Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Day At KAAY #1, May 18, 1971, From Russell Wells!

Boy, oh boy, what a treat we have to share with you, dear visitor!  Russell Wells recently sent over some CDs of audio for us to enjoy, one of which you've already enjoyed, of Phil North, a few days ago.  The audio you are about to enjoy will be in thirteen parts, from 6:50 AM until 7:20 PM, broadcast on KAAY on May 18, 1971.  These are complete hours, some more, some less than a complete hour, but with the exception of a minute or two maybe here and there, the audio is totally unscoped.  So, in essence, you'll get the feeling that you're listening to an entire daytime broadcast!

These are not airchecks, but copies from actual tape that Pat Walsh himself rolled on that day (as he seemed to do regularly).  He actually sent Russell tapes and this is one Russell kept and digitized...and consequently sent in to share with us!  (You can read Russell's own story at our earlier January 24 blog post.)

Today's hour (actually from 6:50 until 8:00 AM) will bring Sonny Martin (Matt White), and George J. Jennings with the news.  As some of you know, Sonny and George were always good-naturedly jabbing at one another, poking fun and throwing barbed comments each other's way.  You'll experience music, news and history made here.

So, with that said, please enjoy this first installment of "A Day At KAAY"....

or download here

(or stream/download here from the archive page)

Please visit Russell Wells at his Facebook page:

Russell says, "I would love friend requests from the KAAY old-guard. I enjoy talking retro radio with anyone."

Thanks to Dave S. for his audio help!  He has now employed a new player at OurMedia, please let us know how you like it!

And thanks again to Russell, as well!

Bud S. (


  1. This is so awesome! Kudos to uploading this for those of us who weren't lucky enough to be around for KAAY back in '71!

  2. I was living in Colon, Matanzas, Cuba and we gathered secretly with some friends in the park with a portable soviet radio and exactly at midnight we tuned in with Beaker Street radio broadcast and we were listen after hours the famous underground music program from little Rock Arkansas... Nothing but sweet memories... Thank you for sharing!