Colorado Boss Stations
I came across this chronology relating to the history of Denver broadcasting (radio and television). The story begins in 1920 when Denver dentist Dr. William (Doc) Reynolds “founded 9ZAF at his 1124 S. University home in Denver. The studio was on the front porch and the transmitter was in the back yard.” The story picks up there running through 2006!
I am moving the Colorado radio station long play records over to this section.
Colorado Radio Station Long Play Records
LP – Listen Up 37953 – “KAZY’s Thunder On The Mountain” – 1980
KBPI Radio Survey – May 12th, 1975
KDAB Radio Survey – August 29th, 1964
KDAB Radio Survey – February 2nd, 1965
KPKE 96 FM
LP – Starstream RTR-8260 – “Colorado Rocks” – 1982
KBTR 710 AM Radio
FROM DENVER RADIO: “710 AM Denver’s Seven-One-Oh. Featured the “All Americans”, and was a worthy opponent of KIMN for a relatively brief time. KBTR featured DJ’s like “King” George Michael before his Philadelphia and Sports days, Johnny Williams before KHJ and “Boss Radio” and late night manic man Bud Ballou who later left his imprint on Boston Top 40 radio.
KBTR was originally KMYR, signing on in 1941 on 1340am before the eventual move to 710. About 1960 it became KICN, a Top 40 station which was a shirt tail cousin of Don Burdens’ “Star Stations” which included KOIL in Omaha, WIFE in Indianapolis and KISN in Portland. KICN became KBTR in 1964, as the radio affiliate of KBTV, Channel 9, owned by Mullins Broadcasting.”
KCMS FM Radio Broadcast Crew
45 – KCMS 1085 – Link Automatic Piano-Volano Vituoso b/w Wertz Orchestra-National Automatic Player
According to the liner notes – the original taping was obtained in 1956 at the Gold Coin Bar in Central City, Colorado. Further to KCMS – the Colorado Springs FM station also served as a recording studio outlet for the likes of Danny Griffith and Max Morath (both performing from the Gold Bar in the Imperial Hotel in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Sessions were often engineered by Bud Edmonds who resided in adjacent Manitou Springs.
45 – KCMS – Pikes Ghost Town Mechanical Musical Machines b/w The Party Line
LP – Columbia 17073 – KCRF & Friends – 1983
KERE Top Dog Radio (formerly KBTR)
LP – Special Products CFS-3515 – “Country”
KFML Denver Radio 1390 AM & 98.5 FM
FROM DENVER RADIO WEB SITE: “A pioneer “Free Form”, or “Underground” station, following in the footsteps and furthering the mission and feel of original Denver Free Form station KMYR-FM
KFML tended to be unpredictable with each announcer playing what they felt, without repercussion… well, almost. “Up against the wall, M.F’s” was a little tough to explain to Joe McGoy, the owner. Listeners could expect the unexpected, from contemporary pop artists to the roots of the blues. From in studio performances by a folk rocker like Eric Anderson, to electric poets.”
KLAK Denver Radio
LP – KTel 324 – 24 of the Greatest Country & Western Hits
KLAK Radio Survey – Top 100 – 1974
KLAK Radio Survey – July 12th, 1976
KLAK Radio Survey – July 26th, 1976
KLAK Radio Survey – August 16th, 1976
KLAK Radio Survey – September 8th, 1976
KLAK Radio Survey – September 13th, 1976
LP – Standard – “Year of the Broncos” – 1978
Don Martin (broadcaster) – Fred Gehrke (general manager) – Red Miller (head coach)
KOOL 105 FM Radio Denver
(From Mall History Dot Com)
(in 1960) “Gerri Von Frellick, a rookie architect and developer, had planned a new mall for the town of Lakewood. The mall would consist of over 120 stores, 500,000 square feet and an italian-american design that was the new craze. Lakewood had never dreamed of having such an item in their town, so when the planned mall news came public, townspeople had a field day.
Numerous celebrities, entertainers, and magicians were booked for the 5-day grand opening event. Stores and small businesses alike were demanding that they get a spot in the new mall. When it opened in mid-1966 (after 6 years of construction), it was considered the biggest mall in the world (until 2 years later). In two years, Von Frellick’s newest creation, Cinderella City opened, and drew the majority of customers from Villa to Cin. City.
