Monday, June 30, 2008

When Radio Was Boss -When A Blogsite Was Boss

I've had a few inquiries on Bill Earl's Blogsite "When Radio Was Boss", such as Where did it go???

I've received a couple emails from Bill with an explanation and the future of all things Boss, as detailed below.

dear doug,

here is the e-mail i send out to anyone who inquiries as to where the radio site went feel free to run it!



(Please forgive this "form" e-mail to you, but the heavy amount of e-mails delivered to us on this subject could only reasonably be answered by this kind of
response. Thank you for your understanding.)

We TRULY thank you for your e-mail inquiring on the status of the radio blogsite.

The radio blogsite that I was founder and editor of, and which included ten fellow contributors, was shut down and permanently DELETED as of Friday afternoon, June 27, 2008, upon the advise of informal legal counsel.

The issue brought to our attention was "ownership of images" and uses of same.

As our site was a labor of love (we made no $ on it whatsoever) our counsel and I (as founder and editor) concluded that we did not want to further cross any lines into any areas that would cause anyone any distress, dismay, or negative concerns..

We DO thank YOU for your support of our site.

It had a GOOD "run", almost 2 1/2 years....January 2006 to almost July 2008

Thank you again for your e-mail.
BiLL Earl
Former editor of now-defunct radio-oriented blogsite.

Due to many e-mailing wishing I hadn't deleted my old radio blogsite, I have decided to turn over my entire on-line archives, and "virtual" access to my radio scrapbook archives here at home, over to a friend of mine who (w/ his buddy) will edit a new classic DJ & radio station blogsite using MUCH of the IMAGES that I had used on my old (now-defunct) site.

I personally will NOT be "editing" the site as before, but WILL be "chiming in" with advice to the "new guys" when appropriate, but as infrequent as possible....i'm burned out, but am happy folks liked what i displayed (most of the time..LOL)

I have INSISTED that any "artistic re-creations" or "commemorative issues" be labled as such, as to NOT upset any purists out there who had objected to my former team of 10 contributors who, with me, occasionally created much of those images.

So, I would appreciate that you would PLUG:

on YOUR sites, and tell your friends, too.

Again, this is NOT another "Bill Earl" just will be using MUCH of MY material, plus I'm sure, the "new guys" may come up with their own, too, when they see fit.

This is a good compromise for me....that is, much of MY archives being displayed again WITHOUT putting myself in the past line of fire, as I do NOT expect to be directly involved as before.

I have been just told that the official title of the NEW blogsite is


Many fans missed a lot of my past displays...I can't bring THOSE back, but I HAVE turned over my entire jpg "picture file" to the "new guys", so let's all kick back and see just how decent a job i certainly expect them to do.

I understand they will displaying stuff a little at a time, so the site is worth watching grow!

Thanks for your past support!

BiLL Earl

(I personally can still be reached at

That is the information I received, so head over to the new site.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

K/mentertainer June 29, 1962

Moving up to #1 Roses Are Red-BobbyVinton
Highest debut # 7 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do-Neil Sedaka and new at #9 409/Surfin' Safari-Beach Boys Honorable K/mention
Interesting title Kilimanujaro-Del Vikings
Glen Campbell has a song Too Late To Worry --Too Blue To Cry

Next Week: I do not have the July 6, 1962 K/mentertainer, so I won't be posting anything for 1962. But 1962 will be back in two weeks.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

KFXM Tiger Mag June 28, 1968

Donovan makes the cover of the Tiger Mag celebrating his #1 song. A question from EdGRrrrrr SEZ Who is Bill Bellman? ? ? ? ?
He was a salesman at KFXM and the owner of Rock-It Records and a former DJ.
Charlie Walters and Jonny Bruce in 1968. Someone has asked about Charlie and what he is doing today. Anyone know?

