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May 20, 04 margie rye Tucson
 
Talk about a time warp..what a wonderful site.  KWFM was truly one of a
kind, because of the people who were there and the music that we could
play.

I'm a 2nd generation radio person; my dad and aunts and uncles were in
the biz in the way old days.  But moving to Tucson, it was Bob Cooke
that said "hi, you have a great voice"..dragged me into the production
room, Jim Ray said "o.k., we'll give her a shot", and 22+ years later I
can't get radio out of my system.

Thanks to Jim Hardy, who called me his "baby d.j." and gave me my first
taste of major market radio at KBPI, Denver, and Lee Dombrowski, who
wouldn't let me quit when I threw a hissy-fit!

I have tapes I need to share, being a wife and mommy to two beautiful
boys, finding time to xfer my stuff to c.d./mp3 is a challenge, but I
promise to come through!

Tim, you're great, thank you for giving us this site to share a unique
time in radio.

Margie Rye
KWFM
weekends/middays/research/production February 1982- August 1984
May 18, 04 Jim Hardy Denver, Colorado
 
I arrived in Tucson in mid-August 1981 as the new General Manager under
the new Sandusky ownership.  Lee Dombrowski stayed on as General Sales
Manager, Jimmy Ray was Program Director, Jim Owens was Production
Director.  It was a "magic" time for me in my 36 year broadcast career
and I reflect on it often.

Thanks for putting it all together.  
May 15, 04 Jim Ray Mt. Peasant SC
 
My daughter Colby found the web site.  A treat for her to see the old
man in his aviators and his partners with their members only jackets. 
Tell your kids to look at it and respond...

Tim, you have done a great job putting this together.  We need to
recognize the UNSUNG HEROS of KWFM. THE SALES & SUPPORT STAFF.  Back in
the day people like Larry Sotosanti, Lauren, Chris, Julie, Linda, Sue,
Tom, Jennie, Dave, Regina Barndt, Nancy Wilson, (and a ton more that I
can see their faces but can't recall their names) helped PAY THE RENT! 
The owner at the time shall we say was a bit "frugal".  When we needed
something for the station these guys went out and made it happen for
us. We didn't always agree but they loved it as much as we did.

Larry Sotosanti was the original Herb Tarlick (WKRP)  this guy made
sure we all had free pizza and beer trade somewhere.  Larry was the
originator of the "Blues Brothers" look-a-like contest that went on for
weeks and helped us get "off the dime", so to speak.

People like Joe Crystal  not part of our generation but put up with us
 will always be remembered.  (He had a great collection of Bolo Ties,
Mexican Wedding Shirts and Kachina Dolls.)

Then the "BIG GUY" Jim Hardy came along with the corporate strcture
that would eventually put KWFM in the money making column.  We didn't
agree with the structure but we accepted it and he brought the "TEAM"
to the table. Thanks Jim.

Thanks again for the site.  Lets fill it up with memories!  
May 14, 04 Colby Lou Mt Pleasant SC
 
Jim Ray is my father!  Crazy but true!  Seeing him back before I was
born is nuts!  With the aviators and members only jackets, he was the
badass :)
May 12, 04 Karen Stern Philadelphia
 
What a kick!  I'm having a little trouble concentrating at work today as
I just discovered this webpage. I keep looking at the pictures and
remembering how I felt 25 years ago when they were taken...knowing that
Bob and Jim aren't with us any more...knowing that I missed the reunion
and haven't seen the rest of you in that long...and still being in
radio knowing how much things have changed!  What an amazing time of my
life. Thank you all for being a part of it.
Apr 7, 04 Julie Kuhel/Van Loan/McKee Mesa
 
Tim, Thank you for this history of KWFM. Being a 4th generation native
from Tucson and working there starting in 1982 was an honor. 
Mar 31, 04 Jim Ray Mt. Pleasant SC
 
