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Re: Do you remember....KEAP

Post by radionut » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:07 pm

Oh wow! That is a treasure. I'd bet that is the location of the original KEAP studios.

Re: Do you remember....KEAP

Post by Guest » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:10 pm

I tore down my building at 320 Fresno St last week. It was built in 1956. It looks like an old ad for radio station KEAP 980 AM that hasn't seen the light of day in over 60 years.
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Re: Do you remember....KEAP

Post by Rodney » Mon May 12, 2014 1:33 pm

As many times as I went to the Mag dances at the Marigold Ballroom, I never realized until very recently that Denver Cross of the Roadrunners was the son of Elwin Cross. Unfortunately, the two became estranged, victims of an "All in the Family" generation gap that was so prevalent at the time.

Re: Do you remember....KEAP

Post by Kelly Patterson » Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:37 am

LOL I think I was one of those kids that followed Elwin that you were referring to - it would have been in '75-76. I didn't appreciate him then, but after I calmed down and grew the heck up, I realized what a treasure that man was... (RIP Elwin and thank for being so kind and understanding!)

Re: Do you remember....KEAP

Post by Jim Bonkowski W6LFB » Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:31 pm

I was listening when KEAP signed on for the very first time. I was a student at Fort Miller Junior High (7th grade) and read in the Fresno Bee of a new station going on the air (980 kc with 500 watts).
Up til that time (1957 as I recall), if you wanted to hear country music in Fresno, you could for a few hours a day on KGST. KGST was an "eclectic" station - bit of everything. C&W, Spanish language, blues, jazz, etc. Never thought that "Happy Harold" and "Blues" in "Happy Harold's House of Blues" quite went together!!! Then KEAP signed on.

Here is how I recall the Fresno Radio Dial in 1957 - think that was the year KEAP signed on:

KMJ 580 NBC
KBIF 900 (Daytime)
KFRE 940 CBS
KEAP 980 (Daytime)
KYNO 1300 MBS
KMAK 1340
KARM 1430 ABC
KGST 1600 (Daytime)

Re: Do you remember....KEAP

Post by Pat Mullen » Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:37 am

I just found this thread. My dad was Stan Mullen, one of the DJs at KEAP in the early to mid 1960s. I think he did the overnight shift for a year or so. I used to go to work with him sometimes. It always sounded exciting ahead of time but was really boring for a seven year old. One time I got in big trouble for trying to put play money through their photo copier and jamming it up. It was one of the early ones with the smelly, rubbery paper. My dad got a call later that morning from the station asking how play money might have gotten into the copier. Funny now, but not at the time...

Re: Do you remember....KEAP

Post by GY » Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:38 am

Thanks for posting these tracks. They certainly bring back some early childhood memories for me.

Re: Do you remember....KEAP

Post by JackBauer » Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:23 pm

If you're looking for information about KEAP Radio Station, here some YouTube recordings from the 50's and the 60's that were live broadcasts. My Grandfather was Barney Lee Golden who built owned and operated it out of his home on Valentine Ave. for years. You can watch for more post at this YouTube channel. I will be posting more as I find them: http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_edit?n ... X5ZZwcsVSU

Re: Do you remember....KEAP

Post by Dave Owens » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:13 pm

I worked at KEAP in the '70's, right after Elwin Cross. By the '70's, the station had seen its better days, was over on Valentine and was country in the morning and spanish in the late afternoon. Pretty much free-form country, with Elwin playing the old stuff and the kids that followed playing the newer stuff found at cross-town rival KMAK and down at KNGS in Hanford.

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Post by 58pacer » Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:34 pm

A buddy of mine did the late-morning program at KEAP for a while in the 1970's. He remembers getting a lot of lonely housewives calling him for requests!

He enjoyed that gig as long as it lasted, because the program director/station manager had no problem with him bringing some of his favorite albums to play on the air. "New Riders of the Purple Sage" was a sound that didn't exactly ring familiar with most KEAP listeners!

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