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|Mar 31, 04
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.
KWFM DJ 1980-1987
|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
|Apr 7, 04
||Julie Kuhel/Van Loan/McKee
Tim, Thank you for this history of KWFM. Being a 4th generation native
from Tucson and working there starting in 1982 was an honor.
|May 12, 04
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.
|May 14, 04
||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
|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!
|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.
|May 20, 04
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
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.
weekends/middays/research/production February 1982- August 1984
|May 23, 04
What an honor to see my name listed as a former employee. I was only at
the station for three months (I think) at at $350/mo...that's all I
could afford. When my salary was cut to $175/mo. and was billed for
the electricity used to record my "news," I finally got the hint and
left. Short time but major creativity. News isn't fun anymore...it's
downright nasty. Reunion plans? Please let me know...I love Tucson.
|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.
|Jun 16, 04
Where else in 1970 could anyone hear songs like "The Legend of the USS
Titanic" by Jaime Brockett but KWFM? Or anything by King Crimson? Or
"Layla" coming from a cheap FM radio purchased at AMA? Or Hot Tuna's
"Water Song" played at sunset from a backyard patio on a steamy,
post-monsoon-rain summer day?
But I digress. My yellow Datsun wore the stripey KWFM bumper sticker
until the sun bleached it white. Were there any other stations then? Oh
yeah: KTKT. Pop. Shrimp.
Y'all have your memories, I have mine. KWFM was there for so many of
them. Thanks to all.
|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.
|Jul 24, 04
Hey, you folks got my name all wrong! It all started back in 1976 at
KIKX 580, .........KWFM ..... KLPX ..... KKLD .....KUPD ..... KDKB
.... England .. Guam ... and the saga continues!
|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...]
|Sep 19, 04
I found this site while trying to locate any information on the
DJ, Nina Joy. Besides this station, she also was on the FM station
"KDKB" (The early, really cool format KDKB, not the commercial-format
station it later turned into) in Phoenix in the early '
1970's. Does anyone know whatever happened to Nina Joy...???
|Sep 19, 04
I still have one of the famous (infamous?) classic KDKB "Howdy!"
T-shirts. Does anyone else besides me remember them?!
|Sep 26, 04
I had dinner with Nina Joy many years (10?) ago. She was out of the
radio biz and working for American Express at the time. Lost track of
her after that.
I gave her a tape of the Open Forum Program the day after Bill Compon
passed away. E-mail me if you want a copy.
|Oct 27, 04
Hey Cats and Kitties. I love this site. As a former radio personality
in town, I have fond memories of your station, including Sunday night
Jazz. Tucson needs a full-time jazz station again. Long live the
"Great American Art Form."!
|Nov 3, 04
searching google for Nina Joy and came up with this website. I was lucky
enough to grow up in Phoenix and listen to underground radio the way it
should be...KDKB 93.3 FM and 1510 if you AM..as the firesign theatre
used to say during station ID's. never got to listen to Tuscon
radio...but heard Nina and the rest...they definately shaped my
listening styles...and I thank them for that. Nina had the Lost Gonzo's
on one evening and I got to request a couple of songs...I still have
that night on tape...1977ish ....
|Nov 3, 04
PS...oops that's Tucson...forgive me for the mispellin
|Nov 8, 04
Ahh...Tucson. I can still remember listening to the great tunes in
Sabino Canyon with the smell of the creosote bushes in full bloom, and
a beer. Love those days. Thanks for the walk down memory lane. Are
there any stations taking the place of this cultural icon?
|Nov 10, 04
I stumbled onto this site doing a Google search. What a great find. This
brings back great memories. I was born and raised in Tucson and remember
the only radio that really existed then was AM top 20. FM was in its
infancy and had little to offer except 92.9. I remember having a KWFM
bumper sticker on my ’70 Mustang. My favorite Djs were Karen Stern and
of course Bob Cooke. Anyone remember the "Disco Dystrophy Kangaroo
Court"? Bob would select a worthy current disco record and put it on
trial. The inevitable verdict was death and he'd proceed to carry out
the sentence by smashing it to pieces. Classic and original radio. They
don't make radio like this anymore. Thanks for a great tribute.
|Dec 25, 04
KWFM was the ONLY station my big brother and I ever listened to in the
'70's and early 80's. It was the greatest, and this web site has
brought back great memories of the station. I remember one of the DJ's
doing a special segment where a disco record would be "put on trial"
(played) and then destroyed. Would LOVE to hear that again!
