Folks, Dago thought I was part of KAAY, but in subsequent e-mails between us, he found that I was not an employee of KAAY, but a listener (I'd fantasized about working at KAAY, though!). Here's his e-mail, with slight editing, and photo, all with his permission:
"HI BUD , I´M DAGOBERTO PEDRAJA FROM CUBA, I´M SO EXITED ´CUSE I´M WRITING FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME TO A RADIO- MAN WHO SET MY PREFERENCES FOR THE GREATEST ROCK MUSIC , " THE REAL ONE " . I WAS A TEENAGER WHEN I HEARD ABOUT AN AMERICAN STATION THAT WAS PLAYING VERY " WEIRD MUSIC " , WE USUALLY ATEMPT TO FLORIDA KEYS RADIO STATION LIKE WQAM , THEY PLAY VERY LIGHT ROCK MUSIC , BUT THEY WERE OUR ONLY OPTION , SO THAT NIGHT I DECIDED TO DIAL KAAY...IT WAS GREAT MAN !!! AND BETTER THAN ALL AT .12 AM THERE WAS A VERY VERY WEIRD KIND OF SGHOW PLAYING THAT WEIRD KIND OF MUSIC , IT WAS MY VERY FIRST TIME TO BE IN TOUCH WITH THE " UNDERGROUND MUSIC " , MONTHS LATTER I BECAME MEMBER OF " THE RACOONS CLUB " , IT WAS A KIND OF JOKE BECAUSE WE USE TO LOOK SO SLEEPY IN CLASS, ALL BLACK AROUND THE EYES ( LOL ) JUST IMAGINE , 8AM IN THE MORNING GOING TO SCHOOL AND FEELING THAT WAY BEACUSE YOU STOPED LISTENING " BEAKERTREET " NEARLY 4:30 AM JA JA JA . YOU COULD HEAR KAAY LATE IN THE AFTERNOON AROUND 7PM OR LATTER , BUT AROUND 11 PM THE SIGNAL WAS SO CLEAR ,. BEAKER STREET WAS MY FAVORITE RADIO SHOW IN ALL MY LIFE, YEARS LATTER I BECAME IN A RADIO PRODUCER , SCRIPT WRITER AND DIRECTOR TOO , SO A BUNCH OF RADIO PEOPLE WHO USE TO LISTEN KAAY AND BS , WHERE WORKING AT THE SAME RADIO STATION AND TRIED TO DO PROGRAMS IN THE SAME WAY , WE AIRED THAT KIND OF " WEIRD MUSIC " TO THE YOUNG LISTENERS AND WE SHOW THEM " THE DARK SIDE " OF ROCK ´N ROLL , THE KIND OF ROCK UNCOMERCIAL , BUT BETTER THAN THOSE CRAP THAT OTHER RADIO STATION USE TO PLAY . SO I ´M VERY PROUD OF YOU , YOUR CREW , OPERATORS , INGENIERS AND EVERYBODY AT KAAY LITTLEROCK ARKANSAS . NHOW A DAYS I´M 55 , AND PLAYING IN " THE KENTS " , A COVER BAND WHO PLAYS ALL THE " WEIRD MUSIC " THAT " BEAKER STREET " SET ON US . SO I´LL BE IN TOUCH AND I´LL TRY TO LISTEN SOME OF THE ARCHIVES IN THE BLOCK , MAYBE I CAN RECORD OR DOWNLOAD SOME OF THEM. A GREAT HUG AND HAVE GOOD LUCK. REGARDS FROM CUBA .DAGO"
I've asked Dago for a group picture, as well. These guys, from what I've learned, have all pretty much been influenced by American Rock music, most of which was from Beaker Street.