Sunday, April 24, 2005

Fw: Starbright

FROM A listener:

Just by a Trick of Fate I stumbled onto Radio Free Phoenix and It feels like Home in here. I grew up in Phoenix listening to KRIZ and KRUX and my all time fave KCAC. I can't begin to tell you what a trip it's been for me to hear Real Music again..and the Memories that have come to life.

In 1970-71 I lived at a little Community in Laveen called Starbright Ranch. My Mother, Father, Sister and I lived in one of the small guest houses at the foot of South Mountain. My Mother use to send me with her fresh baked bread to share it with our Good neighbors...Carol, Ron Worthram, Ray Thompson and "Little Willie Sushine".

When I first met Bill Compton I thought he Looked like Jesus...Hey...I was a 13 year old kid and he was the first Real Hippie I'd ever met. I remember walking into his flat and there was this one whole wall filled from floor to ceiling with shelves of Albums. everything you could Imagine...I'd ask him do you have...and the answer was alwas a Big Smile and he'd pull out the Album..just like Magic! Bills place reminded me of the was almost had to of seen it to know what I mean.

It's been a long time...alot of Old Memories have come back in Living Color...And now that I've found RFP..I've got a feeling I'll be Flashin back to some good memories quite often..and I am spreading the word. I know so many people who would be Trippin to the Tunes Boo. Thank you,Soooo much for RFP...Well Done!


Thursday, April 21, 2005

KCAC Lives!

Let Your Ears Thow A Party For Your Head

-slogan on vintage KCAC poster from the Johnny D. collection
on display in the lobby of the Dodge Theatre last Sunday.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Hoo Wuz Tuli Kupferberg?

Tuli Kupferberg and their group of cohorts were out making trouble, giving the FBI migranes (the Chicago branch contacted the Washington main office at one point to ask if they should arrest the FAGS for obscenity and un-American activities).

Tuli Kupferberg

Interview by Theresa Stern (June 1997)

PSF: What were you working on before the Fugs?

Well, I was the world's greatest poet before I became the world's oldest rock n'roll star. I wasn't with the Fugs until I was 42 but before that my life was trivial. I went to graduate school for sociology in Brooklyn. I dropped out and became a bohemian, living in Greenwich Village. The rest is mystery and history. It's all one blur now.

I was a free-formist. I never took to the traditional forms. I never bothered to learn them. It's OK to learn the old forms though and study what you've inherited in any art. I valued spontaneity a lot and being young, you're always afraid that you're going to be overwhelmed by the masters so you try to avoid it.

Fw: Az Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame

Forwarding from Carole (Compton) Glenn.  Great review.
Sent: Monday, April 18, 2005 8:56 AM
Subject: Fw: Az Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame

I sent this to the people that I thought might enjoy it and somehow missed your email address:
Subject: Az Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame

Hi, All,
For those of you unable to attend the AMEHF Ceremony, I thought that I would write my impressions for you. Hans did a masterful job of putting this together.  The entire program was done by volunteers.  Hans was there to greet people as they came and was back stage making sure everything ran smoothly.
The Master of Ceremonies for the first portion of the program was Marshall Trimble.  Marshall is the Official AZ State Historian, teaches history at Scottsdale Community College, poses nude with BBB and writes for TW.  The inductees were from eclectic backgrounds - as were the presenters.
There was a brief slide show for each inductee.
Dwight "Red" Harkins was the first recipient.  In the early 30's, at the age of 18, Red opened his first of a chain of movie theaters in AZ.  He also helped to revolutionize FM radio.
Mike Condello was a musician and music director for the long-running popular children's TV show Wallace & Ladmo.
The founder (Mike Lacey) of newspaper, New Times was next.  His award was presented by Renz Jennings.  Mike was ill and did not attend.  Renz looks great and told Marty that he is farming in south Phoenix, since leaving the Corp Commission.
Dancer/choreographer, Dee Dee Wood was next.  She choreographed movies like Mary Poppins and worked with Dick Van Dyke when he filmed his TV show from Carefree. Dee Dee has won many awards. 
Native American musician, R. Carlos Nakai performed a flute piece that was wonderful.  He has earned two Gold Records and been nominated for six Grammy's.
Wallace & Ladmo were inducted for their children's TV show.  Bill Thompson (Wallace) appeared on stage with 2 of the coveted "Ladmo Bags" - which were given to two people in the audience.  Had he made it to the correct row and seat for the second one, Bill or Emily would have received it! 
World renouned musician, Lalo Guerrero was inducted.  Lalo passed away one month ago.  His son, Mark, and his son's band played two of Lalo's pieces of music.  Lalo recorded and wrote varied types of music - he's been honored by the Smithsonian and many other foundations.
Recording artist, Floyd Ramsey and recording engineer, Jack Miller were inducted.
Jazz pianist, Charles Lewis, was inducted and performed.
Radio & TV personality and member of the Wallace & Ladmo show, Pat McMahon was inducted.
Lew King of the "Lew King Ranger Show" was inducted - award presented by Gary Peter Klahr (remember him?!). 
Artist, Fritz Scholder, was inducted. 
Award winning writer, Jana Bommersbach, was inducted next.  Jana writes for TW and has won too many awards to list.
R & B group, Dyke & the Blazers, performed and were inducted - introduced by Johnny D.
Marshall presented the AMEHOF award to Marty Robbins.  Rollie Stevens and a wonderful C&W band performed one of Marty's songs.
Bill's award was presented by his friend, Marty Manning. It was a lovely presentation - Bill would have been honored.
Concert promoter, Dan Zelisko, received his award from Alice Cooper.
We left at entermission and there with performances and awards still to be presented - Jessi Colter, Waylon Jennings, and Glen Campbell.  This was to be followed by a jam session and then people were to go to Cooper's Town.
As you can see from those being inducted - this was very entertaining.  Because Marshall grew up in AZ and knew many of these performers, he was a great mc and had touching and funny stories.  The presenters had great insights about those they were presenting to and those receiving the awards had some great stories. Dan Zelisko told about his first sold out show in the coliseum - Bob Seger - being cancelled the day of the show at 5 PM - and other, now humorous, wins and losses.
Photographer, Lissa Wales, was there taking photos.  Some of you will remember her from the "Radio Reunions".  Lissa is battling leukemia and hoping to find a bone marrow match.  She looks and feels great and is beginning chemo for the second time today.
There were some new and some familiar faces there - Julia Flannigan, Wonderful Russ, Lee Powell, Johnny D, Bob Gately, Andy Olson (Radio Free Phoenix), Jeff Parrets (sp), Dwight Tindle, and Dan Duffy (there with Jessi). 
It was fun and I know Bill would have enjoyed it all!

