T. Storm Hunter, 1972
T. Storm Hunter, 1972

Mark Tucker,  1974
Mark Tucker, 1974

T. Storm Hunter, 1993
T. Storm Hunter, 1993

The T. Storm Hunter Collection
T. Storm Hunter; (birth name: Mark Tucker) pianist, composer, producer, and Sideways Hipster; (b. Laurel, MD, Oct. 11, 1957). His family moved to the Chicago area in 1958, where he lived until 1979. In that year, he moved to Encinitas, California, where he still resides.

In 1968, with a ten-dollar bill that he stole from his father's wallet, Stormy made his first record, a direct-cut acetate of piano solos, experimental music, and silliness. In 1970, with his neighbor, friend, and colleage Louie Easley Hanley (b. Oak Park IL 1955, d. Lafayette, IN 1996), he formed Tetrapod Spools, a small record company, releasing tapes, records, and eventually CDs of their own music and also that of others.

In 1975, Tetrapod Spools released "Batstew"(shown as by Mark Tucker). Experimental in nature, rife with tape manipulation, industrial space-folk, and spoken word pieces, it was ignored by radio, reviewers, and the public. Original pressings have since become sought-after collector's items, fetching hundreds of dollars in record auctions.

Stormy's interest in radio began at age 11 in Oak Park, IL when he listened to WLS and WCFL at night through a pillow speaker in his bed. He imagined that being a DJ was the most glamorous job in the world. Shortly thereafter, he began recording big chunks of these stations' broadcasts.

This hobby continued throughout the years and he kept almost all of the tapes, never realizing that they would become important historical documents. Upon finishing high school, he decided to make radio a career. It never panned out, and his radio career consisted mainly of recording his own "radio" shows on cassette (for which he composed and performed all of the jingles and commercials) and giving them away to friends.

One of the remnants of this hobby appears on his 1983 album "In The Sack" (also shown as by Mark Tucker) in a track called "Station ID".

The Repository thanks T. Storm Hunter for sharing!

[Descriptions by Uncle Ricky]

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JFK WBAP Fort Worth Texas November 22 1963 (01:12:59)

. . . nothing left to chance, every possible precaution has been taken . . .

Picture of John F. Kennedy

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

This 72-minute exhibit is an edited composite of the first few hours of over 18 hours of WBAP in Fort Worth Texas, November 22 through November 26, 1963.

It includes the last two speeches made by President John F. Kennedy in the parking lot at Fort Worth's Texas Hotel, and at the following breakfast reception.

Then, we hear a description of the extreme security measures that have been taken to assure the President's safety, as JFK arrives at Love Field, just before beginning his fatal motorcade ride through downtown Dallas.

Edwin Newman reports for NBC and we must wonder, was WBAP newscaster Norwood McLendon related to the man who owned cross-town KLIF?

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Bob Dearborn, WCFL Chicago December 22, 1972 (RESTORED) (40:52)

. . . Thumbs has been sniffing tape head cleaner in there again . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky, 12/10/2005]

Our thanks to contributor T. Storm Hunter for this Christmastime 1972 aircheck, made possible by The Chicago Federation of Labor. The mistake by "Thumbs" isn't the most interesting thing about this aircheck - it's the spontaneous quips from Bob Dearborn about the mistake. Remember that in the world of professional Top 40 radio, everything was supposed to work as planned. Is Dearborn smooth, or what?

Bob Christopher is featured with news. You'll hear forgotten Rock hero Argent for Pepsi, reports about Nixon and Haig, and Chicago's Dialogue seems remarkably applicable today.

All of the music in this exhibit has been restored.

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Fred Winston, JJ Jeffrey, WLS Chicago December 20, 1974 (41:53)

. . . it was extremely cold on one's appendages, and things that are exposed . . .

Three classic Chicago radio talents are featured on this exhibit from WLS on December 20, 1974. Fred Winston and JJ Jeffrey are heard before news by Lyle Dean, followed by more of JJ.

Winston and JJ do a couple sets together, and it sounds like Christmas Cheer was well underway at the Big 89 just a few days before Christmas, 1974.

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JJ Jeffrey, WLS Chicago December 20, 1974 (29:24)

. . . high tomorrow, 34 - Three Degrees . . .

JJ Jeffrey continues his program from December 20, 1974.

And did anyone ever write a movie script based on Angie Baby, Cat's In The Cradle or Kung Fu Fighting? It sure seems those topics took a lot of our time in the "reel" 70's.

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Bob Eubanks, KRLA Sixties Composite, Pt.1, April 1, 1992 (01:00:22)
Play Scoped This Exhibit 'SCOPED (14:47)

. . . You mean real commercials, the stuff the programs go between . . .

Before Bob Eubanks became nationally known as a TV game show host, he hosted the Teen Topper show at KRLA. On April 1, 1992, KRLA became A Thing Of The Past with reconstructed airchecks from the Sixties. This is Part One of two hours reconstructed and restored from Bob's airchecks.

The music ranges from 1962 to 1966 in this hour, and so do the spots and promos, so that's why it is a "Sixties Composite". It does seem to center around 1964, but there are some surprises before and after that year. You can own an LP of soft drink jingles for only 50 cents, and Casey Kasem is hosting dances in Thousand Oaks.

According to Don Barrett, Eubanks invested his personal funds to bring The Beatles to Los Angeles.

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Additional Exhibits in The T. Storm Hunter Collection...
Jim Hawthorne, KNX Los Angeles, 1951
Paul Williams, KNUZ Houston, TX., December 12, 1961
More to Come from The T. Storm Hunter Collection, first online December 12, 2004!
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