My Ken R. CD Collection: Photo 10/11
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Since I was on the subject of posting up my music playlists (computer, ipod, etc.), and eventually my physical music collection (CD, LPs (still no turntable ^_^;)), I’ve decided to start with something related, and that has been near and dear to me.
I’m in the mood to share, and this is part of what makes me who I am.
About a decade ago, I got into the hobby of collecting radio jingles. (Those bits of presentation and production that air in between the songs, that define a radio station’s identity and format, and that graced the airwaves, with the "Golden Age" most likely being around the 1950s through the 1970s.)
I got into collecting radio jingles more or less by accident, remembering the mainstream radio I listened to while growing up in the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s. (Yes, I’m older than I look. My cut-off point is around 1996/1997, when KOME-FM 98.5 in San Jose, CA faded out of existence. ^_^;)
I came across an online museum dedicated to archiving radio station airchecks from the latter half of the 20th century – Reelradio.com (I need to resubscribe someday.), and I’d spend my time not web surfing, chatting, or playing games, listening to radio that existed before I was born, or that was popular in other areas of the USA when I was young. Occasionally, I’d catch airchecks of Dr. Don Rose on KFRC-AM in San Francisco (I grew up listening to him ^_^;), among other radio legends.
In the early 2000s, I started collecting radio jingles and related CDs, thanks to a man named Ken R. Deutsch from Ohio, who ran his own jingle sales and production company from 1977 to 2005, catering to professional disc jockeys as well as classic jingle collectors.
I’ll share the few CDs I acquired from 2000 to 2005 with you here.
May 2005, and the day jingle collectors had dreaded – Ken R. was retiring from the jingle business to pursue other interests. (He had worked in radio from 1971-1976, and got into production in 1977, having started out as a jingle fan himself. He is a freelance writer, having done so since 1985.)
For his last disc, giving back to professionals and fans, it was a magnum opus in itself, spotlighting jingle packages from WABC-AM in New York, mid-1970 packages from WBBM-FM in Chicago, IL, and customized version of WLS’ "Solid Rock" package for WTUE in Dayton, OH, in addition to a few other offerings, including some parody "Wonderful WORM Radio" bits, and two custom jingles bookending this disc.
There’s a hidden track following a couple minutes’ dead space after the last song, featuring an aircheck of Ken R. Deutsch himself from, I beleve, February 1972, when he was on the air at WOHO in Toledo, OH. (If I was goofy enough to play being a radio station disc jockey, I’d probably be like him. ^_^;)
Thanks, Ken R., for what you’ve given fans and collectors. You helped keep some classic jingles in circulation, primarily saving the PAMS tapes from being destroyed. Thanks once again, and maybe someday, I too will figure out what I want to do when I grow up. ^_^;
I was so much of a jingle freak around the early 2000s, that during Fanime 2005 (My last foray where I traveled there and had an entire hotel room to myself), I brought some of my most recent jingle discs with me to listen in the comfort of my room when I got tired of mingling with fellow anime fans. ^_^; (Hey, Ken R. was retiring and closing down the business around Fanime 2005/Memorial Day 2005 weekend. I had to commemmorate it somehow!)
I still listen to my jingles from time to time, either on my desktop computer, or on my iPod.