Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

I like radio-related things, of course!  I can only imagine that Santa likes me so much, he'll bring me radio goodies!

Wait!  Who could this be?

I'm sure after a long shift at the mall, these Santas are enjoying some soothing tunes in front of the Admiral console in the lounge before heading out for the evening!

Nonetheless, we here at The Mighty 1090 KAAY Blog wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Bud S. (

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Other Telephones

(From Doug Virden)

Remember seeing the old black telephone on the blog from the transmitter visit in 2011, there are two other telephones at the transmitter.  The one pictured on the blog then is the 302 model which 1st came out in the late 30's and was in circulation through the 50's.  I'm assuming it was the original telephone at the transmitter.  Barry McCorkindale took it home with him a couple of years ago when he was out at the transmitter.

The other two telephones are still there one is the rotary dial phone we are most familiar with which is the 500 model.  I'm guessing it was added sometime in the 60's.  The telephone was modernized sometime in the 80's with a touch tone telephone,I believe the color of the touch tone is ivory.  Telephone service was shut off at the transmitter building due to leases still be paid on those phones around the middle to late 90's.
The black one sits in the workshop area while the ivory one sits to the right on a shelf as you walk in the building on the top level.
Thanks, Doug!  We here at The Mighty 1090 KAAY Blog appreciate your contributions.  Keep up the good work!

Monday, December 11, 2017

KAAY's New Transmitter

(A bit late, due to my extremely busy schedule, but better late than fault entirely. bs)

"I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, now it is time to start posting again.  The new 50kw transmitter was still in the crate when I visited there in September.  There is an engineering firm from Baton Rouge that will be installing the new transmitter.  Read on another FB page about a month ago that their firm would be there soon to install it.  That company also completed the ground work on the towers.  A new ventilation system was also installed upstairs to keep the transmitter climate controlled.  The building originally didn't have a/c, the heat and humidity would eat the new transmitter up within two years without it.  Remember reading stories about how the old RCA kept the building warm on very cold days and nights.  
The other transmitter is a 5kw backup transmitter, it was sent from an affiliate in Dallas to get the station back on the air a few years ago when water from the roof leak destroyed the one in the workshop area.  The Harris 50kw transmitter installed in the early 80's will be used as a backup.  That is the one with the blue cover in the previous post.  The new transmitter is approximately the same size as the 5kw in the pic and will be placed right next to it."
Thank you, Doug...keep up the good work!
We appreciate those who go to the trouble of contributing; things have been somewhat slow at The Mighty 1090 KAAY Blog and I think we've pretty much tapped out what is out there.  Who knows, there may be someone out there, sifting through their oddball tapes and finding some "new" audio, or finding a shoebox full of memorabilia that they'd be willing to share.
(I know there is more stuff out there, but I have had a hard time convincing people of donating samples for the blog....)
Nonetheless, as bits and pieces surface, we will continue to share them here.  Thanks for stopping by!