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Friday, April 15, 2005

Hans Olson interview

Since I didn't have the space in the paper to include much of my interview with Hans, here's the full 15-minute audio file of our talk. For fans of that distinctive voice, listening to Hans talk is the next best thing to hearing him sing.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Quick talk with Hans Olson about the AMEHOF ceremony

Had the privilege of talking with Hans Olson about the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame induction ceremony to be held this Sunday, April 17, at the Dodge Theatre. Unfortunately, I had to edit our talk down to fit into a tiny 350-word blurb in our Night & Day section. But it's a quick read that will, hopefully, get people interested in attending. Check it out here.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005


Thanks for the response. Starting with the people on THIS email: HELLO FROM DANIEL! Repeat, Daniel says HOWDY!

He misses you and thinks of you often and he would love to hear from you. Write or call Daniel now.
----- Original Message -----
From: Daniel
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 2:18 PM

Yes. Wonderful Russ, please, say "Howdy!" to everyone for me! Thanks!
And... my old and now defunct email address is somehow still in this mailing list - KCAC/KDKB/RFPhx Daniel (Rebirth) - please remove that one from your address books, you'll just get an "undeliverable" error message anyway, but keep the one at Thanks again.
I sure hope you all have a good time...
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 12:39 PM

I will be there Sunday. If there is anyone on this list who isn't able to attend but would like me to "say hello to everyone" for you - just say so. In fact, Lee Powell and I are going to ride down to the Dodge Theater together in my car with the top down. So I can get a running start on "saying hello to everyone" for you by telling Lee YOU said, "Hello Lee".
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 3:23 AM

Can you say BLOG? The KCAC Lives! blog is really neat. Check it out if you haven't as yet.

Monday, April 11, 2005

The Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

We're excited about seeing a strong representation of the KCAC/original KDKB contingent at the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony this Sunday. Andy, Cheryl and I will be so looking forward to seeing you ! All of you on the Ron Wortham email chain, you Compton cohorts, please know that you will also be honored that night, in the hearts of your fans.
-Liz Boyle

Monday, April 11, 2005

The Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

We're excited about seeing a strong representation of the KCAC/original KDKB contingent at the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony this Sunday. Andy, Cheryl and I will be so looking forward to seeing you ! All of you on the Ron Wortham email chain, you Compton cohorts, please know that you will also be honored that night, in the hearts of your fans.
-Liz Boyle

Tuesday, April 05, 2005


The past, the present, the future are really all one.
Our existence is defined by the boundaries - of Deja' Vu
~~My autobiography including much of KCAC is now online~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~CLICK HERE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Rebirth headlines

If you haven't yet, be sure to check out Daniel's tribute to Rebirth, a Phoenix underground newspaper published from around '69 to '72. From his story page you can find a link to some great photos of original ads, headlines and amazing cover art. Here's a sample of one issue's table of contents:
Rebirth TOC
And here's some advice someone snuck in above an article:
For best effects