September 12, 2017, 5:09 pm
50 years ago.... just me and my portable radio ... tuned into KROY. Hearing Chuck Roy's closing with Santana's Treat playing in the background brought back a flood of memories. I was transported back to the playground at Crocker School.
December 26, 2016, 12:56 pm
Buffalo [Dick] Burch! "Shut the cave door and back to pygmy country..."
"Buffalo, Buffalo, what kind of name is Buffalo?"
My kind of nutty.
August 7, 2014, 2:48 pm
Hi my name is joey swiencki from Carmichael California and from the special Olympics and the vip games. I miss kroy 1240 I enjoyed the wonder rabbit, eat a banana wonder rabbit, I miss chuck roy, I miss terry nelson, barry k. fyffe, tom chase, chuck hale, terry night, bobby box uncle Byron, and t.n. tanaka, they were the best disc jockey's I remember going to the kroy at arden way and looking in the window when I was about 10 and now am radio is not the same any more
April 3, 2012, 12:00 am
I won my first concert tickets ever on KROY FM when I was 13 (The Spinners). When I went to pick them up in Old Sac something about the air felt magical and within the year I was a Switchboarder answering the Request Lines. I worked weekends with Danny Wright, had a huge crush on Jim David, adored Terry Nelson (and his roommate Jim who taught me about The Moody Blues) and used to evade Tom Chase's racy suggestions.
I was known as "The Bounce Girl". I played catcher on our softball team (where ARE the photos of the games??) Got propositioned by Wolfman Jack and helped protect Leif Garrett from his screaming fans at Cal Expo.
Volunteering at KROY started my life long love of radio. I still keep in touch with Danny Wright, Jim Davis (now known in LA as Bryan Simmons), Dave Williams, Terry Nelson and especially David G. Hall (who was a fellow switchboarder).
The station still exists in Old Sac only now it's a tattoo/piercing parlor. You can still walk down the stairs and feel the old KROY-I energy.
And I am still a Switchboarder, now at KABC AM 790 in LA - only now we're called Call Screeners...
March 13, 2012, 11:57 am
KROY was one of the best stations I was privileged to work. I was with KROY in '76-'77. Byron & Tanaka, Tony Cox, Dave Michaels, Jeff "Mother" Robbins, Brian White, Dave Young, Bill McCrae, Terry Nelson, Bob Malik, Bob West, Rick Shannon, Dean Goss, Brian Davis, and PD Steve Rivers. I began on weekends, then all nights with the departure of Dave Young, then 10-2 then 6-10 when Brian "Blind Owl" White and Jeff Robbins left with Steve Rivers for WIFI, Philadelphia. Eventually the entire staff worked with Steve in Philly or WEFM in Chicago. I think only myself and PM Drive Dave Michaels remained with KROY, Dave as PD. We both regretted our in not moving on with the staff when we were fired by the new PD the same day months after Steve left. KROY was arguably the best medium market Top 40. Thanks to all who taught me more about radio than anywhere I worked. I was blessed with becoming a major market PD, thanks to many including the awesome staff at KROY. Tony Cox, Brian White, Brian Davis, Rick Shannon and KROI FM's Steve Michaels remain in touch decades later via communications unheard of in the late 70's. SacKROYmento is a cherished point in my life.
September 19, 2011, 6:16 am
I am so very sorry to learn about the passing of Donovan Blue. I always liked him. I remember he was the disc jockey on the air that announced John Lennon had died. It was very emotional and sad. On a more uplifting note. Use to go visit the window at 977 arden way and give the disc jockeys food and visit with them. Those were some of the best times of my life. I am 57 years old now and that was when i was 17 !!! Hard to believe 40 yrs ago. But the memories will live with me forever !! THANKS TO ALL THE KROY DJS.. LOVE THEM ALL. THEY MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE AND BROUGHT MUSIC SUNSHINE AND JOY!! I AM BLESSED TO HAVE HAD THOSE DAYS! smilie
August 29, 2011, 11:15 pm
I grew up listening to KROY. I would call every on every contest. I remember the Win-Ten-bin with Terry & T.N. in the morning. I still have the number memorized at 766-7711.I must have dialed that number 2 million times.
I later got a job answering the quote lines there at KROY in the Old Sacramento Basement radio station. It was a lot of fun. They paid me in records and concert tickets.
Thanks KROY for keeping entertained and out of trouble as a youngster.
