From the Land of Band Box Records

Shooting for the Charts

September 11, 2019

Colorado Hits the Charts – Home and Away

Here are the 45’s (for the most part – a few LP cuts here) which managed to find their way onto either the national Billboard Charts – including Hot 100, R&B, Country and Bubbling Under charts- In addition I have included a group of strange extras which was concocted by Jerry Osborne – taking songs which placed below the Top 100 and were listed as ‘on the way up’ by Music Vendor and Record World Magazines – Osborne with his never ending ranking formulas came up with a formula to assign a number to these – for what that is worth.  Those listings can be found in his book “Hit Records 101-150”.

I have listed singles which first and foremost made it onto any of the national’s and then listed the second highest chart listing be it another national or a local radio survey listing – highest selected – regardless of State or origin – Where there is no national chart position for a song – then I list the two highest local radio survey listings (when there are two).  There are nearly 500 songs listed here which I was able to track down.

I was very surprised to see just how many radio stations from all across the mainland of the United States (as well as Hawaii and Alaska) charted so many of our musicians and often higher than our own local stations.

Chart Mania

What is missing is Glenn Miller, Billy Murray and Paul Whiteman charting records – Those three along would surpass this total list – Maybe another time.  I also listed songs which charted by non-Colorado musicians but were composed by a Colorado composer – Think the Strawberry Alarm Clock with “Incense and Peppermints” composed by CU students Tim Gilbert and John Carter.

I listed Earth, Wind and Fire but only singles which charted during the presence of East High musicians Larry Dunn, Philip Bailey and Andrew Woolfolk – I included groups like Firefall and Poco which both have very strong ties to Colorado but omitted the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – who came around for a time.  I did include Mary MacGregor who wasn’t born or raised here but spent a good amount of time in Steamboat – and also because I simply wanted to.  My Blog my decision!  I couldn’t resist including Jody Reynolds of “Endless Sleep” fame because he was born in Denver – He left as a little boy but so what?  I had to include him because he is so cool.

One and Done on Billboard

The coveted crown jewel – a number 1 ranking on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart – is elusive indeed and in the modern era has scarcely been achieved by any artist based in Colorado – musician or composer.  The Murray/Whiteman/Miller triumvirate is a different story of course – and from a very different set of times.  Billy Murray, who moved to Denver at age 5 and grew up here – placed more than 250 songs on the charts in the early part of the 20th century and hit the top spot a couple dozen times.  Paul Whiteman had several number one’s and placed nearly 200 records on the charts.  Glenn Miller enjoyed more than 2 dozen top hits.

But for everyone else number 1 in the nation was a rare event.  During the Bailey/Woolfolk/Dunlap era of Earth Wind and Fire – the highly successful group achieved 8 number one’s on the Billboard R&B charts and one of those went to number 1 Hot 100.  Wayne Thompson – who became known as Wayne Carson – and who had briefly played with Denver’s Freddie and the Hitchhikers” – had a biggie – He  composed “The Letter” which hit number one for the Box Tops (the Arbors would chart with the Carson song as would England’s Joe Cocker who took it to number 7 – Cocker eventually moved to Colorado living near the town of Crawford on Colorado’s western slope near the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.)

The Champs From East High School

EWF-intro-rowEWF-intro-rowThe late Michael Johnson who grew up in Alamosa, Colorado, enjoyed some nice Hot 100 presence but it would take a move to country music for Johnson to hit the top spot – twice on the country charts.  The one-time mayor of Ouray, Colorado – Chad a monster number 1 Country song with “Convoy”.  That one was played to death.  Another Colorado artist who went country was Gary Morris who came out of Texas to settle in the Denver area – first performing as part of the duo “Gary and Eddie (Johnson)” and appearing often at Taylor’s Supper Club – sometimes appearing as “Taylor’s Cowboys”.  Gary and Eddie would team up with Colorado musician Teri Hernandez to form a country/folksy type group called “Tomorrow’s Time”.

The Big Six

Morris would move as a solo and would enjoy four number 1 country hits.  Steamboat resident Mary MacGregor hit the top spot with 1977’s “Torn Between Two Lovers”.  Denver’s Kenny Passerelli was in demand as a session player by many prominent artists including Joe Walsh, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills and Elton John, all musicians who made their way to Colorado’s Caribou Ranch recording studio.  Kenny co-wrote Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way” (which Passerelli composed) and played on Elton Johns’ number 1 hit “Island Girl”.  Kenny appeared on many Hall and Oates charting singles (and LP’s) as a regular part of their band for a time.

