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The Bob Jones Collection

Bob Jones started in radio working for KCUB and KHOS in Tucson. He writes:

"I have loved radio for as long as I can remember. When I was 11 and 12 years old I would scan the AM dial from one end to the other, stop at any radio station and listen until I could identify the calls and city, then move on. I grew up in Tampa, Atlanta, Montgomery and Tucson and had the opportunity to listen to some great Top 40 radio, like WLCY & WALT in Tampa, WQXI and WPLO in Atlanta, and The Big Bam, WBAM in Montgomery, Alabama.

I had my best early experience at KHOS in Tucson (the call letters have since moved to Texas) under the wings of Bobby Butler. Through a series of absences I practically worked there full time, mostly the 7-12m shift, pretty good for less than a years experience. I continued radio both full and part time working for KIKX, KTKT in Tucson, and Ray Odom's KJJJ in Phoenix.

I thought I had finished my radio career at KFMS, Las Vegas, but I still have a deep love for radio. I worked at KiiM-FM/Tucson, AZ from 2006 until December, 2012. My Collection features the tapes I saved of recordings I made while growing up. I never get tired of them and am so happy to share them with the world."

The Repository thanks Bob Jones for sharing!
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[Descriptions by Bob Jones or Uncle Ricky, as shown]

Tom and Paul Collins, WQXI, Atlanta, 10/65 (9:36)

[Description by contributor Bob Jones]

The Tiger Twins
Tom and Paul Collins, 1964
(Courtesy Sam Hale
and Steve Farrington)
The Tiger Twins, Tom and Paul Collins, were the 12M - 6AM jocks at WQXI, Atlanta, in the mid '60's. I recorded this when I lived on Ponce de Leon near Decatur, Ga. I took an earphone jack from a transistor radio, cut off the end that goes in the ear and and wired it to a phono jack, which I plugged into the input of my Akai reel deck (circa 1961).

Lots of "go-go" jingles on this one, very typical WQXI. I never realized how many timechecks and weather forecasts they gave when they had nothing else to say. In addition to a newscast with stories about the Ku Klux Klan and the Vietnam war, this 'check also includes the Mayor of Atlanta describing "the big responsibility a radio station owes to the community in which it serves."

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Dick Wilson, WLCY Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida, 1966 (22:36)

. . . When I wash the dishes, I make my wife stay out of the kitchen . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

Dick Wilson and newsman Clare Lynn are featured on the legendary Florida Top 40 WLCY (Tampa-St. Petersburg) in Summer (July?) 1966. There's a nice dose of ubiquitous reverb, and along with creative and liberal use of PAMS jingles, two Prince Foods spots by master satirist Stan Freburg are included.

And if that isn't enough, you'll hear all of the authentic 1966 EBS Test (although I did edit "The Tone" to save delicate ears.)

This is a 'scoped, composite aircheck. The second portion (from another day) includes a Flurble contest. I'm not sure what a Flurble was; if it was anything like a Furby, these guys were decades ahead of their time.

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Jefferson K., KIKX Tucson Arizona, October 1967 (29:55)

. . . If your wife wants to drive the family car, don't stand in her way . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

Picture of
Jefferson K. (from the July 1967 issue of the "KIKX Scene" magazine.)
The Lee Dorsey Coca-Cola spot is sweet, as are the acapellas!

Jefferson K. is actually Shadoe Stevens, and not the well-known WKBW Program Director.

Strange though, that this aircheck opens with a promo for the upcoming KIKX version of The War Of The Worlds on Halloween — a special introduced by Jefferson Kaye at WKBW.

8 of 9 reportable music performances in this exhibit have been restored by REELRADIO.

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Pat Hughes, WQXI, Atlanta, 10/15/68 (45:03)

Pat Hughes, at WQXI in 1964
(Courtesy Sam Hale and Steve Farrington

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

Pat Hughes (d. 1969), an early Top 40 performer on KBOX in Dallas is heard doing morning drive on Atlanta's WQXI in 1968. Bob Jones says he recorded this one on a Wollensak when he lived near Shallowford Road and I-85 in Chamblee, GA.

Included: TM Productions "The Beat Goes On", the 1969 model year "It's a Goin' Thing" campaign theme for Ford Motor Company, Newsman Bob Neil, and a healthy commercial load.

With the unscoped update of this aircheck in 2002, we are treated to a few of the rare and seldom-heard R&B singles that defined generations of Southeast Top 40.

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PLAY Chuck Buell, WLS Chicago, November 1969 (13:11)

. . . You got it alright, baby, the Big 89 . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

Chuck Buell, 1969
Chuck Buell
In 1969, Chuck Buell was the fast-talking, hip & friendly early-evening dude on legendary WLS. This aircheck features a typically polished performance by Buell (and a ballsy bulletin from Jeffrey Hendrix), plus, lots of 1969 memorabilia.

It's the John Rook PAMS acapella era, and you'll hear a bushel of familiar classic commercial themes for Pepsi and Coke, the late Al Hirt for Miller Beer and a fabulous Hamms beer jingle that we hadn't heard in years - and more. Contributor Bob Jones recorded this in Rantoul, Illinois at Chanute AFB, while he was in technical school.

Chuck Buell went on to KFRC, KIMN, KHTR, and in 1999, he was at KBZT in San Diego. Visit Chuck at www.chuckbuell.com.

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Bill Bailey, WLS Chicago, August 1, 1969 (28:09)

. . . I've just been informed by the Program Director Big John that Fast Eddie from Philly will not be allowed to speak to you when he arrives here this morning . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

The Duke of Louisville, Bill Bailey, (WKLO, WAKY) is heard in this rare aircheck of WLS/Chicago, from August 1, 1969. Contributor Bob Jones writes that when he recorded this, he didn't realize Bailey had only been on The Big 89 for a few days. Bailey left WKLO in Louisville for WLS, and returned to WAKY in Louisville after Chicago.

If you never heard WLS during the day in 1969, you may be surprised at the heavily "adult" focus of this morning show. The fidelity is very narrowband, but the quality of performers here is outstanding. In addition to the distinctive voice of The Duke, this aircheck includes complete features from ABC Radio veterans Howard Cosell, Paul Harvey, and Lyle Dean.

Bill Bailey suffered a stroke in 2004 and was partially paralyzed until his death on January 14, 2012.

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Larry McKay, KRIZ Phoenix, April 1971 (51:58)

. . . and you have a tendency to be shy when undressing outdoors . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

Larry McKay offers A Grand A Day From Krizz — and check out the Casey Kasem KRIZ Is Number One promo at 41:55. This was the last hour for the third Day of Larry McKay on KRIZ, from April 1971, as recorded by contributor Bob Jones.

Even though Larry jump-starts a jingle at one point, and has "his thing up too high", the production quality on KRIZ in 1971 was very high. Lots of Arizona themed PAMS jingles, short stop sets and a couple of really great oldies. It's interesting to remember that "oldies" in 1971 encompassed an amazing variety of popular music, typified by Connie Francis, Gene Pitney and Dion performances in this unscoped treasure.

This is a great listen, it is unscoped, REELRADIO pays the music fees for each play, but it's a nice escape to the number one music station in Phoenix, AZ. in April, 1971.

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