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|Feb 24, 11
FINALLY ! Some history about one the most influential (and early) Tucson
Many of the persons mentioned here I've had
the pleasure of meeting & working with over the
years in and around Tucson/Southern Arizona radio.
Like Jim Brady, I too hung around the studios from time to time but
alas, I was WAY too young but was
still Interested. It's unfortunate that there aren't any air checks to
listen to but . . . the
voices that made KWFM I can remember like yesterday!! My most sincere
Thanks for your web site, & if by any chance I have ANY air checks in
my collection, I WILL DEFINATELY pass it on to here!!
580 AM, 1210 AM, 1080 AM, 100.3 FM
....thanks for the memories, KWFM RULES!!!
|Jan 1, 11
||Frederick H Acosta
I can remember having an FM converter in my car so as to listen to KWFM
radio. I remember listening to one of the original DJ's, Jim Ray, and
immediately became a loyal listener to KWFM. One of KWFM's main
formats/strengths was to take other cuts/tracks from albumn's and play
them over the Top 40 formats by other stations. I first heard and
listened to Dan Fogelberg on KWFM. Captured Angel. I was hooked. What
memories. R.I.P. B.C.
|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.
|May 29, 18
Long time listener in the 70's and early 80's.
Now doing Radio at the Burning Man festival.
|Oct 26, 15
Looking for Gene/Bill Thayer. Back in my Navy days I was a submarine
sailor stationed in Honolulu, and was the "Ship's Entertainment Petty
KPOI was very generous in that they allowed me use of their library and
recording facilities in order to make music tapes for the submarine's
crew music system.
While making a tape one night I encountered Gene Thayer, one of the
"Popular" ones, who allowed me to make copies of some Halloween class
Spooky Tapes made by Gene and Michael Guinn, another KPOI Jock.
Several years ago I found the tapes in my collection of Navy Days
Stuff, and took the time to do some editing and splicing and what have
you and laid the tapes to CD. I wonder if Mr. Thayer or Mr. Guinn would
be interested in a copy of the CD?
The names of the stories are "How I Found Count Dracula" and "The
They are both excellent examples of classic radio drama production
work, with cool sound effects and piles of tongue in cheek humor.
Should anyone know them or their whereabouts, please have them contact
me. Halloween is about upon us and I think they would relish some of
their younger days efforts.
Thanks in advance to anyone who could clue them in and/or contact me
via e-mail, and we can go from there.
E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Regards to all,
George Hutchison - Sequim, Washington
|Jun 18, 15
Lived in Tucson 1980 - 82, remember great station highlighted by Bob
Cooke's tribute to John Lennon when he was killed; have two cassettes
of Beatles music thanks to Bob. Sadly we were still there when BC was
taken from us. Still a sad memory to this day. Long live the memory of
KWFM in Tucson and WZMF in Menomonee Falls,WI.
|Nov 8, 07
Started at the UofA in the fall of 1975. KWFM was my indoctrination to
real rock, reggae, southern rock, and jazz. Oh yes... Blue Dolfin,
KWFM, Sunday evening jazz show. Thanks for the website. It brings back
many memories Despite all the partying, I still remember.
|Mar 10, 05
Wow! What a blast from the past with this web site! I moved away from
Tucson about six months after KWFM came on the air but now 34 years
later when I talk to old friends still in Tucson, "KW" still comes up
as very fond memories.
|May 24, 15
Nostalgic for Tucson. Nice site you've got here. One correction if I
may. You've got a picture in your Gallery labeled "Central Air", which
is actually one of the last incarnations of "The Air Brothers". Left to
right: John Houge, Greg White, Chris Drake, and Dale Caddell.
|Oct 6, 16
I worked as an ad sales rep for KWFM from 1983-1985. Won a couple of
Tucson ADDY awards for the the copy I wrote that was produced by the
great air staff of both KWFM and then sister station KCEE-AM.
In 1983-84, I remember assisting our Chief Engineer (I can only recall
his first name was "Bill") with the installation of the new transmitter
and STL on top of the mountain after hours.
Dan Hicks of NBC Sports (Golf, and most recently 2016 Olympic Swimming)
got his start at KW/KC around that time.
|Aug 29, 04
Far out, truly wild. Hearing the Beatles ID again brought me back to 19.
Hey - I have HOURS of the Sunday night KWFM Jazz Show on fairly good
stereo 3-1/4 inch tape. How do we upload this analog stuff?
|Aug 29, 04
||Zuma Beach CA
What a trip ... this site takes me back to the Naked Pueblo ... the
Stumble Inn ... halter tops ... the best rock and roll station in the
world right there at 92.9.
I remember getting into an argument with the program director - Guy
Zapoleon, who's now a certified radio genius - when they put KRQQ on
He said Tucson in 1978 had the lowest FM penetration in the country
because FM was so bad. I argued that it was low because the only rock
station - KWFM- was too good for the masses.
He looked at me like the populist simpleton that I was.
Hearing the Beatles station ID took me to the back seat of a Datsun
210, waking up one morning in at Gates Pass and listening to the
Beatles during a Tucson sunrise....