Johnson & Morris Top of the Country

And finally, University of Colorado students Tim Gilbert and John Carter penned the monster hit “Incense and Peppermints” at the request of producer Frank Slay for The Strawberry Alarm Clock.

Number 1 On Fabulous KIMN (or KTLK)

The Moonrakers and Boenzee Cryque share the distinction of having two number one hits in Denver on Denver radio.  Firefall had one, The Soul Survivors one and Sugarloaf one.

Number One at One Mile High

Everyone But Them

The Astronauts, had one number one hit on KIMN “Baja” and just three singles which charted nationally, but just barely, “Baja” made it to number 94 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “Hot Doggin'” managed a number 101 ranking.  “Competition Coupe” just made a cameo appearance with a Bubbling Under rank of 124.  Denver’s favorite local band chosen by many, they did much better in Japan!

Going Local Around the U.S.A

Five Colorado musical acts who did not hit the top spot on a Colorado radio station but managed one each out of state include the Arizona to Colorado transplant Cornerstone on KFXM in San Bernardino, CA (“Holly Go Softly”). Flash Cadillac on WDNG in Anniston, AL (“Did You Boogie with Your Baby”), Bob Lind on KACY in Orlando, FL (“Elusive Butterfly”), The Serendipity Singers on WAKY Louisville, KY (“Don’t Let The Rain Come Down”), and Randy Van Warmer KOOK, Billings, MT (“Just When I Needed You Most”).

Beloved Band Box Records

Band Box – Registered in 1963 but in Use on Records by 1958/59

Nineteen Band Box label recordings managed to chart either here or in another state.  Three songs broke into the national charts – two by Van Trevor and one by Penny Starr (Dehaven) – both edging onto the Billboard Country charts and both times kicking off those two performers country recording careers.  Both musicians have passed away.

So that’s it – a total of six songs which hit the ‘toppermost of the poppermost’ of the Billboard Hot 100 – A damn rare thing as it turns out!

There are no doubt other tune I have missed as far as the total comprehensive charts go, and I welcome any additions or corrections.

The Chart History Colorado

Presented alphabetically by artist.


KIMN Boss Jocks (and more)

August 6, 2019

KIMN Boss Jocks on The Denver Tiger – 950 AM through the Years

Here they are – as far as I have been able to round them up – Many now deceased – more than we know – here are the on-air guys and gals who brought the music and the magic to the Mile High City!

The early team of KIMN Jocks were fascinating to me – older for the most part – not quite as “hip” as those who would soon follow – names like Gene Price, Al Lohman Jr., Morey Crowley to name a few from the mid 1950’s – Royce Johnson was there then and he certainly “had it” but wouldn’t survive his “flushing toilet” incident when KICN came along.

Immensely popular Pogo Poge came along in about 1958 and changed everything with his stunts on and off the air.  Character names were the rage “Frankenstein”, “The Night Creature”, Graham “Cracker” Richards, Roy “The Bell Boy”, and “Bells a-Popin”.

KIMN was located on the “West Side” so that sort of made it more our station – being students at Denver West – than any other Denver area high school – Jefferson was located just down the street in Lakewood so I suppose they made the same claim – but we were Denver West!

We used to drive over to the station located off 20th and Sheridan Blvd., by Sloans Lake every Saturday to pick up the latest KIMN weekly survey.  If they were out or locked up for some reason then we would just go to nearby Arlan’s Department Store and fetch one from the record department.  KIMN and Arlan’s were joined at the hip being so near to one another – with special recording artists sometime appearing just outside the store adjacent to KIMN to promote a new record.

KIMN was our soundtrack morning, noon and especially well into the night.  My friend and I would often stop by KIMN around midnight on a Saturday where Jay Mack would be broadcasting – He would let us come into the lobby and talk to us via a lobby speaker during song spins – no tape – all 45’s on turntables.  He seemed to enjoy having the late night company.  Best of times….

