Ray Durkee was a local Denver radio personality and DJ who hosted the wonderful “Sunday at the Memories” radio show on KHOW and much to my delight I just “discovered” the “Sunday at the Memories” show which has been rejuvenated by Ray’s son, James Durkee on “Cruisin’ 950” on Sunday evenings!
James Durkee has also created a tremendous historical and entertaining tribute to his late father with his “Sunday at the Memories” web site complete with programs, great photos, a biography and much more! Click on the image above to visit the site.
He brought more than the music to life during his broadcast with his casual but well informed presentation of the past. My fondest memories of Ray was our visits to Denver’s London House nightclub where he would spin records, chat with the audience in his laid back style – and do the best rock and roll trivia in the town. I one day listening to him during his broadcast when he talked about “The Cosmonaut” record below. It was listed in a global record price guide and he really got a kick out of that. He said “I’ve got myself a collectible record!” Those images are shown below.
Ray Durkee started in Denver at KOSI, 1959. That job lasted a very short time. He went to KTLN for a year or so. KTLN sent him to their sister station in Arizona in 1961. In late 1962 he came back to KTLN in Denver. He did TRAFFIC pilot work for KTLN mid 60’s, weather may have been also a part, but the plane he was flying was for traffic reporting. He passed away in Bismarck, North Dakota, not South Dakota.