[I have several hours of reel-to-reel tape of the KWFM jazz show -
which I loved - from the late '70s. Pls e-mail me if you want a dub...]
|Oct 1, 16
Doug Jaffee's Beatles ID lives! Tune it at noon Pacific time Saturdays
and Sundays to 97.5 FM in Malibu, or online at kbu.fm or
|Jun 6, 05
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.
|Jun 24, 04
I'm still a close friend of Jane Snyder and know Perk pretty well. I
used to hang at KWFM with Janie in the good ole days and remember
several live interviews that took place at the board. What great
memories. (I'm not saying anything here Janie!) It was a tribute to
Jane that years after, when she would visit Tucson and the station
would give her courtesy air time, guys would still send her roses and
chocolates. We remember her airtime well. What a good time we all had
in those years. KWFM was the only radio station worth listening to
then. I moved here in 1972 and met Janie that first month. What good
fortune. Thanks Lee and everyone else for putting this together. I
look forward to more photos and some stories.
|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.
|Oct 24, 06
||Panama City Beach, Florida
I just happened upon alot of familiar names looking at your web site. We
lived in Tucson from 1972-1984. I managed Creations on 4th ave. from
around 1973-1979 and Larry Sotosanti was my ad salesman. I knew Bob
Cooke, John Shook and alot of other people at KWFM. What struck me
while reading some of the entries was the entry from Laura (Lau) Cooke.
That time was something that will never be erased from mine and my
husband Mike's memeory. Thanks for the memories.
|Jun 11, 04
Thanks to my dear friend Lee Dombrowski for e-mailing me this site! I
was happy to be a part of KWFM during the greatest years, and a pioneer
woman jock in the good old days. I will be happy to dig out some old
playlists and send them in...I see you have perhaps the best photo of
me that was ever taken! I keep in touch with Lee and Matty
Siegel...would love to hear from the rest of you.
|Nov 30, 15
||Bakersfield, CA (formerly Tucson)
I am so sorry to hear about Nina Joy's passing. She was an inspiration
and a role model for me. The world of radio has lost a great one.
|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.
|Jan 23, 11
Since the reunion show Dec. 19, 10, I've made it a habit to listen in on
my youth. Brain theory currently attributes the olfactory wiring across
certain neurocenters to make the scent of a cookie bring us back to a
day in 19-whatever, but I swear, listening to my k-dub on this site
transports me aurally in the same way.
Just the Mark Young Dec. 9 "74 aircheck with Blind Faith's "Can't Find
My Way Home" makes me visualize the Jack in the Box on old Speedway as
I sat talking to the clown ordering a great greasy taco at 1 a.m., on
my way home to Catalina Garden Apts. a couple blocks north at Pima and
Jerry, across from Al-Anon, and 2 Circle K's.
Keep this site up!
And, uh, thanks, man !
|Jul 14, 05
||Chatham, New Jersey
I remember KWFM as a listener. I remember how its DJ personalities
molded my and others' exposure and our taste of Rock n' Roll music
while coming of age as a teenager in the late 1970's. KWFM was an
integral part of the freshman student experience at The University of
Arizona in the late summer of 1978. Everything felt so new including
what emanated from the stereo speakers in our dormitories, the
fraternity houses and apartment dwellings.
Was it Tucson's "Golden Age of Radio"? I believe that it was. KWFM
was one of Tucson's first tenants on the mysterious FM dial, a frontier
that demanded the eclectic and creative. In the fall of 1978, KWFM was
voted the 9th best radio station in the country by Rolling Stone
magazine. KWFM comforted us through the deaths of Keith Moon and John
Lennon. It introduced Tucson listeners to "Punk" and "New Wave".
Before cable and before all night local television, KWFM was our
How can one relive the entire KWFM 70's and early 80's? We must build
a spaceship that can travel faster than radio transmissions. We must
catch up to all those fleeting signals of the music and the warm voices
"I like to dream yes, yes, right between my sound machine
On a cloud of sound I drift in the night
Any place it goes is right
Goes far, flies near, to the stars away from here"
|Mar 28, 08
Desert Dwellers REJOICE! It's the weekend!
Wow. What a blast from the past (75-83). Thanks. Anything that's Rock
and Roll, Midnight Album hour. I STILL haven't found anything that
comes close to KWFM.
|May 18, 04
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.
|Jan 1, 06
WOW, what a cool find. I was a loyal listener from 72 to 79 when I moved
away. I still got that old bummper sticker on my tool box.
In 79 the station was giving away 3 albums if you were the 9th caller,
got the bumper sticker with the albums.
I to was checking the web for following groups: Street Pajama, Chuck
Wagon and the Wheels, Saddle City Band, & The Frank and Woody Show.
Anyone know if you can get their CD's if there are any?
|Nov 1, 15
||Jim Owens III
Amazing to see all these pictures of my parents (Jim and Donna). My
father taught me an appreciation for music that fulfills my life to
this day, and by 15 I could convincingly agree why Aja is superior to
Gaucho; however, my father might disagree. He passed in 2001 and he is
missed dearly. I hope these pictures remain up for a long time.
|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
|Mar 31, 04
||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
|May 15, 04
||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!
|Mar 14, 12
||Charleston/MT Pleasant SC
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