I was born a bit too late. I missed its inception and hung on every word and lyric of its heyday. Those who know me, know music is a big part of my life. For those who don’t know me, music is a big part of my life. You might say that back then music was a K-Big part of my life. I , like many youngsters of their day grew up listening to WKBW-AM 1520. “KB” was the 50,000 watt blowtorch that lit up the airwaves of Buffalo. On a clear night, the signal could be heard up and down the eastern seaboard and into Canada.
The music could have been heard anywhere along the dial, but the personalities that performed their magic at KB were as much the reason to listen . The likes of Joey Reynolds, Dan Neaverth, Sandy Beach, Brother Shane, Jackson Armstrong were extraordinary talents, and the booming voice of then PD the late, great Jefferson Kaye , were well worth the trouble.
And highlights such as the KB Radio’s re-creation of H. G. Wells “War of the Worlds” (Based completely on Buffalo locations) and “Paul McCartney is Alive and Well… Maybe!” became must listen to features year after year at Halloween time.
My biggest (K-Biggest) complaint about radio these days is the lack of personality on radio. Everything is so sterile and that is the saddest commentary on our time. With even FM radio being more pre-programmed, the sound becomes a bastardization of what was once good.
I could listen to the music anywhere (on my computer, on my iTouch/iPhone). But I miss the humanity of a familiar voice you could grow to love.
Growing up a K-Big kid with 1520 was a rewarding thing. I miss KB. (And all other radio that was once good!)
For more info and photos about WKBW-AM 1520, click HERE.