Saturday, January 07, 2012

KFXM January 7, 1977

KFXM 1977

Hot Line-Sylvers #1
New in the top ten
New Kid In Town-Eagles #10
Highest debut
Fly Like An Eagle-Steve Miller Band #21
also debuting
Blinded By The Light-Manfred Mann's Earth Band #23
Dancing Queen-Abba #25
Beginning of 1977, and a few other groups on the KFXM survey: Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Spinners, Earth, Wind & Fire, Aerosmith, Boston, Barry Manilow, Englebert Humperdinck, Chicago, Peter Frampton, Heart. 


Anonymous said...

No date listed for a specific week?
Did KFXM start printing monthly surveys instead of weekly?

KFXM Tiger Radio and K/MEN 129 in Doug's Stuff Room said...

First couple weeks in Jan 77 were like that, but the survey continued to be weekly.

Anonymous said...

I noticed the Tiger Tune Sheet no longer shows any pictures and articles from the disc jockeys anymore. Did they quit this practice earlier, and when?
This now makes listing only the KFXM survey a lot less interesting to read!

Anonymous said...

Me again, just sounding off about the current Tiger Tunesheet posted.
My complaints are:

1. The "Tiger 30" title is gone, now just shown as generic "59 Music", very blah sounding!
2. The prior station slogan "Ever Since ROCK Began" is now replaced by "Where You Can Have It Your Way!". Such ORIGINAL thinking NOT: it is a complete rip-off from the McDonald's Hamburgers commercials. What kind of uncreative juvenile mentality was going on then at KFXM, huh?????????????????
3. And, of course, it seems the staff during this period was just too lazy, unenthusiastic or maybe no longer cared enough to make the time and effort for taking pictures and writing up articles for printing on the back of the survey instead of only printing advertisements (very self-serving at that, money-wise). So much for the so-called "KFXM news" as there is none to speak of!

On the whole, I find the 1977 tunesheet an uninteresting publication not worthy of the once great Tiger radio.

KFXM Tiger Radio and K/MEN 129 in Doug's Stuff Room said...

1974 was probably the last year that the surveys had more to them than just song listings and advertisements, with a few exceptions every once in a while. I guess mangement didn't think the people needed any more than song titles/artists names. K/MEN stopped printing them in 1973, and KOLA was just a little fancier than KFXM. News and pictures would have been nice, but no. The surveys did not live up to the station from what I remember and the airchecks I've heard. Sorry it became so boring, but that's all there is.
Also, "Where you can have it your way!" sounds like Burger King, not McDonalds.

Can anyone tell me the DJ lineup in 1977?

Anonymous said...

Didn't remember that "have it your way" slogan belonged to Burger King! I didn't eat there since I use to be severely addicted to McDonald's food until I entered a recovery program for Ronald McDonald users. (LOL)
And my comments were not a swipe against your blogsite, Mr. Administrator. I was simply venting the down-slide of KFXM's tunesheets which many of us former listeners remember as fun things to read and collect.

Anonymous said...

Is Al Anthony still in charge?
Doesn't look like it.
Times they are a changing.
That goes for the entire AM

Anonymous said...

Was this the KMEN Harry Scarborough?

In the Sunday, 01/09/12, San Francisco Chronicle Radio Columnist Ben Fong Torres wrote:

R.I.P. Harry Scarborough, a talented Top 40 DJ who logged time on KSFX in the '70s. Not much is known about him, although one friend said he was in his mid-60s and had been in ill health for about eight years, living in a subsidized apartment in Marin County and, more recently, in a van parked near (San Francisco's )Ocean Beach.

Anonymous said...

At the listing for Harry Scarborough's career includes both KSFX and KMEN so it looks like sad news.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, a verrrry sad situation about the former "Happiness Harry" Scarborough. True enough, he did (at last report) live in his van. Harry apparently never could drop back into society, preferring to live his life as freely as possible. That was the essence of his entire life it would seem.
He should be remembered for really bringing fun changes to K/MEN while he was there was program director.
Rest in peace forever, Harry, ride the stars joyously, old friend.

Lord Darth Rageous! said...

HEARING ABOUT THE UNEXPECTED passing of the late Harry Scarborough, and finding barely two sentences said about the man concerning notice of his death, caused me to respond directly to the San Francisco Chronicle columnist. for those interested, my email comments to Mr. Ben Fong-Torres are disclosed here:

"dear Mr. Fong-Torres,

the two-sentence liner about the apparent passing of "Happiness Harry" Scarborough is met with sadness and incredulity about the lack of research on your part to define just who this man was!

there are many people out here in Cyberland AND in the "real world" who remember Harry with fondness, great memories and now mourning for this individual who has passed in the Great Beyond. therefore, FYI, following is information and commentary about this wonderful former disk jockey/air personality who brought a truly different dimension to the glory days of Top 40 radio and later:

Harry Scarborough (9-12pm) arrived from KYNO Fresno in June to replace Bob Foster when he went to KIMN in Denver. Harry would soon move to the 6-9AM shift after Jim Carson went to KFRC. Harry was well suited for this slot, encouraging his listeners to ‘rise and rejoice’ to open the new day. Harry went over to KCBQ in 1971, and now works for the gas company in Orange County.

