Friday, February 29, 2008

KFXM Tiger Mag March 1, 1968

At this time in 1968 Bonnie & Clyde became popular because of the movie with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. The picture looks nothing like the two actors.
People picture above.
October Country picture below.
Also above, appears to be the first picture of Jonny Bruce in the Tiger Mag, at The March Of Dimes show.
#1 I Love You-People
#2 Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde-Georgie Fame
Personal Picks
Sookie Sookie-Steppenwolf before Born to Be Wild, before it was the flip side of Magic Carpet Ride
I think Spoonful-Cream should have been a hit, but it wasn't. It did get a lot of radio play.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

February 23, 1973.....35 Years Ago

Moving up to #1 Daddy's Home-Jermaine Jackson Jim Croce with his latest One Less Set of Footsteps as a Future Hit. One of his lesser played songs.
Picture of Dick Clark and The Heywoods and the KFXM DJs. There are also two djs from another Inland Empire radio station. Dick Alan and Joey Mitchell. I don't remember them being on K/MEN. Anyone know what station they were from?
JOCK TALK announcing Johnny Kaye as the new music director of the BIG 59
Johnny is now working at KRTH in a similar position (spelling his name a little different, now) Hey Johnny, why not go on the air once in a while on KRTH?
Comeback of The Personal Picks. There's a Dead Skunk here, too. But I also like Sweet-Little Willie, their first US hit.

#1 Killing Me Softly With His Song-Roberta Flack
Hey there's a Dead Skunk by Loudon Wainwright Hit Bound on K/MEN!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

KFXM and K/MEN 45 Years Ago Feb 22, 1963

K/men #1 Paradise/Indian Love Call-April Stevens/Nino Tempo

A good instrumental Wild Weekend-Rebels debut at #2 Another good instrumental Our Winter Love-Bill Pursell, in the top ten.

KFXM #1 Pipeline-Chantays
Van McCoy has a single in "wax to watch" a long time before The Hustle

Sunday, February 24, 2008

K/mentertainer Feb 24, 1968

Interesting note. Russ O'Hara is on K/MEN at this time in 1968, and Jonny Bruce is on KFXM this time in 1968. Currently both are in Palm Springs on KDES 104.7. There is a rumor going around about KDES changing frequencies. Anyone have any information about that?
The Beatles talk about Mediatation with the Maharishi, who just recently passed away.
The Beatles also have the top two albums.
Keep it on K/MEN 129
Love Is Blue 5th week #1
Hit Bound (kind of)
Anyone else out there like Jennifer Eccles by The Hollies
but there is Mighty Quinn-Manfred Mann and Young Girl-Union Gap that are really Hit Bound

Saturday, February 23, 2008

KFXM Tiger Mag Feb 23, 1968

Coming up Cream Concert, Swing Auditorium Group on cover ED GRrrrrr SEZ tells all about The March Of Dimes Show. It mentions the new weekend guy Jonny Bruce along with Dick Lyons introduced The Count Five.

Reading the article it appears all the DJs were there, including Al Anthony. Who was playing the records at the station?
Beatle News: New single coming in March Lady Madonna/Inner Light
Love Is Blue still #1 and #20
Highest debut Young Girl-Union Gap #26
Also debuting Monkees-Valleri/Tapioca Tundra #39 and look at #40 Everlasting Love-Love Affair
How about these Personal Picks Cab Driver-Mills Brothers by Charlie Walters, with Johnny Helm picking Pictures Of Matchstick Men-Status Quo. Did these songs ever get played together?

K/men returns 3/10/2008

If this is difficult to read, go to to make it a little easier. at they are asking for suggestions of the first songto begin the new K/men.
I have a few suggestions
The song that was #1 nationally 3/10/1962 Hey! Baby-Bruce Channel.

The first song played on K/men in 1962 Chip Chip-Gene McDaniels (played to signify K/men wanted to chip away at KFXM's ratings)

Rock Around The Clock-First rock & roll #1.

How about a Beatles song? They were very popular at K/men during the sixties. I'll Be Back seems appropriate

The Rolling Stones-Route 66? K/men was the first to present them in the USA.

Up Up and Away-Fifth Dimension It has K/men and San Bernardino written all over it with Jimmy Webb, the K/men hot air balloon and William F. Williams.

A Beach Boys song. Thier first song Surfin'. K/men strongly supported surf music.

A local hit from San Bernardino...Who Killed The Ice Cream Man?-The Bush, I'm Captured-Good Feelins Harmonica Man-Torquays

How about Break On Through-The Doors?

Go to the website and vote, and let me know your ideas, too.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Jonny Bruce, the new guy at KFXM in 1968

40 years ago Jonny Bruce became the weekend guy on KFXM. Pictures from when Jonny worked nights. And now a few comments from Jonny about working at KFXM.

It was a dream come true! I had been listening to KFXM since 1955 when I was 9 years old. It was the station I wanted to work for. With 4 years experience under my belt Al Anthony hired me when I walked into the station unannounced. He mentioned he remembered getting tapes from me during the previous years. My first assignment when I arrived in oct. of 1967 from the mid-day shift at 1510/93.5 KASK was the Sunday news slot on Sherman Mason's day off. But I longed to play those great hit songs I loved so I got the weekend gig when it opened up. Those 590 days were the best. Jonny Bruce

Thursday, February 21, 2008

February 16, 1973....35 Years Ago

#1 Daddys Home-Jermaine Jackson #1 Love Train-O'Jays

Hit Bound
Also Spach Zarathustra-Deodato
Future Hit
Follow Your Daughter Home-Guess Who I liked the Guess Who, but this song wasn't one of their best.
New feature coming next week. Personal Picks. Sound familiar?
How about the new guy, Denis Robins....
Someone had written in that the songs in 1973 were not the greatest. So looking at these charts, let me tell you which ones I would like to hear on the radio today. A few of these you do.
Love Train
Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
Last Song
Peaceful Easy Feelin
Cover of The Rolling Stone
Hi Hi Hi
I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock & Roll Band)
Call Me (Come Back Home)
Love Is What You Make It
Your Mama Don't Dance
Jesus Is Just Alright
Well that's 13 songs, other years surveys would definitely have a lot more for my list.
There is nothing on the surveys I really hate, just songs I just don't care for too much.
Anyone have any different opinions?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

KFXM and K/MEN 45 Years Ago Feb 15, 1963

Pipeline-Chantays #1 KFXM has an KFX-clusive Ray Charles The Bightest Smile In Town/Don't Set Me Free
The DJs Jack Sands is gone, and we have Andy Thompson coming in.
Hey Paula-Paul & Paula still #1
Interesting Rhythn Of The Rain-Cascades still an Honorable K/mention the oldest song on here. Most songs didn't hang around three months.
New by The tornadoes-Moon Dawg,. Notice on KFXM it's The Hollywood Tornadoes.
Another good instrumental Wild Weekend-The Rebels

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

K/mentertainer Feb 17, 1968

K/men is having a lot of contests lately.

No picture of the Two sides of Leonard Nimoy?

Did you win a Hoop Happening contest?

Love Is Blue-Paul Mauriat still #1
Highest Debut Just Dropped In-First Edition #17
New bubblegum debut #29 Simon Says-1910Fruitgum Co It's even one if the nost requested.

Hit Bounds

Interesting Don't Make Promises-Union Gap, This is the flip side of Woman Woman

I like Can't Find The Time-Orpheus. Good song.

KFXM Tiger Mag Feb 16, 1968

Article about The Cream, with a picture, too.
Charlie Walters an Sherman Mason with one those Beauty Pagent winners again.
The same Love Is Blue-Paul Mauriat #1 Also #2 and #3 stayed the same as last week.
Lulu has two in the top ten Best of Both Worlds and To Sir With Love
Hey! Look who's the new Weekend guy! The one and only Jonny Bruce. Jonny write to me and tell me about your first day, week or month at KFXM.
It'll be awhile before he will get his picture in the Tiger Mag, but he will eventually.
Personal Picks
American Breed-GreenLight
John Fred-Hey Hey Bunny
The followups didn't quite make it for them.
The Union Gap (Gary Puckett) had better luck with Young Girl

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Everlasting Love on KFXM

Just a note from Johnny Helm about his Sunday show this week.

