Monday, March 31, 2008

KFXM and K/MEN 45 Years Ago March 29, 1963

#1 Puff-Peter, Paul & Mary on both stations

Wow! #5 debut Surfin' USA-Beach Boys ! The prediction made was correct!
"Wax To Watch"
#59 Needles and Pins-Jackie DeShannon awhile before the Searchers had their hit

Highest debut in the K/men-dous Ten #9 Can't Get Used To Losing You-Andy Williams
Honorable K/mention
another good instrumental
Hot Pastrami-Dartells

Sunday, March 30, 2008

K/mentertainer March 30, 1968

Constant Bands Happening winner "Love Unlimited" with Miss Apple Valley Pictures of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers
Details about the Magical Mystery Tour contest.
Article by Phil Otis about Smokey Robinson & The Miracles concert, which was their first Inland Empire concert, and it happened at San Bernardino High School!
Winners of the last part of the Bonnie & Clyde contest.

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles with Russ O'Hara
Moving up to #1 Honey-Bobby Goldsboro
Playboy-Gene & Debe up to #4
Everlasting Love finally sneaking into the top 10
This is survey #312 with a cover date of March 30, 1968. March 30, 1962 was #1 52 issues x 6 years = 312. I guess they were keeping track.
Early Gordon Lightfoot-Black Day In July a new Hit Bound

K/mentertainer March 30, 1962

On this date in 1962 K/men printed their first survey. It featured pictures of the K/men on the cover. An ad on the back page.

Chuck Clemens "Huckleberry" in the morning to George Babcock at midnight. Rather than the top 40, tThe inside would include the K/men-dous ten, plus the Honorable K/mention, which would be a lot more than 40 songs.
It's a probabiity they had a top ten playlist before this since they were on the air a couple weeks before the date on this K/mentertainer. Anyone ever seen one. The earliest songsheard on K/men were on 3/10
Thestyle of survey will last almst until the end of 1966.
#1 Johnny Angel-Shelly Fabares. Elvis Presley #2, and Clyde McPhatter #3
The newest song debuted 3/20 Bobby Lewis-A Man's Gotta Be A Man

Saturday, March 29, 2008

KFXM Tiger Mag March 29, 1968

April Fools Day cover Picdture of the Merry-Go-Round
Editorial from Pacific High School paper

ED GRrrrrr Sez
from the article, looks like there's a change in the line up. There's a mention of Don McCoy, Jimmy Mack and Jim Crane.
Pictures of The American Breed and The Lollipop Shoppe
I know it says March 22, but it is the March 29th issue
#1 Honey-Bobby Goldsboro
Highest debut Anything-Eric Burdon & The Animals #32
Still hanging on at #40 Unwind-Ray Stevens
Personal Picks
Aint No Way-Aretha Franklin
Jumbo-Bee Gees
Suddenly You LoveMe-Tremeloes
All three of these deserved to be bigger hits than they were (you guessed, I liked all three)

Friday, March 28, 2008


Coming soon
Issues from the first year of the K/mentertainer

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

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

Puff-Peter, Paul & Mary #1
There is a tie for #2, so there are 11 songs in the top ten this week on K/MEN

The Contours have a new song on both surveys Don't Let Her Be your Baby

He's So Fine-Chiffons #1. Do you think George Harrison is listening?

C C Cinder -Sunsets #5 on KFXM, still moving up on K/MEN

Foolish Little Girl-Shirelles and Baby Workout-Jackie Wilson new on each survey


Myself, K/MEN129 Harley Davidson and Tim Abney, at the Orange Show Swap Meet in San Bernardino 4/23/2008 Tim stepped out for the moment.
Harley realizing he was back in San Bernardino.

Monday, March 24, 2008

K/mentertainer March 23, 1968

Lot of things going on this issue. Bonnie & Clyde craze still popular. Bonnie & Clyde contest winners
Magical Mystery Tour contest headed your way.
Russ O'Hara & The Honey LTD

Interesting selection of Heavy Albums
With so many comments about the Love Affair-Everlasting Love (#21 this week). How about some controversry?

I Love You-People #1
Honey-Bobby Goldsboro not quite at the top yet (#6 debut)

Hit Bound Sounds
You've Got To Be Love-Montanas. I had heard this is one of Johnny Helm's (over at KFXM) favorites
Master Jack-Four Jacks & A Jill interesting song. I've run across a number of people, who really like that song.
There are also two songs (marked with a black diamond) that appear to be album tracks (soon to be singles) listed Do You Know the Way To San Jose?-Dionne Warwick and I Wanna Live-Glen Campbell

Sunday, March 23, 2008

KFXM Tiger Mag March 22, 1968

Hey!!!!! After many many weeks, the Tiger Mag is back to being Orange again!
Al Anthony and Danny dare with that GTO winner! Picture of Jim Messina from Colton, the newest member of The Buffalo Springfield

#1 Honey-Boby Goldsboro
Doors-Unknown Soldier jumping up to #11 sandwiched in between two versions of Love Is Blue
Highest debut You Must Be A Witch-Lollipop Shoppe #33
#35 I like Soul Seremade-Willie Mitchell Very good instrumental.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

KFXM website

Received a request from Dirty Don McCoy.

DIRTY DON McCOY has left a new comment on your post "K/mentertainer Feb 3, 1968":

Not necessary Don. There appears to be reincarnations of the website.

