Sunday, October 26, 2008

Upcoming Show / KCAC Tapes Still Available FREE

The Corb Lund Band will be playing at the Last Exit in Tempe, southwest corner of Southern and Priest, on Saturday November 1st. I know many of you will be at Halloween parties, but come on by if you want to hear some fine rootsy music. Corb Lund is from the high plains of Alberta, Canada, and he has an acoustic but surprisingly fast-paced, energetic folk-country style. His songs combine good humor, sharp observations, and terrific character studies. This is the third or fourth time he's played in Tempe, and his shows are always great fun.

On an unrelated note: I still have copies of 50+ hours of vintage KCAC radio broadcasts crammed onto a single DVD disc, playable on any computer. These are FREE for the asking! Carole Compton Glenn has generously provided funds for packaging and postage. John Booth of Channel 8 bought the blank discs and burned the copies. The original tapes were loaned to me by Jeff and Jennifer Crawford (to whom we all owe our thanks), and I did the digital mastering to the best of my (limited) ability. If you want a copy of these tapes, all you have to do is email me off-blog with your name and address. Here's my contact information, but please note that the "@" has been replaced by (at) in order to avoid spammers and phishers who search blogs like this for new addresses to target. twright1955(at)


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ron Howard, Andy Griffith and Henry Winkler endorse Obama...

Here's another "off-topic" post... if you're one of those who think that's a no-no, please don't bother clicking on this - it's not too directly related to the 60s-70s music scene in Phoenix (though personally I think the connection's pretty direct, as our whole premise then was change!).

See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Excerpted from ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE OCT 30, 2008 ISSUE from the following site:
A WARNING FROM Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Voter suppression is real. It’s a crime. And it’s happening to YOU. But there’s something that you can do to prevent it.
You can do all the campaigning you but if your voters aren’t counted, you’re going to lose the Presidency–and our democracy. Pass on this link: Go to the site. Find out how to be sure your vote is counted. Get out he word! There’s still time to steal back your vote! Download the guide at stealbackyourvote. This guide is not about saving Democratic candidates. It is about saving our democracy. Vote-gaming is a bi-partisan sport.

Following excerpt from Rolling Stone Oct 30 2008 Issue (read full text at
written by greg palast & robert f. kennedy jr.

BY Greg Palast
In 2002, George W. Bush signed the Help America Vote Act! The result: in the 2004 presidential election, over three million vote3,006,080—were cast and not counted. That’s from the official data from an agency created by George Bush called the “Elections Assistance Commission. Three MILLION ballots disappeared—pfft! And not just anyone’s ballots. U.S. government experts reported, for example, that a black voter’s ballot is 900% more likely than a white voter’s ballot to get “lost” in the machine. Bush fired the experts.

Three million voters went missing in ‘04—but that ain’t nuthin’! Law professor and voting law expert Robert Kennedy, Jr. warns that it’s about to get a whole lot worse. Nasty new spores of the “Help” America Vote Act” went into effect since the last election that have turned the process into a vicious game of “Chutes and Ladders,” with traps and tricks between you and your vote.

Example: the Republican Secretary of State of Colorado “helped” her state vote by eliminating 19.4% of the voters from the voter rolls. That’s one in five !@#$#@ voters! Over three million missing ballots–and now the voters themselves are disappearing by the millions. Where the hell did they go? Read more:

“Instead of being a vessel for facilitating the vote, [HAVA ] became a vessel for restricting the vote.” -Bobby Kennedy

If you run into trouble call Election Protection at 1-(866) OURVOTE.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Linda Arnold has been located

Linda Arnold has been located. Her email is hanaleidragon1 [at] aol [dot] com. She is also on FaceBook.. as I am as well.

Prior to the time of KCAC Linda and Bill Compton connected. She was and is, a "hairdresser to the stars" and has done my hair a few times as well as Bill's, and a few others of the early KCAC days. She worked for a time at Heaven Haircutters on Central Avenue - about Thomas, I believe.

Linda's main function remains her social connectivity. She was friends with the Gately Brothers, all the people at the station and had many connections with The Beans and the entire choir of musicians in Phoenix.

These days she is still in touch with The Beans and many others in the L.A. circles of music and acting..... still doing superb hair work.

This lady, Bill, Hank and I go waaaaaayyyy back. It is a hoot to connect again. There are some people who just get more beautiful as life kicks them around and adds character.

I remember picking up her violin one day and kicking out the first part of "Orange Blossom Special". I didn't even know I could play.

That is her magic.

Have some.

Ron Wortham

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Sarah Palin-A Nobel Prize for LIterature??

Where's the award winning Bill Compton news and public affairs team when we need them? Not to mention "The Love Workshop" gosh darn it!

The Poetry of Sarah Palin
Recent Works by the Republican Vice Presidential Candidate.
By Hart Seely
Posted Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008, at 1:25 PM ET

It's been barely six weeks since the arctic-fresh voice of Alaskan poet Sarah Heath Palin burst upon the lower 48. In campaign interviews, the governor, mother, and maverick GOP vice presidential candidate has chosen to bypass the media filter and speak directly to fans through her intensely personal verses, spoken poems that drill into the vagaries of modern life as if they were oil deposits beneath a government-protected tundra.

