Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Clear Channel Radio


In class last night I was telling my history students about what it was like to listen to the radio before we had TV. I used to listen to KOMA in Oklahoma, KDKA in Pittsburgh, KOA in Denver and one of my favorites was XERF in Ciudad Acuna, Coahuilla, Mexico just across the border from Del Rio. Texas. XERF was also where Wolfman Jack worked. There were less stations in the 1940s and 1950s so there was less interference. The AM signal was boosted quite a bit after sundown and there were several Clear Channel Stations including KOA, WHO (Des Moines) and KDKA.

XERF was one of the few stations broadcasting Country and Western music. My old friend Steve Moore in Iowa and I would joke about listening to George Jones singing "Tall Tall Trees." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEMZXw5ufLY How is that for a 60 year old memory? This morning on NPR they were talking about the George Jones' song, "He Stopped Loving Her Today" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27jzHHN97gI is going into the Smithsonian music collection. Hard to imagine George Jones and Smithsonian in the same sentence. Of course we have to remember that today John Lee Hooker is also going in to the museum's collection for Rhythm and Blues along with the Stanley Brothers for Blue Grass. Of course the really old people, The Rolling Stones have been there for a while.

What a wonderful country we have to honor all types of music.

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