KIMN Chris Alexander – 1971

KIMN Steve Alexander – 1983-1988

KIMN Gary Allyn – 1965

KIMN Lee Anderson KIMN ‘Weather Girl’ – 1960’s

KIMN Paul Anderson – 1964

KIMN Paul Anderson – 1964

KIMN Mike Anthony – 1972

KIMN Fred Arthur – 1950’s

KIMN Ted Atkins – 1960’s

KIMN “Jolly” Roger Barkley – 1959-1961 (deceased)

KIMN John Bayliss – 1970’s (deceased)

KIMN Keith Beaver – 1964

KIMN Dan Bell – 1967

KIMN Glen  “Bells-a-Poppin/Boogie” Bell -1958-1964

KIMN Jerry Bell

KIMN Eric Birch – 1980’s

KIMN Dave Bogart – 1970’s

KIMN The Boogeyman – 1980’s

KIMN Phil Boyce

KIMN Barry Bradley – 1964

KIMN Big Al Brady – 1972-1973

KIMN Tom Brennan – 1960

KIMN Tom Brewer – 1980’s

KIMN Ray Bridges – 1962-1963

KIMN Chuck Buell – 1964-1967 & 1982

KIMN Eric Burch – 1980’s

KIMN Mike Butts – 1974

KIMN Warren Byrne

KIMN Sandy Cate – 1964

KIMN Jim Chenevy – 1979-1980

KIMN Bill Churchill – 1963

KIMN Dick Clark (Syndicated ) – 1964

KIMN Gary Clark – 1972

KIMN Richard Clear – 1971

KIMN Michael “Mike” Collins – 1971

KIMN Jack Colon  1958

KIMN Mark Copeman – 1980’s

KIMN Lee Corey – 1982-1985

KIMN Scott Cortelyou News – 1978-1988

KIMN Mort Crowley – 1957-1958

KIMN Gary Cruz News – 1970’s

KIMN Bill Davidson – 1965-1966

KIMN Danny Davis – 1968-1970’s

KIMN Jay Davis – 1970

KIMN Dr. Demento (Syndicated) – 1975

KIMN Neal Dionne – 1981

KIMN Dick Dillon – 1980’s

KIMN John Duane – 1980’s

KIMN Chuck Duncan News – 1960’s

KIMN Charles Eastwood – 1972

KIMN Dwight Edmund News – 1963

KIMN Gloria Eflin “Weather Girl” – 1960’s

KIMN Doug Erickson – 1976-1986

KIMN John Erickson (aka “Bill Calm”) – 1971-1972

KIMN Stu Evans – 1980’s

KIMN Tim “Finneley Beangrab” Findley – News Team/Boss Jock – 1962/1964

KIMN Chris Fitzrandolph – 1979-1980

KIMN Don Fortune – 1964

KIMN “Big” Bob Foster – 1970’s

KIMN Linda Fox-Kamen – 1974-1976

KIMN Dave “Franzanstein” Fransen – 1957-1960 (deceased)

KIMN Ron Fritz (News) – 1970’s

KIMN Jim Fulcher – the “KIMN Chicken” – 1970’s

KIMN Ed Greene – (future Denver News anchor) – 1973-1974

KIMN Roy “The Bellboy” Gunderson – 1958-1961 (deceased)

KIMN Gary Hamilton – 1971-1974

KIMN Don “The Hawk” Hawkins – 1980’s (deceased)

KIMN Jim Heath (“Johnny Presley”) – 1966-1967

KIMN Cecil Heftel (station owner) – 1957-1962

KIMN John Hendricks

KIMN Jim Herron – 1976-1978

KIMN Al Hogan – 1961

KIMN Bruce “Happy Holiday” Holland – 1958-1962

KIMN Bill Holley “The Night Creature” – 1960’s

KIMN Howard Hughes – 1971

KIMN Bobby Irwin – 1980-1981

KIMN George Jay – 1972

KIMN Randy Jay – 1980-1988

KIMN Al Jefferson – 1970’s

KIMN Royce Johnson – 1958-1960 (fired for “flushing” the competition “down the toilet” (deceased)

KIMN Jackson Kane – 1973-1975 (deceased)

KIMN Casy Kasem – 1971 (Syndicated)

KIMN Bruce Kamen (News) – 1970’s (deceased)

KIMN Bob Karson – 1979-1986

KIMN Sharon Katchen – 1970’s-1980’s

KIMN Jack Kaufman – Owner of Harmony Record Store downtown and the “trumpet playing” cab driver – 1961-1964

