Modesto Radio Museum





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Just stumbled across this site looking for information on my father Roy Honeycutt- steel guitarist that Mrs.Stark-Coburn mentioned in her article about Arkie and his Hillbillies. I am looking for info on my fathers career from the 30'40's and up. My father worked with Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys from 1942-!947 Toured and recorded the "Tiffany Transcriptions" and several other albums "He's
A Ding Dong Daddy". "Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys"
and more. If any body knew my father back in those days or have any information, photos,etc. please feel free to contact me, I would like to talk with you. Love this site keeping these fine musicians and their music alive.


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Hi, my father played lead guitar with Arkie and his hillbillies. His name was RA Andrews and he loved his music. Arkie's daughter Juanita was at my dad's funeral, he passed away in 1997. I have a few pictures if you are interested. The last photo taken is posted on my facebook page. Thank you for the Modesto Radio Museum. My Dad told me many stories about this Radio station and I'm very proud of my father. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you very much,
Vicki (Andrews) Amon


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A great site, and some intelligently written features. I have added a link and mentioned your site on my blog. Look forward to more additions to your site.

Keith


Added: March 21, 2015
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want to thank ALL the "jocks" from KFIV for still being there! I'm still around & would like to contact John Chappell just to "talk"! SO, John....... :!cool:

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Please correct the listing of the frequency on the main page. You have 39.54 KHz. The correct frequency is 3954 KHz. No separation between 39 and 54. Thank you.

Mel, K6KBE


Added: March 18, 2015
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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.


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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.


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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:


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