Monday, October 31, 2011

Don't Drink And Fly!

Stay safe, watch for the kids and have fun!

Bud S. (

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Couple Of "Steve Scott" Stories

Steve Morris, a.k.a. "Steve Scott", KAAY, 1974-1976 checked in with a couple of interesting stories!  (notations are mine bs)

"In the two years I worked there, I did 1630-2300 (4:30 to 11:00 PM) hrs. M-F.  From 1630 (4:30 PM) I did production. and at 1900 (7:00 PM) I took over the board to run 'THE WORLD TOMORROW' -Garner Ted Armstrong- which was an hour long program.  We were located in the old Dr's bldg. (W. 7th Street) across the street from the State Capital  and I lived less than a mile away.  I'd run home and get my dog (FUNKY FUGLY! That was his on-the-air name!!) and get on back to the station hoping the pre-recorded tape didn't break while I was gone!!  At 2000 (8:00 PM) it was time to rock-n-roll!!  Nobody in the building at that time except me and Fugly, so I'd just let him run through the building until I needed 'him' to help me read the weather!!   He was the ugliest PEEK-a-POO in the World.  He would get on my lap while I was 'doing' the weather and I could make him growl and bark and he modulated the 50kw GIANT very well!!  At 2300 (11:00 PM), it switched over the transmitter site for BEAKER STREET and me and Fugly headed home, where I went back on-the-air 80 meters ssb (Ham radio, folks bs).

One day I came in at 1630 (4:30 PM) and of course started the day by answering fan mail to me and Fugly (he got his share).  When I checked my mailbox, it was stuffed with paper-towels & CRAP!! (literally).  Seems as though Fugly had been going into Pat Walsh's office to take a dump on occasion!!!  Pat had picked it up & stuffed into my mail box!!!  I got the hint!  BTW:  Pat kept his door closed at night after that!!!!"

Oh, boy...good thing Pat Walsh was who he was, kind soul and all!  So, Steve makes another Ham who worked at KAAY!  A lot of Hams who got off the air (engineers, too) couldn't wind down right away, so they got on the air in amateur mode and talked themselves down- or into the sunrise, whichever occurred first!

I remember when Art Bell, W6OBB, was on the AM broadcast band airwaves overnight, "AM Coast-To-Coast"; he would also get on the amateur airwaves after his shift and he had a weird cult following there, as well.  The frequency was 3.840 MHz in  lower sideband mode, and one could continue to listen to odd goings-on.  But this wasn't about Art Bell, it is about KAAY personnel, namely "Steve Scott"!

Steve currently resides here in the Mobile, AL area and worked at the local powerhouse, WABB before retirement.  We hope to hear from him again very soon...thank you, Steve!

Bud S. (

Thursday, October 27, 2011




Sorry I haven't had time to add much to the Site lately, but I been working on a massive MONSTER project: my "Jonnie King Halloween Special For 2011".

It includes: Records, Music, Movies, Radio & TV. It's done in Three Sections, and if you go to one Section you can Link to the other two.

Part 1: My "Halloween Film Rarities For 2011"'ll have to look for some of these, they're that rare !

Part 2: "The Monster Mash Meets The Haunted House"...great Radio/Music memories. And it's Introduced by "Dracula" himself, BELA LUGOSI !

Part 3: "The Munsters" from TV with the Classic "Hot Rod Herman" Episode...the story is by the man who created the Munsters Cars (and the "Batmobile") GEORGE BARRIS. Plus, there's an Introduction by Grandpa Munster !!

Here's the Link that will start it...if you have time. Do it when you do have time as it's fairly intricate...but, really lots of FUN !

READY ?  OKAY !   Let's start with everybody's favorite funny, freaky family: THE MUNSTERS:

All my best to each & every one of you...And! HAPPY HALLOWEEN !

Jonnie King 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

KAAY June 5, 1968 With A "Charlie King"

Thanks to Russell Wells, here's another "Charlie King" again!  This segment opens with Ron Owens (Walt Sadler) and the news.

This "Charlie King" uses the "Kay-Why" identifier and this portion is also 'scoped on the music.  More great ads on this Wednesday...he's also asking if " wanna buy a giraffe?"  This program went on for 60 days.

