Remember the KLUB "Fabulous Five"? Or how about the "Swinging Kay-Pix Six"?
If you are in your late 40s or older, you may recall at least one of these DJ lineups, highlighted on a batch of Salt Lake-radio memorabilia from 1957-66 that came through my e-mail.
Back in 1957, KLUB (AM-570) had Ray Briem, Paul Droubay, Bill Terry, Paul Coburn and Ron Bailie as its "Fabulous Five" DJs. "Love Letters in the Sand" by Pat Boone was the No. 1 record on May 26, 1957.
Will Wright, Bill Terry, Rex Wallgren, Joe Lee, Bob Barnett and Michael G. Kavanagh comprised the "Swinging Kay-Pix Six" on KCPX (AM-1320) back in June of 1966 39 years ago this month.
Lee is retired but still does some radio and TV commercials. Kavanagh, probably the youngest of that group of six personalities, is also still around and living in Sugar House, though he hasn't been on the air for a few years now, last heard on an evening show on KBZN (FM-97.9).
"Lil' Red Riding Hood" by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs was the No. 1 hit record on AM-1320 for the week of June 8-14, 1966. "Red Rubber Ball," "Along Comes Mary" and "A Groovy Kinda Love" were also in the top 40 during that period.
In those days, you went to a record store to buy "singles," which were vinyl 45 rpm records, and you also picked up a list of your favorite radio station's top 40 hits.
Those were also the days when Social Hall Avenue in downtown Salt Lake (east of today's ZCMI Center) housed many radio and TV stations. KCPX, KSL and all the TV channels were there.
We've come a long way technologically since 1966, but in those days it was easier to talk to your favorite DJ on the air or make song requests or even dedicate songs. Radio has lost some of its personal touch during the past four decades.(Thanks to Tom Bock for forwarding this nostalgia to me. Also, appreciation to Ray Graham, a radio pioneer at KMUR Murray in the 1960s, now retired in Hawaii, who gave it to Bock.)
TEN YEARS AGO IN SALT LAKE RADIO KSOS switches to a classic rock music format. . . . KSL talk-show host Bob Lee is mentioned in Time Magazine. . . . KSOS-FM becomes KLZX. . . . Gaylen Palmer of KALL quits his job suddenly.
CURRENT RADIO HAPPENINGS Paul Harvey was dropped from KNRS June 1. Will he be picked up locally again? Stay tuned.
KBYU (FM-89.1) will rebroadcast "Lessons Learned: Preventing Violence in America's Schools" next Thursday. The program, which originally aired April 19, addresses school violence and outlines how schools and families in Utah and across the nation can better protect schoolchildren.
KSOP (FM-104.3) radio will present "Honky Tonk Tailgate Party" on June 25, 7 p.m. at South Ogden's Friendship Park.
KQMB ("Star 102.7") has launched its fifth annual "Summer of 10,000 Tickets" promotion. Go to www.star1027.com for more details. KODJ (FM-94.1) will sponsor the 10th annual "Oldies Fest" on June 18 at Franklin Covey Field. Gates will open at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids. The show will tie into "Dickie and Angel," morning DJs who are in their 10th year, and also DJ "Rockin' Rob," who has been on the station even longer. Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., founders of the Fifth Dimension, as well as Firefall and others will perform at the event.
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