Monday, November 12, 2018

Marvin Vines

Thanks to Barry McCorkindale, a.k.a. "Barry Mac" here, comes a beautiful picture he posted on the "KAAY AM, The Mighty 1090" Facebook page.  He's guessing the picture was taken in the late 1960s.  Any takers, any information?

Thanks, Barry!

Bud S, (

Monday, November 5, 2018

Another Keith Parish "Ray And Ram" Aircheck

Here is another, good un'scoped aircheck of the "Ray and Ram Show", dated 12/8/1980, with Ray Lincoln.  It aired on KAAY (AM) and KQ94 (FM)...the last one in the line-up.

Once again, Greg Barman cleaned things up very nicely!  This aircheck taped the segment of approximately 9:34 to 10AM and is a second over twenty-seven minutes long.  There are an interruption or two, no problem with tapes this old!

It sounds like maybe Wayne Moss on a Toyota/Volvo commercial about 5:30 in the recording, followed by a commercial for the new Bloom County comic and other comics in the Arkansas Gazette.

Fifteen more shopping days until Christmas, on this broadcast...Ray was trolling for gifts...!

Who was the announcer for the Bozo's Toy Shop and The Athletic Department?  Any idea on the Rice-A-riffic commercial?

Steve Cook read the news and weather at 15:31 in the recording, reporting on the Iranian hostage crisis, among other things.  I don't remember this newsman, does anyone have any info on him?

We are SO glad Keith Parish could share these with us!  Thank you, Keith!

Bud S. (

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A "New" Halloween Treat!

I have been a (very) amateur astronomer for many years, very avid in my boyhood, laying out in a grass field, looking at the stars, planets and constellations.  My interest has resurfaced a few years ago, with the help of a friend and I have enjoyed my new-found hobby once again.  The Witch Head Nebula cannot be seen with binoculars or small telescopes, that I know of, this image was taken by the Hubble Telescope.  I found it while searching some images and thought some might appreciate this image, just in time for Halloween!

As per NASA's website: "...this reflection nebula associated with the star Rigel looks suspiciously like a fairytale crone. Formally known as IC 2118 in the constellation Orion, the Witch Head Nebula glows primarily by light reflected from the star."

Oh, the beauty of the skies!

Bud S. (

Monday, October 22, 2018

Keith Parish "Ray And Ram" Aircheck

Here is another Keith Parish contribution!  This one is of Ray & Ram...I know we've mentioned this "duo", but I don't remember us having an aircheck here on the blog!

This one is marked May 14, 1980, from about 9:35 to 10AM and aired on KAAY (AM) and KQ94 (FM).  You can still hear some "artifacts", but Greg Barman, our audio specialist,cleaned it up quite well.

There are a couple of interesting commercials, so hang on!  I wonder if Acme Brick is the building supply division of the company that the Coyote ordered his goods from?  The news lady was Linda Johnson about 16:45 through the recording...was this her real name, or a radio name?

There was mention of "the hostages are still being held...what are YOU doing to get them released?"  Jimmy Carter was president at this time.

This is a good long, continuous aircheck (just like some of us like!) but with a few gaps (forgivable, on long un'scoped airchecks), so sit back and enjoy!

Thanks to Greg and Keith!

Bud S. (

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Death-Knell To AM Stations?

Thanks to Doug Virden for getting this to me...this doesn't look very good: Bud S. (

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A Halloween Pumpkin Kit Of A Different Kind

I was searching for something on the web totally unrelated to this, and came upon a Velleman Halloween Pumpkin Kit.  Id's for those who are interested in building electronic kits or those who are looking for something different for their decorations:

Cheap & easy!

Bud S. (

Monday, October 15, 2018

Taped Audio Bits From Keith Parish

Hi, folks!

I met Keith Parish via the Internet- and I think he found me via this blog.  Well, he found some old tapes in his mother's closet while he was doing some cleaning up.  Some were in fair shape- he did some repairs and we got them to our audio specialist Greg Barman, who did the digital transfer, clean-up and archival.

