This is about KCRJ FM and those that worked there and
a memorial to Lou Burke - Broadcast Engineer.
Lou Burke - KCRJ-FM
General Manager invites Wayne Fernyhough
to 'throw the switch'
to sign the station on!
From the Wayne Fernyhough Collection at SMECC.
January 28, 1981
2010 N. 25 PL.
Dear Mr. Fernyhough:
I would like to take this opportunity to express to you my appreciation for your generosity in presenting
KCRJ-FM 96, with the historic memorabilia from Arizona's pioneer radio station,
If it is at all possible for you to be in Cottonwood on the 14th and 15th of February I would consider it a great
privilege if you would accept my invitation to throw the switch putting the new
KCRJ-FM 96 on the air. It seems only fitting that you should have this honor, as you
had the sad job of pulling the plug on KCRJ AM 1340 at 12:00 noon,
August 8, 1944, bringing a historic era in Arizona broadcasting to a close.
I anxiously look forward to meeting you in person, talking shop and sharing with you the happy
reincarnation of KCRJ in the Verde Valley and Northern Arizona.
Once again, my sincerest thanks.
Tom Coulson tells us, "Self-explained business card, my shift
on the air was 5-10am Monday thru Friday. I sold air time to
businesses in Cottonwood, Camp Verde ('The Flower Shop' was our first
advertiser), and Sedona. The total on the w-2 was for about 3
months of work, $500 per month salary plus 15 % commission."
Prior to his stint at KCRJ-FM - This photo
shows Tom Coulson at KMCR Phx AZ.
Tom tell us, "This was my business card, my
on the air was 5-10am Monday thru Friday."
Tom Couson tell us, "This was the pattern as broadcast at 3,000
ERP as I recall, from bays mounted on the roof the old school house in
Jerome. There was a cease-and-decist order before we went on the air
2-15-81 from an electronic calibration firm doing business in the same
building, getting interference in their equipment when we had the
transmitter on doing legal program tests. A temporary agreement was
made where they would only operate midnight-5am, when we were off the air.
Sometime after May 1981 the transmitter was moved higher up to a
forest area of Mingus Mountain, which created a different coverage
pattern. Years later, the transmitter and tower were moved closer
to, or at, Flagstaff, with a dual city-of-license identification for 95.9
On right with hat : Ton Coulson tells us: "Delaney:
"Brandon Delaney was News and Public Affairs Director for KCRJ-FM
beginning early 1981. He was an artist and poet, and I don't know
what his real name was. I do not know how long he stayed at KCRJ-FM,
but it was certainly past the summer of that year."
Wayne Fernyhough years later at SMEC
(now known as SMECC) next to the
Amperite Ribbon Microphone from
the 1930's that he gave Lou Burke
at KCRJ FM, Lou then sold it to us for
The Museum's collection on KCRJ.
|Ed, you were right. The old Microsoft Works documents,
after saved on external media, would open on my MAC with some kind of
"plain text" opener. Then it converted to Word 7.
Will that work for you? If not I'll paste it below too.
Note the email Lou sent me and the date. It is your stuff. The
guy he got it from ("Guy") I worked with around 1990 at the 1360
building. Guy was working for 100.3, that Globe FM we were talking
This is from a chapter I called "1981."
After years of talk and much work on their part, Lou Burke and Chris
Olivarez finally put their radio station on the air in Cottonwood AZ,
about 125 miles North of Phoenix, KCRJ FM 95.9. I was hired as
morning man, 5 to 10 am, and advertising sales the rest of the day.
It was the only country format I ve ever done.
The area was very rural at that time and scenic. The people super
friendly. No neckties allowed, and rarely were paper contracts used.
Just handshakes. I also kept producing my KMCR weekly jazz show on
tape from my new home.
It seemed it would be a fresh start and something different for me.
I was not talked into it, I really wanted to make it work. The most
fun was helping research and produce a sign-on broadcast which laid the
foundation for our call letters: In 1944 in nearby Jerome, KCRJ AM
1340 signed off when the copper mining went belly up as the economy and
the side of the mountain became a literal ghost town. We found
people who had worked there, announcers and even the engineer, interviewed
them for the special and had them at the new FM studio to sign on our
station on 2-15.
