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Posted: Sep 20, 2012 - 2:01pm

 BillG wrote:
Back in 1980-1983 I worked at one of the most unusual stations to ever pop up on the FM dial. From the sleepy agricultural backwater of Gilroy (the "Garlic Capitol of the World" and, coincidentally, the place I grew up) KFAT beamed a crazy mix of country, rock, comedy, bluegrass, Hawaiian yodeling, cowboy poetry, and post-hippie weirdness to a major swath of Northern California, including San Francisco, San Jose, Monterey and elsewhere. KFAT bit the dust almost 30 years ago, but you can hear it still at www.kfat.com, and shop for KFAT memorabilia on eBay.

A lot of frankly weird and (in retrospect, anyway) embarrassing stuff went on behind the scenes there, and I assumed that most of those stories would fade away with the passing of time — but I'll be damned if Gilbert Klein (an old friend of mine & longtime KFAT talk show host) hasn't preserved them for all time in a book.  If you happen to be a KFAT fan from back then, or if you have a keen appreciation of weird radio in general, you'll probably want to buy this book. It's laugh-out-loud funny in spots, a bit long-winded in others, but based entirely on Gilbert's own experiences & extensive interviews with KFAT staffers. Lots of beans are spilled, including a few from my own past. 

Buy the book here (print or Kindle):

Fat Chance: We Were the Last Gasp of the 60s and the Birth of Americana Music But Was America Ready For Us?

 
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I read your entry in the Memories a few years ago, Bill. I can't wait to read Gilbert's book.  


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Posted: Sep 20, 2012 - 1:57pm

Back in 1980-1983 I worked at one of the most unusual stations to ever pop up on the FM dial. From the sleepy agricultural backwater of Gilroy (the "Garlic Capitol of the World" and, coincidentally, the place I grew up) KFAT beamed a crazy mix of country, rock, comedy, bluegrass, Hawaiian yodeling, cowboy poetry, and post-hippie weirdness to a major swath of Northern California, including San Francisco, San Jose, Monterey and elsewhere. KFAT bit the dust almost 30 years ago, but you can hear it still at www.kfat.com, and shop for KFAT memorabilia on eBay.

A lot of frankly weird and (in retrospect, anyway) embarrassing stuff went on behind the scenes there, and I assumed that most of those stories would fade away with the passing of time — but I'll be damned if Gilbert Klein (an old friend of mine & longtime KFAT talk show host) hasn't preserved them for all time in a book.  If you happen to be a KFAT fan from back then, or if you have a keen appreciation of weird radio in general, you'll probably want to buy this book. It's laugh-out-loud funny in spots, a bit long-winded in others, but based entirely on Gilbert's own experiences & extensive interviews with KFAT staffers. Lots of beans are spilled, including a few from my own past. 

Buy the book here (print or Kindle):

Fat Chance: We Were the Last Gasp of the 60s and the Birth of Americana Music But Was America Ready For Us?



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