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|Oct 21, 18
Just found out today (Oct 2018) about Margie Rye. Deepest sympathy.
Spent the rest of the day reflecting back tot he 70's & 80's. She gave
me an Tucson and a year at KUPD Phoenix many years of good rock and roll
entertainment. Back before internet I would tape her's and KWFM radio
shows an play them back when working up in Springerville pretending it
was the radio. I just loved it when Margie would host concerts. Margie
you were an original.
|Jun 26, 11
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
|Dec 26, 05
CHeif Engineer of KWFM (KCEE, and later KRQQ and KNST) until 1985 just
before the sale to SFX which became CLear Channel. Great times and
places. I worked for Behan, American Media and Prism.
|Aug 24, 05
Nice site. I appreciate the historical significance of such sites,
especially with regards to the evolution and current state of radio
today. Indeed, kwfm was born in the true spirit of radio, a rarity
today outside of free-form college and pirate broadcasts. kwfm's
influence on myself and friends who grew up to be musicians was
invaluable. To this day i miss the old FM delivery, typified by voices
like Bob Bish (when I hear todays "radio personalities", zingers, and
obnoxious production thats when I reach for my revolver). It was my
observation that the station changed pretty heavily after about
1977-78, playing more toward standard hit formats. Its interesting to
me to read others' comments that post-1978 could be considered "the
golden age" of kwfm (I wouldve considered 1970-76 the golden age of FM
in general). Unfortunately my interest in commercial radio waned around
the time time krq and klpx appeared (78?) as the competition seemed to
breed less creative air programming (and my music tastes went
underground where they've remained ever since). But thats just me.
Thanks for a wonderful site. And thanks for having a hand in the
evolution of radio. kwfm was great (especially the jerry's audio "album
of the week" on weds nights where you would even give us time to cue up
our cassette recorders! boy, try that in today's ridiculous anti-music
sharing corporate atmosphere).
p.s. and for those of you "longing for the past", good radio is far
from dead. In fact, webstreaming makes it easier to access than ever.
Check the streams of wfmu, kzsu, wnyu, kfjc, kexp, wkcr and others.
|Jun 19, 07
||Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635
So, where ya' been since they made an offer y'all couldn't refuse? I'M
FROM THE SEVENTIES. . .remember those days when music was something that
Suzette could ask you to play 'in the dark'--and you could? . . .And
$Penny Lane$ was not 'THE WAY'? Remember?
|Jul 4, 13
Was working in Tucson from 1975-1980. Loved that
station, been none like it since. Grew my interest for alot of new
music and boy was there some good music in that you all invited us to
|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!
|Dec 15, 17
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.
|Apr 16, 16
Used to hang around with Dave Gordon in the mid-70s. Left town in '77
to report for daily newspapers. Retired in 2013 and moved back to
Tucson. Would love to track Dave down. Anyone know where he is?
|Sep 29, 10
||Florence, AZ and Birmingham, England
Was a Pills fan and Billy Clone and the Same. What happened to the band
members in The Pills, does anyone know?
|Jul 29, 15
My start was at Chicago's WYEN in 1973. I'm still on the air at WKOA
Lafayette In. Several of our personalities have spent time in Tuson.
I'm glad you have kept the memories alive.
|Jan 1, 10
||Los Angeles, CA
Hello...I lived and loved in the 70's in Tucson and I am searching for
any info on the band.... Air Brothers with Paul, drummer, Chuck Surface
and Donny Roberts, etc......????
What happened to them???
Flash from the past and so many happy memories and the best music
|Oct 26, 09
Holy smokes! I was there for the Lee Dombrowski, Jim Hardy, Nancy
Wilson, Jim Ray days. And I worked with lots of the alumni at KTKT/KLPX
too. I went to Denver with Hardy and later Lee then moved east to Prov.