Close to original site:

Reinvented version.


Thursday, March 20, 2008

March 16, 1973...35 Years Ago

#1 Killing Me Softly With His Song-Roberta Flack on both surveys Seymour KFXM Photos

Monday, March 17, 2008

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

#1 on both The End Of The World-Skeeter Davis
Highest debut on KFXM On Broadway-Drifters at #29
KFXM claiming to be #1 by a wide margin by a Pulse ratings survey. It's been a year, why wasn't K/MEN #1?

The biggest jump into the top ten on both surveys is Puff-Peter, Paul & Mary
Wax To Watch
How about Seagrams by The Viceroys?
Boss Strikes Back-The Rumblers, does it sound like Boss?
Honorable K/mention
Anyone ever hear Music City-Pleasures
He's A Bad Boy-Carole King making its debut
The other side of the K/men survey is the same as last weeks.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

K/mentertainer March 16, 1968

For the first time since the K/mentertainer shrunk in size, it is a larger size, in this Special Edition. I guess the size makes it a Special Ediion. Below is the top and bottom of the front page. (about the same size as the 1965 editions)
Below the top and bottom of the back page,
#1 I Love You-People
Notice #9 Monkees Valleri still listed as the B side
Hitbound Jackie DeShannon Me About You. I've heard the Lovin' Spoonful version and The Turtles version, but not Jackie's.
Hey-- Everlasting Love-Love Affair has returned as a hitbound again.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

KFXM Tiger Mag March 15, 1968

Cream on the cover. I would not recogonize Eric Clapton as the person in the first picture. Sherman Mason with a picture of Miss San Bernardino, Mary Dawson
Interesting article about Otis Redding
Picture of The Association
#1 I Love You-People
Big jump for Lady Madonna/Inner Light-Beatles from #38 to #8, but #10 debut is Honey-Bobby Goldsboro....People must have been spending their money at the record stores, and making a lot of requests
#40 Alone Again Or-Love That was proably my favorite new song at the time.
Also liked Personal Pick Feelings-Grassroots. Definitely nothing like the Morris Albert song.

Harley answers some questions

There were questions about the new K/MEN129. Harley Davidson has some answers as follow:

Here are a few of the comments:
I listened this morning.Not sure about this format.Internet radio stations arecreated on a niche. Narrowcastingif you will.This format is even worse thana broadcast station trying toplease everyone.Oldie oldies to rap.Don't think so!!Regroup and come up with a uniquesound.The spectrum of music is toobroad.
Okay, I'm not even sure about this format. Wait, what format? I really haven't had time to finish it. It's just a bunch of songs. It will get better. As for rap and oldies not working, tell that to Jesse Duran at KGGI or Art Laboe. Both get amazing ratings doing just that.
So it's more of a 70sformat. So be it.But I do like Harley jockingthe music. He's very good.
Yeah, there are a lot of 70s titles in there. Thank you for the kind words. I hadn't been on the air in quite a while and was a bit rusty. Anyway, thanks.
KFXM.COM versus KMEN129.COM - It's not "Gentlement, start your engines" it's "Gentlemen, flip your bits"
KFX--Who? Oh, this isnt' a battle. Both stations are vastly different. At least there will be a bigger difference as I go along. KFXM.COM is very old sounding and more of a reflection of what KFXM was(they even have a former KFXMer working there). KMEN will be younger and faster paced. I'm amped up on coffee most of the time, so the station will reflect that.
Davidson needs to get any surviving KMEN air talents to cut promos for this internet channel that can be played throughout the day. Also, it would be a good idea if THIS site can be used to cross-promote Davidson's other words, Davidson handles the audio, and Doug can deal with the image displays.
I love that one. Great idea and bad idea. The surviving KMEN are all pretty old(see comment above)and have their own ideas of what KMEN should be. I said this on the air yesterday. I can't recreate 1962! I didn't even try in the 90's. Okay, maybe I tried a little. The impression I got from the original staff in 1997 was they didn't much care for KMEN in 1997. Ron Jacobs didn't understand why we were "AM 1290" and not "129". Apparently he didn't own a digital radio back then. It's "129" now because it's online and can be whatever I want. "129" doesn't mean anything. That's why I'm using "Really Radio" on some of the imaging. They used that in 1962 and I think it's brilliant because it doesn't say a thing about what the station is.If the original K/men want to record something that would be great. I'm uncomfortable asking and really don't know what I'd have them say. As for Doug's website promoting KMEN, he's done an amazing job of doing just that. So did Bill Earl. Both have offered their images from KMEN's past for me to use on the website and I will.
Listening to the station, itneeds quality control onthe sound.It sounds muddy. Sounds worsethan an AM station.Sounds like audio rangegoes from 50 Hz to maybe3KHz. at best. Tweek it up becauseit is annoying to be missingthe upper end of frequencyresponse.Thanks
I'm painfully aware of the quality. See my earlier post for more on this. I'm working on it.Thanks for listening.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

March 9, 1973...35 Years Ago

It's green week for both surveys.
Killing Me Softly With His Song #1 on both. Hit Bound
Tie A Yellow Ribbon Around The Old Oak Tree-Dawn
I guess no one knew how huge this song would be.

Future Hit
Twelfth Of Never-Donny Osmond
Anyone watch Seymour, was he on Channel 9, or was it Channel 13, or maybe Channel 5? I don't remember. He was making a personal appearance at the California Theater this month.