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Re: Do you remember....KEAP

by Jani » Thu Jul 22, 2021 4:01 pm

Do you remember..... KEAP
My Father was one of the owners in the early 50's to the late 60's or early 70's. Does anyone remember Eddie Briggs? I am looking for pictures from the Johnny Cash Show at the Fresno Memorial Auditorium or any pics from the 69's of the Radio Station. Thank you!

Re: Do you remember....KEAP

by Darin Cross » Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:37 pm

While Denver was a great guitarist, he learned how to play from my dad Larry Cross. My dad became an Orthodontist so he didn’t follow Elwin’s steps to entertainment. Of the three of them, my dad was always a better guitarist but only family and close friends heard dad play.

Re: Do you remember....KEAP

by Guest » Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:32 pm

Some might remember that Elwin actually did a show from the jail while he was a very short term Thank you for posting this. I am Elwin’s grandson and have great memories working the board with him during the summer school break. Elwin, or as we called him “Pops” genuinely loved to entertain. It used to crack me up how fast he could go from Pops to Elwin Cross the entertainer. For those of you that remember, he owned the Hoedown Hall.

He was the father of my father, Larry D. Cross, longtime Dentist and Orthodontist in Clovis. He also was the father of my uncle Denver Cross who was a phenomenal guitarist. That said, my dad, Denver, and Elwin played fantastic music on Guitars every chance they got. I’ve got a lot of stories from when we went deer 🦌 hunting. Great times. I so sorely miss Pops and Denver.

Re: Do you remember....KEAP

by Guest » Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:29 pm

My grandpa Elwin and grandma Virginia loved Denver to the moon and back. There was never a rift between any of us.

Re: Do you remember....KEAP

by Darin Cross » Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:27 pm

Thank you for posting this. I am Elwin’s grandson and have great memories working the board with him during the summer school break. Elwin, or as we called him “Pops” genuinely loved to entertain. It used to crack me up how fast he could go from Pops to Elwin Cross the entertainer. For those of you that remember, he owned the Hoedown Hall. He was the father of my father, Larry D. Cross, longtime Dentist and Orthodontist in Clovis.

He also was the father of my uncle Denver Cross who was a phenomenal guitarist. That said, my dad, Denver, and Elwin played fantastic music on Guitars every chance they got. I’ve got a lot of stories from when we went deer 🦌 hunting. Great times. I so sorely miss Pops and Denver.

Re: Do you remember....KEAP

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

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

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

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

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)

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