In our office: my old 1969 Sony AM/FM ST-80F stereo tuner & 1977 Kenwood KA 3500 amp, Select-A-Tenna & 1 of 2 white Realistic Minimus-7 speakers up top.
Here’s a nice way to spend a Memorial Day weekend afternoon.
KGGF-AM 690 is still a very old-fashioned radio station out of Coffeyville, Kansas. No online presence.
Tulsa is within its coverage area, but inside the house, I need a little help pulling it in.
This Select-A-Tenna connects directly by wire to the tuner. I bought this now-discontinued model from C. Crane Radio in the early 2000s.
Select-A-Tenna w/1964 Zenith Royal 40
It is also capable of working by induction without direct wired connection (see right), but this isn’t physically convenient with my tuner placement.
I simply dial 690 on the tuner, then fine tune the Select-A-Tenna. There is a big bump in the signal at a sweet spot on its dial.
KGGF carries Kansas City Royals baseball games, which is what I am now listening to.
Monday-Friday at 8:35-11 am, OpenLine (“the 4-state regions’ most popular and enduring radio program”) features news and sports plus a call-in show for people to sell stuff. This will really take you back.
You could imagine Herb Jepko and the Nightcaps coming on late in the evening. KVOO-AM in Tulsa carried this easy-going show for insomniacs 1969-71. (Link is to TTM comments and resources about Jepko)
Feels like the 1960s!
I had to go out in the afternoon, so I tuned KGGF in the car.
On my radio, it sounded like an ionic storm howling in the background of the baseball game. Thinking of the 1960s, I noticed how many more wires and poles we have in the city today vs. yesterday.
My impression was that “the future” (today) was actively assaulting this remaining trace of a bygone era.
I may listen to a little OpenLine at home tomorrow morning. The prosaicness of the show is somehow comforting.
(Hmm, maybe that’s where the drug name Prozac came from.)