Oh, I almost forgot, Dancin’ Danny Wright or disco Danny sure was full of himself.
August 25, 2011, 1:02 pm
K-R-O-YYYY... funny how I can still hear that sounder in my head. KROY back in the 60s and 70s pretty much the dial-tone for Sacramento. My cousin and I used to hang out in front of the studio on Arden Way and watch the jocks through the glass.
Remember Chuck Roy used to sign off with a 'Well, I've got to go ... ' and Santana's 'Treat' playing in the background. An era of radio that is still missed.
Hey, if this is the Ken Shuper who used to work at The Point, hope all is well. You and Bob Keller were great together.
Christine (Hemm) Akin
July 7, 2011, 12:32 pm
I am/was a longtime friend/love partner of Donovan Blue. He passed away on April 24, 2001, at his home in East Grand Forks ND. His passing was due to complications from heart valve replacement he had. He was born with heart problems.
Yes, he did have some demons (for a short period of time) in his life but his love and truly caring for people far passed any and all demons.
His daughter Mandy did not pass away in the acc. in which he lost his wife in 1980.
He was 49 years and 4 months old at the time of his passing.
Ben E. McCoy
July 5, 2011, 2:04 pm
This is a sad announcement i wish to share with all KROY fans and former staff:
i received word recently about DONOVAN BLUE, who apparently passed away around 2008, following the deaths of his late wife and child in a car accident.
BROTHER BLUE had been living North Dakota at last report where, unfortunately, he never got over the great personal losses he suffered, and died from too much dependence on drugs and alcohol due to the man's intense grief.
DONOVAN was my one-time, very close friend and radio colleague of mine; and i loved him dearly as a good, kind, caring, genuine A-1 human being! searching for D.B. many years hence after we went our separate ways in life, i always thought i'd be able to get together for a splendid re-union with this wonderful guy -- at least one more time in this life...
well, my Friend DONOVAN BLUE, i hope you are enjoying an existence of amazing adventures in the next dimension; so maybe, one day, i will hook up with you somewhere on the Edge of Forever.
June 10, 2011, 6:02 pm
I grew up listening to KROY with the likes of B. Winchell Clay & Chuck Roy. I played in every contest KROY had and won many of them, in fact during the Wonder Wheel game I managed to get on Chuck's show everyday for a week in the 3:00 hour, on the fourth day Chuck answered the phone and said "I'll bet this is Allan Bondi." I watched Chuck through the control room window at 977 Arden way. I fell in love with the knobs, the meters the mic and the activity and decided this would be what I wanted to do. So I did for about 20 years in the area. Thanks Chuck, you were a grteat influence on me.
February 23, 2011, 4:24 pm
Great fun working with Robert John and Tony Cox back when it was "I97 KROI". Sorry Mr. John for "hustling chicks" on the request line! Best internship in history!
April 24, 2008, 8:48 am
I really enjoyed the old days of KROY.Growing up in the 70s it always part of my day. It would be nice to see what all old KROY DJs are up to these days.
God Bless You ALL
April 18, 2008, 1:57 pm
I have a $100 bundle of KROY Kurrency that has been gathering dust. Pictures of Buck Herring and Jack Hammer on the bills. I must have saved them for a reason. I'm not so sure about my reason for keeping them now.
April 13, 2008, 4:47 pm
Eat a banana and I gotta go. I miss you guys. I was around 15 and listening (and taping) some of the old days. I wish there was somewhere I could share my recordings. I always enjoy the music and DJ's....
March 10, 2008, 4:34 pm
I worked at KROY during the "wonder years" and look fondly back at the fun we had. Dwight, he was one of a kind. And Johnny, well my last name is "Hyde."
It was fun looking at this website.
February 11, 2008, 2:48 pm
John, Ali, Myron, Larry, Vicki and all KROY Guestbook signers...
We just need to check in here once in awhile and let you know that a bunch of us old KROY deejays from the sixties, seventies and eighties are still hanging together and enjoying your comments. As big a part of our lives as KROY was and still is it is gratifying to know how many of you remember it fondly. It was a labor of love for us at the time and now it remains the highlight of our careers.
February 9, 2008, 12:47 pm
I'm a midwest guy from Michigan but in the late 60's I was 22 years old and stationed at McClellan AFB....(that too is gone now I'm told)I lived off base at some apartments on Marconi Blvd. Every time I jumped into my car the pushbutton AM radio was permanently set to KROY. What a hip station.....the jingles rocked and so did the music and the DJ's. I have very fond and fuzzy memories of my time in Sacramento and weekend trips to San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. Thanks for the memories...........this site is a BLAST and you guys rock. I'm 61 years old now but after this visit to KROY I feel like a kid again!
John in Grand Rapids
December 27, 2007, 7:02 pm
KROY: It's almost 2008 and I'm on the internet seeking contact info to KROY Radio not realizing it vanished from the airwaves in 1982. I was raised on KROY. That was the closest we could get to a colored station. Most of what I know about music is based on growing up with the artists they played. That is how I first heard the Beatles, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, Louis Armstrong, and Santana, and most everybody else I love to this day. But I wanted to know about Jimi Hendrix. My memory tells me it was 'Wild Thing' back in '67, but it may have been some other JH tune they initiated on KROY. I graduated from Burbank in '76 and left Sac in '77 basically, I've been on the east coast ever since. Anyway, I was just trying inquiring about the first Jimi Hendrix song KROY ever broadcast because that is when first connected to Jimi.
Sincerely, Luther Burbank, Class of '76
Larry R. Matthews
November 22, 2007, 8:47 pm
Listened to KROY mainly from '68 to '70 and met several of the KROY DJ's. I worked with KROY DJ "DUDLEY - aka Bill Thompson" at KAOR in Oroville in 1969. Met "Hal Murray" when he worked at KMYC in Marysville in 1969. Met the great "Bob Sherwood" in late 1969 when he gave me and my friend Scott Roberts a tour of KROY. What a blast it was to meet these guys! KROY has to be my favorite AM Top 40 station of all times. KROY, and stations like, her made you feel they were really a part of your community. Not like now when everything is so canned and phoney. Best wishes to all KROY folks who brought so much fun to the airways so many years ago!
November 21, 2007, 10:22 am
I was born in Woodland, Ca.in 1963.
Grew up AND was raised in Roseville& SACRA-TOMATO.
I STILL remember KROY KARES-ABOUT YOU.
I live in Tucson, Az.
But my heart is still a SAC CHICK.
FRUITRIDGE MOVIE DRIVE-IN.
And downtown Sac.
I can STILL hear that JINGLE.
I think it was KROY who brought to life-that song
CAST YOUR FATE TO THE WIND.
And the LEFT BANKES songs WALK AWAY RENEE-PRETTY BALLERINA.
Just to name a few.
Thank KROY for giving me such wonderful CHILDHOOD memories.
AND I STILL "KARE" ABOUT U!
November 20, 2007, 11:35 am
I've been in Sacramento 56 years and I remember the Great KROY and its unforgettable music and the Rock N Roll of yeastier years. Who could forget the DJ like Chuck Roy (The dj from Kroy), Johnny Hyde, or Friday, Saturday night on K & L street. Thank You for all the memories!
p.s. remember the day KROY transmitted from the old city dump I remember Johnny Hyde there.
October 30, 2007, 5:46 pm
I was fresh out of college when my wife and I moved to Sacramento in 1969. We found KROY and didn't need to listen to any other radio station. Thanks for the good times and the memories.
September 26, 2007, 10:15 pm
Enjoyed the step back in time.....Linda
Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, MI
Date: March 4, 2020
Yes thank you all for keeping the faith and the old station going. I moved to Sacramento in August of 68, lived at 410 Harding Ave about 2.5 miles from the station, never had a problem picking up the station. I listened to KROY Kuda Power from 8/68 until late 74 when we moved to Arbuckle, CA. Every time I hear music from the era I think of old KROY. I now live back in Kalamazoo/Battle Creek area but will never forget that station it’s the only one I remember. Again thank you.
October 11, 2004, 12:00 pm
I loved KROY as a child, idolized the deejays and had the amazing luck of joining them behind the window on Arden Way when I was still a teenager in 1970. Now, nearly 35 years later I'm still in radio and my days at KROY remain the highlight of my career. KROY provided me with a unique insight into the heart and soul of radio that few people I've known in the business ever had. And we summed it up in three little words:
...Because KROY cares.
September 24, 2004, 12:11 pm
'SHUT THE CAVE DOOR AND BACK TO PIGMY COUNTRY!!!' My name? Buffalo... whataya mean what kinda name is Buffalo?
