The late John Denver returns to the radio in an extended unheard-of 1973 particular – Each day Information
The internet-based KNXFM93.Com – available online on the website and via your smart speaker as well as via apps such as TuneIn, MyTunerRadio and StreamS – has announced a big event: another Classic Mellow Sound Music Special. This time it’s the words and the music of John Denver as they were presented on KNX-FM (now KCBS-FM, 93.1) in 1973.
The two-hour special runs on Saturday, October 10th at 5 p.m. and will be repeated on October 18 at 12 p.m.
The program, moderated by Tom McKay, exudes positivity. Denver has been extremely positive about his career and his life and that is what he presented in his music. The interview gave him the opportunity to “talk about things I can’t always talk about” and talk about the joy he has in his life. 1973 was just as his career peaked; In 1974 he became one of the best-selling artists in the country.
His music spanned an era when the country needed positivity, emerged from the Vietnam War and went to Watergate. An avid pilot with a penchant for flying, Denver’s life was cut on October 12, 1997 when he crashed his experimental light aircraft into Monterey Bay at the age of 53. Investigation into the accident revealed that Denver was unable (or failed to realize the need to switch to an auxiliary fuel tank) because it ran out of fuel. The accident led to new standards for aircraft design and pilot training.
In addition to its music, Denver starred in several films and television specials; Perhaps the best-known movie is 1977 “Oh God!” In which he played supermarket manager Jerry Landers, chosen by God (George Burns) to get his message across to a skeptical audience.
Denver was also politically active, especially in later years, focusing on environmental issues, hunger, and humanitarian work.
Star to Spotify?
InsideMusicMedia.Com’s Jerry Del Colliano says he’s calling this early: Howard Stern is moving to Spotify.
Well, he doesn’t say it is definitive. However, negotiations appear to be taking place while his contract renewal talks continue at SiriusXM. Is it gonna happen? In my opinion it is dubious. But Del Colliano isn’t wrong often, so it makes a fascinating story. Stay tuned.
“Belated response to your September 13 column – sometime in the mid-late 60s in LA it was KBLA, I believe 1580 or something; The playlist / format was half a step closer to FM. It was to KRLA what KRLA was to KHJ. Didn’t seem to last more than a couple of years. “- Gary Peck
They are soooo close: Super 15 KBLA was a better alternative to KHJ, but was found at 1500 o’clock. There’s not much history to the station, but it definitely has its place in local radio history.
Ken Levine once described the KBLA signal as “worse than a baby monitor”. When the station came out of Burbank and was high on the AM dial, it had trouble reaching all of Los Angeles due to limited power and a directional antenna system that was supposed to protect signals from stations in other parts of the country at night.
With a list that included Harry Newman, Roger Christian, Harvey Miller, Dave Diamond, Vic Gee (Jim Carson), and William F. Williams, it played more “hip” songs from 1965 to 1967 than traditional AM stations of the time, including a couple of album cuts. Dave Diamond, previously from KHJ (930am), did an unmatched evening show, The Diamond Mine. My friend (and true radio operator) Jeff Leonard once gave me a tour of the area in Burbank where the station was once found – now right outside a mall – and showed me where he would go to try and meet the DJs.
PastDaily.Com has a great collection of footage from Diamond’s last show on KBLA on June 16, 1967 when the station was about to switch to the country at midnight. Hear it at tinyurl.com/RWoct1
“Some time ago you put a list of local AM and FM radio stations in your column. I would like to receive an updated list if you can provide one or tell me where I can get one. “- Mary Smith
This has always been on my to-do list. Almost anyway. I’ll move it to the top of the list and hopefully have something soon!