Wednesday, January 30, 2013

KAAY To Soon Return To The Air

An anonymous post popped up late January 28 and I just got to it today:

"Anonymous January 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Just to let everyone know, KAAY will be back on the air soon. A 5KW transmitter is being delivered hopefully tomorrow (1-29-13) Just waiting on the crystal now."

There are things in the mix, folks, please be patient!  I will not divulge my source....

Bud S. (

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Goin' Retro --- Buddy Karr, 1963 !

Folks, it's time to go retro!   As you may or may not know, A. J. "Doc Holiday" Lindsey passed away a few years ago and several of us picked up the reins and started this blog, since no one, not even the Lindsey family, had the password to get into and continue his original blog.  So, with the express permission of the Lindsey family, this blog was born, in the original spirit and mode of what "Doc" started.

Many of A.J.'s audio files were saved on his Podomatic account, which you can still use.  But lots more files were scattered about on a variety of web sites that are now inactive.

With that said, we begin our mission to republish A.J.'s missing audio files that were stored in an "off-site" archive that Doc revealed to me (and ultimately to Dave S., so he could save the archive to media).  None of these items have been available since Doc's blog went silent, and we are pleased to make these audio clips available again.

For the first installment, we're going 'way back to about 1963, to Buddy Karr, a.k.a. Tom Bigby...roll it, Dave!

(or download here)

Onward, to more Retro!

Bud S. (

Monday, January 28, 2013

'Nother Nice E-Mail...

...this time, from a fellow Ham and AM enthusiast, Tim Moore:

"Hey Bud, It's been a while since I last "talked" to you. Just wanted you to know how much I appreciate the work you're doing! I have to disagree with Mike in Wisconsin. KAAY was THE Giant! We could all listen to WLS, WABC, KOMA and all the others but KAAY was family! I often sit in the shack at night after I go QRT and I listen to all the audio clips. I have them saved to the computer and as I listen, it just brings back really great memories of a time long ago. Seems like things were so much easier back then, no computers, no texts, tweets and instant round the clock bombardment of information like we have now. I told my boss just the other day, I'd give anything for a typewriter and carbon paper!! My cousins and I used to go camping on the weekends and what I remember best was sitting around the fire, deep in the woods by the lake with my Panasonic RF-2200 listening to KAAY music and then Beaker Street. We just thought we were so cool! I still have the RF-2200 and it misses KAAY! Bud, thanks for all you do, I can't wait for the next audio posts!

73 My Friend!
Tim N5YCN"

THESE are the kinds of neat, wonderful memories we're looking for!  Keep 'em coming, folks!

Bud S. (

Friday, January 25, 2013

We're Goin' Back In Time....

Dear visitors and friends of the Mighty 1090 KAAY Blogspot, 

In the coming weeks, maybe months, we'll be bringing you some lost archived audio --- and maybe pictures --- that are no longer available on A. J. Lindsey's blog.  After A.J. "Doc Holiday" passed away a few years ago, the audio players on his blog page wouldn't yield the audio there. Mysteriously, they began again, for a short while, then went dormant again.  In addition, "Doc" had saved his extensive collection of audio clips across a variety of web sites, some of which disappeared soon after Doc's death.

Fortunately, Dave Schmidt was able to download and archive everything on A.J.'s blog and off-blog storage.  Honoring my promise to the Lindsey family to continue in the fashion in which A.J. would approve and to continue to credit him and his blog with the material, we will be bringing the aforementioned archived material back, to reside on this blog:  in memory of A.J., who worked so hard to bring you these memories back to life; for all the fine people of KAAY who "made it happen"; and for THE KAAY 1962-1985 we all remember and love.

What more could we do?  We can not let these fine aural memories fade into nothingness... it would be a shame to lose what A.J. sought to bring to you dear folks.  So, with that, sit back, enjoy the memories we're bringing back to you and PLEASE comment when you can or so feel inspired.

Thank you for your support!  I'm sure A.J. would approve....

Bud S. (

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Nice E-Mails....

This is from Gary, on the other side of the world, in regards to a post I made awhile back regarding a Mobile broadcast station:

"Hi Bud

Congratulations on your efforts to preserve another interesting piece of radio history with the KAAY Radio Blog.

