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Ken K.

The KDKB albums from the late '70' early '80's.  Sold for 93 cents and featured bands that wouldn't get airplay any other way.  One of my all time favorite songs "The North of Arizona" was on one of them.  Albums, long gone.  It would be awesome to have those available for download.

The Carrot on hockey jerseys on teams that KDKB sponsored at Oceanside in Tempe.

Think we were cool because we knew what KDKB stood for.@

Ken K.


Michael D.

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In June 1970, age 18, I moved to Mesa from the small Iowa farm town where I grew up.  Around 1968 I had discovered my first "underground" radio show -- the now-famous Clyde Clifford's "Beaker Street", out of Little Rock, AR. Still in high school, I used to listen late at night in my basement bedroom.  I loved the music and the whole underground sound revolution it represented.

After coming to AZ, I really missed listening to that show. Thankfully I soon discovered KCAC AM, which as I recall featured Bill Compton, progenitor of the underground radio movement in Phoenix.  The following summer, Bill moved over to FM with KDKB, and KCAC was no more.  I vividly recall hearing ocean wave recordings on the KDKB wavelength for several days before the station went live.  I was really excited about it. I loved the variety and spontaneity of the programming in those early years.  You could hear Led Zeppelin, Yes, Cream, Hendrix, Moody Blues, interspersed >

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Betty B.

About 25 years ago, I won a Honda Aero Scooter on KDKB(my favorite rock station)!!   The winners made a commercial. However, no one told us what they were going to do with it.  I was in total shock as my friends and I  walked in into the theatre, there I was "BIGGER THAN LIFE", ON THE BIG SCREEN.   That was an experience as I received phone calls for months regarding my stardom!!  I've listened to KDKB for years but never won anything else(not from the lack of trying).  Thanks again KDKB and Happy Anniversary/Birthday!! 

Betty B.


Roxanne S.

First of all, I have been listening for 38 of the 40 years.  So many good memories.  I remember the real "album rock" especially Friday nights; one hour of classical music weekdays. 

My favorite, most unforgettable memory:  The first simulcast with then cable-channel 15 of the 1981 Rolling Stones concert at ASU.  We went to a friend’s house with our daughter, then 20 months old.  She was ROCKIN and dancing to rolling stones, not the least bit tired.  When it was all over, KDKB played a song by Heart and no more Rolling Stones.  Our daughter was inconsolable.  Even funnier, 9 years later another simulcast of a Rolling Stones concert -- same daughter…"Dad, do you have to have it this music so loud?!"  (she got past that, now she rocks out again! )

Thanks and looking forward to 40 more years!! I will be with all the other 90+ babes rockin (or rocking chair) out at the 80 year party.  HAHAHAHA

Roxanne S.


Steve S.

 My band,”Father Time” was in the battle of the bands in 1977.  Everything that could go wrong did when our set started.The sound was off and our soundman could not get it it together.It freaked us out,but we finally were able to play.I remember Linda Clayton was very nice.She asked me how she should introduce us and I said”How about saying Ladies and Gentlemen here is Father Time.”I have lots of KDKB memories including listening to it on the Salt River while midnight tubing.Thanks for years of musical awesomeness. Steve S.


Patty

Hi Everyone!

Before we even moved here about 1993, my sister would send me the yearly "Best of Tim and Mark" cassettes. So I was a fan before I relocated from Pennsylvania.

Thank you for years of listening enjoyment, up to and including now- with Sludge and NeanderPaul and always Ruby!

Patty


ANGEL

HI 93.3 KDKB STAFF...

My favorite stories through the years....

It is the SPIRIT of giving, it is the lending of helping hands to the less fortunate, children & families

& people in need of help to get them back on their feet again & Helping OUR TROOP'S, & VETERAN'S.

It is getting all 93.3 KDKB staff & radio fan's involved in helping with CHILDREN'S COAT DRIVE, FOOD DRIVE, BEAR DRIVE

RAISING MONEY where there is the need for food, clothing for fire victim's & homeless families.

 "RUBY'S RIDES" through the years have been a BLESSING to so many people... GOD BLESS RUBY CHEEKS & all who were involved getting everything organized for the Ride's & of raising money. RUBY CHEEKS you have a heart of gold.

Thank you also for being here with Free stuff & Concert Ticket's throughout the year's for all of us RADIO FAN'S....

  & KEEPING ALL OF US RADIO FAN'S ROCKIN' & ROLLIN' 24/7 FOR THE LAST 40 YEAR'S... TOTALLY AWESOME... WOO HOO..

