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.
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.)