KIMN Steve Keeney – 1973-1986

KIMN Steve Kelley – 1977-1986

KIMN Chuck Kelly – 1970’s

KIMN Scott Kenyon – 1972-1974

KIMN Scott Killgore – 1986-1988

KIMN Lynn Kimbrough News

KIMN Mark Kochman – 1980’s

KIMN Dave LaFrance – 1970’s

KIMN Tony Lamonica News – 1960’s – 1970’s

KIMN Robert E. Lee – 1960-1969

KIMN Stan Levitt News Team – 1964

KIMN Niles Lishness – 1960’s (with Jay Mack)

KIMN Dana Logan – 1980’s

KIMN Al Lohman – 1957-1958 (deceased)

KIMN John London – 1970’s

KIMN Jay Mack – 1963-1971 (deceased)

Marsilio – 1962

KIMN Don Martin – KIMN “Sky Spie” News Team/Director – Early 1960’s-1971

KIMN Marti Martin

KIMN C.C. “Nightsmoke” McCartney – 1973-1976

KIMN John McGuiness General Manager – 1972-1977 (deceased)

KIMN Farley McKluth – 1960’s (with Jay Mack)

KIMN “Smilin” Jack Merker – 1950’s-1963

KIMN Mike Metz – 1961-1962 (deceased)

KIMN Brant Miller – 1971

KIMN Paxton Mills – 1980’s (deceased)

KIMN Bill Minckler – 1974-1976

KIMN Johnny Mitchell – 1963-1964

KIMN Hal “Baby” Moore – 1960’s

KIMN Mike Morgan “Rick Shaw” – 1966-1967 (deceased)

KIMN Roger W. Morgan – 1969-1970

KIMN Phil Mueller – 1965

KIMN “Mountain Man” Murphy – 1986-1988

KIMN Johnny Nelson – 1963-1965

KIMN Jim O’Brien – 1966 (deceased)

KIMN Mike O’Meara News – 1964

KIMN Charlie O’Neill – 1970’s

KIMN Kris Olinger – 1970’s-1980’s

KIMN Gary Owens – 1957 (went on to Laugh In etc.)

KIMN Loren Owens – 1978

KIMN Ken Palmer – owner 1960’s into 1971 (deceased)

KIMN Gary Paxton – 1970’s

KIMN Wayne Phillips general manager – 1980’s

KIMN Judy Plumlee KIMN ‘Weather Girl’ – 1960’s

KIMN – Pogo Poge – 1960-1965 (deceased)

KIMN Gene Price – 1957-1958

KIMN Lee Randall – 1960’s

KIMN John Ravenscroft – 1964

KIMN Ross Reagan “Ross Jay” – 1960’s (deceased)

KIMN Jon Reed – 1971-1972

KIMN Grahame “Crackers” Richards – 1958-1960’s (deceased)

KIMN Stan Richards – 1965

KIMN Randy Robins – 1971

KIMN Ted Rogers

KIMN Dave Rogers – 1958-1961 (deceased)

KIMN Dan Ryan – 1970’s

KIMN M.J. Ryan – 1970’s

KIMN Nick St. John – 1974

KIMN W.D. Sanaferd – 1972-1973

KIMN Cliff Saunders – 1968

KIMN Henry (“Harry”) Scarborough – 1971-1972

KIMN Bob Scott KIMN News – 1962-1970’s

KIMN Tony Scott

KIMN Norm Seeley – 1963

KIMN Gary Semro – 1971

KIMN Mike Shannon – 1969

KIMN R.T. Simpson – 1968-1971

KIMN Harry Smith – Went on to work as major host of CBS “This Morning” TV show

KIMN Jack Sorbi – 1965-1966

KIMN Bill Stevens “Dave Shaw” – 1970’s (deceased)

