Sunday, September 12, 2021

Another AR Beat TX Bumper Sticker

 Courtesy of Doug Virden, also posted at Facebook:

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Thanks, Doug!

Bud S. (

Friday, September 10, 2021

KAAY Bumper Sticker: Beat Texas


From Doug Virden on Facebook.  He's hoping Arkansas will beat Texas this weekend (9/11/2021).

Thanks, Doug!

Bud S. (

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Walt Sadler, a.k.a. Ron Owens, KAAY


Barry Mac posted this at the KAAY-AM, The Mighty 1090 Facebook page

KAAY-AM, The Mighty 1090

" Pretty sure this would be the late Walt Sadler, who went by Ron Owens on the air. Walt went on to work with several stations in the '70s and '80s, but ended up back at KAAY doing overnights in the '90s."

Others confirmed his thoughts.

Barry had further comments:

" Just to further share, I first met Walt when he was doing news for KLRA in 1985, as David B. hired me part time after the sale of the "old" KAAY. I'm not sure where Walt worked immediately after KLRA (I know he was gone before they changed formats in '89 or '90), but he eventually was hired to do overnights with KAAY in, I think, 1993, replacing another crusty old radio veteran with a good voice by the name of Skip Elliott. Walt stayed with us through the Citadel sale in November of '98, and our move to the KARN building in March of '99. Walt had some health problems not long after that, associated with his diabetes, and went in for surgery to have part of his foot amputated early that summer. I remember talking with Pat Walsh, former KAAY GM, who went up to visit with Walt before the surgery, and he said that Walt told him he was hoping to be out within a week after the surgery. Unfortunately, there were further complications, and Walt died, though I don't recall if it was post-surgery or before he even had the surgery. Anyway, there's a lot more detail in regards to Walt, just in case you or anyone else had some interest."


Thanks, Barry!


Bud S. (

Saturday, July 31, 2021

KAAY Pep Rally?


Neat poster, compliments of Doug Virden, first posted on Facebook...thanks, Doug!


His words: " This is the same area where pep rally’s (sic) for Razorback games were held."

Bud S. (



Thanks to Doug Virden, friend of the blog for this QSL card (front & back views).  They were given to him by the late Larry McDonald...they are blank because they were never filled out for a listener.

"QSL" came from early Amateur ("Ham") Radio days...when operators were communicating via spark gap (now outlawed, due to tremendous noise capabilities!) and then Morse Code, "Q codes" were used to communicate.  Instead of tapping out the entire word, "communicate" or "conversation", one would instead use the code "QSO", with other abbreviations, such as "FB QSO U", which essentially means, "It was great ("FB" meaning 'fine business') having a conversation with you ("U").

There were other "Q codes" that sped up communications.  One of the more familiar communications abbreviations is "SOS" (save our ship), which was used as a marine "Mayday", although not a Q-code.

Radio operators and listeners have collected QSL cards for many, many decades.  These are a verification of reception.  In their heyday, many radio stations would also send out other neat things along with the QSL card, such as bumper stickers and other mail-able items.  But these QSL cards came at a cost!!!  The listener had to correctly note date, time, frequency, program details (music played during the time noted) and any other details.  Sometimes, the listener would (and should still!) include some First-Class postage stamps for freight back to the listener.

Sometimes, the QSL would arrive back in days; I have known some listeners/operators to wait for a very elusive station for YEARS.  Since so many stations are now conglomerates and corporately-owned, many will not QSL, because the radio statin you're hearing in Anytown, USA is streaming material from a studio hundreds or even thousands of miles away.  And that one "jock", whether actually human or computer-generated AI personality, will never see that mail.

Hope is not lost, however; there are still plenty of stations out there who may still have staff on-board who can and still do read mail- it might take them some time, but the wait, in your case, MAY be worth it.  There are still a few shortwave stations who QSL.  If an AM or FM station no longer has actual cards, sometimes a letter from the station manager, engineer or other personnel is still counted as a QSL. 

