Thursday, September 9, 2010

SEPTEMBER 10th: 1967-2010...


I Had Posted This A Year Ago, But Since Time Is Precious And Many Who Were Reading This Last Year Are No Longer With Us, I Felt It Important, Due To Those Mentioned Within The Post , To Again Thank All That Have Touched My Life In These Last 43 Years...They Are Never Forgotten:

A friend of mine called me this morning to say "hello" and congratulate me. I said "Congratulate me ?", and he said: "Remember, old friend, today is your Anniversary ! You've been in Broadcasting for 43 years as of today !"

I said: "Wow ! You're right ! But, I've been working on my WebSites this morn. and haven't really had time to think about it."

Well, okay, now I HAVE thought about it. And, I want to thank everyone taking the time to read this, because the driving force behind what I've been doing since I started this "art form" of Broadcasting back on Sunday, September 10th, 1967, has nothing to do with me. It's because of Y-O-U the listeners, my co-workers, the visitors that go to my WebSites, and, all of you reading this...that I do what I do. Without you there would be no need for me.

And, I sincerely thank all of those involved in my life that got me "from there to here": my late parents, Bill & Mary, for their undying love & support; my friend and mentor Don Pietromonaco (KXOK's Johnny Rabbitt); Don Liddenton (KLID), who gave me that first job; Pat Walsh & Barry Wood (Mike McCormick) who hired me at KAAY. And, in order: Jim Brown (WDRQ), Al Casey & Joe Kelly (KSLQ); Richard Miller (KADI/KRJY); Gary Mitchell & Gary Brown (KGLD); Mike Waterman (WSSM); Mike Anderson (St.L.Media); Darryl & Donna Starbird (The National Rod & Custom Hall Of Fame/Museum); Jerry & DeVona Titus (Kustom Kemps Of America).

Also, all of those great friends I worked with including: Jerry McDaniel, Bill Steiger, Frank Terry, Charlie Moore (KLID); Mike McCormick, Sonny Martin, George Jennings, Ron Owens, Dave Treadway, Phil North, Dave Montgomery, Clyde Clifford, Greg F.,Mary Donald, Felix McDonald, Marvin Vines, Joe Dickey, Eddie Graham, Wayne Moss, Eula Mae, and some I know I've forgotten (KAAY);Ted Smith, Guy Phillips, Mike Wall, Chuck Roberts, Bill Bailey, Gary Bridges, Terry Fox, Kevin McCarthy,Ted Anthony, Joan Kelly, Jo Jo Kincaid, et al (KSLQ); and, Ron Elz, Dick Williams, Jackie McCoy, Mad Maynard, Kent Hall, Jason Church, Debbie Alexander, Dena Pietromonaco, Doug Lyon, Frank Absher (St.L Media Historian), and many others who were also there.

But, most of all, I thank God for giving me the talent that I have and the ability to use it, and, to do what I done for the last 43 years.

Always Remember: You Never Do It Alone.

Thank you, all of my KAAY Friends, each and everyone !  AND, to find out just how I got to THE MIGHTY 1090/ KAAY to begin with, click-on this link for some very Personal History:

Jonnie King


  1. I'll bet that you meant to include Eloise Copeland. Eloise and Eddie Graham were the only two veterans from your era who were still with KAAY in 1883. And when Eddie left for KLRA, Eloise was the only one left (although Felix and Tim Rusk were contractors). Eloise is one of the nicest people I ever knew.

    I recognize Don Lidenton's board in your photo. I never worked in that studio, but that board was moved to 11th & Vine. KLID was a great place to start your radio career.

    As a boy in the 1960s, I found that if I turned my radio just right, I could hear Johnny Rabbit at KXOK. Blab it to the Rabbit! He was one of the greats.

    I shall never forget your time at KAAY. You and Newsman Gene Stewart truly ruled the night.

  2. What a treat to see Don Lidenton of KLID mentioned in your posting. He was without a doubt the most wonderful man I ever had the pleasure to work for during my 2-3 years at KLID in the 1970's. During the time, Bill Steiger and Charlie Moore were both still there, along with some other great co-workers like Lee Stone and Bob Holiday, Brenda the receptionist, and of course Don's wife, Lucy.
    I have many happy memories of KLID...a great man, and the most fun I ever had working in radio.

  3. I have the KLID board in my shop. I am amazed by the build quality of the copies of the GATES preamps in that board that Don Lidenton built.

    1. Any chance of seeing a picture of that board. I haven't seen it since 1968 and would love to just.... see it. You could send a pic to steve-hill at unitedfilmways dot com

      Thanks for your consideration,
      Steve Hill

  4. Remember Ted Pyle? He was the first and only announcer that Don Lidenton had when KLID first went on the air. Ted was extremely well liked, humorous, and had a great voice, but unfortunately passed away in 1971 from Multiple Sclerosis.

  5. I have sent the comment to Jonnie King to see if he has any other pictures of the console, since "Anonymous" didn't leave any contact information...Bud S.