KIMN Dave Stewart – 1962-1963

KIMN Greg Stone – 1967

KIMN Carl Strandell – 1968

KIMN Tina Tafolla – 1970’s

KIMN Doug Taylor – 1957-1958

KIMN Gary Tessler – Became a KOA talk show host

KIMN Dave Thomson – 1968-1973

KIMN “Tiny Tim Tindall – 1958-1963

KIMN Gary Todd – 1964

KIMN Walt Turner – 1971

KIMN Todd Wallace – 1962-1967

KIMN George Weber – 1980’s

KIMN Don West – 1967-1971

KIMN Bill Western – 1964-1969

KIMN Hal Widsten – 1976-1978

KIMN Carl Truman Wigglesworth – 1973

KIMN Johnny “Dapper Dan” Williams – 1959-1961

KIMN Wayne Yaffee – 1982-1983

The Denver Tiger – Remembering Jay Mack

August 4, 2019


The very popular Jay Mack – KIMN Boss Jock – made his debut at KIMN on July 17th, 1963 – He skyrocketed to the top of the Denver area DJ’s in popularity.  Then one day in August of 1964 – Jay was headed for a mini-vacation in the mountains of Colorado and everything changed.  Fellow Jock Jack Merker, who was about to switch stations, received a call at home from law enforcement officers calling from Lutheran Hospital in Wheat Ridge – they had located a printed item at the scene of a horrendous automobile crash near Golden – just west of Denver – The item contained Jack’s name.

Jay Mack’s career would never return to the pinnacle he had reached in the summer of 1964.  Just one week later he was scheduled to introduce The Beatles on their first U.S. Tour – appearing at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Mack was severely injured – and remained on the critical list and in a coma for three weeks.  His traveling companion and KIMN receptionist, Judy Danknich. was not expected to survive the accident.  Mack attempted a comeback at KIMN but with his speech pattern damaged it was a real struggle.  He was transferred in 1965 to a sister station in the Northwest – working off microphone for Merker.  While there, Mack worked hard practicing his on-air jargon – off-air – working to get the magic back.

He eventually returned to Denver – working first for KIMN competitor KBTR – and then returning to an afternoon slot at KIMN – due primarily to the demands of KIMN listeners.  He didn’t stay long – departing to work in Miama – again for his friend Merker.  He then returned for a third shot at KIMN in 1969.

Then in April of 1971 – KIMN was sold – and the firings began.  Jay received his walking papers just hours ahead of his scheduled show – dismissed over the telephone.  Life then began a painful chain of disappointments in radio – first in Kansas City – then landing at a very tiny little station in Michigan where he was the only employee – working live on the air and doubling up as a custodian after his stint.

The station owner who hired Jay – had never heard of him.  He came back to Colorado eventually in 1984 where he played ‘oldies’ on KLSC in Aurora.  All in all – Jay’s life was a letdown from what could have been.

Judy Danknich did survive but suffered greatly and struggle the rest of her life as a result of the injuries – She was 18 years-old at the time of the accident.

Jay Mack – the quickest Boss Jock wit on Fabulous KIMN – passed away in March of 2002 at age 65.



Queen City Queens

July 28, 2019

Teen Queen of the Week on KIMN – (and more contests from the Nifty 950)

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Beginning in January of 1962, spurred on by Freddy Cannon’s hit record from early in the year – KIMN Radio went to their ‘bread-and-butter’ – the “Baby Boomers” from around the Denver area – featuring a new “Teen Queen” each week for a good part of the year.  A few of my KIMN survey sheet images are very small and difficult to read – Let me know if you can fill in the info that is missing.

Back then the station obviously felt it was safe to publish these girls’ home addresses – Things have changed!

All of the “Teen Queens” are listed and shown below

The “Teen Queens” never were to return to “Nifty 950” – However in August of 1965 – KIMN did sponsor a “Miss Teenage Denver” contest.   The semi-finals were at “Howell’s Department Store”.  In September the contest was expanded to include a “Noxzema Cover Girl” contest as well.

Speaking of the Noxzema Cover Girl Contest…

My soon to be darling girlfriend Janet recalls entering the contest which required a poem as part of the entry process.  She submitted:

“I had a blind date
    with Grover Harrison
But the way he looked
    was so embarissin’!

We had a dalmation,
    His name was Rover
And when Daddy went to the door
    He thought Grover was Rover!

Ever since then
    He’s used Noxema
And now his skin
    Never ever looked cleaner!”

My Darling 1965 Noxema Girl Janet!

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And the Winners Are!

Now doesn’t Kit Dougherty just look like a darling Noxzema Cover Girl???

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The Beatle Trip

KIMN introduced “The Beatle Trip” contest which would send some KIMN listeners to the August 9th performance of the Fab Four at the Hollywood Bowl – Note on that survey that the winners would be “chaperoned” by Boss Jocks Hal Moore and Bill Holley – but also – by “The Rev. and Mrs. David R. Young”.  Now I am thinking the “Beatle Trip” perhaps was being awarded to the “Miss Teenage Denver” winner – which would call for the Reverend and Misses to keep things above board – Maybe – maybe not.  Probably not since KIMN was calling this “The Name Game”.

