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Aug 15, 07 Chris Borden Tucson
 
Kelly-
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.
May 7, 07 Kelly Butwinski Tucson
 
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
hallucinating?
Mar 9, 07 Steve Ochotorena Tucson
 
I was in junior high ( Flowing Wells ) when I tuned in....Lots of great
memories!
Mar 3, 07 Jim Zielbauer Tucson, Arizona
 
I got out of the Army in 1969, returned to Tucson and went to work for
KVOA-TV, camera, vidotape, there were DJs from all of the local radio
stations floating in and out of there working the audio booth, reading
news or sports and making ends meet which is how I first heard about
KWFM coming on the air. We had one DJ from KWFM working the booth but
for the life of me I can't remember his name (TMB/CRS), I do remember
he had a droopy Peter Maxx style mustache and smoked a pipe filled with
latakia tobacco. I had this VW bus with a Blauplunkt AM/FM radio in it
and used to listen to KWFM as I drove back home from work after the
10:30 News. They were the first ones to play the entire Who album
Tommy. So thanks for the site and for jogging my memory cells.
Feb 1, 07 Wendy Korngold Roseman New York City
 
My father Mr. Korngold was the founder and owner of KWFM. He started
from the ground up. It was actually named after me when I was a little
girl living in Tucson. My father has recently died, and I came upon
this website, I just want everyone to know, that his entire life he
never stopped talking about KWFM, and we, his children have the
greatest memories of all the station provided us as young kids growing
up....This is my tribute to my dad, who I loved deeply.....
Jan 29, 07 Scott Richards
 
THIS IS GREAT!!!

I worked 7p-12m at KWFM from 83 to 85 for Jim Ray. I was there on the
day the music died and they changed format to soft rock. Shortly after
I went to KOMP in Las Vegas to work for Charlie Morris. Those were the
best days of my 25 year radio career. Still have the old KWFM Silk
Jacket!

Thanks for putting this together! Great Memories.

Scott Richards
Jan 22, 07 Karol Basel Tucson
 
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
would be!
Nov 22, 06 Tony Evans Santa Barbara, CA
 
Wendy Korngold was a member of my age group swim team in the 70's. On
occasion, she'd show up for practice and say "Coach, do you want a
couple of tickets to the Rolling Stones concert?" 

Wendy, I still owe ya!!! Your family's radio station was one of the
best 'back in the day.' 

The spirit lives on with KPIG in San Fracisco...there are still a few
of 'em out there. 
Nov 22, 06 PJ Anderson Ho Chi Minh City
 
In 1975 Tim Buckley gave one of his last performances at an old roller
rink near 22nd and Kolb (?) which eventually became a furniture store
and who knows what it is now. It was the one concert of the many I had
seen over the years that I still feel priveleged to have witnessed. It
was also the most bizarre because the roller rink remained open while
Tim played. Teeny boppers scrambling all over the place while Tim and
his group performed on a platform with just barely enough room for them
to stand on and with no room to move. It was "bye bye baby" that night
for the 100 or so fans that turned out to see Tim for what would be the
last time.
What I want to know is this- did KWFM have anything to do with bringing
Tim to that show and does anyone remember the show? Email me if you
like.

By the by...I was working as a CSI with TPD the night BC was slain. I
missed getting the call to the scene by a whisker. I'm glad I didn't
make that one. I want to remember him the only way I knew of him...by
his voice. Bob Cooke, in my mind, is still one of the best to host a
show. He was more than just a voice. He had a wit and personality that
most performers only wished they had. Like most young people in Tucson
during the 70s and 80s I only listened to KWFM. The call letters still
roll around in my fleeting mind as if I was still there. In my 52 years
I can't say that about too many radio stations. Living in Tucson in the
70s and 80s it was only K Dub and KUAT's AM jazz station (which was on
from dawn till dusk) for me.

Aside from BC KWFM had some great voices coming over the waves. Allan
Browning's voice was made for radio as was Dave LaRussa's. Anyway,
thanks KWFM for making this web site so an old fart like myself can
relive his golden years. I now feel I can go another 52. Remember,
"Happiness is submission to Vinnie"
Oct 26, 06 Susan Korngold Osherow Akron, Ohio
 
I just wanted to let everyone know my dad Alvin just pasted away October
21, 2006.  He was very proud of KWFM and it always was a big part of his
life.

