Saturday, June 26, 2010

KFXM and K/men June 25, 1965

Last week was the debut of the new K/mentertainer newspaper. This week the new Tiger Mag. This a restored copy that someone had sent me. Sections are cut off at the bottom of some pages, but that's the way I received it.
Satisfaction-Rolling Stones #1 on both stations.
Highest debut Walk In The Black Forest-Herman's Hermits #26 I don't think so. Actually Horst Jankowski and up from 30 last week. I'm Henry The VIII I Am actually the highest debut at #27New
I Feel A Whole Lot Better-Byrds
My Little Red Book-Manfred Mann
Yes, the date doesn't match on the survey and the cover. It wiil take about a month for them to get it right.

I've heard KFXM had planned a newspaer before K/MEN, but K/MEN rushed to beat them to the punch. But who knows?

KFXM also continued their small version of the fabulous forty for the next few months. This one even advertised the first Tiger Mag
Volume 1 No. 2 K/mentertainer newspaper

Highest debut Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me-Mel Carter #5
Whittier Blvd-Thee Midnighters
I Want Candy-Strangeloves
Save Your heart For Me-Gary Lewis


Lord Darth Sidious said...

YES, WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO COME FIRST:the innovative K/MENtertainer newspaper OR
KFXM's evolving "Tiger Mag" format???
in the radio business, there were few secrets that could be kept...
each station competitor tried to keep tabs on what the 'other' station(s) were doing in the local broadcasting service area.
look what KRLA Los Angeles did in 1965 just prior to the SCHEDULED official launch of KHJ's "Boss Radio"... when the former tried usurping the "Boss" moniker and their soon-to-be Top 40 competitor got wind it, RKO General went ahead and put their new format on-the-air live that very day!
therefore, the inception of both the Inland Empire pop radio outlets' new publications were merely a matter of who knew-what-and-when, and then acted faster to be first.
between program directors Bill Watson and Al Anthony, it was a matter of trying to stay one step ahead of the other -- which made for some great classic radio listening from both stations.

Lord Darth Sidious said...

"KO KO JOE" by The Righteous Brothers (circa 1964) remains
one of their hottest and all-time best R&B-influenced records on par
for that period...
the power and energy of that recording still continues to
bust my buttons!

Anonymous said...

The "Tiger RAG", as we
lovingly called it, was a great
layout. Simple and effective.
I didn't like the KMEN "newspaper"
look. Cumbersome and not great print.
The Tiger RAG looked classier.

And how was your day?

By the way, still no PEANUTS on
KMEN. Not very PC, which would
be invented decades later.

Lord Darth Sidious said...

on the "simple and effective...layout" of the new KFXM Tiger 'Mag' as opposed to the recently established K/MENtertainer 'newspaper'...
noteworthy that Al Anthony, the Mag's editor and brains, had bona fide journalistic skills as a result of his bachelor's degree college education. on the other hand, there were no real journalists at KMEN (except for any credentialed newscasters) -- they were professionally trained radio broadcasters.
too much clutter in an otherwise very informative weekly pop music newspaper publication did indeed make the K/MENtertainer look less attractive than its KFXM Tiger Mag competitor.

Anonymous said...

A CHER & BYRDS shootout at the
45 corral? Both were very good
versions of AIRWTD.
Looks like Imperial was riding
the tailskirts of their now-famous
ATCO hits.

Anonymous said...

"...look what KRLA Los Angeles did in 1965 just prior to the SCHEDULED official launch of KHJ's "Boss Radio"... when the former tried usurping the "Boss" moniker and their soon-to-be Top 40 competitor got wind it, RKO General went ahead and put their new format on-the-air live that very day!.."

Lord DS,

I think It was KFWB not KRLA that startedusing the "BOSS" moniker,forcing KHJ to start the format. The Real Don Steele kicked it off with "dancing In The Street"!

Lord Darth Sidious said...

prior to May 5,1965, had begun using such promo liners as "Boss Radio KFWB", "KFWB 20/20 News" and "The Boss Jocks Are Coming To KFWB"...
as mentioned before, it had always been difficult in any competitive radio market for stations to keep their programming/promotional/sales plans secret. as it turned out, a wild-eyed newsman then-working at pre-Boss K.H.J. had approached KFWB, offering them trade secrets of the upcoming KHJ Boss Radio programming change if they would hire him -- which, of course, KFWB did in a hot minute.
at the very moment KHJ were cutting their soon-to-be world famous jingles package, RKO General management/Drake-Chenault consultants got wind of the secret-leak and made the quick decision to begin the programming changeover immediately that very afternoon, in May 1965, and the rest was history.
post-op: when KHJ's Boss Radio format became a huge success, beginning a world-wide phenomenon for Top 40 radio listeners, KFWB suffered such a ratings humiliation that owner Westinghouse switched the station to full-time news programming... and that certain "wild-eyed" newsman certainly buried himself later on within the Los Angeles radio market.
special thanks to Anonymous for cluing me in on my previous call-letter mistake so that i could provide a better illustration why trade info in radio, back then, was -- and probably still is -- not always so secret.

Anonymous said...

OK, let the secret out.
Who was that masked newsman
who had leaky lips.

By the way, it took KFWB3 years to
give in to the prowess of KHJ.
They turned newsy in 1968.

Lord Darth Sidious said...

olde Westinghouse's K.F.W.B. fell overnight...
with KHJ's Boss Radio revolution,
the inability to adapt to new programming concepts resulted in
KFWB's gradual shrinking of their overall sales share of the L.A. market and the bottom-line consigned that station to the dramatic and, ultimately highly successful, change to a 24-hour/7 days a week news format -- the first in the nation back then.
the outing of the former KHJ newsman's name responsible for selling out his RKO General employer is best left to the dust bin of Arnold Benefict-types.