(This post was left in draft form on the blog several weeks ago. Rather than let it languish, I decided to go ahead and post it, in hopes that the originator could come forward and finish the great memories he/she started here. If not, this is still a wonderful memory of A.J. for all to enjoy...Bud S.)
I had the good fortune to meet with A.J. Lindsey, and even to work with him...but not in radio, unfortunately. Of course, I grew up with KAAY and "Doc Holiday," including the stint by A.J. in that on-air role. The first time I met him was when I lived in Pine Bluff, from 1978 until 1980. I was managing a movie theatre there (Flick Twin Cinema), and worked with KCLA, "Razorback Country," as it was known at the time. The general manager of the station was Ralph Taylor. A.J. was running a waterbed store near the theatre. The company I was working for, Commonwealth Theatres, had a contest between the theatre managers for the upcoming Academy Awards ceremonies. Being somewhat competitive, I enlisted the aid of several merchants, including A.J.'s Waterbeds. A.J., being a promotion minded individual, donated the grand prize, a complete waterbed outfit. He came and set it up in the lobby of the movie theatre, where customers could look at it. The contest involved the person filling out a ballot of the major Academy Awards. We got some promotional air time on the radio station.