Modesto Radio Museum





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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:

Added: March 19, 2015
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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.


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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