Just few words from France to say how much I do appreciate your woderfull website! I'm musician in France and have few cool old mics in my studio (RCA 77DX, 74B, Sony C38, 403 senn, D25AKG...) anyway your website makes me dreaming a little bit more ;-)
Comments: Thanks for letting me know the sad news of Cal Purviance's death. I think Cal, Cecil Lynch and I were about the only staff survivors from those golden years. My wife Cicely did the weekly Tots and Teens program for eight years, but wasn't on staff. Cecil who already in his 90s when Cal video interviewed Cicely and me for the KTRB Museum a few years ago.
I had only been at KTRB about four years when Cal began working there. Cicely and I got to know him quite well before I left after eight years to manage my first radio station. About three years ago, Cal and his wife visited us here in Nevada County.
Cal was one of those rare people who never ruffled people's feathers; not even the prickly kind who easily got upset. In fact, I don't remember anyone ever having a beef with him. He was one of those special people of who it can truly be said, "His corner of the world is better because of his life." It is an honor to have known him.
Comments: It saddens me greatly to hear of Cal Purviance’s death. Cal has been a part of my life since I was a young boy. “Cal, Your Birthday Pal” and “Tots ‘N Teens” were regularly listened to events on our home radio as I was growing up. As a 5th grader my cousins and I made numerous trips to the KTRB studios to sing on Cal’s Tots ‘N Teens program as did my sister Jackie.
I'm sure that the magic and the mysteries of the studios, and Cal’s friendly and comforting approach to budding young stars, contributed to my subsequent interest in broadcasting as a career. It was my good fortune to work as a broadcaster with Cal at KTRB for a number of years in the 70’s. He was a mentor and a friend.
Although my career path took me in a different direction than radio, throughout the years I was able to maintain contact with Cal. We served together as Executive Board Members of the Modesto Radio Museum. I consider myself a very lucky individual to have had the opportunity to work beside Cal Purviance. I will miss him a lot.
Comments: While surfing around looking for anything I might find about my friend John Flint I decided to check another old friend: John Katz. I was surprised to find the only references to him at the Radio Museum were in this guestbook. I listened to John's Saturday morning show on KTRB for years. Yes, John was wound a little tight (!) and yes, he did wander into the tall grass from time to time...but he was fun to listen to and his show was the only one of its kind in Central California and had listeners everywhere the signal could be pulled in by any means. Both John Flint and myself counted Katz as a friend and spent some hilarious good times with him. Did I (or the search engine) miss something, or is this an ommission which might be addressed? I can probably lay my hands on some old tapes...want them?
BTW I love this site! Almost everything I loved about local radio is gone and is probably never coming back over the air. Perhaps someday on the internet, blog radio or something new. Until that time those of us who were there can keep the flame alive and hope it will someday start a new fire.
Comments: I was saddened to hear of John Michael Flint's passing. He and I worked many a Sunday evening on KTRB and KHOP FM. He had his talk show on one side and I worked the other. He and Carol Benson were very inspirational to this poor, impressionable and aspiring engineer. I was able to go to MJC on financial aid working the video service for John Chappell because of their and Randy Hill's encouragement. May God bless him with a fine microphone and attentive audience in Heaven.
Added: September 27, 2010
Submitted by Name: Paul Peters From: New Forest in the South Of England (U.K.) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: The Modesto Radio Museum site has geven me many hours of pleasure. What a FABULOUS site it is!!!!! I especially enjoyed the articals, and photos, about the 'X' stations, Boader Blasters, that broadcast to the U.S.A. from Mexico. Back in the mid 60's I was an 'Offshore' Pirate for a short while, broadcasting on a station called Radio Essex. This station broadcast on 222 mts medium wave, from an old WW2 Naval Fort called Knock John, 18 miles out to sea in the middle of the Thames estuary. It was on the air from Oct. 1965 to Dec. 1966.
Keep up your GREAT work guys....FABULOUS web site!!!
Comments: Hello - Great web site. I enjoyed surfing around and viewing the text and viscuals that you offer. I'll pass the word along to others about the Modest Radio Museum. I sent via separate email an inquiry and would very much like to drop in for a visit. I'm a long time collector of old radio programs and electrical transcriptions. Thank you, Dave Breninger
Admin reply: Thanks for your comments Dave. We have responded to your email. Bob, Webmaster.
Comments: I was so happy to see a photo of my Great Aunt Carol Glass. She was an inspiration to the many children she helped appreciate music.
Added: July 26, 2010
Submitted by Name: Diana G. Dennis From: Pacific Grove, California 93950 E-mail: email@example.com
Comments: What a surprise to find the Modesto Radio Museum. My dad was "Skeeter" (Stan Dennis) of the Swanee Cowboys. My Uncle was "Hungry" (Roy Sanderson). I heard that they sounded like The Son's of the Pioneers. I always wondered about this. I heard the interview on your site from Cecil Lynch. He said he had some recorcings of the Swanee Cowboys that couldln't be played due to not having the right equipment. I have found a place that has equipment that might work for those old recordings and I would be happy to donate to getting the recordings to play. Is it possible to contact Mr. Lynch about this?
Admin reply: Hi, I have responded to your query by email. Please check and if you don't find it, check those emails that your spam blocker may have intercepted. Bob, Webmaster.