Pipeline Radio Fanzine Tapes on Mixcloud

Pipeline Radio Fanzine on KYMC

Sometime around 1987 or maybe it was early ’88 I renamed the KYMC radio show that I would host over summers and holidays away from CMSU. It had been known as Ground Zero for several years dating back to the early ’80s and this OTHER radio show on KWMU called Pipeline had recently been booted off the air (see below). I had even used the name of that radio show for a short-lived punk ‘zine that my girlfriend Erica Fischer and I had done during my senior year in college.

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Pipeline Radio Fanzine was hosted primarily by myself and Scott “Scooby Dü” Corvey, with help from a couple other people, until I moved away to work in Professional Radio at KCHI in Chillicothe, MO, in the late summer of ’89 (thank you, Broadcast Center).

I recently unearthed some long, lost cassette recordings of my KYMC shows, including several of Pipeline RF, and have begun digitizing them and posting them on my Mixcloud account. Here’s one from sometime in ’88 or ’89. Several others are on Mixcloud, so check ’em all out for a taste of late ’80s “underground rock’n’roll.”

KYMC Ground Zero

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During my senior year in high school, my buddy Bruce Clayton brought me into this tiny little radio station near our school that was run by the local YMCA. This was the ONLY radio station in the country to be owned and operated by the Y, and it was where my interest in radio really took off. The station had a very tiny power output, something like 10 watts originally, which was later increased to 120 watts, if I remember correctly. Anyway, Bruce got me started early in ’84 and I was soon hosting my own reggae/ska/new wave show called Reggae Rampage. It was really my first foray into radio, and it was truly a lot of fun. I found myself filling in for other shows and DJs at the station and even hosting at least one “mobile DJ” event. The station was inside this tiny shack that doubled as a daycare center, and, believe it or not, this was the place where I lost my virginity that spring on one of my late-evening radio shifts (while Duran Duran’s Rio LP played over the air—I recall having to stop midway through the encounter to flip the album to the Side B). Ah, memories.

Not too long after I started, I got the opportunity to take over doing a punk/underground music show called GROUND ZERO. I don’t even remember the name of the person who hosted the show before me , but Ground Zero lasted for at least a couple of years until I changed the name to Pipeline Radio Fanzine (more on that later). I was away at college in Warrensburg (where Bruce was my roommate for the first semester of my Freshman year) beginning in the fall of ’84, so my only opportunities in hosting any shows on KYMC were during winter, spring, and summer breaks until I graduated in May of ’88.

So I’ve unearthed some old cassette-tape recordings of Ground Zero and have been uploading them to my Mixcloud account. Check there for more of these, including one especially goofy episode of Pipeline where I “interview” Ultraman in the studio. The episode embedded below is from mid-1986. Enjoy.

Thee Lordly Serpents on the Wayback Machine

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Next up in my short little series featuring music recorded by bands playing on my radio show at KDHX is a set by local garage-rockers Thee Lordly Serpents, featuring Roger Ward on drums/vocals, Mike McDaneld on guitar/vocals, and John Ebert on bass/lead vocals. I’m including five of the eight songs they played on the night of September 13, 2004.

Red Planet on the Wayback Machine

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I don’t even believe this band is around anymore, but there were five years ago, when they were on tour and had stopped in St. Louis on July 5, 2004, to play a show at the Hi-Pointe that somehow got cancelled. So instead of playing there, they dropped by KDHX and hammered out a set of eight originals and one cover for the handful of listeners who happened to be tuned into my show that night. Hit play:

My Embarrassing Radio Past, Pt. 2

Now this is seriously embarrassing shit. In fact, I can’t believe I’m even posting this, but what the hell… This is from a cassette tape recorded from radio station AM 1450 KOKO in Warrensburg, MO, in October 1984. For some reason I decided to go by the name of “Jeff Copeland” on this, and I’m on the air here with my former KYMC cohort and, at the time, my freshman roommate, Bruce Clayton, on the radio at AM 1450 KOKO in Warrensburg, playing some pop hits of the time following the completion of a Royals/Tigers ALCS game. I think this is the only time we did this, at least together… haha. But it was enough. It’s pretty bad!

