In December of 1984, KFIV-FM, Rock 102, formerly Classic Rock K102 from 1981-1983, replaced departed Program Director C.J. Stone and at the same time chose to drop their Rock and Roll format in place of Pop Rock while excusing the entire air staff, myself included, after working both formats for four years 1981-December of 1984. Three months later, In March of 1985, a new licensee, Gold Rush Broadcasting Inc. (KDJK 95.1 FM) commenced operations with live rock and roll on the central valley’s newest station, broadcasting from Armstrong Way in Oakdale, Ca. with 30,000 watts of power. I was the only one fortunate enough to have made the transition from the old Rock 102 to the newest radio station in the valley, KDJK 95.1 FM.
Not only was I the only DJ from the old Rock 102 to have made the transition to the new rock Station in the valley, I was also the only “homegrown” talent from Modesto to have made it on the original Air staff. My tenure as one of the on-the- air staff of KDJK-FM was from March 1985 – June 1991.
From 1985-1990 KDJK 95.1 FM was the only rock station in the valley with consistently high ratings while holding a free run monopoly of being unopposed for the live rock and roll format. This continued until the old KQKK, 96.7 FM changed from Country Western to Classic Rock in 1990. After KDJK's long time Program Director, Mark Davis resigned In February 1991, I chose to move to KVFX-FM 96.7 "The Fox" where I was welcomed with open arms, being the only KDJK DJ to have jumped to the competitor’s camp.
KDJK-FM filed bankruptcy and fell into receivership in 1995. The station was purchased by a new corporation. KVFX-FM "The Fox" 96.7 was also sold and subsequently changed their format a year or two later. In looking back at my radio career, I am grateful to all of the valley “Rock Heads” who supported Fast Lane Clark as their hometown hero. It is in large part due their loyal support that I believe I was the only DJ to have worked at all 3 central valley rock stations from 1981-1994.
Central Valley Rock 1981-1994
By: Fast Lane Clark
Fast Lane Clark - KFIV-FM, Classic Rock K102 from the original studio
Fast Lane Clark & Mark Davis in 1986 at KDJK-FM 95.