KAAY was giving away $10.90 to parking ticket holders; when the ticket number was broadcast, the holder had 109 seconds to call the station (Franklin 5-0105) to claim his or her prize money.  Where's that payphone?!?!?

(or download from the archive page)

Being on an afternoon shift, in the time frame he was at KAAY, and listening intently to the voice, I am going out on a limb and guessing this is really Charlie Scarbrough...any takers?

Bud S. (

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Jerry would have been 69 years young today. But he's celebrating something greater today! I am thankful that I can call Jerry my friend. When we were unexpectedly put together by a chance e-mail a couple of years ago, it was a great blessing, an act of fate, karma or whatever you want to call it- but I am richer for it!

I contacted nine other KAAY enthusiasts and asked for help getting this blog together; Jerry was right there. Although not having the technical computer-wise know-how (and I personally still don't!), he practically gushed any and all information and materials he had to me for additions to the blog. I must admit, I was frantic as I searched and uncovered more material and, as I searched, Jerry helped, too, as well as several others. Our "gang of ten", due to work constraints, etc., dwindled down fast, but Jerry was steadfast.  Others too, have come alongside, in our day-to-day building of this blog and have remained steadfast, as well.

Even after I met Jerry when he came to Mobile, AL on a business trip, he showed me more materials and pictures; when he got back to Little Rock, he had them scanned in and sent to me. To see him lovingly touch the mementos really tugged at my could tell this man loved what he did, not only at KAAY, but the other radio and TV stations at which he worked. Did I say "work"? To hear Jerry, he had some great times and those at KAAY seemed to be his most cherished! None of it was really work, he loved what he did!

Jerry volunteered for all kinds of things; flying saucer and elephant rides, sailboat sittings at the Arkansas State Fair, all kinds of remotes...he had so many memories, I was glad he shared some of them with us! Some, I'm sure, were humdrum, but others were exciting. And to hear him tell me over and over, in his humble way, of how he was a lucky kid, being in the right place at the right time, broadcasting over literally most of this hemisphere, was awesome! By the way, when I was a kid, I heard that kid on KAAY at night, too!

My time with Jerry in Little Rock was too short, but it was like trying to drink from an inch-and-a-half firehose at 90 p.s.i.! No wonder we both were so tired at the end of the days we spent together, touring Little Rock, visiting and sight-seeing. Jerry, as when he helped with this blog, poured himself into me, as The Kung Fu Master taught The Grasshopper. I felt small in this man's shadow, but his level of acceptance of me made me feel large, as well.

Jerry lived life; he was a successful businessman and loved playing softball. As I'd played and coached over two decades myself, I marvelled at this man, his devotion to the sport and his zest for travel to tournaments all over the U.S.A. His devotion to the blog showed, too...he'd e-mail or call me, telling me that he would be on another trip and unable to really communicate, but he'd check in on me and the blog when he got back.

That made me feel as if I were important to him! And he told me so, in so many words, in how he was appreciative of someone picking up the reins where A. J. Lindsey left them when his own blog ended. In fact, all The Greats and many fans of KAAY have said the same thing...very humbling, indeed, to this listener and fan of the station. Its employees, the standards they and KAAY set, are hardly paralleled today. My thanks to all of you in my work on this blog.

And so, today, October 23, will always be the day Jerry Sims enriched the world upon entering it...and for those times his now eternal voice was launched into the great ether of the sky, over most of this hemisphere, alongside that of Those Other Greats. Today is Jerry's day and I will remember it...because it is the day after my birthday, as well. Jerry, thank you for being one of the greatest presents the Maker ever gave me! Your friendship will always be remembered!

Please, everyone who visits today, and the days to come, put "Jerry Sims" in the upper left-hand search box and read all the entries from Jerry...he was a motherlode of information and stories!  I promise, you'll smile, laugh, chortle and belly-laugh over some of the antics he got into....

Happy Birthday Jerry Sims!!!

Bud S. (

Thursday, October 20, 2011

YouTube KAAY

Well, well, well...they say to copy someone is the sincerest form of flattery...or did I get that right?  "Indychauffer" has borrowed the recording of the 1968 broadcast when Kennedy was shot and posted it on YouTube, with a lot of borrowed pictures from this and A.J.'s blog!  Nice collage of pictures....and this is a public blog, so the better to get the info out, right?

