staceys4@hotmail.com)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

"Steve Scott" on WROA, Gulfport, MS

"Steve Scott" also did a stint on WROA, I think, in late 1976, if I remember him telling me correctly....

As we have done in the past with other KAAY dee jays, here is an aircheck of him on another station, WROA, Gulfport, MS

Thanks again to Greg B. for his great skill in saving precious audio from old, old tape!

Bud S. (staceys4@hotmail.com)

Tuesday, April 14, 2020


Posted by Mark Mauney (Radio Broadcasting History) on Facebook on April 1, 2020...dated "Tuesday, March 5, 1974 and signed by what looks like "Bill Vandusen" (sp?) and looks lie from 9:30-11:00PM.  Not sure who it was to.

Here is another one from 1969, for John Johnson, when he heard KAAY in Sheridan, Wyoming, signed for by Felix McDonald, with a much clearer written data!

"QSL" cards have long been a verification of reception, mostly traded between Ham Radio operators, but also has been practiced by CBers, shortwave stations, pirate radio stations, utility stations and other mediumwave broadcasters, such as KAAY.  They don't come free, however; one has to fill out a detailed reception report for the station (Ham and CBers usually log their own info with the other station and then swap cards by mail or e-mail).  The reception report usually has to have some detailed information, such as times and songs played, times of news reports and commercials, what the content of both were, etc.  In other words, the better details, the more likely the radio station will send out a QSL.  Prepaid envelopes help, too, or enclosed postage.  Not only that, the stations like to know where their signal is going.

My thanks to Mark Mauney and John, Johnson for these fine examples!

Bud S. (staceys4@hotmail.com)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Third "Steve Scott" on KAAY

This is the last of the latest airchecks of "Steve Scott" on KAAY that he gave us to use.  Later, some other airchecks from other stations from which he worked!

From the Summer of 1975:

Thanks to Greg B. and Steve Morris/"Steve Scott" for these KAAY airchecks!

Bud S. (staceys4@hotmail.com)

Friday, March 27, 2020

KAAY/KEZQ Move Offices

Thanks to Michael Hibblen and his post on Facebook, he found some footage of KAAY/KEZQ move into new digs!


It's a rather long montage of different videos, but if you forward to about 47:50 or so, it's tight after a paving crew spraying tar for a new road project.

Thanks, Michael!

Bud S. (staceys4@hotmail.com)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

KAAY Memories Remain Alive on the 'Net

As the years continue to fly by, I think it’s good to know the internet is still alive with plenty of comments that people have written about KAAY and how much it meant to them.  Just out of curiosity I did an online search to see what’s still out there and I was surprised at postings that are still active.  They are great reading.  Some folks really pour their hearts out. 

The internet is always a-changin' and these postings and links about KAAY can disappear at any time.  Catch them now before they are gone.

Here’s one from a Top 40 radio history site, Trax & Grooves:

This is a remembrance of Beaker Street from the Winds of Change community radio site based in Kansas City:

ART-FM is an LPFM community radio station in Louisville KY and they are big fans of Clyde Clifford:

Rex Nelson, senior editor & columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, blogs about all kinds of things Southern and did this one on KAAY in September 2012:

The Arcane Radio Trivia blog has an amazing depth of stories about anything geek and unique in radio, and Beaker Street certainly qualifies:

Finally, here are a bunch of KAAY memories on a music comments section of the TigerDroppings site from Louisiana State University:

Greg Barman