TV, Radio, Internet...dishing dirt since 2001
When I hear the call-letters' KSJO, can't help but think back to the late-70's, when they (and KOME 98.5) were the soundtrack to Friday nights on El Camino Real. They had a real strong signal that would carry north into Daly City, SF if the wind was right. Back before KMEL (and "TK", who's now on Kauai airwaves, btw) started putting that camel logo everywhere and dominated Bay Area AOR ratings, KSJO was the staple for Camaros and Chevelles, and pocket combs.
KSJO and KOME along with KRQR were the best!!! I loved KOME ("Don't touch that dial, it's got KOME on it!!"), the all demand AC/DC power block with Dennis Erectus - what happened to him? - and KSJO with a great playlist and they actually played METAL after 10PM. Of course the dial would always go to 90.3 on Saturday nights/ Sunday mornings at 2AM for Ron Quintana and RAMPAGE RADIO. Why isn't Ron in the Bay Area Broadcasting Hall of Fame or whatever it is called? Besides introducing a generation of headbangers to the NWOBHM and other European Metal he did so much for the local scene with the radio show and magazine not to mention he thought up the name of a little ol' band ...now what was it? Oh yeah, Metalli-something. At least we have Nikki Blakk waving the flag. El Camino was THE place to cruise on Friday nights. San Mateo between Hillsdale to the South and 20th Avenue or so to the North, it was a blast before the cops cracked down. MOPARS RULE!!
Sadly, Dennis Netto ('Dennis Erectus') passed away about two years ago. He, like many other Bay Area radio professionals, went thru SF State in the mid-70's when their program was stellar.
Dennis "Erectus" Netto passed away almost two years ago. He'd suffered a stroke. He was inducted posthumously into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.
I remember when they went Spanish and ultimately failed. A true South Bay institution died in many people's eyes the day they gave up rock n roll for mariachi.
The South Bay (and California itself) are dying because so many people seem to be OK with going Spanish/Latino.
Now they are Chinese according to their online stream http://bit.ly/KSJO923 http://bit.ly/KSJOarea.
Agreed 1000% 9:07
Who can forget the great 'ole KOME, "The kum spot on your dial"...
Maybe Captain Mikey returned and is now in charge. And will hire... Rockin' Ross McGowan.
If this transaction isn't on the FCC website it hasn't happened. It is public record when a broadcast station license changes hands or is placed in an LMA. Yes KSJO and KOME were the alt stations to listen to. The biggies KFRC, KYA in the late 60's and 70's. As I recall Dennis Erectus had either a stroke or heart attack. And I think there have been some fund raisers for him. These were the stations in the south bay to try and work at. The slogan I loved, "You have (CUM) in your ear, KOME 98.5 San Jose." At the time KOME had a beautiful facility in the Pruneyard Towers in Campbell. You could see the whole valley. I on the other hand worked in the basement of the Hotel DeAnza at KBAY noon to 6 PM.
The current brokers were all given verbal notice on Friday, April 25. Last day for them, May 26. They were told it would not be brokered or Asian. We'll see.
KSJO and most importantly, KOME, were the stations to listen to for album rock back in the 70s. SF radio was a mix of KFRC (Top 40) and KSAN (too off the deep end free form). It was San Jose radio that really delivered on album rock. That era and those stations have not been recognized enough. They were a very big part of a lot of peoples' lives in those days and very influential. Demographics have changed in the South Bay, so it's unlikely those type of stations could be successful again.