I noticed your interesting post concerning 1410 WNGL (Dec 10 2009) during an internet search.

Thought that you might be interested to know that the 1410 WNGL signal made it through to South Africa on the 15th September 2011.

I was fortunate to receive a brief email verification from Station Manager David Renshaw after a follow-up reception report.

Details available here at the Cape DX blogsite in case you're interested.



Gary Deacon
Fish Hoek
Cape Peninsula
South Africa "

...and Gary followed up with an audio link and the station manager's response:

"...definitely WNGL that made it through to SA on 1410 kHz back in September 2011 - a pity about the "female announcer" issue -

My guess is that the top-of-the-hour id announcement was possibly pre-recorded and aired at the time that I managed to hear the signal (apparently Daniel diSilva was station manager at the time).

A brief audio clip of the reception is also available at



And from Mike, a KAAY fan:


I am a former devoted KAAY listener and enjoy your site. I listened a lot at night in the mid to late ‘60s and early ‘70s, especially in the winter when the signal boomed in. I shunned WLS in Chicago for KAAY mainly because I liked the variety of music that they played.

I recall listening to an overnight DJ who used the name Ron Owens. In fact, I wrote to him once and got a handwritten letter in reply. I recall he was also a newsman. I might still have the letter someplace…

I also remember an evening DJ who used the name Rock Robbins and used the song “Rockin’ Robin” as his intro.

Does anyone remember the program “Ear on Arkansas?” I think it was broadcast on Sunday afternoon or evenings. It was a political satire aimed mostly at Arkansas politicians. It was way ahead of its time.

In its heyday, KAAY was a fantastic Top 40 radio station but never really took its place among the giants like WLS, WABC, KHJ, etc., which is very sad. But, I think that had a lot to do with the interruptions of the Top 40 format for religious programs (early evening and early morning) and for advertising programs. I recall they had a 15-minute infomercial-type program at midnight every night that advertised a set of books, but I just can’t remember what the books were about! I also think they had a 15-minute program that advertised sets of classical music recordings. Maybe if KAAY had been all Top 40 all the time, things might have been different. I still miss the Mighty 1090.

Keep up the good work! I enjoy the unscoped recordings that bring back a lot of memories. Thank you for the site.

Mike R. Bondarenko, Baldwin, Wis. "

Comments- and e-mails- like these are far and few between and it warms my heart to get them and share them with you!  It makes me (and others here working on the blog) feel like we're doing something worthwhile.  When I get an e-mail, I take the time to answer and the case of Gary in South Africa, he mentioned in a follow-up e-mail that he was looking for a picture of the station or towers...I did one better, I got him a roadside Google map shot of the facility.  With Mike, I discussed Ear on Arkansas and mentioned the album I received from "Charlie King" (Charlie Scarbrough), KAAY 1967-1969. By the way, Mike, I like the unscoped versions, too...makes me feel like I'm "back there" reliving the good times...especially when I can recline on the lawn on a starry night and listen to Jonnie King, Phil North and others, as well as Clyde Clifford and Beaker Street, in near-real time (evening)!

Speaking of which, we have some "retro treats" coming back, including Ear on Arkansas!  So stay tuned, we're bringing back as much as we can!

Bud S. (

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

KAAY, Wayne Moss, February 21, 1974, Part 2

Well folks, this is the last of the Wayne Moss Collection...and the end of our available audio- UNLESS someone else comes forward with anything else we haven't been able to unearth....

This is Part 2 of the previous post, again lovingly recovered and digitized by Greg Barman and linked by Dave S.

(or download here)

It has been our great pleasure and privilege to bring what I call The Wayne Moss Collection to you.  Wayne was happy and thrilled that he could share with us.  Now, his voice and KAAY will continue to live on in digital format!

Thank you Dave S.; thank you Greg Barman; and thank you Wayne Moss from the bottom of our hearts!

Bud S. (

Monday, January 21, 2013

KAAY Off The Air

According to Doug Virden a couple of days ago, KAAY was definitely off the air, due to water seepage from the bad roof affecting the transmitter.  When I was at the transmitter site almost two years ago this coming April, I could see evidence of leakage from the roof, near the newer transmitter.  This isn't surprising that the current owner is running this once mighty station into the ground...after all, it's all about the money, isn't it?