Susan 
Oct 24, 06 Jan Aufschneider 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.
Sep 14, 06 Tim Forker Brooklyn, NY
 
I remember sometime in 1974 a friend's older brother told us that KWFM
was THE station to listen to, so we did.  I never stopped until I left
Tucson in 1980, but it was one of the things that got me through high
school.  I recall a hilarious pre-concert interview sometime in there
with Frank Zappa (1978?) -- anyway to hear that again?  The station was
better than buying records.
Sep 7, 06 Laura Cooke Qaissaunee New Jersey
 
I can't believe I have stumbled upon a website that brings me so close
to an incredibly important and never to be forgotten part of my
history.  I have been looking for ways of staying in contact with so
many of the site's contributers.  Thanks to those of you who have
posted information and thanks for never letting go of the work and
memory of my late husband Bob Cooke.
Aug 31, 06 Rick Allen Thermopolis, Wyoming
 
After a few years out of the business and some 24 years after being on
the air at KWFM. it's nice to see a legend being remembered.
Aug 30, 06 Lindy Fletcher Tucson
 
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 Kurt Tucson
 
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: kurt@cfa.arizona.edu
Thanks again,
Kurt
Jul 11, 06 Chuck "Wagon" Maultsby Tucson
 
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 18, 06 Susie Snyder San Diego
 
I lived in Tucson from '72-'80 and have fond memories of KWFM. It was a
great part of the music scene in those days, truly a great station. Of
course Janie was my favorite DJ!! Thanks for this site, it's great to
see so many people supporting it! 
Apr 6, 06 Scott Plapp Berwyn, Illinois
 
There were 2 great radio stations in my life during my slightly extended
time at the UA ('77 to late '81), KWFM and WXRT in Chicago (KWFM was the
better of the two.)  It's a shame what's happened since.  Kdub is gone
and XRT is a shell of its' former self (it's now owned by CBS Radio,
need I say more.)  The photos and Tune In To The Past bring back a lot
of great memories.  Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this
site.      
Jan 16, 06 Don Holthaus Upper St. Clair, PA
 
I remember sitting in my parent's house late at night watching channel 9
with my Walkman tuned to 92.1.  Rock 'n Roll picture show was awesome!
Jan 1, 06 Jim Hobby Waldorf, MD
 
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?
Dec 26, 05 Bill Croghan Las Vegas
 
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.
Dec 16, 05 j c livingston tucson
 
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 FJMendoza Tucson
 
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.
Good luck,
Francisco
Oct 28, 05 Brian Thorn The Woodlands, Tejas
 
Great site. This brings back a lot of memories for me from the mid-70's.
I was actually googling for some info on Street Pajama when I found this
related site.
Sep 10, 05 Steve Godwin Tucson
 
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!
Thanks!
Aug 22, 05 Nancy Maness Mesa
 
Got Fogerty's live of "Almost Saturday Night."  I was at Riopelle's "In
the Round" shows at the Celebrity Theater.  Listened to Meighan but
never caught him live.  Saw Jerry Riopelle about a dozen times.  Would
really like to get a line on some Meighan material.

Anyone have any leads or know of who may sell his work???

Thanks!
Jul 14, 05 Jerry Fontes 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
overnight sentinel.

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
in between.


"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"
Jul 8, 05 Luis Trujillo Phoenix, Az
 
Thanks for the great memories that I have been enjoying with all the
pictures and recordings in this site.  I worked from 1975 to 1980 on
KEVT am, wich was a Spanish radio, in the same building and of the same
owner of KWFM, so I knew a lot of the great announcers of KWFM, as we
shared the studios and a lot of good times, both the Spanish speaking
announcers and the KWFM dj's.

Great site, Thanks again
Jun 20, 05 Tamara Thomas Wickenburg
 
I lived in Tucson from 80 to 95.  KWFM was the only thing I listened to.
 What a treat to stumble on your site!

I was actually trying to find any surviving recordings of Street
Pajama.  Anybody know where I can get any or all of their three
albums??

Thanks! And keep on rockin!