[Dick] Burch where are you? Does KROY have any tapes of shows I can buy from, say 1960 - 1963? I have looked on the Internet and can't find some of the popular songs you played. One had the lyric: Chicago Cha Cha... and another was about the year (title)? 1963. Those were the best years to be alive (however, I had no choice). PLEASE HELP ME W/ MY INQUIRIES! Smilie
[January 2020 Update: The new website has audio files, however not that far back. Sorry.]
August 31, 2004, 12:00 pm
I am the eldest son of Chuck Roy. If you enjoyed him as a DJ then you have only a glimpse of how wonderful he is to have as a dad. You know how he would always just stop short of sharing the meaning of life, well... he does know it. He has shared it with me. He, the meaning of life, is Jesus Christ. Read my father's bio on this site and you might find that the hound of heaven is looking for you also.
Like the finest of everything - my father Chuck Roy, as my mother still calls him, have grown even better with age.
August 22, 2004, 3:47 pm
KROY was one of the first radio stations I ever listened to starting in 1974. I was thrilled to be a contestant on the air a few times in 1975 for a contest called the Win Ten Bin. You had to guess all ten big prizes based on clues to win them all. I didn't win but it was an idea I used when I became Program Director of KWOD in the 90s. I briefly was on the air as a weekender at KROY in 1990 when it was called Hot 97 which seemed to play the bottom 40 instead of the top 40. That's probably why KROY finally died that year.
August 10, 2004, 11:51 pm
I grew up down the street from KROY Way, right by Hiram Johnson HS. Glad they'll never change the name!
Gordan Van Alstine
June 11, 2004, 3:08 pm
Wow what a blast from the past as they used to say. I have many fond memories of KROY and most of the DJ's down through the years. I started out living on KROY WAY in 1949 don't remember listening to much radio then as I was born that year, but I do remember the radio tower at the end of the street. I took notice around the time I started jr high started noticing the ladies about the same time. The Girls, the Cars and KROY, those are some very fond memories. My favorite DJ was Tony Bigg. Where is he now?
Thanks for the memories.
April 25, 2004, 6:29 pm
I grew up in Sac, graduating from Encina Hi School in 1961. I didn't know what a treasure KROY was, I just took it for granted. Tony Bigg, Jack Hammer, and Mark Ford were the most important names that I recall. Mark was the music director and he played Long Tall Sally and Tutti Frutti by Little Richard, while KXOA was going out on a limb with this Rock and Roll Music by Pat Boone. Thank you Mark, thank you KROY. I might never have heard Dale Hawkin's Suzie Q, til Credence played it. Or Rumble by Link Wray til it showed up on an oldies show. KROY cut the color barrier when it was very real in radio. KROY was cutting edge and set the pattern for me as Program Director of KRBE Houston and KSTN Stockton, carrying on the KROY and Drake tradition from 1970-80. Those Ripples from KROY are still flowing thorough the industries airwaves. Thanks again KROY. RIP
April 22, 2004, 9:05 am
i miss 1240 kroy me and my mom used to listen to the music every day my favorite dj Big Jim Hall, terry nelson, and hal murray, big jim hall is still on the air at kool101fm and my sister used to listen to kroy1240 am
joey swiencki/from the special olympics
April 7, 2004, 3:30 pm
i miss the old kroy 1240 am it is not the same any more my mom and dad use to drive to kroy at arden way when i was 10 i use to go up to see my best dis jockey friends terry nelson, tom chase, the wonder rabbit, and chuck roy, and his horn that he use to blow. please bring the old kroy 1240 am back, please.
April 6, 2004, 10:53 pm
1240 KROY was my 3rd radio gig after getting my feet wet in Idaho. All nights on Arden Way. Great people... Terry Nelson, Bob Castle, Ken Sutherland. I was back at 1240 KROY when it was under the Saddle Rock in Old Sacramento in 1978. Another enjoyable tour of duty on a great ol' station.
December 5, 2008, 6:38 pm
Great web site. Though I never worked for KROY I did work in the Arden Way studio's, anybody remember AM 14? KXOA AM as an oldies station with Terry Nelson as P.D. I also did time as program director for 93 Rock and was the first host of Light's out Sacramento on the "Point".
Amazing what a great radio market Sacramento is and was...
All the best!
October 23, 2008, 11:15 pm
...one of my brothers recorded "Crazy Love" from Poco on his pocket radio; and I spent many hours listened to it...heck, we were a low-income family from Vietnam...what can you expect!!!...
