Late News - March 11, 2015 - The original KTRB property on Norwegian Ave. in Modesto, CA has reportedly been sold for around $170,000. The property was sold for cash to Vijay Solanki, who owns the America's Budget Inn on Kansas Avenue in Modesto. Reportedly the new owner would like to rehab the old building if there are not too many problems with it such as asbestos.
Stan Frebergacclaimed satirist who brought humor to the owrld of advertising, died April 7, 2015 at the age of 88. Born Stanley Victor Friberg; August 7, 1926 in Pasadena, CA. he was an American author, recording artist, animation voice actor, comedian, radio personality, puppeteer and advertising creative director, whose career began in 1944. He remained active in the industry into his late 80s, more than 70 years after entering it. His best-known works include "St. George and the Dragonet", Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, his role on the television series Time for Beany, and a number of classic television commercials. More =>
KDJK's Joe Gross passes away. 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. Photo is of Joe and his wife Anne a week before his passing. (Courtesy Jeff "Beaver" Brown)