Al Radka Obit - A Great Legacy

You just got home from school and it’s Channel 30 Fun Time! Or maybe Nancy Allen's Movie Matinee on Channel 24. Don’t forget the BOSS 30's #1 KYNO. If you were sophisticated, you only listened to KFIG on some new airwave called FM. We honor the late great Al Radka here at Lost Fresno whose motto was Lettuce Eat it!
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Re: Al Radka Obit - A Great Legacy

Postby Big J » Tue May 10, 2011 11:46 am

Hard to believe, ain't it? Like many things Fresno, unless you were alive during its peak, you have no knowledge of it. This city, in almost every facet possible, does almost zero to preserve its history. There are those few who do it for a love of it (I'm one of them) but beyond that, there's nothing. Al Radka disappeared off TV when I was in my early teens. If I were born a decade later there's a chance I'd have no clue, too.

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Re: Al Radka Obit - A Great Legacy

Postby Rodney » Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:18 pm

Right you are. Anything that was ever charming about Fresno has long since been paved over.

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Re: Al Radka Obit - A Great Legacy

Postby jcred » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:29 pm

When I turned 5 yrs old My grandfather and Father got me on Al's morning show. I will always remember that. I was a kid in audience but they sang happy birthday to me! What a wonderful memory and a great guy especially all the Orberti olives spots.


Re: Al Radka Obit - A Great Legacy

Postby DavidMoore » Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:38 pm

In the early sixties my family lived in Madera and Visalia, and Al Radka was on the radio all the time (we had just gotten a tv, and only watched it in the evening). That was when DJs really created their own shows,playing a variety of music (stations weren't "branded" then). We loved the group of imaginary characters he carried on imaginary "conversations" with- Mrs. Winnerbottom, Natalie Attired, etc.

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Re: Al Radka Obit - A Great Legacy

Postby DimmuWarrior » Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:10 pm

AL Radka was def. a GREAT Man, My father (Robbie Robinson) who used to woik at Channel 30 with Uncle Al, would take my Sis and I to the Channel 30 Company Picnics out at Clovis Lakes, and Uncle Al was always there entertaining like Always. Olberti Olives was Def. a Staple in our home growing up. The best time to be a kid was back in Fresno, CA In the 60sand 70s right smack dab in front of the tv for Saturday Morning and FunTime.

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Re: Al Radka Obit - A Great Legacy

Postby Big J » Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:32 pm

Does anyone know if any footage survived from FunTime or any of the other locally produced kids stuff? I only have the faintest memories of those days and would love to see them again, even just a clip.

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Re: Al Radka Obit - A Great Legacy

Postby Jim Bonkowski W6LFB » Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:37 pm

I Remember Al Radka's station ID: "This is KFRE, Fresno, with 50 million milliwatts of power!" Here is how I recall the Fresno Radio Dial in 1957 - think that was the year KEAP signed on:

KBIF 900 (Daytime)
KEAP 980 (Daytime)
KMAK 1340
KGST 1600 (Daytime)

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Re: Al Radka Obit - A Great Legacy

Postby Lost Fresno » Sat May 09, 2015 12:59 pm

Found this ad in an old Fresno Bee advertising Al and his work with his serious type show: "Answers and Action" (but I never saw it fortunately).
Fresno Bee Aug 31, 1970 Monday Page 6A with added First Page Headlines Banner


Re: Al Radka Obit - A Great Legacy

Postby elizabird » Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:32 pm

Al Radka WAS Fresno, wasn't he! Our kids (and me, mom) never missed his after school stuff and always chimed in when he went into his happy olive schtick...O-b-e-r-t-i still comes to mind no matter what other brand I get. Sad to also recall that later-later we used to see Al on barstools around town, and how tenderly the bartenders would treat him no matter how obnoxious he became...I remember one time we had the kids with us at Pardinis (birthday thingie) and hustled them out so they wouldn't see "their" Al Radka in full cry in the bar. He was a super guy no matter what else he had to go through.

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