October 23, 2008, 11:08 pm
I can still remember coming home from an elementary school almost everyday tuning in to "the station" starting somewhere in 1980; there was a female DJ with a sexy voice that I never know her name.
kroy number one fan
October 1, 2008, 2:03 am
miss u guys.....
August 18, 2008, 3:16 pm
What a gem to stumble upon this site! I worked as the assistant engineer under Bill McCray and Kent Randals from about 1977 'til about 1980 and what a time I had! I grew up (so to speak) listening to KROY and Casy Kasems AT40 countdown then on KCRA and then K-108. As a kid I dreamed of working for KROY and one day work with Casey. I was fortunate to be able to do both along with many other great radio entertainers, engineers, sales folks and managers. I never thought that I would still be working in the business some 30 years later. Now life is bringing me back to Sacramento and I hope to be able to be able to catch up with some of my old KROY friends.
July 26, 2008, 6:12 pm
KROY was without a doubt my favorite radio station in the mid 60's to the mid 70's. There's never been a finer bunch of DJ's at one station at the same time.
XM 60's on 6 channel's Terry "motormouth" Young should do one of his Friday special with KROY.
I remember the Sac State Herky kidnapping and how much fun everyone had all week long in Sacramento listening to Johnny Hyde who was being held captive in the control room at KROY by Sac State Students. Those were the days when we could get away with this kind on fun stuff and no one got their panties in a bunch.
Lisa Jain Thompson
June 7, 2008, 11:27 am
KROY was the first rock station I ever listened to. After WW II, my father was one of engineers who worked out at the transmitter before it was automated. (The transmitter was about a mile from our house.)
Glad to see you KROY is still around, even if it may only be on the internet for all I know.
May 25, 2008, 7:10 pm
I will never forget KROY because I live at 3527 64th Street right behind the KROY Tower on KROY WAY,our TV Set used to pick-up the signal. But Today the tower is gone. I remember a lot of the DJ's Martin Ashley, Chuck Roy, Jack Hammer and Donavan Blue who I address envelpoes for inside the studio. And Martin Ashley, I helped guard his Studio Heavenly Recording in Oak Park next to Made-Rite Sausage Co. When I was A Burns Secuirty Guard.I will try to get in touch with Martin some day soon. When I was on the rock island train ride to Lathrop, and help pass out goodies and Seven-Up on that train ride. Listen To KROY from 1965 to 1980. Loved All The Music! Great web Site!
May 13, 2008, 8:44 pm
Great site. KROY has always fascinated me though by the time I was old enough to listen to radio KROY's hay days were over. I have worked with a few former KROY staffers and some that were across town at KXOA trying desperately to beat KROY. There are some great stories behind this station.
From: Alex Cosper
Date: August 22, 3:47 pm
KROY was one of the first radio stations I ever listened to, starting in 1974. I was thrilled to be a contestant on the air a few times in 1975 for a contest called the Win Ten Bin. You had to guess all ten big prizes based on clues to win them all. I didn't win but it was an idea I used when I became Program Director of KWOD in the '90s. I briefly was on the air as a weekender at KROY in 1990 when it was called Hot 97 which seemed to play the bottom 40 instead of the top 40. That's probably why KROY finally died that year.
From: Christopher Chapin
Sent: Saturday, March 16, 2019 7:24 AM
Subject: Kroy Way (Tahoe Park)
Thank you so much for your website. It has been fun reading about all of the history of 1240 KROY.
I was curious if you had more information about Kroy Way and how that came to be named after the station? Also, do you know roughly where on Kroy Way the tower and transmitter was located?
Thank you again.
From: Dave Morgan
Date: April 25, 6:29 pm
I grew up in Sac, graduating from Encina High School in 1961. I didn't know what a treasure KROY was, I just took it for granted. Tony Bigg, Jack Hammar and Mark Ford were the most important names that I recall. Mark was the music director and he played "Long Tall Sally" and "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard, while KXOA was going out on a limb with this rock and roll Music by Pat Boone. Thank you Mark, thank you KROY. I might never have heard Dale Hawkins' "Suzie Q," til Creedence played it. Or “Rumble" by Link Wray til it showed up on an oldies show. KROY cut the color barrier when it was very real in radio. KROY was cutting edge and set the pattern for me as Program Director of KRBE Houston and KSTN Stockton, carrying on the KROY and Drake tradition from 1970-80. Those Ripples from KROY are still flowing thorough the industy's airwaves. Thanks again KROY. RIP
From: Steve Summerville
Date: September 24, 12:11 pm
'SHUT THE CAVE DOOR AND BACK TO PIGMY COUNTRY!!!' My name? Buffalo... Whataya mean what kinda name is Buffalo? Dick Burch where are you? Does KROY have any tapes of shows I can buy from, say 1960 - 1963? I have looked on the Internet and can't find some of the popular songs you played. One had the lyric: Chicago Cha Cha... and another was about the year (title)? 1963. Those were the best years to be alive (however, I had no choice).