Did anyone out there remember playing “The Name Game”?

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Were you a KIMN Reporter?

KIMN really ratcheted up the contests and promotions in 1965 (now remember what station manager Ken Palmer said about promotions doing nothing for ratings – hmmmmm?  Kenny??  Come on!

This summer promotion was a weird one!  Guess the number of gamblers attending Centennial Race Track and win a Shetland pony!!!  Now what was behind this one?  If you recall in mid June Centennial was devastated by the great flood of 1965 when the Platte River raged over it’s banks after a tremendous downpour which actually started just a bit north of Palmer, Colorado.  Dawson Butte received an unimaginable 14 inches of rain – and this was accompanied by a tornado and gigantic hail.  Scores of horses had to be rescued from the track stables and I believe some perished.

21 people died in the storm (143 died in the “Big Thompson Flood” in 1976 and an astounding estimated death toll in a 1926 Pueblo Flood was set around 1,500!  The water flood wall which roared through Littleton and Centennial was estimated by law enforcement to be nearly 20 feet high.

At any rate, KIMN was obviously rallying to Centennial’s plight with this promotion to get people back to the track.  Denver recovered and Centennial continued on until November 6, 1983 when it staged it’s final race.

Note that is promotion survey quietly congratulates “10 Winners” of the “Beatle Trip”.

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Boss Jock Billboard

Not to be outdone by the Shetland Pony – KIMN’s deejays apparently got a crack at beautifying Denver’s bi-ways in late 1965.

The “Kimmies”

At the end of 1965 KIMN listeners were given the opportunity to vote for their favorites.  The penned in names below are from my own pen.  Oh my God – I voted for Patti Page for “Best Female Vocalist”.  And I scratched James Brown and replaced him with Elvis for “Best Male Vocalist”.  I guess I was trying to demonstrate some degree of sophistication by choosing Ramey Lewis for “Best Instrumentalist”.  At least I didn’t pick Henry Mancini.  Logic did prevail however with my selection of the Beatles.

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Onto Our 1962 Teen Queens

My favorite from this list is “Little Jo An”!

January 31st, 1962 – Pat Owens – Littleton High School – 15 Years Old

February 7th, 1962 – Jeanne Stephens – Mapleton High School – 15 Years Old

February 14th, 1962 – Pam Gallagher – Jefferson High School – 17 Years Old

February 21st, 1962 – Janet Baker – Littleton High School – 16 Years Old

February 28th, 1962 – Tina McCarthy – Thomas Jefferson High School – 13 Years Old

March 7th, 1962 – Sue Hines – Aurora High School – 17 Years Old

March 14th, 1962 – Lucille (?) – Westminster High School – 14 Years Old

March 21st, 1962 – (?) Coquette – School (?) – 14 Years Old?

March 28th, 1962 – Glenda Logan – Golden High School – 16 Years Old

April 4th, 1962 – Myra Woodruff – Air Academy High School CO Springs – 16 Years Old

April 11th, 1962 – Marjorie P(??) – Westminster High School – 18 Years Old

April 18th, 1962 – (?) Domeneco – Arvada (?) High School – 17 Years Old

April 25th, 1962 – Carol Greenmalon (?) – South High School – 16 Years Old

May 9th, 1962 – Elizabeth Frankel – North High School – 16 Years Old

May 16th, 1962 – Kathy Miller – College High School Greeley – 17 Years Old

May 23rd, 1962 – Arlene Roche – Arvada High School – 17 Years Old

June 6th, 1962 – Joyce Parsons – College High School – Greeley – 18 Years Old

June 13th, 1962 – Nancy Dunken – East High School – 16 Years Old

June 20th, 1962 – Kathy Hockett – Boulder High School – 16 Years Old

July 4th, 1962 – Nancy Russell – North Junior High School – 13 Years Old

July 11th, 1962 – Priscilla Kay Bikker – Aurora High School – 16 Years Old

July 18th, 1962 – Peggy Cairns – George Washington High School – 16 Years Old

August 1st, 1962 – Phyllis Milano – Mount Carmel High School – 15 Years Old

August 8th, 1962 – Mary Helton – South High School – 16 Years Old

August 15th, 1962 – Bonnie Schellhase – Thomas Jefferson High School – 14 Years Old

August 22nd, 1962 – Jo Ann Morse

(This was obviously a fill-in by the KIMN Jocks – She was “Little Jo Ann” who recorded “My Daddy Is President” in the Summer of 1962 – The song reached number 67 on the national record charts – She was 7 years old at the time of the recording.  Little Jo Ann was from New Jersey

August 29th, 1962 – Judy Doty – Ranum High School – 15 Years Old

Next Up – Onto KIMN in 1966

Tangling with the Tiger!

