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|Nov 4, 10
The blue glow of my Pioneer receiver in the middle of the night with the
best music ever to come across the airwaves. Still remember
Springsteen's version of "Fever." Awesome. Great site here, thanks.
|Nov 4, 10
Glad to hear about the reunion!
I worked with Perk Clark (who is out of town this weekend) on print ads
for the station for the Tucson edition of New Times in '71 and '72. I
miss the station!
I have been a cartoonist for the Tucson Weekly since '87.
|Oct 6, 10
In 1981 or 82 KWFM partnered with the U of A Flandrau Planetarium to
present "Cosmic Radiance" the first locally produced full-featured
laser light show ever done there.
The show opening was a panorama of the Tucson skyline with an orange
setting sun, under which the KWFM logo letters faded in. The sun set as
the panorama faded out and then the letters faded out as the music
I remember going to the KWFM studios every week with an arm-load of LPs
to trade for the LPs for the featured artist for that week's show. We
mixed the show in a small studio in a converted closet covered in
carpet by the planetarium loading dock then took the tape into the
theater to add the visual effects.
I can still see the images from 'Dark Side of the Moon' in my minds
eye. (We certainly played that show a lot!) One of the best points of
Thanks for this web site's trip down memory lane.
|Jul 14, 10
I started listening to KWFM in 1974 while cooking breakfast and lunch at
Dorado Country Club. Listened to Mark Youngs morning show and called in
requests alot. He had us over for a party at his apartment. Was sorry
to hear the next year he died. I'm listening to his recorded dec 1974
show as I type this. This is a great idea and brings back great
memories from a time long gone by. Thanks.
|Jun 15, 10
Doug, that "Street" something would be Street Pajama, and you can find a
song by them in the "KWFM On The Air" album, posted on this site under
the "LIVE!" tab.
|Jun 14, 10
I had the privilege of working with KWFM in the glory days of Tucson
As Opti-Graphics Visual Productions I was tasked to videotape KWFM
music events, like the recordings of the Westwood Studios live
Homegrown Hour sessions, with Central Air, Bob Meighan (sp), Dusty
Chaps, Jerry Rhiopelle and others.
I also taped the fabulous KWFM 10th Anniversary bash at Old Tucson
Working with the FM greats like Jim Ray, Lee Dombrowski (GM) and 'The
famous Jim Brady'. We had some cool 'parties' too!! (sniff! ;-)
Anybody remember Mud Wrestling with MODA? Remember that? Choo-Choos? It
was on 'PM MAGAZINE' with Martha Vasquez, sponsored by KWFM!
Tucson is not the same without this station and these talented people.
I would love to find some of the albums that were created during these
sessions, and if anyone has a setlist for the KWFM 10th Anniversary
bash, I'd love to have it!
There was a local band, very talented, with a very HOT female lead
singer... what was her name?? The band was 'Street' something..,. GAWD,
I hate getting OLD!! Help me out here folks!
|Mar 18, 10
||D. PEARSON AKA Super Dave
Just came across your Bob Cooke tribute page. Man I still miss that guy,
talk about the day the music died! Thank you for this site and for not
turning your back on Tucson's true rock heritage. For those of you who
never had a chance to tune into the greatest rock station that the west
will ever have sorry you missed it!!
|Feb 12, 10
You guys were the greatest station ever. Tucson isn't the same without
|Nov 7, 09
||John Des Portes
Listened to KWFM...nearly...from the beginning. Played a lot of gigs
hosted by KWFM and of course went to a lot of concerts promoted by the
station. A GREAT radio station and a great time in Tucson. And, after
all of this time, I still have my hair!
|Jul 26, 09
Just stumbled on your site. What a trip down memory lane. I was born and
raised in Tucson and was a disco hater from the get go. My wife of 28
years still remembers me listening to kw back then. I had forgotten
about the Dixie Dregs. Got to go find my cassette. Thanks again.
|Nov 27, 08
Hey Eric, howdy K-Dub fans,
Yeah, the site has been waaaaay too quiet, and I guess I'm the culprit.
If it weren't for this pesky day job, and all the other projects... I
can't even find time for ripping my vinyl collection...
So... Thanksgiving resolutions... -1- Don't eat too much. -2- Start
updating the site.
I've got a few great photos from Douglas Grant and Jim Ray to add, as
well as a few more RNRPS's to edit and add... and we're still hoping
to get some more goodies from Karen Stern, Jim Brady, and Bob Bish.
(Airchecks! More Airchecks!)
In the meantime, I've just posted a good year's worth of guestbook
entries... been holding out on y'all -- when they used to post
automatically, we had too many problems with imbeciles adding spam, so
I had to start posting them manually -- a royal, but necessary pain.
Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving, everybody and keep it here on 92 KWFM,
|Aug 29, 08
Before there was KWFM, there was KTKT. Be sure to check out the KTKT
tribute website at www.ktkt99.com
|Oct 28, 07
Hey, come on over and take a look at the great new KTKT tribute web
Relive the great old days of Tucson radio at www.ktkt99.com!
|Aug 15, 07
You're absolutely right.
I too remember some of those days.
(Before shit got weird)
Wonderful memories tho.
Signed- A fellow stoner
P.S.__ I believe one of the first engineers KWFM had now owns a few
radio stations around these parts -
www.kcdx.com for inquiring minds.
|Aug 8, 07
I thought I'd been taken back to Washington, D.C., when I first heard
Bob Cooke on KW. He reminded me of Cerph, an amazing radio talent at an
amazing station back in DC's Maryland suburbs (WHFS-FM in "Beth -ezzzzz-
daah" Maryland.) He even sounded like Cerph. And, like Cerph, Cooke cost
me a hell of a lot of money. I'd listen to his show and just have to buy
a new "album," something I'd just heard on his show.