What Our Listeners Are Saying!
January 4, 2006, 10:24 am
Now I know how much KROY influenced my life. I was correcting papers and suddenly found myself singing the Wonder Rabbit theme song. Is this stress relief or what? Today's kids just don't know what they missed.
EAT A BANANA!!!!!
J.O. Combs Middle School
Queen Creek, Arizona USA
October 16, 2005, 9:01 pm
Loved the audio tracks. I too grew up w/KROY, where I met the Beatles and learned the words to all the songs played (or so thought my friends)! Fun reading & seeing pictures. I still have the KROY school folder you show! Hank Schwartz ([former Chief] engineer) forwarded this site. Pass it on too.
I appreciate what radio brought into my life (besides my husband). Passion for music and information smilie
K--- Hadlock/Ken Beck
August 4, 2005, 9:21 pm
I grew up listening to KROY and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do weekends on KROY from '77-'79. My first shift was as a fill in because the staff was having a Christmas party and Terry Nelson had to find someone in a hurry. I happened to have a tape of one of my shows at Cosumnes River College. It was bad but Terry was desperate. He told me I was on at noon so hurry and learn the board. Thanks to Tony Cox for showing me the ropes.
It was great being a part of the KROY history. When I first came to this site and heard the old KROY jingles it sent chills up my spine. Those were some great times and the memories will live forever.
June 26, 2005, 1:20 pm
If I could freeze time it would be 1969. KROY was in it's Music Power heyday with Uncle John's Fun Club starting the day, Bob Sherwood from 10 to 3, Chuck Roy from 3 to 7, and Jack Hammer working the night.
There was no other station like KROY. Johnny Hyde was truly an innovator who dared to take chances. It worked. And you could tell all the DJ's were having fun. KROY radiated only 1000 watts of day power but living way out in Winters it was a strain to pull in 250 watts at night.
One classic moment in 1969 was the broadcast from the dump after the lines from the transmitter to the studio broke down. Chuck Roy saved the station that day.
I had a chance to meet several of the KROY personalities. I think Chuck thought I was weird. He was probably right. I once had hopes of a broadcast career and did interview at KROY several times. I learned from Bob Sherwood never to name drop. Jack Daniels said someone would be leaving soon and that he was interested. Turns out it was Daniels who left. It had always been suggested I sell. Well I did, but not in radio. I spent 20 years in hotel sales and management.
Today I am doing what I should have been doing all along, teaching. I am married, have one son, three black cats and am a long way from Sacramento, much less Winters, in Queen Creek, Arizona. KROY in '69 was the best of times!!
June 6, 2005, 7:00 pm
When I was growing up in Sacramento in the 1960s and early 1970s I was more of a KXOA listener than a fan of KROY. But as my career in broadcasting evolved I realized I was much more influenced by KROY: the marketing, the production values, the format presentation, the KROY jocks and that wonderful KROY attitude! What an incredible station for 1000 watts/day, 250 watts/nighttime. There will never be another station like 1240 KROY.
May 1, 2005, 1:31 pm
I just wanted to say thank you to the KROY jocks, and staff. I grew up listening to KROY, and now that its gone I have sort of an empty sad feeling left over from it.
This is really a great site, is there a chance the this site may someday stream the old kroy tracks onto the net??? that would be really great!
thank you KROY, you bring back a lot of happy memories.
[January 2020 Update: The new website now has audio files!]
April 28, 2005, 12:11 am
I'm still in radio, I'm back in Modesto with the Citadel Broadcasting cluster. Manager of ESPN Radio in Modesto & Stockton. and 103.9 The Hawk in Merced. I'm in daily contact with Ron Harrison at Pebble Beach... Quite often with Mike Hamiel... And have work at four radio companies with the Great Terry Nelson. Actually Terry and I were in boy scouts together. We've known each other for (now this is scary) 50 years!