RI market. I saw Hardy in San Francisco about 15 years ago. We had a
great visit. And where's Kimberly Craft? I saw her in Boston in the
80's. I'm practicing law now but KWFM has my fondest of memories.
|Dec 28, 04
||Warsaw, New York
I was looking for Margie Rye and found your website... My sister Toni
Nichols worked in the offices of KWFM until her death nearly three
years ago... the names I saw here were familiar from hearing her talk
about you all like "family"... I love Tucson, and still hope to move
back there one day...
|Apr 28, 12
Truly a great station! Remembering staying in the car - even after
arriving at your destination- to finish listening to Hey Jude or Layla-
played in their entirety, of course. Miss hearing all kinds of music and
|Mar 7, 05
What ever happened to Streeet Pajama. They were the best Tucson band
ever! I have not heard Screwed Again in ages. I remember seeing them
at The Embers, Westward Look, and I think a place on 1st Avenue called
Noni's. That was way back in '82. Mikey King was great and Merle was
just too cool. If anyone remembers this great band email me at
choicekten at aol dot com.
|Feb 3, 06
If one radio station ever existed that pushed musical boundaries KWFM
was the ticket to every type of genre. Bob Bish kicked and so did Doug
Jaffe with whom I lived in 1974 at Euclid Terrace Apartments, went to
UofA until 1980, now married with 3 children, my long association with
"electronic" music and those concerts at the Night Train on 4th Avenue,
saw Randy Hansen, The Dregs, Asleep at the Wheel... is owed to the staff
at this remarkable station.
Great I found this website....
|Aug 6, 06
||Chuck "Wagon" Maultsby
new e-mail and website ....stop by sometime
|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, 16
Just heard the awful new that "Doc" Dennis Alvord passed away today in
|Oct 4, 09
It's so gratifying that this music and time in our lives will live on -
captured here. And what a treat to read notes from fans of the old
K-dub. That was a magic time. Thanks to Dave LaRussa and all who
contribute to make this site possible.
|Apr 25, 13
Hi there KWFM folks!! After decades sitting in a closet, I have
transfered nearly 60 photographs I took during my KWFM years
(1974-1980) to disc. I'd like very much to share them with all of you,
as most have never been seen except by a few close friends. Someone
please tell me HOW to get them onto this website. I can't seem to find
out how to accomplish this task. Help. It'll be worth it...wait and
see. Thanks alot, John Shook
|Nov 14, 06
||Panama City Beach, Florida
Both smiles and tears seeing this site..... I met Bob Cooke at a KWFM
party in 1977 when I heard someone say "blah blah blah...Union, NJ."
I turned around and said "who's from Union?" There was Cooke, after we
exchanged names we found he graduated Union High with my younger
brother and I graduated with his older brother. (His DAD was the
principal of Union High during my time there). An instant bond was
formed. I hung out at the booth many night's with Bob and always felt
special when he would say "Hi, Bob Cooke....AND FRIENDS...here at
KWFM" Many, many very good times with him at the station as well as
off work. His death was not only a tragedy for his friends, family and
fellow workers, but a loss for Tucson and beyond.
This has been a very enjoyable trek down memory lane being some 25-30
years ago. If anyone wants to talk about old times, I'd love it.
|May 26, 05
Wow! This site is soooo freakin'cool! Hearing those old Bob Cooke
airchecks brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for doing such a
wonderful job of preserving the memory of this great station!
P.S. Keep an eye out for "High and Dry" the documentary which I
co-produced about the Tucson Music scene which features interviews with
Dave LaRussa and other Tucson air personalities.
You can get more info at www.highanddrymovie.com
|Jan 6, 09
I came to Tucson from northeast Missouri in the Summer of '72. I was
stationed at DM, working at the hospital. It didn't take long for me to
discover KWFM, and my radio stayed tuned to it till 1977, when I left
KWFM introduced me to a universe of artists I had never heard of, and
probably wouldn't have if not for their outstanding crew and
Sometime in '76, KWFM simulcasted a concert by Tom Waits. I mention it
because I didn't see it in the history, and it was a really good show.
KWFM also introduced me to the National Lampoon Radio Hour, whose cast
included John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Michael O'Donahue, and other folks
who went on to The Not Ready For Prime Time Players.
I can tell you for sure that KWFM kept a lot of lonely serviceman far
from home company on a lot of nights, and I was one of them. Thanx for
a lot of great memories and music.
|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
|Jan 19, 16
What a pleasure it was to learn of this site! Remember the daizz of
KWFM well, miss em a lot! Thanks to John Jolly for sending this my