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Posted: Sep 19, 2017 - 9:59pm

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Blockquote from http://www.kfat.com/kfat.html

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Posted: Sep 19, 2017 - 11:21am



Blockquote from http://www.kfat.com/kfat.html

Wild Bill remembers KFAT - Part 1

(c)1995 by William Goldsmith

I was tuning around the FM dial one evening in 1975 and happened to land on 94.3 - the frequency of KSND, the little Class A (low-powered) FM station from my old home town of Gilroy. I don't remember what they were playing - some kind of spacy, jazzy instrumental, I think - but whatever it was it didn't fit in with the country/western format that the station had at the time, so I waited until the end of the song. It was followed by something even less likely, so now I was intruiged. At the time I was working for KLRB, the hippie rock station in Carmel, where we figured we had the 'cool' audience locked up - and the idea of someone trying to do hip radio from Gilroy of all places was, well, laughable. So I called a couple of the other jocks in the room and we laughed - especially when the jock segued into a country song. Country music - in 1975 - was about as unhip as you could get. This was about the time when Merle Haggard was singing "We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee", after all. But here was this dinky little radio station that was obviously trying hard to be hip - playing country music. I didn't get it. Then the D.J. came on and, after rambling through an hour-long set list, announced that we were listening to the first day of programming by a new radio station called KFAT. K-FAT????. Huh? Now I really didn't get it.

But the next day I tuned in again, and the next day too. So finally my curiousity got the better of me and I called over there to see what the hell was going on and I ended up talking to Larry Yurdin - the program director - whose manic, sputtering style of speech and general semi-incoherence led me to believe that he was someone I might enjoy working with. We talked for a while and he invited me down that Saturday to check out the station and do an airshift during the afternoon. I was particularly interested in the new owners' plans to move the frequency to 94.5 - a Class B (high powered) frequency - and to relocate the transmitter to Mt. Loma Prieta, overlooking San Jose, San Francisco, and much of the rest of northern California. So, armed with a big bag of weed and a six-pack, I headed off to Gilroy to show those yokels what hip radio was really all about.

After I did the show, Larry took me aside and told me that I sounded OK, but that I was too, ah, normal, for what he had in mind at KFAT. Normal? Normal??? Me????? I'd been called a lot of things during my (at that time) brief tenure in the radio biz, but normal? Boy. He really knew how to hurt a guy. A few months later I left the area to live and work in Honolulu and, later, Boston - and I didn't set foot in KFAT until years later when the death of John Lennon shoved me back in that direction. But that's Part 2 of my personal KFAT saga.

 

The "William Goldsmith" link is broken, but I found it on the Wayback Machine:

https://web.archive.org/web/20010606123453/http://www.kpig.com:80/wildbill.htm

Wild Bill has moved on from his position as Morning DJ at KPIG, but he still works for our parent company, New Wave Broadcasting, as webmaster for KPIG and for one of our sister stations CD 93. He continues to supervise KPIG's geek-stuff and live broadcasts, and assists Laura Ellen, KPIG's program director. He now lives in Paradise, California - near Chico, and does most of his work via the net.

Wild Bill worked mornings on KPIG for most of the past 5 years. He also worked at KFAT during the 1980-1983 era. Bill (last name: Goldsmith) has been involved in the "progressive" radio scene since 1971. From 1973-1976, he worked at Carmel's legendary KLRB-FM, and later went on to music/program director slots at KPOI in Honolulu and WCAS in Cambridge, Mass. He has also worked as a TV engineer & producer, copy writer & advertising producer, electronics design engineer, and freelance writer.

Wild Bill also likes children, which is fortunate as he has six kids.

Wild Bill's infamous Joke List

Wild Bill's Journal - thoughts & reflections on life, liberty, and the pursuit of radio.



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Posted: Sep 11, 2017 - 7:29pm

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Posted: Sep 11, 2017 - 1:20pm

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What happened to KFAT on-line streaming? Where did it go?

 
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Posted: Sep 11, 2017 - 12:12pm

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What happened to KFAT on-line streaming? Where did it go?

 
I think it was at the Garlic Festival. I swore I smelled Thai-stick and heard a Flawed Flubs commercial over the P.A.
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Posted: Sep 6, 2017 - 8:59pm

What happened to KFAT on-line streaming? Where did it go?
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Posted: Mar 12, 2013 - 3:41pm

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Posted: Mar 12, 2013 - 2:30pm

Man, been listening to KFAT more than RP lately...good stuff.
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Posted: Mar 6, 2013 - 3:18pm

One great station ID!
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Posted: Jan 28, 2013 - 10:02am

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Listening to the KFAT stream...cool hippy country and western tunes, yee haw. 