For those who are interested, here is the link:


Bud S. (

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

KAAY June 5, 1968 With Ken Knight

Here is Ken Knight (Jerry Pitcock) again!  Even at 8:04 PM, it was 82 degrees.  Thanks to Russell Wells again for this important historical audio....

Ken verbally stumbles a bit just before a Schlitz beer commercial...hey, it happens!  Just goes to show you that The Greats were human, too!

Hey, how about those great ads?  That Coppertone commercial!  I don't believe that commercials today have the same "guts" these early ads did.  So many people depend on digital processing, which is great, but sometimes the "human" side is somewhat lost....and where's the orchestra nowadays?

Oh, there's that giraffe again!  There's donations being taken to buy the animal at City Hall....

COMEX News was by Mike McCormick; because of the Kennedy shooting, they were even touting "gun control" back then....

Scoped on the music, the ads were complete...enjoy these great memories!

(or download from the archive page)

Thanks again to Dave S. for all his hard work to bring this audio to you, dear reader and visitor!

Bus S. (

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

KAAY June 5, 1968 With Mike McCormick

Another great audio offering from Russell Wells!  This is the Mike McCormick (Barry Wood) Morning Show, just before the 10 AM hour.  This is a 'scoped version, but all the ads are complete.  Great energy, classy, tight programming!

"Wanna buy a Giraffe?"

Ron Owens (Walt Sadler) heads up the news.  Calls over the air go to a potential K-Cash Winner to call Franklin 5-0105.  I think the Lucielle Ball/Henry Fonda ad for the movie "Yours, Mine And Ours" was a great memory...I'll be looking for the movie on satellite TV, if it comes around.

(or download from the archive page)

We certainly hope you're enjoying these great bits of audio history and that they invoke wonderful nostalgia for you!  Thanks to Dave S. for his computer wizardry!

Bud S. (

Monday, October 10, 2011

"John Edward Diamond" And Beaker Street

Folks, I found this little post on Airchexx, and have left a message there for Hal Moore, a.k.a. "John Edward Diamond" to contact me:

"Hi, guys…does anyone remember me? My name is Hal Moore but on the air I was John Edward Diamond..and I came to KAAY when Clyde Clifford left Beaker Street..I was hired by then Program Director Wayne Moss…and did the show for a year and a half…just wondering ..good luck..Hal"

I'll be calling Wayne Moss in the near future to ask about the meantime, if any of you know Hal, or his involvement with KAAY and Beaker Street, please direct him my way, will you?

Thank you!

Bud S. (

Friday, October 7, 2011

KAAY April 1, 1967 With Mike McCormick Part 2

Here's Part 2 of the previous entry on the Mike McCormick Music Show!  This, as the last entry, are unscoped.

You know, I'd asked back in April if any tricks or gags were pulled at the listening to this and the previous April 1 show, I don't remember hearing anything!  However, about 4:40 into the recording, listen to the odd yelling going on...Mike McCormick was mildly at a loss of words at that point!  I wonder if someone ran in & out of the studio trying to break his concentration?  Listen, also, to the great music and classy advertisements.

This was a studio copy from tape, so there are some inconsistancies, but it is an important audio history piece, nonetheless...enjoy!

(or download from the archive page)

Does anyone have any pictures of Barry Woods/Mike McCormick, please?  If so, please contact me at my e-mail address below.

Bud S. (

Monday, October 3, 2011

KAAY April 1 1967 With Mike McCormick Part 1

And it's the Mike McCormick Music Show!  This portion of audio is also from Russell Wells.  You can tell this came from a studio tape, with the occasional flutter...nonetheless, it is great historical audio history!

What great ads!  Stuttgardt Drag Strip, Arkansas Raceway, The Outsiders at Robinson Auditorium etc.  I don't believe this selection was 'scoped at all.

We've written about Barry Woods/Mike McCormick on this blog before...and there's great things written about him.  Just enter either name in the search box at the upper left corner and read all the entries.

With no further delay, here's Mike McCormick!

(or download from the archive page)

Thanks to Dave S. for the wonderful audio help on this blog!

Bud S. (