93.3 KDKB IS EVERYTHING THAT ROCKS!!!   ROCK ON!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL & ROCK ON FOR THE NEXT 40 YEARS....

 

ANGEL


David P.

In 1975, I had just been "assigned" to a very nice "home for male juvenile delinquents" (though I didn't think so at the time...), at age 16+.

The "senior" resident was conducting the "welcome to San Pablo"  tour, and began by showing off his new Harmon-Kardon FM (only) stereo receiver (big $$ back then). Rick pointed out that the radio station the tuner was tuned to was 93.3 KDKB. He also pointed out that the tuner knob had been removed, making it difficult to change the station. Rick threatened to "cut the balls off" anyone, especially  newbies like us, if we attempted to change his station away from KDKB. Rick said it was the only radio station "worth a shit". 

Never did find a pair of pliers... 

I haven't stopped listening. Happy Anniversary, KDKB. 40+ more years, please!

--

David P.


Lyle

Lyle

I have been listening to KDKB for many, many years. I still have a box I made in 7th grade (1971) that I placed my first KDKB sticker on. Its still in great shape. Keep rockin it. Lyle


Lisa H.

5.  I moved to AZ in 1976 at age 5 (I'm a 1971 baby too!) and sometime shortly thereafter KDKB introduced me to the likes of KISS, Foreigner, AC/DC, (as opposed to Linda Ronstadt)and all of the other good stuff!

4.  Ruby was my lucky charm to win Nickelback tickets AND meet & greet with the band!

3.  Ruby, once again, was my lucky charm to win the Cult tickets AND meet & greet with the band!  (Plus Ruby is just one of the coolest, nicest, toughest, funniest women I've ever had the pleasure to meet!  And it is a short list!)

2.  Looking forward to another 40 years of great music and by far the best On-Air Staff of any radio station EVER, ANYWHERE!

1.  The Tim & Mark Show!!  I can't believe it isn't even 7 years they have been gone, as it feels like a lifetime!  Sludge is great and I mean no disrespect to him but my morning commute has never been the same since Tim & Mark left.  They started their show my senior year of high school and they were the only good thing about the  "morning" (and to say I'm NOT a morning person is an understatement!).  Their show is the only thing that kept me from being homicidal in my brutal morning commute!  Every time I thought they couldn't possibly come up with another Gila Bend joke, the would outdo themselves again! And oh how I missed "Rump Ranger"!  My life has never been the same without the saga of "Rump Ranger"!

Thanks you for all of the great memories, music, laughs and more!!

Lisa H.


Barry M.

BEEN IN PHX 11 YRS.FROM EASTERN MAINE.REMEBER DRIVING IN,KOOING FOR SOME MUSIC ON RADIO.FOUND 93.3 AND HAVE NEVER STOPPED LISTENING.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK..PS..COULD YOU HAVE A BARRY WIN DAY?MAYBE I WOULD HAVE A CHANCE OF SCORING SOME COOL TICKETS..HA..JUST SAYING.

From,

Barry M.


Sue L.

remember parting at the salt river in 1988 with my boyfriend then we ending up getting married in 2001and four wheeling listening to kdkb thanks for the 40 years of great music.

From,

Sue L.


K Smith.

Happy Birthday KDKB!!! We've been enjoying your mix, chats and laughter for years!! Cheers to you and all of the staff!!

Here's to many more!!,

K Smith.


Victor G.

I was at the 1981 Black & Blue Tour- Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult and Heart.That's were i first joined the KDKB- AIRFORCE and became a loyal listener.You guys stomped the hell all over Dave Pratt and his Pink Parade.

Keep F'N Rocking!!!,

Victor G.


Meta C.

About the summer of 1978 I was a teenager about 16 and attended Mountain View High School. My best friend and I were cruzing Main one weekend evening and we decided to go to the KDKB radio station that was on Country Club in Mesa. When we went there we could see through the window, and the door was locked. We didn’t know we were on camera to the inside dj, who seen us standing at the door and we were invited in.

We were in studio with the dj known as Frank Bomb. We got a short tour, he interviewed us on the radio, smoked a joint in the studio and asked me to go on a world tour with him. He asked us what was my favorite song, and he played it. Ted Nugent Cat Scratch Fever. Then we left the studio, and headed to Chandler.

We were on cloud 9, and thought we were celebrities. As I was driving South to Chandler, all of a sudden I was being pulled over by a respectful highway patrol man for speeding. When I told him why I wasn’t concentrating on driving, due to the excitement of being in the KDKB studio, he gave me a warning and let us go. Of course we didn’t say anything about indulging in the smoking at the radio station. This experience was always special for us, and an event from my teen years I still think of fondly.