Thanks for the 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...
|Jan 19, 05
Howdy and thanks for doing such a great job on your web site! Many
great memories came flooding back. I was very fortunate to have worked
with folks like Brian Miller, Jim Brady, Alan Browning, Bob Cooke, Bob
Bish and many more beginning in 1976. Oh, do we have some stories to
tell when we all get together around a pitcher of margaritas?!
I'm even luckier to still be friends with most of them today. Our hair
has some grey in it, there are fewer of us still around and we now all
have real jobs. But it is a rich experience to relive the crazy days
of life at KWFM before the Empire of the Formats took over.... Before
the dark times. We were considerably more carefree back then.
Thanks a megawatt!
VBW Productions, Inc.
|Jan 20, 05
Tucson really lost a great radio station when the KWFM as we knew it
left us. Bob, we love and miss you...... Radio just ain't the same
without ya. Can't read that from a liner card!
Robert (Foster) Napier
|Feb 9, 05
Hello All; what a welcome site to see the call letters KWFM. My little
sister and I grew up in Tucson, rockin' to KWFM during the 70's, This
was the best station going. My little sister found your site, then
shared with me where you were on the web. We were also able to find an
artist that we have not been able to find anywhere else, by searching
thru your archives. Lo and Behold, we found the album by Mississippi
Charles Bevel, song title "Overheard" in Portland, Oregon and it is on
the way to our hot little hands.
It was great seeing all the DJ's and some of the old local bands names,
Dusty Chaps, Street Pajama. The old Stumble Inn, Choo Choo's, Ox Bow.
Great Stuff. My sister and I will spend hours on your site remembering
days gone by and songs that will never leave the heart.
Thanks for all your hard work, Christy
|Feb 13, 05
I grew up in Tucson and had just got out of the Navy when KWFM went on
the air. Just before I left the Navy I made a quick trip to the
Exchange in Yokosuka Japan and came home with what was then a nearly
unheard of FM Tuner / Amp and killer speakers. KWFM went on the air
soon after I arrived home and sounded great on my system. The station
was informal enough in those days that if you called ahead the DJ's
would usually let you in the studio which at first was about the size
of a large phone booth.
|Feb 17, 05
I am the "little sister" that Christy Price referred to in here in the
I wanted to thank you for this very cool web site. I have had such a
great time listening to the "tune in" portion. I am just going nuts
over this one. Takes me back listening to the lost and found animals
and all the great Audio Emporium commercials. We truly were two of the
most loyal fans and we were so sad when it ended. Tucson radio has
never been the same.
I just did want to share with you... I found the actual album "Meet
Mississippi Charles Bevel" through Craig Moerer Records By Mail. I
just received it the other day. Now, I am totally in heaven.
I also found the original (long) version of Little River Band "It's a
Long Way There" on that site. Of course, these are not out on CD's --
only vinyl. Which is totally cool.
All my findings were thanks to your web site. Looking through the play
lists really helped jog my memory of tunes I had nearly forgotton. When
I started this mission, I knew I wanted "overheard" by Mississippi
Charles Bevel, however, I had no idea what the name of the album was or
that it was made by A & M--- so, with thanks to your web site, and me
doing more digging...after many years... I FOUND IT.
You may want to sometime check out that Craig Moerer Records By Mail
web site, they have some very hard to find vinyl. They may even have
another copy of the "Bevel" :)
Just wanted to say "thanks" and share my findings.
Long time fan of KWFM and native Tucsonan