A note on underground radio history in Phoenix: Does anyone remember KNIX? I dont recall (that old hippie memory thing!!) how long it was on the air, but it predated KCAC. It was already shut down when the gang from Texas arrived on the Phoenix scene.
A couple of names from the air staff that come to mind are Christopher and Rickets. Stories have it that Rickets had a penchant for dismantling the studio broadcast equipment, particularly in the wee hours of the morning the stories never did say why??!!! I got to know Christopher post-KNIX when he was my roommate for a short time. In addition to bringing to my house a certain fondness for things psychedelic, he also developed a certain fondness for my girlfriend of the day. Unfortunately, when Christopher moved out, so did my lover with him! But Im getting off track here. Back to radio
KNIXs undoing began with its co-sponsorship of a concert featuring, among others, The Fraternity of Man, although, all things behind the scenes considered, I suspect it had begun unraveling some time before the show. Christopher was the MC. The band ( Fraternity ) asked him if they could do a song called F--- Her. Christophers state at that moment did not include the word no in its vocabulary. The song was sung, to the delight of the audience, but not so to the owner of the station at that time, a person known to lean rather heavily in the direction of conservatism. A line had been crossed, and the station owner held the winning cards. Sadly, that was the beginning of the end of KNIX, as we had come to know and love it. Shortly thereafter they went off the air, leaving a creative void that was eventually filled by KCAC and later, KDKB. To the best of my knowledge (not always something to be trusted), KNIX was Phoenixs first underground station, and sort of prepared the ground for the good things that were to come.