I hope you enjoy the story!

Meta C.


Cindy S.

Hi, I just wanted to say that I am a native of Arizona and have been listening to KDKB since the mid 1970’s. We always floated down the Salt River every Sunday with a large group of friends and had a big boom box tied to the tubes with KDKB playing. That was back before the buses so you had to bring two cars. Back then there were very few radio stations to listen to. I always had a great stereo in my “classic cars” and always had KDKB playing. The valley was so different back then, Bell road had very few buildings and past 59th Avenue was desert. I am glad the station is still around and I still listen to it and attend as many events as I can.

Thanks,

Cindy S.


Robert J

My fondest memory of KDKB was when I was in high school (junior year I believe) and I had a real cool 6th. period math teacher, as he would give us our assignment, then the last half-hour of the day we could listen to KDKB on the radio in his class…….that last half hour KDKB would always do a Led Zeppelin tribute and either play something you never heard from the band, or play the whole side of one album, and that is also where I learned to love Led Zeppelin as a band. …. That was “what” got me hooked on KDKB !!! A great teacher, a great band in Led Zeppelin, and a great Rock station !!! Keep it up for another 40 years !!!

Best regards,

Robert J.


Kevin J.

Ah yes, I was a sophomore in High School, Coronado high…

KDKB, used to call it Krazy Dog, Krazy Boy, not sure why, but we did.  Cut our collective teeth and some good hard Rock n Roll…

Forty years, how awesome is that!  Bill Compton, still sorely missed as a innovator bringing in some great rock musice.

Wonderful Russ… lol, the Wonderful Russ for Leppla Moving and Storage commercials, what a hoot.  Now look at him, on TV "applying for a job"  too funny.

Seeing the photo of the staff from the early days, man I feel old.  Did we really dress that way?

Keep it up, wishing you forty more years and always stay true to the music! 

Kevin J.


John R.

My Favorite KDKB story, I was at the VetransMemorial Colusieum to see Heart and Robert Palmer, Palmer got "Booed" off the stage, and while we were waiting for Heart the KDKB Karrot was doing his thing, when a girl tackled him and proceeded to do the horizontal lap dance. it was hilarious, you should've seen it !

Best regards,

John R.


Bob

I returned to the valley in the spring of 1972.  As I drove around looking for a job I would radio surf, trying to find some rock and roll.  And then I found it!  I heard Stairway to Heaven and then the station signed off!  It was dusk.....

 

I didn't know what had happened!  I finally found a station that played music and not that other crap and then I lost the station!  I later found out that KDKB was the new "underground" station and they broadcast from sunup to sundown.

 

I'm glad those days are gone and I can hear KDKB anytime.

Thanks for decades of music and some memorable DJs.

 

Bob


Craig

My everlasting memory of KDKB was in 1980, after John Lennon was assassinated, and KDKB had a HUGE card posted on the outside wall along Country Club for everyone to express their feelings to Yoko and the Lennon family.  I was proud to be able to sign that card and proud that MY station cared.
How did they get that huge card to Yoko anyway?
 
Also loved all the Arizona Sounds albums and still own them.  I operate an internet radio station and I feature many of those songs on there today for the world to hear.
 
24 carrot radio, keep rockin!  LONG LIVE KDKB!
 
Craig


Sher

In 1971 I moved here from Chicago I was a sophomore in high school. I was sooo homesick and was having a hard time making friends. I called KDKB to request a song . The DJ was Bill Compton. He was one of the kindest persons I ever had the privilege of knowing. He and I used to talk almost everyday he worked. He was my very first friend I made when I came here. I was always glad each day for our talks. He also turned me on to music most people weren't even listening to yet. The song I most remember was Bruce Springsteen's The Fever. I hold a very dear spot in my heart for him and am very thankful he was my friend.
 
Sincerly,
Sher


Pam

Hi,

I have been listening to KDKB since the beginning in 1971, when I was a Sophomore in high school. On Labor Day, September 1st, 1986, I was at Good Samaritan Hospital in labor with my son. He was breach and I was wheeled into the OR to have a c-section. The nurses were prepping and they had the radio on KDKB. I got to listened to my favorite songs at midnight while giving birth. It was a wonderful day with my favorite radio station playing my favorite songs. 

Three years later my son was singing Bon Jovi's Shot Through the Heart and Steve Winwood songs every time the paled on KDKB.

Thanks for all of the wonderful times in the past, present, and future.

Pam
Retired Teacher of 27 years


Scott L.

The night KDKB Was Born!