Interesting note in Bits & Pieces. At the end there is a mention of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & The Big Bopper plane crash, and Buddy's music. It's not an anniversary, so I don't understand why it was mentioned.
#1 Hurdy Gurdy Man-Donovan
Hello I Love You-Doors debuting at #6 Tuesday Afternoon-Moody Blues, big jump to #5
Elvis Presley has a Personal Pick Your Time Hasn't Come Yet Baby It's also listed as a double sided hit with Let Youself Go

Friday, June 27, 2008

KFXM and K/men June 28, 1963

#1 Wipeout/Surfer Joe-Surfaris on KFXM
Highest debut #27 Easier Said Than Done-Essex
#39 From Me To You-Beatles Headed up the charts in 1963!

"Wax To Watch"
At the same time Elvis Presley with Devil In Disguise
Blowing In The Wind-Peter, Paul & Mary
Do You Want To Know A Secret-Billy Kramer Two Lennon-McCartney songs on the charts at the same time. Signs of things to come! #1- Surf City-Jan & Dean on K/men
#6 Memphis-Lonnie Mack highest debut into the top ten Denise-Randy & The Rainbows and Judys Turn To Cry-Leslie Gore new as Honorable K/mention

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

KFXM and K/men June 26, 1970

The pictures are the same, but there's a new line up. Charlie Walters, Jonny Bruce, Don McCoy, and Gary Evans are gone.
Listed below is a welcome to Chuck Clifford, Cliff Roberts, Don Mann and Bob Brooks #1 Spill The Wine-Eric Burdon & War

#1 K/MEN
Also #1 Spill the Wine
Three songs Hit Bound headed for the top ten. Ooh Child-Five Staristeps, Make It With You-Bread and Long, Long Time-Linda Ronstadt

Monday, June 23, 2008

K/mentertainer June 22, 1968

Here's an article about The Peppermint Trolley Company
Johnny Helm's tribute
Dave McCormick and Johnny Helm reflecting on the death of Bobby Kennedy

#1 Mony Mony-Tommy James & The Shondells Where's Hurdy Gurdy Man? Moving up to #15, but it is one of the most requested.Highest debut #22 Never Give You Up-Jerry Butler
Interesting note a 1967 song Requim For The Masses-Association is one of the most requested songs.
Hit Bound
Elvis Presley with a new one Your Time Hasn't Come Yet, Baby
Three new songs I like Mrs. Bluebiird-Etenity's Children Alice Long-Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart and Don't Take It So Hard-Paul Revere & The Raiders

Sunday, June 22, 2008

K/mentertainer June 22, 1962

#1 Wah-Watusi-Orlons
New in the top ten this week #5 Roses Are Red-Bobby Vinton #6 Sealed With A Kiss-Brian Hyland #10 Ahab The Arab-Ray Stevens. All of these songs were played for decades.Honoable K/mention
How about Bobby Lewis with a followup to Tossin' & Turning ------I'm Tossin' & Turnin' Again

Sorry, don't have a copy of the other side this week.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

KFXM Tiger Mag June 21, 1968

Merilee Rush on the cover. KFXM prints a poem by Pam Morley A Senator Lost
Cowsills picture
#1 Hurdy Gurdy Man-Donovan zoomed up the KFXM chart, nationally only made it to #5, Hey! Herb Alpert is no longer at the top!
Highest debut #23 Dream A Little Dream Of Me-Mama Cass
Future Hit
Pictures Of Matchstick Men-Status Quo At the time my favorite new song, I couldn't get enough of it. The ultimate psychodelic song at the time!
How about Cher-Take Me For A Little While. There were many single versions of this song, but it could never be a bifg hit.
All the Personal Picks by established artists except for Hugh Masekela (and he had been in the business for awhile). Only type of music not there is country.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

KFXM and K/men June 21, 1963

Wipeout/Surfer Joe-Surfaris huge jump up to #2
Memphis-Lonnie Mack debuts at #24

Wax To Watch
Interesting song by Dion-Be Careful Of The Stones You Throw
Someone tell me the title of the Supremes song at #50!?
#1 Surf City-Jan & Dean

Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport-Rolf Harris up to #2

From Me To You-Beatles Former K/men Hitbound Sound! Baja-Astronauts One of my favorite surf insttrumentals
Ring Of Fire-Johnny Cash, a great song to go along with a barbeque and a can of lighter fluid.
You would think a song called Beach Party by Frankie Avalon would be a big hit in this day of surfin' records, apparently not

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

KFXM and K/men June 19, 1970

Ride Captain ride-Blues Image #1
Big Yellow Taxi-Joni Mitchell Future Hit

K/MEN Class Of '70 BROADCASTERS NEEDED NOW! San Bernardino School of Broadcasting

#1 Mama Told Me-Three Dog Night

#29 Canned Ham-Norman Greenbaum followup, but very different from Spirit In The Sky

Teach Your Children/Carry On going up the charts, but there is another new one by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young-Ohio Hit Bound

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

K/mentertainer June 15, 1968

K/men Class of '68 and some Happenings of the year

#1 This Guy's In Love With You
Jumping Jack Flash-Rolling Stones jumping to #7

Hit Bound The Ventures trying again with Walk Don't Run '68:Medley This one just didn't quite make it. Don't know qhat other songs are part of the medley.

Monday, June 16, 2008

KFXM Tiger Mag June 14, 1968

Don McCoy practicing his magic act on Chatlie Walters Spanky & Our Gang picture and article
From Flashback down in the bottom right hand corner-- The Beatles Sgt Peppers is a year old.
Picture of The Association.
This Guy's In Love With You still #1 and lyrics printed above. Notice #2 is Yummy Yummy Yummy-Ohio Express. I beleive Johnny Helm mentioned tha K/men never played this song. Go back and look at the K/men charts. It's nowhere to be found.
Highest debut Hurdy Gurdy Man-Donovan #16
Future Hit
This I don't remember The Strawbs-Or Am I Dreaming

Personal Picks
First time around for Wonderful World-Louis Armstrong. Back In Love Again-Buckinghams, sounding a lot like their other hits, but this one didn't it make too far up the charts. Another try for The Love Affair-Rainbow Valley, I have never heard this one either.

#1 album listed Heavy-Iron Butterfly

Sunday, June 15, 2008

K/mentertainer June 15, 1962

#1 Wah-Watusi-Orlons I prefer #2 Palisades Park-Freddie Cannon
Highest debut on the K/MEN-DOUS TEN Theme From Dr. Kildare-Richard Chamberlain

NEW this week

Twist and Shout-Isley Brothers The Locomotion-Litle Eva A couple songs you may even hear regularly on the radio today. These versions and their remakes.

How about Slow Pokey Joe-Bobby Day Cleapatra Brown-Day Bros A couple songs you may have never heard.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

KFXM and K/men June 12, 1970

#1 Love On A Two Way Street-Moments Double sided hit bound for Crosby, Stills Nash & Young-Teach Your Children/Carry On I liked Westbound #9-Flamin' Embers and I actually bought a copy of The Witch-Rattles at the same time I bought Westbound #9

Below: Maybe I'm Amazed-Paul McCartney It wasn't released as a single until many years later when a live version was released.
#1 Mama Told Me (Not To Come) - 3 Dog Night

Cinnamon Girl-Neil Young Future Hit. K/men has the Gentrys version at #27
KFXM Zodiac lists the KFXM jocks adding Don Mann and Bill Pepper

Looks like Don McCoy and Gary Evans are gone.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Non Radio News

Usually you see radio stuff here, but I have an exception to the rule, today.
My daughter had her high school graduation last night, and in yesterday's Sun newspaper they published San Bernardino's Valedictorians, which she was one of four from Cajon High School.
My wife and I are very proud of her, and I wanted to share this with you.

If you're wondering about a 4.9 GPA She was in the International Bacculaureate Program, where most classes ranked at 5.0 rather than 4.0. All four of the Valedictorians had 4.9. That did not exist when I was in high school

P.S. There was an article in her school newspaper asking questions of each of the Valedictorians. One question was: What was your favorite musical artist? She said The Beatles. I had more influence on her than I thought.

Having said that back to the music!