Of course, he wasn't the only talent on KW. I just connected more with
him because he reminded me of Cerph and WHFS. The KW staff was
I don't want to be an old fart, but I truly feel bad for my kids and
the other younger people who never got to experience radio "made" by
people with great ears and not some tin-eared MBA with software and a
pile of data. Don't get me started.
I'm thinking if Global Warming raises sea level enough the KW survivors
can set up a pirate radio station in the deep water just outside the Ajo
Reef in the Dire Straits of Bob Cooke. Maybe we can hire Margie as
Captain of Music. And yes, there should be plank walking and keel
hauling every afternoon during drive time. Request lines will be open.
|May 7, 07
From my recollection, in the beginning, KWFM was a mono station that was
on the air 12 hours per day. I believe the broadcast day began with the
tolling of the church bells from the song "Black Sabbath" from Black
Sabbath's first album. The broadcast day ended with a very
psychedelic/energy charged (or was it the "white lightning") version of
"Let's Get Together" by H.P. Lovecraft. Is this correct, or was I
|Mar 9, 07
I was in junior high ( Flowing Wells ) when I tuned in....Lots of great
|Jan 30, 07
This is an awesome site and great resource to the community. Thanks for
all your effort!
|Jan 22, 07
I remember with great fondness KWFM. There has NEVER been a rock radio
station anywhere I have travelled that has rivaled the variety and
quality of KWFM. I sure wish the DJ's were still on the air now,
spinning tunes just like they did back in the '70's. What a blast that
|Dec 25, 06
KWFM. One of the true original community based radio stations. Real
People, Good music, support of talent and local involvement in the arts
and music scene. A lot of stations now claim to be "Community radio"
when all they are is just a soap box for a political agenda. They need
to take a look at one of the great true community radio stations, KWFM.
I miss KWFM dearly. Times change and when they do some of the best
parts of life become a cherished memory.
|Dec 9, 06
How fun! KWFM was MY station! How I loved listening to Bob Cooke on
Saturdays - he had the silliest sense of humor! I recall one year when
Mikey King (of Street Pajama) sent Bob a Christmas card to "the second
funniest person in Tucson". Ah, the good ol' days!
|Aug 30, 06
Lived (and just 're-lived') through a lot of this history and memories.
I was girlfriend/wife (now 'ex') of DJ David Slavin (mid 70s). Listened
in many nights (he worked midnight - 6 am slot). Like so many have said
before, thanks for the memories! Interesting to see old articles and
photos, my how we have all changed!!!
|Aug 26, 06
Hey, awesome site. I was too young to be able to enjoy this station,
but I wish to God I had been there!! I wondered if anyone knew where
to find a copy of Bob Meighan's albums, or anything by Rock Doctor? If
anyone knows, let me know at: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Aug 6, 06
||Chuck "Wagon" Maultsby
new e-mail and website ....stop by sometime
|Jul 11, 06
||Chuck "Wagon" Maultsby
Bill Cashman (producer of the ON THE AIR) album told me about this site
and I'm sure glad... it's disturbing how much I'd forgotten, but this
site refreshes the memory! The names, images, playlists... the whole
era was a hoot and a half! How cool it was that one station would play
Alice Cooper and Pure Prairie League then John Couger and then Charlie
Daniels in the same hour..... that does'nt happen much anymore..... and
bless everyone at KWFM for the way they supported the local
musicians...... and to all who experienced the CHOO CHOO's, STUMBLE INN
era, isn't it nice to still be alive!!!
|Apr 20, 06
I arrived in Tucson in 1980...never got a chance to work on this
frequency when it was that format...I loved the station and, when it
was on the air, listened to it more than those I was working at.
I need a copy of "I'd Rather Smoke Butts Than Kiss Them"!!!...
|Dec 16, 05
||j c livingston
I listened to KWFM from the time I was 12 years old (1973). The
station opened my mind to so many types of music. It wasn't just rock
being played, but a free, open format. Bruce Springsteen's version of
"Fever" was a song often played and the one that sticks in my mind as
being an example of the quality of music airing at that time.
|Nov 4, 05
I was also looking around for Meighan and Riopelle music not too
recently (within past year) and dropped by PDQ records on Grant in
Tucson. Browsing through the old vinyl sections, I found several copies
of their albums; picked out all the ones I was missing. You might have
similar luck at Bookmans too, they have used records. I wish they had
recorded more material.
|Oct 25, 05
I started listening to KWFM in 1972 as a snot-nosed 12-year-old. It was
a revelation. No hype, album sides, DJs that sounded like real people.
It was like anti-radio. My only complaint is that I once requested
Black Sabbath and was told you had burned all their albums. You
weenies! It was probably Brady I talked to on the phone. Most
memorable: KWFM used to play new albums in their entirety on Sunday
nights. One evening in 1975 I heard Patti Smith's *Horses*. I had never
heard anything like it before (and probably never will again). A sublime
|Sep 10, 05
What a blast to find this site. I was the graphic designer and part
owner of a small alternative paper in Tucson from 1978-81 (Tucson Nite
Times) and we did a lot of work with Lee & KWFM. In fact, I put
together ('designed' might be too strong...) the Dave LaRussa "Anything
that's Rock & Roll" ad seen in the web gallery. Strangely enough, I was
also the "Dan Ackroyd" that won the Blues Brothers contest (also
featured in the gallery). All of us at the paper listened to KWFM
exclusively and we worked closely with them on a number of promos. I
still have a stack of our old papers around here somewhere so I'll dig
through and see if I can find any other print nuggets for the site.
Like the family-owned FM stations, our alternative paper was one of the
independant, funky papers of that era that ultimately led to the
corporate owned "alternative" papers that came later. Great work!