Saturday, January 08, 2011

My bad hair day (decade).

Top 40 stations in the 50s-mid 70s distributed survey sheets every week to local record stores (you remember record stores). These listed the top hits the station was playing and usually featured a photo of one of the disc jockeys. Here is a rare survey from KYA, San Francisco in 1974 that featured a young, skinny me with waaaay too much hair. They took this shot on a windy day, which also didn't help. I was hoping they'd take it during thick early morning fog. 

You'll notice that Cleaver is spelled with two e's. That was the station's brilliant idea to protect themselves against a lawsuit. I didn't give a shit. Half my listeners couldn't spell anyway.


Thanks to Classic Top 40 Radio and California Airchecks for the surveys.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

For some of us, it was hair today, gone tomorrow.

Ron said...

And Ken wore a wig on top of that! To serve his country in the 222nd Public Information Detachment (Radio) part of the 63rd USARCOM.

Barefoot Billy Aloha said...

You are sooooo brave!!! Thank you for a laugh - not at you, but at the styles of the times.

Beaver Cleaver Rules!!

VP81955 said...

In 1971, I recall hearing a D.C. radio station play a history-of-rock marathon, year by year, and when it did the hour for 1959, it was referred to as "the dark ages of rock 'n' roll." Compared to the treacle that was 1974 (look at that playlist!), '59 ranks up there with the apogee years of 1964 and '65.

Mister Charlie said...

I remember KYA and I remember the song listings... I just didn't pay much attention to the jocks after that. Between 70 and Dr Don Rose I barely listened to radio except KSAN occasionally.

YEKIMI said...

To me, you just look like a younger, sicklier [and a lot poorer] version of Howard Stern.

Bob Oscar Johnson said...

Credit should also go to Chuck "Boom Boom" Cannon for this KYA survey; Chuck saved about 100 KFRC surveys from the early 70's and only ONE KYA...this was the one...who knew?

Dan said...

Harold Ramis + John Sebastian = A sexy young Ken.