A friend sent me this link ab out KCRJ....amazing some of the stuff that's
floating around the internet.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Guy Giuliano" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, July 25, 2005 2:06 PM
Subject: Lou Burke... radio history
> Guy Giuliano
> Television/Radio Solutions
> Fox Sports Radio 1650
> Overdrive Media, LLC
The call letters stood for its original builder in 1927 Charles
Robinson, Jerome. After about 5 months there I could not make
a living. With more persistence perhaps I could have, and that was
the reason I gave Lou and Chris. But the truth was I was just plain
lonely. I didn t like the idea returning to the big city, but I
missed everyone and was living alone.
are recordings by Hacksaw's Blues: (from http://fullmoonhacksaw.com/Live_Bands.php
Home" live version 2009
Out" live version 2010
Eyes" 2011 vocal by Ronnie Whitehead "Shaky
Ground" 2011 vocal by Ronnie Whitehead
"Come Get to
This" 2011 vocal by Ronnie Whitehead
"Honey Hush" 2009 vocal by Ronnie Whitehead
VERSION (FORMERLY "DO SOMETHING FREAKY")
Tell" 2009 vocal/guitar by Dave Riley
"Got Me Runnin'" 2011
Armando Serna, second
guitar, Dennis Miller Harmonica Dennis
Miller, vocal/harmonica NEW
61" 2002 vocal, composition by Hacksaw Tom
Cootchie Man" 2010
Guests: James Johnson,
guitar, Lou Burke, piano Dennis
Blues" 1995 vocal, composition by Hacksaw Tom "Turned
My Head Around" 1999 unreleased
to Mike Moses, vocal and composition
In the 1980s Hans
Olson, Small Paul, Jimmy Peyton's Midnite Blues, Bill and Suzie Tarsha and
the Rocket 88's, and Big Pete Pearson pretty much covered the Phoenix
blues landscape, most of them at Warsaw Wally's at one point.
Another club down the road was the Purple Turtle, 1019 E. Indian
Hacksaw's Blues debuted
by opening for Midnite Blues at the latter club (later to be the
Rhythm Room toward decade's end). David Andrews and Linda
Brooks fronted the "Hacksaw Williams Blues Band" as vocalists.
Blue Lou Burke who liked Otis Spann and Ray Charles was on piano.
"Hacksaw" played at what seemed like 20 active blues clubs
(including Wally's), with as many blues bands to compete with around town.
As the band changed, drummer Tom Coulson kept the name.
With Dave Andrews 1986 With
Linda Brooks 1994 Backing
the late Mike Moses 2000
(Dean Murphy, right) (the
late Henry Thompson, right)
(Lou Burke, right)
That way Hacksaw could
be a sideman. Such as drummer for Midnite Blues and Buddy Reed into
the '90s. Linda Brooks reunited with Hacksaw for a few
of these years, winning second place in the 1994 Phoenix Blues Society
(PBS) Showdown. The new century had Hacksaw joining (the late) Mike
Moses who won first place in the PBS Showdown to compete in
Memphis in '01. Hacksaw has played on CDs by Midnite
Blues, Dean Murphy and Mike Moses.
Blues 1996: Dean Murphy, Kati Ingino, Hacksaw, Jimmy Peyton
A most significant
meeting happened in 2004 during a live broadcast of the original
King Biscuit Time radio show (which Sonny Boy Williamson II helped
start in 1941) still on KFFA, Helena Arkansas. http://kffa.com Hacksaw was
introduced to Chicago guitarist/vocalist Dave Riley. http://daverileybluesman.com/fr_mainaboutdave.cfm
Born in Hattiesburg Mississippi, Dave has become Hacksaw's direct link to
genuine living Delta blues.
As a result, Dave
visited Phoenix playing the Rhythm Room backed by Hacksaw's Blues. Owner/harmonica
man Bob Corritore http://rhythmroom.com was taken
enough to produce two albums with Dave Riley (Hacksaw playing on both
"Traveling the Dirt Road" and "Lucky to be Living") to
world-wide critical and award-nomination success.
It was with Dave
Riley's help (he now lives in Arizona during the winter)
that the Grinders Coffee Second Saturday series revitalized
"Hacksaw's Blues" in 2007.
9, 2015 10:34:27 AM MST
best-known as KTAR Radio's Chief Engineer in Phoenix, but began his
career as a professional blues pianist on the road all over Ohio
(including with Lonnie Mack). Long after settling in Arizona he
hooked up with Full
Moon Hacksaw to
resume gigging 1983 to 2005. When Lou died in Ohio last fall, his
engineer and musician friends in Arizona requested a tribute jam, so
here we go. Host musicians are Full Moon Jazz and Hacksaw's Blues,
with guest soloists from AFM Local 586. It's free, but donations are
accepted. Funds go toward refreshment and expenses for the event,
and any extra will go to a musician's medical fund.
your axe and jam, questions call.
FULL MOON HACKSAW, LLC
Media and entertainment agency
"Specializing in jazz and blues"
*Syndicated radio show
*Media production & distribution
Burke, W7JI, Wins February QST Cover
The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for February is Lou Burke, W7JI, for his article A Compact 40 Meter Receiver. Congratulations Lou! The QST Cover Plaque award -- given to the author or authors of the best article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll Web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the March issue today.
Joan and Lou Burke