Watching this site come alive is very exciting.  While I was in Tucson
in February I ran into many people that still have great memories of
KWFM.  I have listened to the tapes from that time and it is amazing
just how good that station sounded.  Holy cow, we knew how to have a
party.  50 ounce pitchers of beer for 92 cents at the Outlaw!  The
people that worked on the air and manager Lee Dombrowski made it click.
 If anything was ever a group effort, KWFM was.  I will be sending all
my memories to Tim to share with others.  There's not too many days
that go by that I don't have a great memory about my time there.  While
listening to the tapes I got chills listening to Bob Cooke and Jim
Owens.  Great friends taken away from us way too early.  They would
love this site.  The KWFM Birthday party at Reid Park, Lee Dombrowski
and I met with Jim Ronstadt who asked us how many people we thought
might show up.  We smiled and said "if we're lucky about 1500 or so." 
Well, 10,000 people showed up and Mr. Ronstadt was not happy with us at
all.  What a blast!  The number of artists that dropped by KWFM studios
to do interviews  the names are many and there was always a "Party on
the Patio"!
Mar 31, 04 Chris Ryan Tucson Arizona
 
Wow...what a tribute to a great time in our lives, both as professionals
working in radio, but more importantly, as people who LOVE MUSIC!  Those
were the days when DJs were creative, when we could meet to discuss what
songs on a record would be best to play. No computers.  No consultants. 
OLD SCHOOL BABY!  Thank you for putting this site up, and I will be
making audio and video available.  Remember the Frank Zappa interview? 
I've got it on tape! KWFM rocks Tucson...my first radio gig and a great
place to cut my teeth.
Chris Ryan
KWFM DJ 1980-1987
Mar 14, 12 Jim Ray Charleston/MT Pleasant SC Anchorlineadvertisington.com
 
Wow, been a long time since I commented on th K-DUB site.  Amazing how
many familiar names have popped up.  What's more amazing is that this
once powerhouse radio station is still engrained in so people's minds,
we can't forget that part of our lives, I know I sure can't.  The years
I worked there and the friends I made and still have will be with me
forever.  Thanks Tim for doing this site and thank all of you for
remembering.
Oct 18, 04 Andy Taylor Tucson barryandandy.com
 
Awesome Website! Thanks for a Historical tour of Radio here in Tucson.
Working with Margie and some of the others I am certain we've only
heard the tip of the iceberg when it comes to some of the stories out
there of "the ole days" Thanks again for the site.
Dec 15, 17 Bob Jones Tucson bobj.us
 
It is with deep regret I sadly post the passing of Margie Rye (Wrye).
She was on of the KWFM originals. Sadly she passed away yesterday
December 14, 2017. I do not know the cause yet. I a hoping you can
setup some sort of tribute for her on this website. If you need to
contact me, you have my email. 
Dec 15, 04 Bob Meighan Phoenix bobmeighan.com
 
Great work you guys. How I miss this kind of taste. I'll always remember
my friends on that station and that period. Thanks for giving us this
reminder.

Bob
May 18, 10 Chris Drake[Fabulous Air Brothers,Rock Doctor, Roy Raisin] Portland, Oregon Chrisdrake.com@gmail.com
 
Hi everyone,

Looking back on KWFM and those days ...it was amazing how the station
really helped promote local bands.
Those memories of the desert are still dear to all of us that were
there.
Today, the Air Brothers and Rock Doctor are almost never mentioned at
all yet we lived there many years.
If you're interested in The Air Brothers  Band, Rock Doctor, Roy
Raisin, then please contact Chris Drake at Sphinxtricity@gmail.com. 
I'd love to get back in touch with friends.

Thanks for everything...Chris
May 17, 10 Chris Drake [Fabulous Air Brothers,Rock Doctor, Roy Raisin] Portland, Oregon Chrisdrake.com@gmail.com
 
Hello To All Old Friends From Tucson.
May 16, 12 Tom Metz (yes! that's right!...L'il Tommy Metz Oceanside, Calif haven't go one
 
Geez Louise!!! They just cannot make a Radio Station like KWFM was in
the 70's-some of the 80's.  Bob Cooke was the Greatest!!!!  We had alot
great AM conversation. R.I.P. Mon Ami!!!
Lived in San Francisco in the mid 80's to mid 90's KFOG was like KWFM
but couldn't and never could be like FM in the 70's.
I live in Coastal North County San Diego and we have a cool local
Station called Sets 102,  But I like my music via satellite. Too bad we
cannot "beam" all the Greatness of the 1970's KWFM into  Space and back
to Earth. It's the Back to Earth that hards!!! Thanks to whoever put
this together!!!  My Brother Jim was in a few of those great bands we
had around town back then!!! Adios Muchachos~ Tomas
Jun 26, 11 Bill Ray Ocean Beach http://billraydrums.com
 
Wow, I wish I had been in Tucson at the time of this station! My
girlfriend used to work at Shipwreck Kelly's and would watch a band
called "Central Air, of whom she just turned me onto. 

