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Steven Smith
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Ron, Great article. These airchecks are interesting in that it was the early pop, soft rock format. I remember that. I was in high school then. But I had been expecting country, since most of the SRO years it was country format. And that is the format we kept for all the time we owned it. This recording of yours had to be close to the time they switched, because Rollie was PD at the change to country format. I went to work at KBFW in the summer of 1972 and about two weeks later the station moved out of… Read more »
Bruce Scholten
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Excellent history of KBFW. Much enjoyed that. I would like to know how the music playlists evolved over the years.

mikec
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excellent posting Ron & Steven, thanks for the additional comments. I too was surprised when KBFW signed on with an adult contemporary format, expecting country as previous occupant KENY had been. I still haven’t located my clip of KBFW’s sign-on one winter at 8am using the instrumental “Buckaroo” as a music bed for the sign-on announcements. Only Tom Cline & Don Patricks’ names I remember from listening. Regarding the daytime power possibilities, I’ve noted via KARI’s History Card that their initial application in the mid-50’s was for 5 kW daytime only on 930, so this must have been deemed possible… Read more »
Steven Smith
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Mike, that is probably true of the 5kw possibility. But the power increase was low priority compared to the nighttime hours so prior owners, myself included, probably did not know that change could be made without the consultant’s study.. Until the modern age we did not have FCC records online for instant access. And it is amusing that to determine the potential for a station at 930 khz you have to look at records for a station at 550 khz.

mikec
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Steven-I quite agree that the daytime increase to 5-5.8 kW would be a wasted investment with little return. There’s never been anything wrong with the daytime signal & this comes from a listener who NEVER listened to KBFW within it’s licensed contours! A quick look at the KBAI/KBFW engineering data (gotta love that Internet!) would even suggest the likelihood of requiring THREE towers to achieve a much tighter & less desirable daytime radiation pattern. With that goes more construction costs, more ground radials & a new tuning unit to divvy up all that extra juice into multiple towers…money, money, money,… Read more »
Tom Cline
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Ron,

This article really sends me back with you, J J Brown, John Hayden and the others. What a great view from the board everyday.
This the first time I’ve heard a KBFW air check in 50 years.

Thanks for the memories.

Tom Cline

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