Dick Biondi

Dick is one of the immortals of rock and roll radio broadcasting.  I listened to him on WLS 890 in Chicago in the early 1960s as WLS had one of the strongest signals on the AM dial at night in Casper.

When I visited southern California in the mid 1960s I again heard Dick on KRLA in Pasadena.

I met Dick at WLS-FM on October 1, 2008 and it was great to meet him and share of my memories of the highlights of rock and roll.

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KCBS-FM

From September 1972 until July 1977, I was one of the three engineers producing and maintaining the equipment at KCBS-FM in San Francisco. During that time, the station used the IGM 770 automation system to produce the on-the air programming.  A DEC PDP8E 12-bit computer was used to control the programming as well as to prepare the music and programming lists.  It used a 2 and 1/2 megabyte disk on a 14 inch platter to store the data.

 

Ken Ackerman

Ken started at KCBS in 1942 when he moved to the Bay Area from Sacramento.  I met Ken in 1972 when he worked at KCBS-FM and I worked on the FM side.  When I considered looking for a home in Marin County, he suggested Cole Jackman who sold me a home in San Anselmo close to Ken.  I have been in San Anselmo ever since.

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Ken Ackerman and Alan at the Broadcast Legends lunch, September 2005.

KUWR

I was one of the first Broadcasting majors at the University of Wyoming. On September 14, 1966, at 4:00 p.m. I signed on the campus radio station KUWR-FM for the first time.

This was our logo during the late 1960’s.  The FM was 10 watts on 91.5 MHz. and in the dorms, the signal was provided on carrier current on 660 AM.

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I managed KUWR for two years in 1969 – 70.  Almost all of the programming was originated locally in the studios in the tower of the Student Union.

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KATI

My second job in radio was as the morning disk jockey at KATI – 1400 on your dial, in Casper, Wyoming.  I signed the station on at 5:00 am and played country and western music until 7:00 and then left for school at Natrona County High School in Casper.  Then back on the air from 5:00 pm until 8:00.  It was a great way to make some money and learn a skill while going to school.

 

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When I first worked for KATI, the studios were at 314 North McKinley Street.  In late 1965 Pat Meenan built a new studio at 1400 KATI Lane.  Bill Sims was the station manager.  Steve Broomell, the chief engineer, built the console and production equipment.  Larry LaVerne did mornings, Bob Young mid-day and Warren Cook evenings.

As of this writing KATI is no longer on the air.  But one day many years ago Steve Broomell said to me in passing that KATI was good enough to pick up from Casper and drop into Denver and compete with the big stations.  I think he was right.

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