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Monday, January 24, 2005

KDKB-FM, Phoenix, Arizona (1971)


(Bill Compton, KDKB's first Program Director, 1971)

"At noon on Monday, August 23, 1971, I went into what would become the main production studio of KDKB in the old Safeway building (Jim, the engineer, had not yet completed work on our master control room, the “engine room” as we called it.) This was the day appointed for us to unveil the new station in all of its glory. I shut the door to the studio and placed “On The Way Home” on the turntable. I said a little prayer and turned off the ocean sounds. The Buffalo Springfield sang, “When the dream came, I held my breath with my eyes closed. I went insane like a smoke ring ay when the wind blows.” KDKB was born. And I was the luckiest person on the face of the Earth.

C. Dwight Tindle"

93-3 KDKB-FM

17 comments:

  1. Hey, I've been listening to ya'll{no,I'm not a Texan,I'm from Norwalk,Ohio} since 1971. KDKNB {was'nt it KCAC @ one time?} I remembe that the station used to be in that old Crystal ice plant. Right there, just before you get to the Country Club underpass,going south, on the west side of Country Club. I remember that I went there and got one of those bad-ass carrot t-shirts.Becky Hackett,balisticaz1@hotmail.com

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  2. I remember when KDKB was in an old Crystal ice building on Country Club,south of Main,just before the underpass, on the west side of C.C.1972 or 71 was a good year for music here in the Vally of the Spun. I remember going to the station and purchasing one of those bad-ass carrot t-shirts! Alice cooper played @ Feyline Fields{now,it's a rich people joint} His concert was fucking great. The tickets were some ungodly price{$5.00}I took 15 joints to the show.Wait,his show was @ filthy Firebird lake not Feyline Fields. Maybe You could find out for reals for me. I love Alice's first 3 or 4 albums. ya'll dont play enough of Alice's early stuff,ie; Killer,School's Out,please more of Axl n Alice when they did an albu.Well Alice was in charge, and, the rest is history! "Under my wheels"was the bomb!thank you Becky Hackett balisticaz1@hotmail.com 420

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  3. KDKB is on auto pilot now while they develop their new format. They have re-invented themselves a few times over the years. They quit being an "album rock" station years ago. Now they suck and my guess is they will suck even worse after this makeover.

    It's all hush-hush for now, but you can tune in on 9/15 and they will tell you what happened.

    My guess is they have fired that annoying Torgy dude, just as his girlfriend was delivering his first child. Nice...

    When I think of the many years of good music available at this point on my FM dial and what it is today, I think, "why bother?"

    I would rather listen to myself sing.

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  4. Freeform is actually in a process of low-level revival; no big splash or cultural TRIBAL DRUM, but more of an underground thing like it started out to be so many years ago. The frontier used to be FM broadcasting. The frontier is now the Internet. Some would say satellite broadcasting, also, but I disagree... Seek out the freeform on the Internet. There are a number of links at the Freeform Radio blog... You will get excited again!

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  5. I checked out Radio Free Phoenix. I like it. Reminds me of the old days. I live near queen creek, and they broadcast on 99.1 FM in that area... alas, you can pretty much only get it in QC.

    Radio Free Phoenix is great, but I can't take my PC everywhere I go.

    Thanks for the tip!

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  6. I have checked out Radio Free Phoenix and really like it. Reminds me of the old days.

    They also broadcast on 99.1 in Queen Creek. I live 10 miles from there and can't get it very clearly.

    I can't take my PC in my car, so Radio Free Phoenix is a work-only option for me. I need some better speakers for my pc...

    Thanks for the tip!

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  7. PS... you can still get retro KDKB merchandise, including the carrot t-shirts at:

    http://www.cafepress.com/kdkb

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  8. I started listening to KDKB in 1974 when I moved here. I'm going to miss it if it changes to radically, it has changed alot over the years. I enjoyed the early years much more than recently. What they are doing now is more enjoyable than what it has been doing. Lets hope we can still enjoy the music after the change. If not I may have to switch the station and that would be sad.

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  9. AnonymousMay 12, 2008

    Hey becky. I have a pic of you and me in TJ. You had on the carrot t-shirt.
    You looked realy good.
    Mark

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  10. AnonymousMay 12, 2008

    Ps
    What happend to Tim and Mark?

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  11. I rember KDKB when they were at the over-pass, Apache Blvd. area, went there and interviewd Toad Hall for a Ron Bailey broadcasting class, what a day. Those were heady days and I will always treasure my youth and the craziness of those moments. I still miss hearing Bill Compton even though it's been years since his untimely death. My mother, may she rest in peace loved to call the station and speak to Toad, he thought her Texas accent was sexy, what a riot. I wonder what ever happened to Cactus Lady on old 5th Street in Tempe by the make shift commune where we all lived in the early 70's. Those were the days.

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    1. Jim, do you still have a copy of that Toad Hall interview tape?

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  12. I recently was viewing some interviews toad had on backstage pass
    I lived in glendale and phoenix in the early 70's and I was a big fan of toad's
    I still listen to shawn phillips and jerry jeff walker, Jerry Riopelle, and david bromberg - artitsts toad and compton
    Played.
    Live on - KDKB - Krazy Dog Krazy Boy

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  13. KDKB had a huge influence on me, my taste in music and the direction my life went. Toad Hall was one of my favorite DJs.

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  14. Thanks to Andy Oslon and his staff for keeping Bill Compton's legacy alive on RFP

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  15. AnonymousMay 04, 2015

    Does anyone know how Scott Nicholson is doing ? I hear his voice in TV commercials. I used to know him. Back around 1979. I hope he's happy.

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  16. AnonymousMay 04, 2015

    Does anyone know how Scott Nicholson is doing ? I hear his voice in TV commercials. I used to know him. Back around 1979. I hope he's happy. Sorry for the repeat here - wasn't sure if I'd checked the "notify me" box the first time ...

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