These audio bits appear to have Wayne Moss himself on them...seems as if this tape was marked "1975 77", which may be the years.  They appear to just be audio checks of KAAY i.d.s and a nice Coca Cola commercial.

Isn't it amazing how these and other tapes have survived?  My hats off to Greg and Keith!

Bud S. (

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

A Little Piece Of History

I gleaned this from the Mighty 1090 KAAY page on Facebook.  The original query from Barry Mac was, who were these people?  I think it was settled that this was Pure Prairie League, with the lady in the middle with the mic being Yvonne Day, an overnight news person on KAAY back in 1978, when Russell Jones got there.  Word is that she's working in Denver now.

Thanks to Barry Mac for this picture and to Ron Pitts for the identity of the folks and lady.

Bud S. (

Friday, September 28, 2018

Doug Virden's VW, All Decked Out!

Here is my 1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle ready for football season.  It's a shame the Razorbacks aren't doing so hot right now.

That's a sharp Bug, Doug!  My favorite color, too!

Thank you!

Bud S (

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Bumper Sticker From Richard Robinson

Thanks again to Richard Robinson for this bumper sticker!  I lament the fact that so many farmers are doing such a thankless task.  So many uninformed people think that meat and veggies come "from the c\grocery store" and have NO idea how to grow their own food, or where it comes from.

Having a farming background myself, I appreciate the farmers of America.  I have farmed beef, and later in life, had a huge garden...which lay fallow, after my hiatus awhile back while having to work two jobs.  But I still know how to grow my own food (and will get back into it this next season, since I am down to one job!) and appreciate those out there who work so hard to feed us.

Bud S. (

Sunday, September 23, 2018

"A Night To Remember"

(Hi, folks!  Here is an account of Professor Richard Robinson's experience at the latest KAAY get-together!)



On Friday, June 29th, I left my current home in Martin, Tennessee, headed for Little Rock, Arkansas. While Arkansas will always be my true home, my primary purpose for returning to "The Natural State" this time was to attend a special event. Dubbed a "Celebration of the Mighty 1090 KAAY," this promised to be a night to remember. My travel agent had booked me a room for one night at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Little Rock. I arrived around 4:00 p.m. and checked in. The hotel, I’m happy to report, turned out to be an outstanding property, with an incredibly friendly staff and impeccable accommodations.  

After unpacking and settling in, I texted one of my best friends, Sonny Rhodes, to let him know that I had made it safely to town. We had planned to have dinner together, prior to the event at 7:00 that evening. Sonny and I were in journalism school together at what is now The University of Central Arkansas, back in the 1970s. Both of us were influenced heavily by one of the most premier journalists ever to come out of Arkansas, J. Dean Duncan. Both of us had careers after getting our bachelor’s degrees, Sonny in print media and for me, it was radio and public relations work. Sonny earned his master’s degree in journalism from Ole Miss and I obtained a master’s in journalism from The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and later a Ph.D. in mass communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. After both of us enjoyed media careers, we turned to teaching. Sonny began teaching at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2001 in the Journalism Departent, the same year I joined the Communications Department at The University of Tennessee at Martin. Currently, Sonny Rhodes is an associate professor of journalism at UALR and I’m a professor of communications at UT Martin. We have remained great friends all these years. 

Sonny and his lovely wife Julie, picked me up at the hotel and we drove to the restaurant called "Sticky Fingerz Rock and Roll Chicken Shack" for dinner, before we crossed the street to the Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theater (no relation to me) on River Marked Avenue. The food and the beer were great and the company was even better. We had a wonderful dinner and visit.  

Just before 7:00, we walked into the theater. Admission was free, although I would have gladly paid to be at the event. The theater is modern and clean. As an old theatre manager, I tend to notice these things! The moderator for the panel discussion was Tom Wood, a longtime radio fixture in Little Rock, although he never worked at KAAY. The panel included Dale Seidenschwarz, a/k/a Clyde Clifford of "Beaker Street" fame, David B. Treadway, the seventh Doc Holiday for KAAY, Matt White, a/k/a Sonny Martin, Barry McCorkindale, a/k/a Barry Mac and Bob Steel, a/k/a Michael O’Sullivan. Bob Robins was supposed to be on the panel, but we were told that he couldn’t make it, due to problems with arthritis. The audience was asked to keep him in their thoughts and prayers. 

Frankly, I was a bit surprised by the size of the crowd. The theatre was essentially full, with an estimated 300 people in attendance and that isn’t a Chamber of Commerce estimate. The people that showed up were there because either they listened to KAAY or they had heard of KAAY. There were even some children present, who had obviously heard of "The Mighty 1090" from an early age.  

For nearly three hours, the crown heard from these icons of broadcasting, each one delighting the audience with stories, jokes and wonderful recollections about their time working the "The Friendly Giant." When it was over, we didn’t want to go home and neither did the panel.  

During the panel discussion, we were given a lot of information about our beloved KAAY. Did you know the name of the first song that was played on the station? It was "Baby Elephant Walk," aired continuously for 24 hours. The name of the background music/sound effects for "Beaker Street?" Originally, it was the dream sequence from the motion picture "Charade," by Henry Mancini Later, the selection was "Cannabis Sativa," by Head. Clyde Clifford talked about "Beaker Street," of course, but also his other duties at the station while he worked there. David B. Treadway, who has a most incredible memory, told several stories and added to many of the others. Matt White (Sonny Martin) discussed the experiences with morning radio on "The Friendly Giant." He informed us that while he was and is a morning person (he’s still doing mornings on another station in Searcy, Arkansas), Bob Robins was not. I think you could say that about a lot of early morning radio personalities. My motto has always been, "The early morning radio show you do for free; they pay you to get up early!"

Barry McCorkindale added his comments. Barry was one of the last employees to work at "The Big K" before it "Went to God," as Clyde Clifford is quoted as saying. Barry has spent many hours digitizing old tapes that were found at the transmitter building at Wrightsville. He has also been a big factor (along with Bud Stacey and others) at keeping this blog site and the memory of KAAY alive.  

When it came time for Bob Steel to offer his insights, he did it in the form of several stories. Bob Steel is another dear friend of mine, whom I have known since we were in college together. Bob was another one of those many "Dean Duncan disciples" at UCA whose influence inspired us to go into the world of journalism and elsewhere. 

For those who don’t know him, Bob is one of the best storytellers and funniest people I have ever known. He had the audience in stiches with his stories about George J. Jennings, Jerry Pitcock and more. It was rich. One story was about Jennings, who meant to use the work "tentacles" at the end of a newscast, prior to dishing it over to Steel, who was going to read another report live on the air. But, Jennings said "testicles," instead. Everyone on the panel that night had much to offer. The entire audience was enthralled, so say the least. The only thing missing were the audio clips of programming. The clips were ready, but there just wasn’t time to hear them! However, I don’t think that anyone felt slighted in the least. The final treat capped off the night perfectly. It was Barbara Rainey accompanied by Buck McArthur, who played and sang one of the great staple songs from the "Beaker Street" program, which is "Cindy’s Crying." Although it has been a few years, and many of us are much older now, their voices were in full form. For a few minutes, we were all young again, listening to "The Big K" and "Beaker Street." It was magical. 

Based upon the crowd and the feedback, it’s been suggested that there be more of these programs about "The Mighty 1090." I know that I would certainly like to see that. KAAY is now nostalgia, fond memories for us; and we all love those memories! Because of people like Bud Stacey, who through sheer force of will, has maintained this blog site, and many others, who have kept this extraordinary station alive on social media, owe a great big thank you to all of the people who made the night possible. It was truly special. I certainly hope there will be more sessions. If so, I plan to attend them, if at all possible. This one was truly a night to remember.

Richard C. Robinson

Martin, Tennessee

(Thank you, Richard, for that nice report!  I wish I could have been there...BS)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

TV Digest Page From 1946 Re: KTHS

Thanks to H. W. Duncan for this golden nugget!

"Here is a page from TV Digest 1946 indicating that during it's attempted move to West Memphis, KTHS also filed for an FM License."  Credit for this file goes to American radio History:

Thanks, Hollis!

