KYMC Ground Zero

KYMC Skunk Punk

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.

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