In Bruce's own words, this is what happened. Here ya go, Doug...right from the radio-info board....love your blogsite by the way...I check into it a few times a month! As Elvis would say: "Memories.......pressed between the pages of the internet...." or something to that effect. Best....Bruce
Hey, y'all....just happened to stumble upon this....BC here...no extenuating circumstances with me moving from K/men to KFXM.
One night in 1971, after getting off the air at K/men and after KFXM whipped us in the "Pulse" again, I figured that there was no future at K/men. I wasn't crazy about the direction the station was going. I thought "Hey, why not go across the street??" To make a long story fairly short, KFXM had hired an afternoon drive guy named "Jay Milla" who just didn't SHOW UP for his first show!!!! The opening was still available.
I drove to KFXM and met with Al Anthony and Doug Collins. Al said he'd listen to me that night on K/men as kind of an "on air" audition (I was on 6-9pm) and then he'd get back to me. Well, I passed the test and was summoned down to the Holiday Inn the next day and hired.
My last night on K/men was a Friday night in the fall of '71...and my first afternoon on KFXM was the following Monday 2-6pm. KFXM was already promoting me on the air while I hadn't even signed off on K/men.
I gave very little notice; in fact, NO notice. I was EXTREMELY fortunate to have been looking for a job. The current K/men PD at the time just happened to inform me that I was going to be on the outside looking in as part of a big change at K/men that was due to happen on about the same day I said I was leaving!!
The San Bernardino Sun-Telegram ran a story that I was the first DJ to go from K/men to KFXM. I never lost a rating in the 2 years I was at KFXM. Afternoons got a 23 share my first "book" and K/men had a 13. The next book, KFXM had a 22 in the afternoon and K/men had a 10. By the way, the K/men PD was let go on the day I debuted on KFXM (that Monday...) Ah, radio!!!
For the week ending October 21, 1971 take a look at the lineup. Others left when Bruce Chandler left. After this week only Mark Ford, Dusty Morgan and Bill McKinney would remain on the roster.