Thursday's nationally televised debate with Democrat Joe Biden could give Palin the chance to cement her reputation as one of the country's most innovative practitioners of what she calls "verbiage." The poems collected here were compiled verbatim from only three brief interviews. So just imagine the work Sarah Palin could produce over the next four (or eight) years.

"On Good and Evil"

It is obvious to me
Who the good guys are in this one
And who the bad guys are.
The bad guys are the ones
Who say Israel is a stinking corpse,
And should be wiped off
The face of the earth.

That's not a good guy.
(To K. Couric, CBS News, Sept. 25, 2008)

"You Can't Blink"

You can't blink.
You have to be wired
In a way of being
So committed to the mission,

The mission that we're on,
Reform of this country,
And victory in the war,
You can't blink.
So I didn't blink.
(To C. Gibson, ABC News, Sept. 11, 2008)


These corporations.
Today it was AIG,
Important call, there.
(To S. Hannity, Fox News, Sept. 18, 2008)

"Befoulers of the Verbiage"

It was an unfair attack on the verbiage
That Senator McCain chose to use,
Because the fundamentals,

As he was having to explain afterwards,
He means our workforce.
He means the ingenuity of the American.

And of course that is strong,
And that is the foundation of our economy.
So that was an unfair attack there,

Again based on verbiage.
(To S. Hannity, Fox News, Sept. 18, 2008)

"Secret Conversation"

I asked President Karzai:
"Is that what you are seeking, also?
"That strategy that has worked in Iraq?
"That John McCain had pushed for?
"More troops?
"A counterinsurgency strategy?"
And he said, "Yes."
(To K. Couric, CBS News, Sept. 25, 2008)


I am a Washington outsider.
I mean,
Look at where you are.
I'm a Washington outsider.

I do not have those allegiances
To the power brokers,
To the lobbyists.
We need someone like that.
(To C. Gibson, ABC News, Sept. 11, 2008)

"On the Bailout"

What the bailout does
Is help those who are concerned
About the health care reform
That is needed
To help shore up our economy,
Helping the—
It's got to be all about job creation, too.

Shoring up our economy
And putting it back on the right track.
So health care reform
And reducing taxes
And reining in spending
Has got to accompany tax reductions
And tax relief for Americans.
And trade.

We've got to see trade
As opportunity
Not as a competitive, scary thing.
But one in five jobs
Being created in the trade sector today,
We've got to look at that
As more opportunity.
All those things.
(To K. Couric, CBS News, Sept. 25, 2008)

"Challenge to a Cynic"

You are a cynic.
Because show me where
I have ever said
That there's absolute proof
That nothing that man
Has ever conducted
Or engaged in,
Has had any effect,
Or no effect,
On climate change.
(To C. Gibson, ABC News, Sept. 11, 2008)

"On Reporters"

It's funny that
A comment like that
Was kinda made to,
I don't know,
You know ...

(To K. Couric, CBS News, Sept. 25, 2008)

"Small Mayors"

You know,
Small mayors,
Mayors of small towns—
Quote, unquote—
They're on the front lines.
(To S. Hannity, Fox News, Sept. 19, 2008)

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Come to Mama 10/26/08

Got this email for KCAC Lives, passing it on.

Mill Avenue Music & Arts Presents!
Come to MAMA 2008!

Saturday, 10/25/2008, beginning at 5:00 pm we will be cooking on the grill and joining our friends in breaking bread. The Jerome city van is scheduled to make runs to the Verde Valley for guests who prefer not to drive. We will have music for dancing beginning at 8:00 pm.

Dinner Menu:
Choice of Steak, Chicken, Pork , Salmon or Garden Burger along with Caesar Salad, Potato Salad and assorted side dishes as prepared by our local Posse members. A BYOB bar will be offered, and we will provide all mixes, ice and a bartender. Also soft drinks and water will be provided. Coffee, tea, and cake will also be on hand.

Sunday, 10/26/2008, beginning at 10:00 am Spook hall will be open for a continental breakfast: Gourmet coffee, juices and teas as well as brandies and liquors will be provided. Fresh sweet rolls, bagels and fruit will be offered. This is an open mike, get together and have some time and catch up with all your old friends. We will also have a sound system in place for either canned music or an opportunity for people to jam.

To Attend
Tickets: $50 per person
RSVP by October 10, 2008 to with your name, the number in your party, & your email address or phone number so we can confirm your reservation.

Payments: Should be made by personal check made out to MAMA and mailed no later than October 15, 2008 to
PO Box E
Jerome AZ 86331

With your check please include the dinner entree choice (steak, chicken, pork, salmon, or Garden Burger) for each member of your party

Lodging Information & other questions email Carla
Hope to See You at the Party!

Need contact info for the following people:
Harold Aceves
Sue Ecker
Annie Fisher
Bob Gately
Bobby Gruenwald Gruenwald
Miguel Kamerar
Toni Lown
Jefferson Mundy
Kathy Palmer
BJ Perkins
Tovrea Perry
Paul Simon
Peggy Taylor
Craig Warner
Paul Williams
John Wilson
Mark Wilson
Jo Ellen