It was a dark and stormy night much like this one.

Although truth be told it's 9:00PM on August 22, 2011' and it's clear and hot as *%#@, if ya know what I  mean.

I tried a couple of nights ago to send this, a version of it. But to no avail. For some technical reason it was not to be.

So here in lyes my second attempt.

I was there that night KDLKB was born. It was a night (daaah, day) like none other. A night not soon to be forgotten. A night that sent a generation of rock & rolllers on a irreversdible course with change. It was as if some Higher athourity had controll over our lives. Like the spirit of Jimmi Hendrix or something (or, someone) had taken control. (Or it was the drugs and or alcohol, you pick?)

You will have to excuse the dramatics, Im self indulgent. But I wanted to grasp your attention. Did it work?

Okay. Short version. I was born and raised here in Tempe. And Im not ashamed to admit it. Just don't tell anyone. Been all the way back east to Apache Junction, so Im well rounded. Bare with me, please?

In the late 60's there was a wanna be radio station known as KCAC. it was okay (sucked) but we didn't have a lot to choose from back then. KRIZ, KRUX, slit my wrist call me done. But thanks to the obviously dilluted sense of reality of two young men. And thier convoluted idea of what Rock Radio was suppose to be. KDKB was born, hatched, again you pick.

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Jackie J.

One of my favorite kdkb memories is Nasty Nancy.  She called in when there were two lady dj's.  I can't remember their names, but this was probably in the 80's.

Nancy would purchase small household appliances and use them in ways for which they were not necessarily intended to be used.  She would go on and on about the product and how she was using it until she had a shuddering orgasm.  I'd love to hear one of those again....

i also liked the guy who called Tim and Mark to say "what are you giving away for free right now?".

Love kdkb and have since '83 when i moved to phoenix from chicago.

Keep rockin!!!!!


Anthony B.

I first started to listen to KDKB back in June of 1976, I was a Freshman in High School here in Phoenix...I myself have been involved in radio in California and I have many friends in the business and I have listened to many stations in my 50 years (- a couple of years) and you guy's have always Rocked me and I thank you for that very much..I wish you another 40 years and more!


Doreen H.

Started listening when I was a Freshman in High School.  We were told of your station by a classmate, who was so excited because you played a song that said "High on Cocaine" in it!  She was a Sophmore...so naturally I turned of KRUX/KRIZ and turned to 93.3.  Loved Linda Clayton in the evenings, while I did homework.

Loved the commercial with the little old janitor dancing with his mop in the studio....."93 3 KDKB.....Rrrrrocks Arizona! Nuclear Ned was pretty funny.

It was cool to hear the voices of the prior DJ's on the station the last few days (or more).  I'd forgotten their names!

Also loved going to Kamp KDKB....went to a couple of those! I remember rocking out on the school bus on the way to the White Mountains with the High School Ski Club....we were all singing "Dream On" at the top of our lungs!

KDKB - Desert Parties....go hand in hand!

Thanks for askin'!

Doreen H.


Stacey D.

I remember when Tim and Mark in the morning were the morning staple. Every year they’d call my buddy Sib Hashian from the band BOSTON up and wish him a happy birthday (which was last week btw). One year he talked about me and my rock stage clothing design business I had. Well they called me up after and had me come down to the station for an on air interview the following day. Since they always sent Sib KDKB swag, Sib asked me to make Tim and Mark something from him to wear. So.. I got to the drawing board and made two custom thongs! Since I worked for years making clothing for the Chippendales. Mid way thru my on air interview it was time for me to present Tim and Mark their hand made gifts by me from Sib. They actually stripped down and wore them! Funny enough the morning staff was filtering thru to get to work at the same time and did their usual morning wave through the glass. Well... much to their surprise they got to see ANOTHER side to Tim and Mark that morning! LOL I got them to dance for me while I took pictures and even had the opportunity to stick a few bills in their thongs! I will always remember that day and I love listening back to the cassettes they made me of that morning. Thank GOD it was a radio station and not televised! I think they’d loose their license for the way they looked!

p.s. one was a loin cloth and the other covered in studs... what a sight! hahahaha

Sincerely, a devoted listener

Stacey D.


Scott B.

My memories of KDKB begin with KCAC as a JR high student and then KDKB was along for the ride as I evolved into life.  A "long hair" with a passion for music that KDKB was my fix for,  The importance of KDKB in my youth would take volumes and a better poetic writting style to express.  It was simply the sound track to my expansion from child to man and thinking, exploring human.

I left the States in 1982 and never found anything like it again.  A great loss but a memory of life lived well at a point in time.

Scott B.

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