OK, everybody, while I deal with the latest batch of KCAC tapes, here's what I'd like you to do: go through your closets, attics, basements, garages, cabinets, desks, scrapbooks, whatever and FIND STILL PHOTOS (or home movies) of the old KCAC/KDKB staff! Photos taken "on the job" (at the studios or at public events) would be best, but any photos related to the radio stations and their staffs would be helpful. Provenienced photos (i.e., labeled in some way to identify what the photo shows, who took it, where, and when) are especially valuable. Anybody know if professional-quality photos taken for newspaper/magazine articles, press releases, etc. still exist? What about the original negative (or a good-quality print) of the famous "group" photo posted on the blog?
I'm not necessarily asking you to send me any photos at this time (although digital scans would be welcome); just search for photos, and let me know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on the blog what you've come up with. The photos will ultimately be archived along with the tapes and whatever else we can come up with. Our goal is to use this archive to write a book-length account of alternative radio and the counterculture in the Phoenix area in the late 60s/early 70s. One friend of mine even suggests approaching KAET (Channel 8) to see if they could use this material for a half-hour or hour-long documentary, centered around the dramatic 4th of July tape and (if they can be found) the 1974 videotapes of Bill Compton. (Channel 8 has done a number of other films about various aspects of Arizona history and culture, so why not give it a try?)
We're gaining momentum on this project, so now is the time to search your personal archives and see what you can contribute to the effort. I'm also hoping to send out an online questionnaire sometime soon, since individual or group interviews are tough (if not logistically impossible) to arrange. This would be a good way get everybody's input. So keep checking the blog and stay in touch!