Doug, on your website, I've noticed a lot of chatter about the Love Affair version of "Everlasting Love", today between noon and 1pm pacific time, I'm going to play it at Just click on the meter, it will be played out of a fast KFXM jingle/with no talk........great song!

K/MEN and a garage sale and the 35th Anniversary

Back in 1997 K/men had a day on the air to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of K/MEN radio. That day jocks from 1962 to 1997 met at the K/men studio and reminisced about days gone by. I remember one of the djs saying something about Johnny Darin and how he put his name on a Mojo Men single claiming it as his. I don't remember why or who said it, but it was said.

Today I decided to go to a garage sale, because of an ad mentioning 45 rpm records. When I got there there were 6-7 boxes. The person holding the garage sale told me he all the records were owned by a former dj from K/men.
I bought a couple of singles and a few albums. Among them were the following.
Notice the Mojo K/men. Now you can see the record that was mentioned on that 35th Anniversary Show. What kind of odds is it of finding something like this? Also this interesting SWAN Records compilation which appears to have been used at the station.

Friday, February 15, 2008

February 9, 1973.....35 Years Ago

You're So Vain-Carly simon still #1 on KFXM
Future Hits
Love Is What You Make It-Grassroots, didn't make it
Call Me-Al Green, did make it.
The Brady Kids and The Heywoods at The Swing Auditorium. I missed that one.
Music Notes
Announcement for Best of The Beatles album sets, that turned out to be the blue and the red album. Is it true a bootleg album brought these about?
Some Chuck Berry trivia: LancasterArts Festival sued Chuck Berry for royalties for providing the chorus for My Ding-A-Ling, for a quarter of a million dollars
New #1 on K/men Daddy's Home-Jermaine Jackson

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The The Sun

The Bush who had local San Bernardino/Riverside hits with Feelin' Sad and Lonely and Who Killed The Ice Cream Man finally got an article written about them in The San Bernardino Sun newspaper. Tuesday February 12, 2008 on page B-8 of the Inland Living section of the paper, there was an article written by Nick Caltado, the San Bernardino historian.

There is also a link where you can read the article on line. I dont know how long it will be there so check it out soon.

KFXM and K/MEN 45 Years Ago Feb 8, 1963

KMEN has a tie for #1 this week Walk Like A Man -Four Seasons and Hey Paula-Paul & Paula
Walk Like A Man stands alone on KFXM as #1 Yes they still are puting the DJs pictures on the K/mentertainer. I only have a photocopy this month.
Honorable K/mention How about Billy My Billy-Crystalettes (a smaller version of the Crystals?)
New this week. Elvis Presley has One Broken Heart For Sale on both stations.

" Wax To Watch" I Saw Me -Wink Martindale I'm In LoveAgain/That's All-Rick Nelson Teardrops Fall Lile Rain-Crickets

New guy on KFXM Ronnie Gorman

Sunday, February 10, 2008

K/mentertainer Feb 10, 1968

Areview of the Lemon Pipers, Green Tamborine LP, with other HeavyAlbums
Elvis will have a TV Special!
3rd week #1 Love Is Blue-Paul Mauriat followed by Sunshine of Your Love-Cream
Highest debut #6 Theme From The Valley of The Dolls-Dionne Warwick
Second highest It's Not Easy-Will-O-Bees #19 I really don't remember hearing that song very much.
Hit Bound
I like Look, Here Comes The Sun-Sunshine Company (or like George would say..."It's all right...")
Get Out Now-Tommy James & The Shondells I really liked that song. It should have been a hit.
Also To Sir With Love-Lulu making a K/men Rebound Encore