JIM HAWTHORNE was a crazy DJ on the West Coast in the 40s
and 50s - when he moved back to Colorado in the mid-70s,
KOA got a sample of what this guy could do --
here's a "scoped" sample for you::
BROWN PALACE BIG BAND LIVE REMOTE
Who can forget the Big Band remotes?   KOA was still
doing some in the 80s -- let's go down to the
Brown Palace Hotel and welcome in the New Year
1981 with KOA's Bill Saul --
coming to you in two parts:
KOA RADIO HISTORY IN SOUND

This is the history of KOA radio --
Masterfully put together by Jim Hawthorne
for KOA's 60th annniversary in 1984.
Coming to you in four parts:
PETE SMYTHE ON KLZ
Before Pete Smythe did his daily KOA radio show, Pete had
a show on KLZ radio in the late 40s and early 50s.  From
about 1950, Pete does a live show from a Denver car
dealership -- his guest?     Lawrence Welk!
DENVER OLD TIME RADIO
I grew up in Northwest Denver, about 7 blocks away from the old Elitches.   In     
 1960 I bought a tape recorder -- the reel to reel type -- and I'd tape things from   
 the radio and TV.  Now I've got over a thousand reels cloggin' up my apartment
-- in the interest of actually having a room to sleep in, I'm dubbing most of these    
 reels into my 'puter and transforming them into MP3 files onto CDs and such.     
Now it would be awfully selfish of me to just hoard all of this great stuff, so, being
 the generous guy that I am, I'm going to share some soundtracks with the world!
 

THE LAST TROCADERO
    REMOTE EVER!

When they tore down the Elitches Trocadero
ballroom down in 1975, KOA radio did one
last 2 hour live remote -- also full of
interviews from some of the big bandleaders
who played at the Troc --
Charles A. Bennett of KOA does the honors
of being the last Big Band announcer -
In four parts:
JACK BENNY IN DENVER

In 1948, Jack Benny did his radio show
live from the Denver Auditorium Theater
as a benefit for the March of Dimes.
As you'll hear, Benny's announcer
Don Wilson grew up in NorthWest Denver!
PETE SMYTHE'S GENERAL STORE ON KOA

For many years, Pete was the proprietor of his
general store in East Tincup Colorado.  (actually
KOA radio studios)   As his friend Bob Hope once
said, "This is the only radio show I know of that has
a 'set'!"   Click on Pete's picture to hear Pete at
his best -- Pete was also a gifted piano player and
songwriter!
ALAN BERG ON KWBZ
It's been over 25 years since Alan was machined-gun
down in front of his apartment -- but hear why he was
fascinating to listen to -- he could be funny just talking
to himself!
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KIMN RADIO AT THE CELEBRITY SPORTS CENTER 1961
Back in the 60s Disney was part owner of the
Celebrity Sports Center on South Colorado Blvd
in Denver.  Tim Tindleson of KIMN radio is there
interviewing some guests: Annette Funicello,
Hayley Mills, and Jimmy Dodd!
GARY OWENS IN DENVER  --
Famous DJ and Laugh-In guy Gary Owens
got his radio and TV start in Denver in
1957.  I know, 'cause he told me so at
the Carousel Ball in 1982 --
WOLFMAN JACK WAS IN DENVER -- HEAR RADIO SPOT
Hey, da Wolfman was ready to boogie
this spot was from the mid-70s --
PETE SMYTHE, DICK McDANIELS AND JOHN
DUNNING TALK OLD TIME DENVER RADIO
--
About three decades ago, these gentlemen tell
their stories back when there were only about 5
radio stations in town before TV -- you'll hear a
program remote of a Heart Association Dinner
Dance in 1951 that all of the stations in town took
part in -- and, Pete at one time went to Hollywood
to try to be the next Bing Crosby with his own
band -- he also was a writer for some national
radio shows -- you'll hear an old show that Pete
was part of.   This recording has parts missing
from it, I was taping this onto a cassette that
wasn't long enough -- but you'll enjoy some very
interesting stories!



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KIMN RADIO HOLDS A REUNION -- HEAR IT HERE!   In 1979 KIMN radio
celebrated 25 years by having all the old DJs from the 50s  (Pogo Pogo, Roy the
Bellboy Gunderson, Gary Owens, Jay Mack, Jack Merker, Ross Reagan, Lohman
and Barkley) come back and do their old shows for a three day weekend.
Hear it all
RIGHT HERE!  
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HAL MOORE OF KIMN AND KHOW?
Glad you asked!   He's now the morning man of KRWZ on
"Cruisin' Oldies", a station that plays 50s and 60s music --
KRWZ is on 950AM, the old KIMN frequency, is that cool or what?
Hal gave a talk recently for the "Broadcast Professionals of Colorado"
and Hal was kind enough to give me permission to share this with YOU!
(click on title above or picture at right to hear what Hal had to say!)