July 26, 2019

(Following are several tidbits gleaned from the music trade publications from the 1960’s relating to the Denver Tiger)

KIMN’s Ken Palmer on Top 40 Format

The Real Denver Tiger

KIMN DENVER TIGERIn the Spring of 1968, radio station KIMN president and general manager Kenneth Palmer authored an article in the April 6th, 1968 edition of Billboard Magazine titled “Top 40 Radio Is Gone”.

Starting off in typical Palmer style he states “In truth, “Top 40″ radio should never have existed.  But it proliferated because it was the lazy man’s substitute for hard work in creatively programming a radio station.”

And with that – Mr. Palmer to break down the myth of “Top 40”.  Among his proclamations:

“Top 40 radio stations were successful – not because they were good – but because most other stations were bad”

Mild compared to his overriding definition “”Top 40″ began and ended as a jukebox with 40 records, a clock, a thermometer and a slot machine.”  He continues “Frenetic deejays poured a sizzling burble of artificial enthusiasm through the mike while guttural newsmen rewrote dull wire copy into still duller Western Unionese that even the most intelligent listener could not understand.” (Wow)

Palmer knew his comments would create wonder in the minds of the Billboard readers when KIMN itself was probably considered the quintessential “Top 40” outlet in the Rocky Mountain Area.

“Name It And Claim It”

But according to Palmer, “We (KIMN) have never been and will never be a “Top 40″ station.  The fact that we are in our 10th year of dominating a major market is an indication that we do something different.”

He proceeds to talk about the diverse range of widely popular promotions that were undertaken by KIMN.  And to this he surprisingly exclaims “Frankly, we don’t know whether they are worth anything to us (other than to create some excitement within the context of our programming); and in any case, we never use a contest or promotion to hype ratings. It does not work.”

(Two full page ads from the Rocky Mountain News – promoting the promotions from July, 1970 and March of 1961 (courtesy of Bill O’Donnell)

Who is the Boss Here?

Regarding “Top 40” he continues “First: Please tell me who wrote the inviolable law that a radio station should play any specific number of records?  If there is such a law, what number of records did it specify?”

Ken challenges the number and in fact challenges that songs chosen should be limited to 45 rpm discs.  He boldly suggests including cuts from long plays with “… who was the god who decreed that the only hits recorded are on singles….. Shouldn’t we reject the concept that a contemporary station must play only singles?

“At KIMN we have always done so.  The words “single” or “album” are not a part of our vocabulary.  We talk about “hit performances”, and we don’t care where they come from.

I know that the FM stations were closing in on the market but I certainly don’t recall a time up into 1968 when KIMN ever featured any song on the air that didn’t come tidily wrapped in a 45 rpm sleeve.  I may have missed something.

Palmer’s Decision: Throwing Caution to the Wind with Johnny Sea

Ken Palmer taking a ‘profit be damned’ stance in the Summer of 1966, boasted that KIMN would continue to spin the Johnny Sea social commentary 45 in spite of it’s long playing time.  “A Day For Decision” was Johnny Sea’s 12 attempt at a charting hit record – coming in the Summer of 1966 – and peaking at number 36 in the nation.  Sea would enjoy some modest success on the Country Charts but would never enter the Hot 100 again.

Activist KIMN

I noted previously in a Post that the only time I recall KIMN to assume a position in a social cause was when they ran an advertisement calling for the banning of bull fights in Colorado!  I have no idea where these events took place but I vaguely recall – I think – that they may have even been broadcast live on Channel 2!

Below is a September, 1969 article announcing KIMN’s participation in a national radio-sponsored anti-drug campaign – KIMN was represented by Boss Jock Don West.

No Drugs for Don West

No Bull – 1965

Will the Real KIMN Stand Up?