Harry Scarborough
KSTN [Stockton CA] 1965 - Ted Bear
KKJO [St Joseph MO] 1965
KELP [El Paso TX] 1966
KMBY [Monterey CA] 1966
WDGY [Minneapolis MN] 1967
KQRS [Minneapolis] 1967
KRUX [Phoenix AZ] 1968
KMEN [San Bernardino CA] 1969
KYNO [Fresno CA] 1969
KGB [San Diego CA] 1970
KCBQ [San Diego CA] 1971
KIMN [Denver CO] 1971
KTLK [Denver] 1972
KSFX [San Francisco] 1973
KPRI [San Diego] 1978
KCBQ [San Diego] 1981
KWAV [Monterey] 1985
KNRY [Monterey] 1986
KIOI [San Francisco] 1992
Now: 'Living in the mountains of Southern California. In the travel wholesale industry.'

I got to know Harry when he was program director (and doing his own DJ gig) at the former K/MEN 129 radio station in San Bernardino circa 1968-1969. he was an enlightening individual who always brought lots of joy and humor to the fore in his shows, on the telephone and in-personal contact with most folks. {attached are images from The K/MENtertainer newspaper featuring Harry on the air staff line-up.}

he shall be missed by many an ex-colleague, friend, listener and fanfare such as i was. i just wanted you to at least have some means of providing more background information identifying this good gentleman -- a real Free Spirit if you will.

thank you for all due consideration on behalf of the late Harry Scarborough. may he ride the stars in happiness unto the ultimate states of dimension, forever!"

Johnny Helm said...

I worked with Harry at K/men. He was VERY talented, but also very fragile. He was headed for BIG things in radio. After K/men he went to KGB-San Diego for morning drive. He got blown out after several months.....returned to K/men, where Dave McCormick put him on the all night show. After that blowout at KGB he sounded like a heartbroken little boy on the air. Guess he got his shit together again and worked in Denver. Last I knew, he was homeless.
Sorry to hear of his passing.

Anonymous said...

OMG! I'm stunned and saddened to learn about Harry's passing. I hope the details aren't as stark as reported, homeless and alone.
He was born on August 8, 1943, in Huntsville, Tx., an only child.
He left KGB to follow Buzz Bennett to KCBQ. The magical days of the "Boss Jocks". When Buzz left "Q" suddenly, Harry moved on to KIMN and KTLK in Denver, and then back to California...San Francisco. He loved San Francisco.
He was a gifted radio talent in his prime. I hope his soul is resting in peace and sunshine...
Keep on truckin' HSJ :)

Al Gordon said...

Sorry to hear about Harry Scarborough. I had never met him but knew of him.

Regarding the survey above, January 1977 was just about the time I started working at KFXM. I was in New Mexico and had been there for just about a month when my mother passed away, and so I was home for a couple of weeks when Ted Brown called and asked if I was interested in working there. Having just spent 4 winters in Rochester, NY I was VERY interested in escaping the snow. I showed up in very early January, 1977, about the time when this survey was issued. I never knew about the articles prior jocks had written for surveys, but KFXM was being run very professionally and was quite typical of medium market stations that I was familiar with on the East Coast. There, I was not aware of any deejays writing articles for surveys. My time at KFXM was very enjoyable, and I got to work with some very talented people. There was turnover, but the staff when I got there was (I'm trying to wipe the cobwebs away from my memory):

AM Drive - Doug Deroo
Middays - Me
PM Drive - Ted Brown
Nights - Craig Sea (Carpenter)
Overnights - Marsh Carter

Weekends - Val Valentine, Mark Olson

Our consultant was Jeff Salgo who later went on-air PM drive and became our PD as well, to replace Ted who went to KYNO in Fresno. Jeff left during my time there to program Magic 91 in San Diego. Jeff was quite successful both at KFXM and at Magic 91.

Al Anthony was very much there, as was general manager Bernie Schwartz. Howard Tullis was very much there as well, and he drove over a lot from Beverley Hills, sometimes accompanied by his wife.

I would be remiss in not mentioning the Chief Engineer who was there when I got there, Frank Marcase. He was a very talented tech that had basically rebuilt everything and it was first-class all the way.

When I got there, we were using what later would be the production studio as our temporary air studio. It's fun to look over that list to see songs like "Hotline" by the Sylvers that we played incessantly.