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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 continues to add more affiliates to its HI-FI CLUB RADIO NETWORK, with stations across most of Texas, southern California and southeast Iowa. See the affiliates list for schedules and affiliate information.
THE HI-FI CLUB
is hosted by Texas radio vets Mike Shannon and Ray Whitworth. Other
co-hosts through the years include John Lewis and Chad Hokar.
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! The late 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 interviewees 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 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 Texas radio legends Alan Barnes, Bob Leonard, Jim Thomas, Bill Mercer and Bob Bruton, actress Pat Priest (Marilyn from "The Munsters,") and Johnny Drake (pioneering 'pirate radio' jock.)
Voices of THE HI-FI CLUB promos and jingles include Roger Davis (one of the most sought-after voice actors of the 1970s,) legendary radio personality and National Radio Hall of Fame inductee Ron Chapman, former Armed Forces Radio Network disc jockey and longtime Dallas-Fort Worth radio host Jim Thomas, and our own "Wolfman Jack"-soundalike Ray Whitworth.
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