The new mall (another medeival theme) was 1.35 million square feet, had 2 floors (as opposed to Villla’s one) and had over 250 stores, along with 5 different, climate controlled malls. People then discarded Villa, in favor of Cin. City. Fearing rejection of his first work of art, Von Frellick was quick to the gun in the 1980s to update Villa Italia drastically. He added another floor, over 400,000 square feet in space, and added plants, fountains and skylights to the mall (as was the mall fad at the time). However, around the same time, Von Frellick also sold Cinderella City, for both malls were not only competing for customers, but were having financial trouble. KRAVCO, the new Cin. City owners, drastically updated it, too, and made it, once a gain, a new force in the market. For 10 years, the two malls closely competed for customers.
Then, Cinderella City fell on hard times, and shut down in the mid-1990s. Villa remained the same way, slowly losing shoppers and deteriorating. When the town of Lakewood realized this, and saw Cinderella City’s prime example of bad luck, they asked Von Frellick to sell the mall to them. When he did, Lakewood wasted no time in preventing the mall from going completely abandoned like it’s close sister. They planned a small-downtown area in place of the mall , and hired Alpine Demolition to tear the old mall apart in 2000-2001. Continuum (The company in charge of the redevelopment) is now about 20% done with their new downtown, which consists (or will consist) of retail, housing and major big-box retailers, along with parks and recreation. However, the memories of the old mall will live with Lakewood residents forever.”
LP – Phoenix 8710 – Greatest Hits
KPKE – Denver’s New Peak
LP – Starstream RTR-8260 – “Colorado Rocks”
Includes: Alloy Czar – Randy Rock – Magician – Stiffwater – Razor’s Edge – Billy Ryan Band – Greg Nuebel – Renegade – The Jets – The Got Rocks
KTLN/KTLK Radio 1280 AM
FROM DENVER RADIO WEB SITE: “KTLK previously was KTLN, at one time a top 40 station, then news/talk… an not-so-common format in the mid-60’s. As KTLN, the station was a keen competitor of KIMN. A good number of top jocks worked ther at one time or another. Johnnie Rowe (John Rook) was offered the program director’s job at KIMN by it’s former owner Ken Palmer.
After it’s news/talk years, KTLN became KTLK in 1968 and again featured a top-40 format-but with a twist. K-Talk played the music, but added a new feature…using jocks as talk moderators with youth about things important to kids of that time… the announcers becoming known as “The Mod Jocks”. Drugs, suicide, politics and religion… the jocks understood the need for kids to have someone to talk to and sometimes the music was merely a break from the talk.”
LP – Nova BMC-80104 – “Colorado Music ’80 Album – Big Music America Contest”
Colorado Musicians on LP: Steve Stajich – Euporia – Berne Clifford – Short Change – Smi-Fi – Pierce Arrow – Rowland & Poindexter – Randy Bell & Vision – Ruth Clark – Steve Taylor – Mindy Lou – The Live Wire Choir
KYGO Radio (Country Classics)
The LP below represented County & Western radio station KYGO’s second compilation release from 1983.
LP – Jefferson Price 71766 – Heart of the Country – 1984
Colorado Radio Station Weekly Survey Sheets
KDAB was located in Arvada in the early 1960’s and became KQXI in 1965 – Like KICN the station went head-to-head with radio leader KIMN.
This was Denver’s pioneer FM station boasting “free form” programing. KFML began in the late 1960’s – Read the full KFML story here.
KMYR-FM (and AM)
Another Denver FM “underground” station they started up about 1968 with it’s roots as a late 1950’s AM Top 40 station. Later it became KHOW-FM and later KHIH-FM jazz station.
KOSI AM 1430
April 7th, 1958
KOSI Radio Survey – February 2nd, 1959
KQXI Radio Survey – July 6th, 1968
Starting off as KTLK – the station became KTLN in 1968 mixing Top 40 with talk radio for teens – and finally again becoming “KTALK” in the 1970’s with an all talk format. Here is the entire story.
May 29th, 1959 (KTLN)
KUDY AM – “Cutie Radio”
April 25th, 1958
KUDY – April 25th, 1958 (Different Version)
KUDY – September 12th, 1958
KX 96 Radio Survey – 1977 Top Hits
KX 96 Radio Survey – February 1st, 1978
KX 96 Radio Survey – February 15th, 1978
KX 96 Radio Survey – March 1st, 1978
KX 96 Radio Survey – April 17th, 1978
KX 96 Radio Survey – May 8th, 1978
LP – Shove Chapel – “A Class Performance – The Ronald McDonald House of Southern Colorado”