Aircheck (MP3)

As if there’s ever been any doubt, this will once and for all prove that I’m as big a dork as you will find anywhere on the planet.

KWK Freeform

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Doubleday Publishing had a broadcasting division. They owned stations in several cities: Denver had KHOW, Minneapolis had KDWB, Detroit had WLLZ, Washington D.C. had WAVA, New York had WAPP, and St. Louis had KWK (which, by the way, had been a prominent St. Louis R&B station in the 1960s). Doubleday had purchased KWK in 1976. At the time, their frequency was dark. A flood had damaged the transmitter three years earlier. When they did sign on in November 1978, they began as Top 40. One year later, they (as well as other Doubleday stations) shifted their format to AOR, and added an FM. KWK’s tightly focused format proved very popular for several years, until CHR regained popularity in 1983. What was unusual about this station was that both KWK AM and FM had separate AOR formats (not to mention the fact that AOR was a rare AM format anyway). They did a morning/afternoon drive simulcast, but they had different jocks at other times of the day. KWK-AM featured a two-hour program called “Freeform,” which aired six nights a week. The show included a mix of new wave and progressive rock cuts. I had been a fan of KWK in the late ’70s/early ’80s and listened to it probably more than I listened to KSHE-95. I was aware they were also broadcasting on the AM dial but I didn’t mess with that much since the signal was pretty weak and it sounded so good in FM, anyway. Why bother with AM, right?

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Well, sometime in early 1983 my world was turned upside-down by the discovery of a nightly radio show on KWK’s AM side called “Freeform” that was hosted by a British DJ named John Hutchinson (“Hutch” would later go on to be the board op for David Lee Roth’s shortlived syndicated morning show in 2006). I stumbled upon this show one night while I was bored and flipping through the AM dial, just goofing around, basically. The funny thing is, I had the tape running while I was doing this… But before getting more into that, a little background: Prior to hearing that show, I was your typical teenager listening to typical teenage rock and pop of the era, mostly the stuff that I’d hear played on the FM side of KWK… my favorite band throughout junior high (ya know, “middle school” as they call it now) was ELO and I also had records (and 8-tracks!) by bands like Foreigner, Queen, Blue Oyster Cult, AC/DC, REO Speedwagon, Rush, Judas Priest, Bowie, ZZ Top… you name it. I also loved ’50s and ’60s rock’n’roll and would often listen to (and tape record) songs off of the oldies station. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Creedence, Kinks, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Doors, Monkees, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, etc. I’d listen to Casey Kasum on the local Top 40 station and would make my own lists of songs that I liked, and run out to Peaches and buy the 45s… mostly early ’80s new wave pop hits by bands like Bow Wow Wow, Felony, J. Giels Band, The Vapors, The Waitresses, Wall of Voodoo, Missing Persons, The Tubes, The Fixx, Thomas Dolby, The Stray Cats, The Romantics, Romeo Void, Berlin, Blondie, The Cars… you get the idea. Looking back, I’m not sure why but I just never seemed to be exposed to any of the really early punk or new wave music that was making such waves internationally from around ’77 through ’82. It’s probably because I had other interests (baseball, girls, my silly coin collection, etc.) and I’d be one of those late bloomers when it came to going headlong into music. Once I did get clued into the fact that there was something else out there aside from the bland and predictable AOR that I’d been listening to for so many years, I could usually find some of this stuff at Peaches, and would take chances on full-length LPs that had that new wave look about them (Devo, Adam & The Ants, Sex Pistols, Robert Gordon, X, B-52s, Joe Jackson, Fabulous Poodles, Gary Numan, XTC, The Clash, The Buzzcocks, Ramones, Elvis Costello, The Polecats, The Knack, Split Enz, The English Beat, and so on). This was before the days of challenging college or independent, public radio (for the most part), there was obviously no Internet and it was also before we had MTV.

