Saturday, July 31, 2010

Wallace Lives!

I'm so sorry to hear about Bob Gately's loss. What a character, what a life!

Anybody who has been around Phoenix long enough to remember KCAC will certainly remember Wallace & Ladmo as well. Ladmo has moved on to that great comedy gig in the sky, but Wallace is still very much with us. He will be making a rare public appearance (possibly his last) at a special tribute at the Tempe History Museum, southwest corner of Rural and Southern, next Saturday, August 7th, at 7 PM. Come on out and let's show our love for this man who has given us so many laughs, see clips of vintage episodes, and maybe even win a Ladmo bag! I'm attempting to add a link to the flyer for this event, but if it doesn't work just cut-and-paste this into your browser:


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thank you, Marconi!

Besides showcasing the best album-oriented rock of the day, the early KDKB was also big on comedy, from the Firesign Theater and Cheech & Chong to Phoenix's own Love Workshop.
At some point in the week, the station also offered the National Lampoon Radio Hour, a launching pad for many who would later go on to write for or perform on Saturday Night Live, SCTV and other key comedy shows. For some reason, these programs have been hard to find on the Internet, but I recently came across a blog called Egg City Radio offering about 40 of the shows for downloading.
Here's my favorite: "The California Show," featuring the likes of John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Brian Doyle Murray, Joe Flaherty, Doug Kenney, Harold Ramis and more. From October 19, 1974. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

You say it's your birthday?

"For about 30 seconds it seemed like Ringo Starr's 70th birthday concert at Radio City Music Hall earlier tonight was over," writes Rolling Stone reviewer Andy Greene. "Then, just as the house lights threatened to rise, a roadie brought out Paul McCartney's signature Hofner bass and the sell-out crowd went into absolute hysterics. When McCartney himself ran onstage and burst into (of course) the White Album's "Birthday," the screams reached a decibel level rarely heard since the Beatles stopped touring nearly 45 years ago."
Fortunately a fan with a cell phone camera captured the moment. Here 'tis: