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BUT FIRST...A PROGRAMMING NOTE:
As of January, 2011, THE HI-FI CLUB revised its format to run approximately 80% music and 20% talk. You'll hear fresh approaches to your favorite hits...one week might be a Top 10 countdown from that week in a given year. Another week might be all hits by the same artist. Another may be movie or TV themes that hit the Top 40. We'll mix up the music and give you interesting historical tidbits along the way. Our longtime features (news, music history, celebrity birthdays and the concert calendar) will still be presented each week, but will be reduced to a ten-minute compilation at the bottom of the hour. This change will hopefully help the show to build more listenership, and to make the show more marketable to potential affiliates. Please do your part by telling your friends about the show!
WHAT IS "THE HI-FI CLUB"?
Begun on June 18, 2006, THE HI-FI CLUB is a weekly salute to those who made radio great, and also covers some long-forgotten historical pop culture, celebrity birthdays, commentary on the music and radio industries, and even a few retromercials and old radio recordings. The music is all hand-picked and covers some of the greatest years of pop and rock--1955 through 1985.
The "Hi-Fi" name pays
homage to the 1959-62 evening radio program at the former KXOL-1360/Fort
Worth known as "The Coca-Cola Hi-Fi Club." It was once hosted by
the late George Carlin just before he moved from Fort Worth to Hollywood
to make history as a comedian. THE HI-FI CLUB's
flagship station was KMNY-1360 (2006-08,) the former KXOL frequency, which
made for a very appropriate place to bring the memories of 'radio past'
back to life! The show now airs on KQRO-"The Crow" in McKinney, TX
(since relocated to Great Bend, KS) starting in the summer of 2008, and
has added more affiliates to its HI-FI CLUB
RADIO NETWORK periodically: KLSR-Rockwall,
KLDE-Eldorado/San Angelo and the North Texas Radio for the Blind all signed
on in March, 2009; and Musicradio 95 in Farmington, IA and WQRO-Farmington,
IA signed on in early 2012. The Yesterday USA Radio Networks became
a HI-FI CLUB
affiliate in May, 2012. See the
list for schedules and affiliate information.
L-R: Bob Schieffer, Norm Alden, Bud Buschardt, George Gimarc, Russ Bloxom, Bill Mercer, Pat Priest, George Carlin with Jack Burns
And you never know who might sit in or call in! Actor Norm Alden was a two-time guest; Bob Schieffer, anchor of "Face the Nation" and the "CBS Evening News," taped his reflections for THE HI-FI CLUB about his time in Fort Worth and as a newsman at KXOL (and we brought Bob's voice back to the 1360 airwaves for the first time in over 40 years!); Jack Burns, former KXOL newsman who was half of a comedy duo with another KXOL ex, the great George Carlin; and Bud Buschardt, longtime DFW radio personality and respected musicologist, was a guest in 2006, 2008 and 2012. KJIM owner and former KXOL personality Bob Allen shared his memories of KXOL-1360 by phone. Other callers include DFW radio legends Steve Eberhart and George Gimarc (who let us break the story of his new radio protocol, Radio SASS,) as well as John Fletcher, son of the late KXOL station manager Earle Fletcher. Former Channel 5 news anchor and KXOL/KJIM/KCLE personality Russ Bloxom also provided some great reflections of his time in local radio and TV, including an account of his broadcast contributions on the day President Kennedy was assassinated. Later guests include DFW radio legends Bill Mercer and Bob Bruton, actress Pat Priest (Marilyn from "The Munsters,") and Johnny Drake (pioneering 'pirate radio' jock.)
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