Bud S. (

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

More CALS Celebration Pictures, From Doug Virden

As per Doug,

" are some pics from Friday night.  First is Big John Miller who works at the Butler Center kicking things off.  He has all the reels Barry Mac has restored.  Second is the panel of speakers from left to right Clyde Clifford, David B. Treadway, Sonny Martin, Barry McCorkindale, and Bob Steel.  Bob Robbins wasn't able to make the event and he was truly missed.  Third, is moderator/emcee Tom Wood, his background is he came to Arkansas from Peoria, Illinois in the late 70's to start up a new radio station called MAGIC 105 which went on the air the following summer.  I'm sure Tom listened to KAAY in Peoria.  Barry also worked at MAGIC 105 on the weekends in the 90's in addition to KAAY.

Thank you, Doug!

Bud S. (

Friday, July 20, 2018

KAAY CALS Celebration Pictures

Sorry I've been dragging my feet on these, folks, there has been that four-letter word impeding my fun: work....

Here is the McDonald family:

From left to right: Pat McDonald Hardwick, Lynn McDonald, Nancy McDonald Rinehart, Cindy McDonald Terrazas, Larry McDonald.

Thanks to the McDonald family for posting this picture on Facebook!

I'd posted this cartoon awhile back that I forget where from, maybe Larry's Facebook, too:

No doubt doing that family afternoon thing on a Sunday after lunch: window shopping!  How many years has it been since we've done this?  Too many, as stores have gone to an inner mega-big box format.  I miss the old small town stores...

More to come!

Bud S. (

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Nerwspaper Column Regarding The KAAY Celebration

Thanks to H. W. Duncan:

The reports are just now trickling in...

Bud S. (

CALS Ron Robinson Theater Celebration June 29, 2018

From Larry McDonald's Facebook post:

"My brothers, sisters and I attended a celebration of KAAY radio at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater Friday night in Little Rock. Our Dad, Felix McDonald was the Chief Engineer at the station for over 50 years. KAAY was a huge part of our lives growing up. — with Lynn McDonald, Nancy McDonald Rinehart, Cindy McDonald Terrazas and Larry Mcdonald."

More to come!

Bud S. (

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

KAAY Memories From Keith Parish

"Thank you Bud, for all the work you and the others do on the blog. I had listened to KAAY growing up, it’s hard to really pinpoint my earliest memory; earliest I can recall would probably put it around '72 or '73 which would've put me at 5 to 6 years old. I arrived at that from songs I distinctly remember hearing played on KAAY, Elton John's "Honky Cat", Stealers Wheel "Stuck in the Middle" among many, many others.  I know I went through several transistor radios and no telling how many batteries. I would listen when I went to bed and was supposed to turn it off but I seldom remember ever doing that, most times I would fall asleep or the batteries would go dead. 

I’m  quite sure some of my listening was Beaker Street I just don’t have any distinct recollection of. KAAY was the ONLY station I knew of that played the whole "Rockford Files" theme single, one of my all-time favorite shows, and "one more for the road...." Boz Scaggs "Lido Shuffle" would wake me up so I could listen. Sometime along the way I got an upgrade, my grandpa got me a portable 8-track player with a detachable speaker and an AM tuner.  I got a portable cassette recorder when I was probably 7 years old, most if not all were recorded off air with a mic, from that radio, I was very careful to try and produce quality recordings (not sure if I achieved that).

As I got older I began to pay more attention to the DJ’s and other air staff. I can remember my mom introducing me to Ray and Ram, she didn't care much for rock'n roll, but she liked his morning show, to which I was immediately drawn to. At some point like many others I moved on to FM, found KLAZ, KKYK and KLPQ- Q94, and reintroduced to Ray and Ram when they would do the morning show simulcast, probably around 1980. I would sometimes almost be late for school wanting to listen just a little bit longer to see what Ray would do next!

I was in my early teens but still a kid not thinking how things would change, if I’d known about the changeover of KAAY in 1985(I was in 10th grade)  I would probably have recorded all of the last day, as I recall my dad showed me an article in the state paper about it after the fact. I had originally wanted to get into radio and ended up not pursuing it as that my life and work took me in a different direction.  Looking back even behind the scenes or technician would've been ok too.