I have been involved in buy-outs before (non-radio/broadcasting) where new owners do "hatchet jobs" on businesses, refusing to invest in a thriving business, bleeding them to the last penny until they finally bankrupt the business and closing the doors or selling it off for pennies.  I have jumped horses in mid-stream, missing the inevitable and I have had the horse shot out from under me, I know what happens in business.  Too bad, that business ethics no longer apply, that the dollar is their god and jobs don't matter.  Even though we need jobs in America, some businesses are not willing to make the investment to keep businesses going.  Why not feed the goose that lays the golden egg?  No, some would rather butcher the goose and cut it open, looking for a mother lode of golden eggs, only to find there are none...and the goose is dead.

The old axiom, "you got to break a few eggs to make an omlet" no longer apply, in these cases.  Is KAAY destined to die a rotting death?  What a horrible way for a giant, both in history and fame, to wither away.  Can it be saved?  At least made a National Historical Site?  Anyone????

My opinion and mine only.

Bud S. (

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

KAAY, Wayne Moss February 21, 1974 Part 1

Here's another Wayne Moss aircheck, supplied by Wayne and restored by Greg Barman!  Here's Greg's take on the material:
 "Feb. 21, 1974: Wayne Moss mostly untelescoped, 11am to noon. It was a rainy day with severe weather in the area and static-filled reception. There's a 'heavy progressive music' Beaker Street promo for Don Marcus. And, WLS's Lyle Dean with an Energy Update! And at noon, Marvin Vines's farm report."

(or download here)

Thanks, Wayne and Greg!

Bud S. (

Friday, January 11, 2013

Comments & Recordings

Folks, we are ALWAYS looking for comments and e-mails in support of this blog!  Here's one that I found lately in my e-mail:


I grew up in a small town Louisiana MO. I use to listen to Baker St. on your station (1974/75) ever night when I could get the skip. I'm glad to see you are still around. Your station was better than any thing coming out of St. Louis.

Respectfully yours,

Gerald "Jerry" Floyd

Another recent comment was 'way back on a post we made about Ray Lincoln...the anonymous commenter said he has reel-to-reel recordings of Ray and some of his characters.  Please, to the anonymous commenter, YES, we would like digital copies of those recordings so we can post them here for you!  If you cannot transfer those reel-to-reel tapes, we have a man who can do it: Greg Barman.  I'll even pay for the postage to and from (if it is REASONABLE, that is).

Please contact me @ regarding recordings and audio!

Bud S.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

KAAY Wayne Moss, April 1, 1974

"Ladies and gentlemen (boooom!), Wayne Moss!"

This aircheck was made on April 1, 1974.  We didn't want to wait till April to post this one, so here it is in wintry January, but maybe it will get you in the mood for spring!

Here's Greg Barman's commentary about the material: "10:10am-11:20am. Telescoped, though a lot of music left in. KAAY promotes their big power on this aircheck a lot, like the increment-weather promo: 'our 50,000 watt signal will reach out in the increment weather and keep you appraised.' There's a promo for Beaker Street with Don Marcus and a sing-over jingle over the beginning of Olivia Newton-John's 'If not for you'. Note the spot for a Casio mini-calculator, which cost $19.95 back then! Newsguy is Mitch Michaels.''

April Fool's joke here?  No...but maybe so....listen carefully!

(or download here)

This is another tape-to-digital conversion Greg facilitated for us.  I must say, Greg's dedication to preserving the audio of our favorite station is stupendous!  Thank you, Greg!

Thanks also go to Dave S. for his computer wizardry for archiving and linking for us to enjoy!

And thanks to Wayne Moss for offering his library to us!

Bud S. (

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

KAAY, Wayne Moss September 3, 1973 Part 2

Folks, when I speak with Wayne Moss on the phone, his voice still has that great radio pitch and timber!  Here is Wayne again, from his collection, donated for our enjoyment.  This is Part 2 of the previous post.  Again, Greg Barman was able to save the tape(s) and transfer to digital format and Dave S. linked to our archive for YOU, dear visitor, to enjoy these great memories.

(or download here)

How about those great Gary Gears announcements?

Bud S. (