Comments: I was the 19 year old engineer who moved KOSO from it's Turlock location to the top of Mt. Oso. I built the studios in a trailer located in a barn about 5 miles from Patterson, the new city of license. I was working on the construction when John Markovitch was killed in a plane crash in Japan. I worked as a DJ at KOSO in 1965 for a few months before being drafted into the Army. I, again worked ad a DJ and Chief Engineer after I got out of the service between 1968 and 1969.
I, later went to work at KTRB in 1969 as the morning DJ. There were three of us that rotated shifts. Cousin Andy would work the air shift the two days that I was off.
I knew Bill Bates, even though he had stopped his morning radio show when I worked there. Cal Provience was the one who had taken over that position. I knew Cliff Price, the chief engineer. Although Cliff was not listed as the chief engineer because he did not have a 1st class license, so I had to sign the transmitter and maintenance logs for him.
I later went on to become Senior VP/Director of engineering for Lotus Communications Corp. Upon my retirement from that position in 2015, Lotus had 35 radio and 2 TV stations.
I was born in Modesto California. I remember coming to the studios in the late 1940's when they had live music being broadcast from their studios. My father was a musician who played several times on these live broadcasts and, although I was only 4 or 5 years old at the time, I do remember the studios, the large microphone booms and the people. It was an interesting experience to later work as the AM jock at this very same station. I worked at KTRB from 1969 to 1970.
Lynden Williams "Lindy Williams" :D
Added: November 7, 2015
Submitted by Name: Chris Hansen From: Turlock, Cal.(now live in Coulterville, Cal.) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: HEY GANG! I'm still around! And still waiting to hear from "JOHN CHAPPEL? (From K-FIV) In my AM Radio collection, The ones that don't work, I have tuned to 1360 or 860 AM! Just reading some of the mail brings back great memories of radio. I still have many coffee mugs from stations that have brought back memories of radio! Good Luck!! CHRIS :!cool: :D
Added: September 23, 2015
Submitted by Name: Dave Reid From: ex-Brit (UK Pirate Radio fan) in Rio Dell CA E-mail: email@example.com
Comments: Being a former Brit with a keen interest in UK Pirate Radio (I grew up in Walton-On-Naze, Essex, where Radio Caroline started, 3 miles offshore!) I was fascinated and curious to come across your website today, with its UK Pirate Radio section! For anyone interested (esp ex-Brits like me) - Radio Caroline (mostly rock and album tracks) still continues, on the internet, have a listen! Look them up at www.radiocaroline.co.uk.
Comments: I played the steel guitar and sang with Tommy Estes on weekends at 21 So. Wilson Way and on Sunday we played at the KSTN studio. I think it was in the late 50's just as Dusty Silver was leaving. I was in Texas vacationing in San Antonio and one Saturday night at Bandera I had the honor to sing with Bob Will's band. I am 91 now and gave the steel guitar up 10 years ago.
Added: August 31, 2015
Submitted by Name: Don Vogel (Jerry Stevens of KSTN) From: Concord, CA E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: Hello: Ran across your site today--very interesting! Back in my KSTN days, I had many friends who worked at KFIV, including John "Michaels" Kirby, and Mike "Shannon" Gitzen. I visited there many times and enjoyed the place and the people. My days in Stockton began in 1973, and lasted, off and on, until May of 1980. Press on! Don
Added: August 1, 2015
Submitted by Name: Jeff "Beaver" Brown From: Ceres, Ca E-mail: email@example.com
Comments: Sad news to report, Joe Gross the original owner of 95.1/KDJK Oakdale/Modesto/Stockton died on Tuesday 7/28. Apparently Joe had a heart attack at his home in Ceres. I don't have any other information at this time. When word comes of a memorial I will post that information. Joe's leadership from the beginning in 1985 was one of the reasons KDJK became such an iconic station in the Modesto/Stockton area. Our condolences go out to Anne, Diane, and Chris and the Gross Family from the entire extended KDJK family. It was very ironic that a KDJK staff reunion happened on 7/18, and then in less than a week and a half Joe was gone from us.
Added: July 30, 2015
Submitted by Name: Jeffrey "Beaver" Brown From: Ceres, ca E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: Just a quick note. Jake Clemons from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band played a "Living Room Show" at my house in Ceres on Saturday, June 13th. The link below will take you to Backstreets.com. They did a story with pictures on it. It also has a link to the Modesto Bee story. Just scroll down a bit to see it.
Comments: 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.