  I heard a section of a younger Bill Goldsmith yesterday... http://www.kfat.com/
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Posted: Jan 27, 2013 - 3:06pm

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Gosh! I never heard of such!{#Sunny}


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Posted: Jan 25, 2013 - 1:19pm

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Coupla months ago I bogged down sixty pages in.  Will take another run at it soon.
 
There's a lot there.
And Gilbert Klein tends to repeat himself a bit.
I still find it an interesting story.
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Posted: Jan 25, 2013 - 1:17pm

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What is this KFAT? A twisted ghost of some sort?

 
Your old enough to know now... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KFAT_%28defunct%29
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Posted: Jan 23, 2013 - 7:13am

What is this KFAT? A twisted ghost of some sort?
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Posted: Jan 22, 2013 - 12:37pm

I'm about 1/2 way through it.
What a crazy read.

Great story.
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Posted: Oct 12, 2012 - 5:36pm

I finally got my copy today.
Holy cow!  What a big read!
Lots of pages and semi fine print, with only a few pictures.  {#Lol}
There's even a couple of our fearless leader.

I can't wait to get into this one.
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Posted: Oct 5, 2012 - 11:43pm

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Aren't they great? Back then (70s, early 80s) I was very careful about who knew I listened to KFAT. These are relatively mild, compared to some of the stuff they, especially Unkle Sherman, played. The Best of KFAT doesn't necessarily include The Worst of Unkle Sherman. {#Lol}  Most of it is Pure Lard (their description of FAT music), but long after the demise of KFAT and the rise of KPIG, I searched out and downloaded (still legal in those days) as many of Sherman's more outrageous tunes as would fit on a CD and titled them, "The Worst of Unkle Sherman's Dirty Boogie." I sent a copy of it to him, to which he replied, "Shame on you!" I still have a copy around here somewhere.

But, these files generally represent the best of KFAT. Artists and songwriters that weren't being played anywhere else at that time. New music. Good music. We listened to Charlie Daniels' "Devil Went Down to Georgia" for close to a year before I just happened to hear it on another local station one day. KFAT apparently heard it too, because I never heard it on KFAT again.

KFAT will never be again, but the concept of good new music that nobody is playing yet, or good old music that nobody plays any more, is alive and well at Radio paradise.

 

yup..thank goodness for BillG & Rebecca {#Yes}
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Posted: Oct 5, 2012 - 11:14pm

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These are great..I've been listening to them all evening, I'm on track 39 right now..Adios On the Sage. Lived most of my life in the midwest with only about 10 yrs lived in the west..recognized lots of the singers & tunes. Got them bookmarked.

 
Aren't they great? Back then (70s, early 80s) I was very careful about who knew I listened to KFAT. These are relatively mild, compared to some of the stuff they, especially Unkle Sherman, played. The Best of KFAT doesn't necessarily include The Worst of Unkle Sherman. {#Lol}  Most of it is Pure Lard (their description of FAT music), but long after the demise of KFAT and the rise of KPIG, I searched out and downloaded (still legal in those days) as many of Sherman's more outrageous tunes as would fit on a CD and titled them, "The Worst of Unkle Sherman's Dirty Boogie." I sent a copy of it to him, to which he replied, "Shame on you!" I still have a copy around here somewhere.

But, these files generally represent the best of KFAT. Artists and songwriters that weren't being played anywhere else at that time. New music. Good music. We listened to Charlie Daniels' "Devil Went Down to Georgia" for close to a year before I just happened to hear it on another local station one day. KFAT apparently heard it too, because I never heard it on KFAT again.

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Posted: Oct 5, 2012 - 10:48pm

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Here's one of the 58 tracks from the KFAT "airchecks."  Eclectic music with a kind of "country" focus. You won't like all of the cuts, but I thought some of them were pretty spectacular. Well worth a listen. John Hartford starts it off.

KFAT 22

Gilbert Klein's "Fat Chance" is similar in style to the music they played there up until 30 years ago. Well worth a read.

 

These are great..I've been listening to them all evening, I'm on track 39 right now..Comander Codys Sunset on the Stage. Lived most of my life in the midwest with only about 10 yrs lived in the west..recognized lots of the singers & tunes. Got them bookmarked. They just did a commercial featuring "crack head Bobby Bare"..what a hoot!


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Posted: Oct 5, 2012 - 7:50pm

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"Even when I'm-a in the Vatican I'm a listen to KGLT . . . but they just don't a-make-a antennas that-a big!"  Wow.  That was a memory outta the blue—the good Father's promo for my Montana college radio station, back in the day. . . .

 
Good stuff! There's an Idi Amin Hot Tub bit, too. Some of their commercials weren't exactly intended to sell stuff, even if they had been paid to sell stuff. {#Lol}
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