Modesto Radio Museum





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I happened onto your site by way of the Coast Guard Cutter Courier. You have some great pics of her. She was my first ship...right out of boot camp back in Jan 1970.
I made E-3 with a Machinist Mate designation and was gone that April. Standing the 4-8 watch was my calling every third day, making sure those OLD OLD boilers maintained proper temps for morning showers. LOL the few times I screwed up everybody on board would let me know with a hardtack on my arm. The ship was turned into a CG Reserve Training ship, and that adventure ended in June of 70...I hear tell someone forgot the rules of the road.
Thanks again for the great article and pics of the old girl she was a fine ship.


Added: November 17, 2014
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am deeply grateful to all the D.J.'s that have inspired me during my own radio career which only lasted 20 years!!! I am also glad to have worked some of them! Like Jonh Chappell. One who has taught me alot about my days (and nights) in radio! I was the one who passed around the class & had everyone sign a copy of something That would never have been played! Oh well.... Now I just reminise about my days in radio (Merced,Redding & Fresno amoung mentionables). :!cool: :!cool: :!cool:

Added: November 14, 2014
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Just a note to all you local radio folk, listeners who remember it. I found the "Aroma From Manteca" video that was done with Post-Newsweek Cable back in 1989. I posted it to YouTube. Just search for Aroma From Manteca and it should come up. Enjoy!

Admin reply: Thanks Jeff. It's been added. Bob


Added: September 29, 2014
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Your response to Cecil Bartolommei about when KTRB-FM first went on the air is correct. The January 3, 1949 issue of "Broadcasting" magazine reported that the construction permit for KTRB-FM had been extended to June, 1949; that means it could not have been on the air prior to that year.

As a child, I visited Modesto every summer as my uncle and aunt lived on Glenwood Dr. During two of those visits, I had the opportunity to visit the KTRB studios on Norwegian Ave. (meeting Cal Purviance) and the KLOC studios on Iowa Ave. (meeting Chester Smith).

I stayed in touch with Chester Smith and had talked with him not long before his death in 2008. I remember him as being kind and gracious to a young teenager in the early 1970s and he was just as gracious to a much older version of me three decades later.

I remember that one summer during my visit, KTRB was becoming "the new KTRB" and renamed all of its disc jockeys (except for Cal)to names like "Johnny Gunn". I wonder if anyone remembers that or how long the "new KTRB" lasted, because as I recall they were back to the old names the following summer. (My uncle and aunt were loyal KTRB listeners and would never have started their day listening to anyone but Cal.)

Marvelous job with the website.


Added: March 12, 2014
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Great to see a site dedicated to keeping track of bygone eras in central valley radio!

I spent a fair amount of time in the 90's contributing to 93.9 The Ranch... Wouldn't trade a minute of it for anything. When does the pendulum swing the other way?... We need more "real radio". :!cry:


Added: March 2, 2014
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I was saddened to hear of the passing of Michael J. Stewart. Mike was a big, burly guy, but he was also a big teddy bear. I had the pleasure of working with Michael at KCEY at a time when country music was gaining in popularity and becoming more mainstream. He truly loved the music, loved his audience and loved Radio. He made his mark in the Modesto market spending much of his career here. Then he moved on to a new life in the Pacific Northwest. I'll miss you Michael. And as you use to say when you signed off your show .... "don't forget to love thy neighbor, every chance you get."

Added: October 8, 2013
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The plastic tab on my Dad's Silvertone Radio is still marked for 860 AM KTRB. Throughout the 1950's and 1960's Bill Bates and Cal Purviance got my Dad off to work and me off to school. I often flipped over to the shortwave to listen to Cliff Price gather the amature weather which Bill Bates aired later.

What great memories this website preserves. The old Silvertone still works fine, it just can't tune in those great voices anymore.

Roy Richey
Virginia City, NV


Added: September 11, 2013
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Hey there! Now that I'm back home, I've had a chance to re-live such GREAT memories of Modesto radio & the years I spent in radio! I was an announcer for 20 years & have a lot of "aircheck" tapes to send you! I don't do computer "stuff", SO.... Anyway...The first time I visited a station was in the summer of 1963, when Johnny Rivers was popular. At the time I had an Aunt & Uncle that lived around the block from K-5 & got to spend time with Nelson Eddy. (not the singer)!! I was 7 years old at the time & he let me pick out some music to play! What a thrill to play "Seventh Son"! If only I had a tape of his show? I do have a lot of stories & would like to contact "John Chappell"! He is one of my favorites! I have the K-5 album set that was out just before he started there. It has pics of the "jocks" at the tine & some of the hits from the day! So...until I can chat more??? CHRIS :D

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This is so great. I love seeing comments from people like Kenny Roberts, I was convinced that "Skinny Kenny" was the coolest guy on the planet, but never got to meet him. So many of the people who've commented here, or were mentioned here are so important to me. Dave Luna, Gene D'Accardo who I had the great privilege to work for and learn from. Bill Slater, Derek Waring, people I've listed to and admired. Knowing the Pappas family and working for all three of the brothers, and the wonderful Bessie, what a good and kind lady. Cal Purviance, Carol Benson, John Michael Flint was amazing. Watching Chester Smith on channel 19. I remember ordering the "Chester Smith Special" at a local mexican place. Love you Tammy Lynn, Jan London and so many more. God Bless you all.

Added: March 27, 2013
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Dear Microphone Man,

Very nice job on the website. I am the owner and operator of the television history website Eyes Of A Generation. You do a very good job on the history of these mics and the broad brand coverage is appreciated. I've spent 45 years behind the mic! Keep up the good work and thanks for the effort! Bobby Ellerbee

http://www.eyesofageneration.com/


Added: January 16, 2013
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