I have always loved music and the radio, still do. I think because unlike TV I could be doing other things and focus my attention on other things but yet it was still there. I miss the way it used to be, we are fortunate we have two stations in nearby Clinton, AR (3 if you count the FM translator) that are locally owned, KGFL AM 1110 5kw daytime only, and KHPQ 92.1 FM, they are for the most part satellite fed, with some local programming. But the owners and families are deeply involved in the community. 

There’s probably more, sometimes reading on the blog will trigger memories for me and I’ve gotten where I try and either write them down then or do a note on my phone or iPad.



(Great memories, Keith!  By the way, Keith has found some tapes he's repairing, we should have some audio for the blog in the coming months!  Thank you, Keith!  Bud S.,

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Remembrance of ReelRadio founder Richard Irwin (From Greg Barman)

Hey all,

As some of you may know, Richard Irwin (aka "Uncle Ricky") passed away on June 6 in Sacramento CA.  He was the founder, administrator and tech guru behind, likely the highest-quality paywalled radio aircheck site on the internet.  He had been in declining health for several years. He shut down his site a few months ago to deal with his health, and seek someone else to run it. 

But no one else could run it, not the way he ran it.  His standards were obsessively high.  It went beyond that airchecks had to be good technical quality.  He edited them to his own satisfaction, and even used an audio processor to present them on the site.  He wouldn't allow Mp3 versions of airchecks.  He stuck with the RealAudio format, which was cutting edge back in the day but no longer.  He knew UNIX to run the system that hosted the site, and did all the paperwork and payments associated with licensing and other legal requirements.  Who else would or could handle all of that?

He fought an impressive battle against the mighty RIAA in 2014-15.  The RIAA had cracked down on him for running untelescoped airchecks, claiming it amounted to being a streaming music site.  Irwin contended that Reelradio was a museum site, not an on-demand music site.  Irwin dropped the unscoped airchecks for a while and changed his site significantly to comply.  Behind the scenes, he obtained legal help.  Then, one day the site returned back to normal.  The unscoped airchecks were back with no further explanation.  I called him up to congratulate him, and I asked if he could share what happened.  He clammed right up, and wouldn't say a word.  That made me wonder if he so successfully embarrassed the RIAA that they made him sign an NDA to make the problem go away!  If the RIAA had prevailed this may have prevented others from posting unscoped airchecks elsewhere, so I'm glad that Irwin was a fighter.

He could be cranky too.  He insisted that contributors shared their airchecks exclusively with him.  I incurred his wrath one time when I shared one exhibit elsewhere.  His site was pirated endlessly by people who took the airchecks and posted them elsewhere, often for money.  He blames the piracy for the decline of his subscribers.  In reality, it's impossible to avoid theft on the internet.  Plus, there are other (and free) aircheck sites.  And, it's aging demos -- the audience that appreciates this kind of radio history is shrinking. 

So, hundreds of high quality exhibits are lost, possibly forever, unless his estate or the ReelRadio board members find someone to host them.  I have many exhibits there that I will now post elsewhere, most likely the Facebook groups "Radio Jingles and Airchecks", "Chicago Radio Timeline", "I Love AM Radio", "The Broadcasting Club", plus "The Mighty1090 KAAY Blog"  and maybe others.  

LA Dailynews columnist Richard Wagoner posted this remembrance:

And ReWound Radio's Allan Sniffen has this audio tribute:

Greg Barman

Monday, June 4, 2018

Wayne Moss aircheck - May 23, 1972

Here’s an aircheck of Wayne Moss on KAAY, doing afternoon drive in 1972.   Years ago I posted this elsewhere, on a paywalled aircheck site, and I promised the owner that I wouldn’t post it anywhere else.  That site recently went under and likely not coming back.  So now I have posted it here -- on the site where it truly belongs!