But before getting more into that, a little background: Prior to hearing that show, I was your typical teenager listening to typical teenage rock and pop of the era, mostly the stuff that I’d hear played on the FM side of KWK… my favorite band throughout junior high (ya know, “middle school” as they call it now) was ELO and I also had records (and 8-tracks!) by bands like Foreigner, Queen, Blue Oyster Cult, AC/DC, REO Speedwagon, Rush, Judas Priest, Bowie, ZZ Top… you name it. I also loved ’50s and ’60s rock’n’roll and would often listen to (and tape record) songs off of the oldies station. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Creedence, Kinks, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Doors, Monkees, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, etc. I’d listen to Casey Kasum on the local Top 40 station and would make my own lists of songs that I liked, and run out to Peaches and buy the 45s… mostly early ’80s new wave pop hits by bands like Bow Wow Wow, Felony, J. Giels Band, The Vapors, The Waitresses, Wall of Voodoo, Missing Persons, The Tubes, The Fixx, Thomas Dolby, The Stray Cats, The Romantics, Romeo Void, Berlin, Blondie, The Cars… you get the idea.

Looking back, I’m not sure why but I just never seemed to be exposed to any of the really early punk or new wave music that was making such waves internationally from around ’77 through ’82. It’s probably because I had other interests (baseball, girls, my silly coin collection, etc.) and I’d be one of those late bloomers when it came to going headlong into music. Once I did get clued into the fact that there was something else out there aside from the bland and predictable AOR that I’d been listening to for so many years, I could usually find some of this stuff at Peaches, and would take chances on full-length LPs that had that new wave look about them (Devo, Adam & The Ants, Sex Pistols, Robert Gordon, X, B-52s, Joe Jackson, Fabulous Poodles, Gary Numan, XTC, The Clash, The Buzzcocks, Ramones, Elvis Costello, The Polecats, The Knack, Split Enz, The English Beat, and so on).

This was before the days of challenging college or independent, public radio (for the most part), there was obviously no Internet and it was also before we had MTV. Jet Lag Magazine and a few other local punk & new wave fanzines had been in print for a couple of years, but it would be a while before I would know of their existence. Luckily, I didn’t live very far from KYMC, and I discovered that station (at the time with a power output of just 10 watts—barely covering a ten-mile radius around the West County YMCA) around the same time and that, combined with the aforementioned discovery of “Freeform,” greatly increased my interest in this exciting new music and also my desire in wanting to host a radio show of my own, and it wouldn’t take me long before I was on the air myself at KYMC, spinning, of all things, ska and reggae! (It wouldn’t be until my senior year of high school that I would hear hardcore punk for the first time, thanks to friends introducing me to bands like the Circle Jerks, Fear, Minor Threat and the Germs.)

Anyway, so here I was, a very musically curious 17-year-old kid hungry for something, ANYTHING different or unusual. I was already sick to death of the typical ’70s arena rock that I’d grown up listening to, so I would turn on the radio on my Panasonic boom box and go up and down the radio dial, first FM, then AM, in search of whatever interesting stuff I could find. That’s how I discovered this show on KWK AM 13.8 with a host that was playing this great mix of new music without regard to your typical radio format boundaries. Punk, pop, new wave, rock… all on the same show, and a commercial station at that. Talk about a breath of fresh air! I was hooked. I made many tapes of this stuff that I’d hear on the radio, but unfortunately only kept a couple of them. I still have several tapes of my shows on KYMC and may put together a couple podcasts of that stuff in the near future… we’ll see.

Below I have a link to an MP3 that was ripped from a cassette tape I recently unearthed in my basement. I had obviously stuck the tape in the deck, hit record, then started scanning the dial for something worth taping. That is when I happened upon “Freeform”… you can hear it right there on the tape, flipping through some stations, then settling in on KWK, fuzzy static and all (the station had a pretty weak signal). The first song I heard was Sting’s version of “Tutti Frutti” from the newly released Party Party soundtrack. It sounded decent, so I kept the dial on the station and continued to record much of that show. After that I listened religiously. John Hutchinson was responsible for introducing me to a lot of artists I’d never heard before, and played others that I’d only heard on KYMC, heard about from friends at school, or had seen the records in the shelves at Peaches. Within a few months I had been transformed from being your typical ’80s teenager into a full-on punk/new waver.

