When I got a six-transistor radio for Christmas, there was one clear favorite station to listen to on it. "Fabulous Kim" — KIMN 950, the aggressive pop station from Denver whose signal came in loud and clear for a long way. (A representative from the station talked to my radio-TV production class in high school in '74 and said that for various reasons, their signal was almost a clear channel and carried farther than mere wattage could explain.)
An oft-heard station break was this tune from the clear harmonies (and well-known tune of "Little Deuce Coupe") of the Beach Boys, though I doubt this was them. I don't recall ever hearing anyone from the station claim it was, and it doesn't say it's them on the LP I got this from, "KIMN Gold." Part of a line was edited out, for some reason. The roar (it's a tiger) cuts it off. "...boss radio in the West" or something like it would have come next.
KIMN also promoted itself with glossy handouts of their Hit Parade every week, which we picked up from a counter at the music store Dad worked at. For a time, it shared space with Hutchinson's sewing machine store. We called Mr. Hutchinson "Kind, Jolly Merchant" because another weekly handout, "Hi Gang!" from KLZ's kiddie show "Fred 'n' Fae" instructed us to ask for our copy of "Hi Gang!" from (you guessed it) our kind, jolly merchant.
I have a photoset of just ten scans from KIMN hit parades at my flickr page. Keep meaning to do more.
I like this one because it also shows Can-a-Pop, the brand we drank (eight cents a can at Steele's). We opened one of those in a hot car once. Black Cherry. The can had been rolling around for a while. It painted the interior of our VW minibus with stickiness.
KIMN is still remembered. I've found web pages devoted to it. I found one devoted to KFML, too, the station that replaced KMYR after a brief interval. KFML continued the tradition of playing Firesign Theater albums and everything else. They played 9/10 of National Lampoon's f-bomb strewn "Magical Misery Tour" once, with the announcer finally pulling the plug after it was far too late. Trivia: "Chuck E." was a KFML announcer. The song "Chuck E's in Love" was written about him. Fun fact: I never listen to the song because I can't stand the singer.
Now you know too much. Sorry.
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