What's the backstory on those guys? What an awesome group! Thanks
again!
Oct 8, 16 Marketing Analyst New York http://datananalytics.com
 
An amazing time machine - I can not stop browsing the playlists and
remember the times...

Thanks for this!

Chill
Oct 14, 07 Kevin Cherokee Village, AR http://geezininarkansas.blogspot.com/
 
Holy Shee-yite!  Came across this site purely by accident.  Almost
brought tears to my eyes!  I moved to Tucson in '63 from northern MN. 
I worked at Choo-Choo's from '71-'75-ish.  I was Doc's housemate
(w/Gary Murray) on Waverly & Shag worked w/me, then took my spot as
mgr. when I left for NoCA.  I was in Tucson a few years back & didn't
recognize it.  My family lived up near Ina/Oracle when it was out of
the city.  God, I loved Tucson!  The Shanty, all of those bars up &
down 4th Ave, PocoLoco.  I've retired from IBM & MGM/Mirage in Vegas
now living in the stix in the Ozarks -- peaceful & beautiful.  PS.
Where's Jon Millar now??
Apr 20, 06 Slick Tucson http://groups.yahoo.com/group/slickshow/
 
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.

(Street Pajama)
I need a copy of "I'd Rather Smoke Butts Than Kiss Them"!!!...
Jun 12, 04 Slick Tucson http://krq.com
 
I came to town in 1980:  worked at KIKX, KCUB, and KCEE...listened to
KWFM.  When I heard that "we" (Behan Broadcasting) had purchased KWFM,
I was hoping for a shot at a shift.  I got one...AFTER the format had
changed.  Be careful what you wish for...
Sep 22, 10 Tim Warden Tucson, Sonora http://las-solanas.com
 
Hey everybody!  Looks like Jim Ray is coming to town for a visit and
that means KWFM staff reunion!  Mark your calendars for November 6th
and contact me or Margie for the details.  Looking forward to seeing
you all there!
Jun 15, 10 Tim Warden Tucson http://las-solanas.com
 
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.
Mar 29, 04 Tim Warden Paris, France http://las-solanas.dyndns.org
 
As a teenager, I grew up listening to KWFM. It was easily the best rock
station in the area, and Tucson's only FM stereo rock station. I'm
pleased to be able to offer this tribute site and hope you will enjoy
browsing it.  Please take a moment to sign the guestbook. If you have
any airchecks or memorabilia, we would love to hear from you. Cheers.
Jul 4, 04 Soso Pool http://ms-directory.org
 
Hi, 
A great site. Thank You
Jun 14, 10 Doug Noyce Tucson http://shaaz-sibes.org
 
I had the privilege of working with KWFM in the glory days of Tucson
radio.

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
studios.

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!
Jan 30, 07 Josh Tucson http://tucson-labs.com
 
This is an awesome site and great resource to the community.  Thanks for
all your effort!
Dec 9, 06 Sally Milo Tucson http://www.going1nce.com
 
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!
Dec 19, 10 Tim Warden Tucson http://www.las-solanas.com
 
Thanks to Margie Wrye, Cool 1450 and Clear Channel for putting together
the KWFM 2010 Reunion Special.  It was a captivating hour and a half; a
trip down memory lane!  (...if you missed it, you can listen to it at
your leisure here on the tribute website...)

Happy holidays, everyone!
Jun 6, 05 Harry Gorrell Bixby Oklahoma http://www.las-solanas.com/kwfm/guestbook.php
 
I am very thankful to KWFM for all the great memories especially those
Friday nights out off of Houghton Road in the back of my truck, I can't
remember all the girls names but I can what was on my radio. And then
there was Saturday Nights cruising Speedway, KWFM was a lot more than
just a radio station it was a way of life for many of us. Thank you for
all the great memories.
Harry Gorrell
Oct 25, 05 Jim Parks Tucson http://www.myspace.com/jimparks
 
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
moment.