So with that, I present for you, KWK Freeform, circa January or February 1983. As I mentioned before, KWK’s signal was a little rough when I recorded it, but I think you’ll enjoy this one:

Download MP3 – Pt. 1 | Download MP3 – Pt. 2

I did some further digging online recently and found a couple of other recordings of the same program from a few months earlier that someone else had put online. I downloaded them, re-ripped the files in mono (for a much faster download) and added them to my Blip account, too. These are from October 22, 1982:

PART 1 | PART 2

Enjoy!

Episode #560

Photo by Bill Streeter

Photo by Bill Streeter

Playlist for August 28th, 2006

(The Final Episode)

The Cramps: Garbageman (Songs the Lord Taught Us/IRS)
Ramones: Cretin Hop (Anthology/Warner)
Ramones: We Want the Airwaves (Anthology/Warner)
The Geargrinders: The Wayback Machine (V/A: Landlocked & Loaded/TIRC)
Thee Lordly Serpents: Tomorrow’s Yesterday (Thee Lordly Serpents/Pro-Vel)
The Pretty Things: L.S.D. (Get the Picture/Snapper Music)
The Detroit Cobras: Hot Dog (Watch Me Eat) (Baby/Rough Trade)
South Filthy: Hot Dog (You Can Name it Yo’ Mammy if You Wanna…/SFTRI)
Hasil Adkins: No More Hot Dogs (Chicken Walk/Dee Jay Jamboree)
Eddie Angel: Deuces Wild (Plays Link Wray/Spinout)
Circle Jerks: Golden Shower of Hits (Jerks on 45) (Golden Shower Of Hits/Avenue/Rhino)
The Trashwomen: Justine (Spend The Night With…/Estrus)
The Vultures: Don’t Stop Lovin’ Me (The Vultures/Big Muddy)
The Pleasure Seekers: What a Way to Die (V/A: Friday at the Hideout/Norton)
The Renegades: Thirteen Women (V/A: Hang It Out to Dry/Satan)
Thee Midniters: Never Knew I Had It So Bad (In Thee Midnite Hour!!!!/Norton)
Impala: The Scratch (Play R&B Favorites/Estrus)
The Nevermores: Make It Happen (Live at KDHX/no label)
The Nevermores: Hideous Eye (Live at KDHX/no label)
The Nevermores: Andy (Live at KDHX/no label)
The Nevermores: I Lost Lenore (Live at KDHX/no label)
The Nevermores: Like a Pill (Live at KDHX/no label)
The Nevermores: Blue Diamond (Live at KDHX/no label)
The Bomboras: The Creature From The Lava Lagoon (Savage Island/Dionysus)
Bleed: Fist (Motor Psycho/MuSick)
Fun Things: Savage (V/A: Murder Punk Vol. 2/Murder Punk Inc.)
The Revelators: Don’t Look At Me When I’m Looking At You (We Told You Not to Cross Us/Crypt)
The Cripplers: Feel I’m Gonna Explode! (2005 Tronic Sessions Demo/no label)
Long John Thomas and The Duffs: Shake Little Gwendolyn (Presenting…/Wormtone)
Jerry Lee Lewis: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Great Balls of Fire/Back Biter)
Didjits: Jerry Lee (Fizzjob/Touch and Go)
Didjits: Long Lone Ranger (Hornet Pinata/Touch and Go)
Solomon Burke: Stupidity (The Best of/Rhino/Atlantic)
Link Wray: Rumble/The Swag (Rumble!/Rhino)
The Mummies: (You Must Fight to Live) On The Planet of the Apes (Death By Unga Bunga!!/Estrus)
The Four Slicks: Lulabelle (The Four Slicks/Slick)
The Downcasts: Rusty Hook (Live at KDHX/no label)
The Downcasts: I’m Rowed Out (Live at KDHX/no label)
The Downcasts: A Little Action (Live at KDHX/no label)
The Real Kids: My Way (Better Be Good/Norton)
Satan’s Pilgrims: Vampiro (Plymouth Rock- The Best of…/MuSick)

Fin.