I got this aircheck from a fellow I met in 1975 on my first-ever fulltime radio job.  It was at WMYK(FM), licensed to Moyock NC but targeted toward the Norfolk VA market.  It broadcast from a few trailers at the tower site, just south of the NC/VA state line.  This guy was a guest of either the station PD or owner and I dubbed the aircheck from him.  He said he knew Wayne Moss and he regaled me with lots of KAAY stories.  The only one I remember was how KAAY arranged for interns or part-timers to work for competing stations, and learn about their upcoming promotions.  Then they would tip off KAAY so the Big K could counter them with even bigger contests and promotions.  Young spies!  Did KAAY really do that?  I don’t know, but it was a great story.

About the aircheck – It covers just over one hour, telescoped from 3:27pm to 4:30pm on Tuesday, May 23, 1972.  There’s a heavy spotload, LOTS of commercials. Only once do you hear 2 songs back to back, at the top of the hour.  There are several political ads, with an Election Day coming up 1 week later.  Mary Donald has the news at :55 and :28.  The big full sound of KAAY really impressed me ever since I heard this aircheck. 


Greg Barman

(or download here)

Friday, May 25, 2018

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Skunk Festival, Jan. 1973

From Facebook entry by Vickie Hahn Wyeth:

"The Skunk Festival, Jan. 1973, in Little Rock. War Memorial Stadium, I think. It was in honor of Loudon Wainwright III's hit song, Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road. Loudon was there, and the other guest was Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders. And people brought pet skunks. This photo is of Sonny Martin and Mark."

Thank you, Vickie!  She was prompted by Doug Virden to send this to me, and I was alerted on Facebook.  Thanks, Vickie and Doug, for alerting me!

Another piece of history revealed!

Bud S. (

Friday, May 18, 2018

Celebration of the Mighty 1090 KAAY

Blog friend Doug Virden is hosting a "Celebration of the Mighty 1090 KAAY" at CALS Ron Robinson Theater on June 29, 2018, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201.  The event will take place at 7PM.  For more information, see the Facebook page:

Wish I could go, but other life events are taking place that I must take care of....

Thank you, Doug!  Send plenty of pictures!

Bud S. (

Saturday, April 14, 2018

From Doug Virden: Valerie Pruitt Info

As per Doug Virden: Valerie Pruitt, chairman of Youth Home's annual Eggshibition fundraiser....

Something for the KAAY blog, started out as a news reporter for KAAY.  If my memory serves me correctly she was there on the last day reporting the afternoon news.

(There may be a survey pop up, just click "skip survey" for the article.  Thanks, Doug!  Bud S.,

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Clyde Clifford For Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

Folks, I have heard from "moparjeff" several times about starting something like this and it looks like things are maybe taking's his e-mail to me:

"We have a good following going on Facebook to get Clyde Clifford in the RRHOF.  There are almost 300 people liking the idea.  I have been encouraging them to write letters to the nominating committee, although I don't know how many of them have, but I do know it's a good number of them.  From the research I have done, this appears to be the best way to make this happen.  The award Dale (Seidenschwarz) would be eligible for is the Ahmet Ertegun Award as a non-performer.  The recipient of this award is chosen by a subcommittee of six people from the main nominating committee.  The nominating committee meets in September.  The address is: The Nominating Committee, Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, 1290 Avenue Of The Americas, New York, NY 10104. 

I have been sharing the blog address whenever I can.  Please feel free to share this on the blog.

Your KAAY Beaker Street friend, Jeff"

Thank you, Jeff!  I wish all the success to you and the fellow nominators out there!

Bud S. (

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Staunch Allies Get A Shout Out. (David B. Treadway on Facebook)

KAAY's night signal rolled right over Satsuma, Alabama, where it swept a young Bud Stacey into the ozone. I never knew he was out there until years after the station was sold away to the Christians. He and some friends put an excellent blog on the 'net, entitled mighty1090kaay (link below).  (David B. inserted a link to our blog in his Facebook post- thanks, David B.!  bs)

If you're still a fan of the station, I highly recommend you give this blog some of your spare time!

It's done from a listener's viewpoint, though insiders check in from time to time. It gives a perspective that we did not get on the air--and it's got everything about the station. It also links back to the late AJ Lindsey's (Doc Holiday #2) blog, which is another treasure in itself.