This article ran in Billboard in 1966 – and seems to solidify KIMN as a true-blue “Top 40” leader during that time.

Palmer vs. Charles

One of the sad chapters in KIMN’s history – was this incident which occurred in the Fall of 1962 at the famed amphitheater in the foothills west of Denver.

Battles Along the Way

Back in 1963, KIMN competitor KDAB decided to flex some promotion muscle and announced a fund raiser featuring the Beach Boys in concert all funds from ticket sales going to charity.

KIMN countered – charity be damned – with a concert of it’s own on the exact same evening – featuring Bobby Vinton, The Cascades and The Astronauts.

KDAB quickly gave way changing the date from a Friday to a Wednesday night.  KIMN would not sit still and scheduled a second concert featuring the Four Seasons to be held  – yep!  On the same Wednesday night.  Some local program directors criticized the Tiger for it’s actions.

Then in the Spring of 1967 – after several years of putting up a good fight with KIMN – Denver radio KBTR gave up the goose – dropping their Hot 100 format in favor of ‘all-news’.  Another one bites the dust!

KIMN Competitors (Top 40 Formats)


Ran from the mid 1960’s to the late 1960’s


Ran from the late 1960’s running on into the 1970’s

KICN – Radio 71

KICN initially appeared to be the strongest challenge for KIMN – The two stations battled over the air – in the late 1950’s and it cost one KIMN boss jock his job when he “flushed KICN down the toilet” during a broadcast – using a chain as a sound effect.  KICN would reorganize and become KBTR continuing it’s battle of the airwaves with Boss Radio KIMN


This jocks on this Denver station were game for a tassel with the Tiger – It had been around since the late 1940’s and turned to Top 40 during the late 1950’s first featuring a “Top 30” format and then expanding in the early 1960’s to “Top 40”.  But KTLN most prominently left it’s mark in Denver radio by pioneering the “all-talk” format in 1965 – The station went nearly 100 percent talk but left jocks Ray Durkee and Tom Griffiths in place for ‘Top 40’ play.  The station broke the Denver police scandal in the 60’s and perfected ‘live-at-the-scene’ coverage especially on the night beat.

(NOTE:  Below Royce Johnson is shown as a member of the KTLN staff – the former KIMN Boss Jock who ‘flushed’ competitor KICN down the toilet.

The Death of Top 40

Next he states “In short, “Top 40″ began as a dynamic new programming concept for radio but has failed to progress beyond its initial superficial and unbelievable facade of providing an artificial form of excitement.”  I don’t think I ever met a KIMN contemporary listener who would ever have described good old KIMN in these terms.  Palmer may have totally been excluding the Denver Tiger from his comments – but difficult to imagine the station didn’t fit the mold.

The entire article was obviously composed with an eye for KIMN’s survival .  His final recommendations included:

  • Build a superb news department “before it is too late”
  • Locate newsmen who can compose on the fly and operate a turn table
  • Pick men who are less professional if they are able to communicate with listeners on a “me-to’you” basis (ummmm??? Talk radio perhaps on the way?)
  • Station programmers need to “throw away every rule you have embraced over the years”
  • Question every thing
  • Forget promotions – “forget them – at least until you have programming that will truly attract and hold a mass audience comprised of all age groups, income levels, educational and professional achievements” (sounds like the internet)

Palmer summed up with these words, “We departed from the mainstream of “Top 40″ many years ago.  But still have much to learn.  I hope we will learn part of it with you.”

Farewell Dear Friend

The Denver Tiger – a Colorado Music Hall of Fame Inductee – As well it should be

Ken Palmer sold KIMN in 1970 to an Atlanta concern.  All the familiar names on the broadcasting side and news side were gone.  KIMN was sold and sold again with little good result.  By 1976 the Denver Tiger placed 15th in the Arbitron ratings with a mere 2.7 audience share – down from 56 percent in it’s hey day.

There was a minor resurgence before the final demise – The “Boogeyman” comes to mind – Steve Kelley gave it a whirl as did Randy Jay – there were others.

KIMN’s final day came on April 24, 1988 when The Denver Tiger ceased it’s roar.  Ken Palmer passed away in the mid 1980’s

Early KIMN Jingle

“Class Come to Order – Little Violet

How many letters in the alphabet?

Well to my way of thinkin’ – there’s only four

K-I-M-N – No More!