Have fun!  QSL collecting is still a hobby these days, although not as prominent as it once was...but I still cherish those that I have collected!

Bud S. (

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Joe Leroux, Friend of Pat Walsh, Visited KAAY


Thanks to Barry Mac, who posted this picture on Facebook.  According to the comments:

"I know who this is and he did not work for KAAY. He was friends with Pat Walsh and was obviously a guest.  It's Joe Leroux of the marketing and advertising department at AP&L." per Randi McCoy Evans.  I suppose that was Arkansas Power & Light?

Thanks, Barry!

Bud S. (

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Little Rock Stations Carried Football....


Per Doug Virden, friend of the blog:

"This pic represents all the radio stations in Arkansas that carried Razorback Sports.  I believe most stations just carried football in those days.  It was also free for stations to carry the games unlike today where it costs about $50k a year for football, basketball, and baseball.  KAAY was one that only carried football at that time.  About ten years later KAAY added basketball games.  By then football games were $35 a game to air and basketball was $10 a game"

Thanks Doug, for sending this on!  Keep up the good work!

Bud S. (

Sunday, May 30, 2021

KAAY Ratings, From Mark Larsen


More ratings per Mark Larsen, posted at Facebook, May 27, 2021:

"More Little Rock radio ratings: Here's a GREAT snapshot of the Little Rock radio scene from April/May '75 thru April/May '78. It's from Radio & Records, which published special ratings tabloids every year. While KAAY was already in an upward trend, Spring '78 was a major pop. In radio, we used to say, "the morning show drives the station." When you look at the chunk we bit out of Z98 in the April/May '78 sweeps, it's clear Stinkin' Ray Lincoln was driving the bus! There were more people tuning in KAAY every week (#1 cume) than any other station in Arkansas."


Thanks, Mark!


Bud S. (

Mark Larsen & The Watermelon


Here's Mark's post from Facebook May 25, 2021:

"Still going through old archives & scanning. Found this nugget from 1978 when I hosted the Hope Watermelon Festival! This was shot in the Cottondale Lane control room. "Hey, is that a watermelon in your lap or are ya just glad to see me!?" "

Great material Mark!

Bud S. (

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Anonymous Guy At KAAY


Barry Mac posted this photo on Facebook with the following message:

"I have no frame of reference for this one, though with all the tapes and reel machines, I'm guessing this was either a production room or the news room on 7th Street. Anyone know who the guy is threading up the reel?"
If anyone knows, please let him know at the link above, or me via my e-mail address below...thanks Barry!

Bud S. (

PS: someone revealed this to be Dave Woodman of Channel 4....

Sunday, May 9, 2021

KAAY Ratings Article


Former KAAY DJ Mark Larson posted this article at Facebook:

"I'm in the process of digitizing boxes of career clippings, air checks, etc. Just found this article on the 1977-79 resurrection of 1090KAAY. It's hard to believe that a market the size of L.R. only had 1 ARB ratings sweep per year (spring) back then. This is on the spring '78 ARB.

In the fall of '77, PD Carl Hamilton came down from WROK Rockford, which was just named Billboard Magazine's Grand International Station of The Year -- we beat everyone. He brought most of the staff (including yours, truly for 6-10PM) and stole Ray Lincoln from Z98 for mornings. The result was the hottest, personality-oriented, full-service CHR I have ever been, AM or FM (including B97 New Orleans), and a massive leap for KAAY. A lot of credit also goes to Gary Fries, our GM. He could be tough, but he was willing to spend the $$ it took to re-float the old battleship.
Even though my most successful years were the last 40 here in Tampa Bay, I've never had more radio fun and excitement than the 2 years I spent at KAAY, living in Little Rock, and attending UALR."
Thank you, Mark!  And thanks to Doug Virden who alerted me to Mark's post! 

BUd S. (