Very belated thanks to Bud, Greg Barman and Dave Schmidt and all others who are keeping the legend alive.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

KAAY Signal Restored

In an e-mail from Doug Virden:

"The nighttime directional signal for KAAY has been fully restored after nearly 15 years.  The nighttime signal had to be cut back because a power plant was built a mile away from the towers right in the directional signals path.  This forced the signal to be reduced from 50kw to around 17kw at night.  According to Barry McCorkindale this led to a significant loss in revenue.

Two-thirds of the revenue the station brought in was from the nighttime signal.  There was a higher rate charged during skywave hours.  Once the nighttime signal wasn't coming through anymore the prime revenue started leaving.  More revenue left when the station was off the air twice for weeks.  There are currently less than 30 ministries still on KAAY, once revenue is lost its doubtful its coming back.  I believe it cost more than twice of what the current yearly revenue is for the station.  From my understanding it was either restore the signal or turn in the license and shut down.
     I'm sure the company is going want a return on their investment.  Keeping the status quo with programming won't cut it.
A couple of ideas for programming would be to move the sports talk station to KAAY or block all the ministries that are left into the late night and overnight hours and play 60's and 70's music for the rest of the time.
There is now FM competition on the religious front in Little Rock.  Salem runs three stations in Little Rock one is a full time religious block station where a lot of programs that were once on KAAY went, next is a Contemporary Christian music format, and a conservative talk station.  Younger listeners will go to these stations for that type of programming.  Another issue is the ministers that have time on KAAY are getting older and there is NO younger ones coming in to take their place."
I tuned into 1090 this morning, there was a good strong signal.  Good job!  Thanks, Doug!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

We get comments....

A lot of people read this blog, and they leave comments to the postings.  But to see the comments, you have to click on the "comments" link at the bottom of a posting.  Lots of comments are still being added to popular posts from years back, and there is no way that anyone is going to check all these older posts for new comments.

So, for the next few weeks, we will be relisting comments that have been posted over the past year.  The comments have been lifted from the blog's "dashboard," and they aren't formatted all that pretty, but at least you can read them.  Each comment is documented with the name of the post where it was attached, and you can jump to the posting by typing the name of the post in the search box located at the upper left corner of this web page.

We hope that you will enjoy the info and memories contributed by our readers.  (Also, the last comment in today's batch contains a nifty link that takes you to a dropbox account of collected Beaker Street audio files!   By the way, Bud S. has some leads on new Beaker Street audio, which he is trying to track down.  We'll let you know....)

Finally, a comment about comments:  our blog uses Blogger (run by Google) for its postings.  Blogger is great for presenting essays, audio files, etc., so that the blog becomes a history or archive on its topic.  This has worked great for documenting the story of KAAY.  But it makes comments secondary (otherwise, Blogger becomes Facebook).  So, we will stick with Blogger and do a bit of extra work to flush out your comments.

Here's the first batch --- click on a comment to see it in a larger type font.

---Dave S.

Monday, January 29, 2018

KAAY Question

This, from Bill in Las Vegas:

"Years ago, I found online somewhere, a bunch of playlists (not the mp3's, just a copy of the paper list) for Beaker Street. I think there were some from maybe 1966 and 1967. I cannot find them anymore. Have you seen them anywhere?

Las Vegas, NV"
I sent Bill a reply and I'll be looking into it; in the meantime, anyone know where these playlists might be?  I believe, if memory serves me correctly, that Beaker Street actually started in November 1967....

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Beaker Street Tribute

Happy (belated) New Year, everyone!

Without further delay, here is some information from blog friend Doug Virden:

" A radio show paying tribute to Beaker Street is on for an hour every Friday night.  The show airs from 9-10pm on radio station KCCK 88.3 FM in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and hosted by John Helm.  The station is run by Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids and is a non commercial station funded by donations.  They specialize in Jazz music and have a blues program following the Beaker Street Hour.  If you are outside the area, you can go to the station's website at and hit the listen live button.
You can also listen through the tuneinradio app on your phone just search "kcck"."
Thanks, Doug!  Usually by that time, I am dead to the world, after a hard week; business is booming in my industry.  I suppose this is Central Time, as well.  I will have to make an effort to stay up and listen!