I was at KROY when the daily competition was with KZAP and we were powered by Bobby Box. Fanny Ann's and the Firehouse were the nightly watering holes. (and I do mean nightly). Compared to today's corporate structure of radio, it now all seems like a fantasy.
April 15, 2005, 11:20 pm
i miss the wonderful personalities. KROY provided a safe place to have fun...i miss the music...the 60s and 70s were one of the greatest decades ever for music...the artists Neal Diamond, beatles, beach boys, etc, etc etc.
January 12, 2005, 2:45 pm
Great site! It brought back copious amounts of memories. I grew up around the corner from the tower on KROY Way &used to ride my bike there. A bunch of us also had to go by the window on Arden Way and make faces at the jocks as part of a scavenger hunt. I am now a studio and stage guitarist in Nashville and can be found at: www.webspawner.com/users/michaelgregory
January 6, 2005, 4:49 pm
I interned at KROY in the mid-seventies. This site really takes me back. Thanks for putting so much time and effort into a great site.
Patrick M Lechat
October 27, 2004, 12:43 pm
feb'79-sep'79. air force navigator training at Mather AFB. All the memories of that blessed period are wrapped with the KROY's sound of music. Sincerely miss it.
Here is a sampling of messages we have received from former listeners and website visitors. They may have been edited for brevity, content or space.
From: Frank Bracamonte
Date: April 22, 9:05 am
Smilie. I miss 1240 KROY. Me and my mom used to listen to the music every day. My favorite DJs were Big Jim Hall, Terry Nelson and Hal Murray. And my sister used to listen to kroy 1240 AM.
Bonnie Cooper Ogden
March 25, 2004, 1:40 pm
I was fun Looking at the KROY Website....Where are the pictures of the KROY Party we attended last year? Jonh and I had such a great time!!!!
Looking at the Memorabilia Pictures brought back good memories of Mary Rudoph Stoufer and I doing our Merchandising and Promotion. we had such FUN... Greetings to all from our Mountain in Rough and Ready CA. Bonnie
March 17, 2004, 7:05 pm
dear 1240 kroy- i miss the music and the fun. bring back that loving feeling. thanks for everything. donna
March 11, 2004, 11:18 am
I was stationed at Beale AFB from 11/69 - 8/73 and listened to KOBO in Yuba City, but whenever I was in Sacramento I listened to KROY exclusively. Although I grew up in St. Louis and enjoyed KXOK AM 630 in its heyday, I just happened to be able to enjoy KROY in its greatest age. Every jock had his own personality, but the station had that Music Power format that set it apart from all others, especially the famous time zip. What a great four years in my life and what a great radio station to pull it all together! I think I can safely say that we all STILL love the Wonder Rabbit! Thanks to all!
March 5, 2004, 8:35 pm
i miss 1240 kroy so much. those were the days my friend we thought they would never end and maybe in a way they never will. keep up the good work and lets all remember the good ole days and the best radio station that was ever on this planet.
March 5, 2004, 4:37 pm
i use to listen to kroy 1240 am back in the seventies. i was about 10 or 12 my mom and dad use to drive me to kroy 1240 am when it was at arden way. i use to bring my transister radio up by the window to watch the disk jockeys and to see my best friend terry nelson. terry nelson use to take me for a tour plus i would see the wonder rabbit, chuck roy, tom chase, and the other dis jockeys. i miss the old kroy 1240 am i wish it was back on the air. i hope you bring it back someday.
From: Gordan Van Alstine
Date: June 11, 3:08 pm
Wow, what a blast from the past, as they used to say. I have many fond memories of KROY and most of the DJs down through the years. I started out living on KROY WAY in 1949. I don't remember listening to much radio then as I was born that year, but I do remember the radio tower at the end of the street. I took notice around the time I started junior high started noticing the ladies about the same time. The Girls, the Cars and KROY, those are some very fond memories. My favorite DJ was Tony Bigg. Where is he now?
Thanks for the memories.
February 6, 2004, 7:50 pm
You have a great site and it sure brings back the memories. While in junior high and high school KROY was the only reason I owned a radio! I believe that says it all. I've book-marked your site and will be checking back from time to time.
February 6, 2004, 4:25 pm
KROY v KXOA who could ever forget the great radio during the years the two of you battled for control of our radio knobs. The first thing I ever won from a radio station was a Grand Funk Railroad LP had to go pick it up at night on Arden way, what fun Radio was then!
Currently live where we only have one station KGBR fm they are throw backs in the way the dj handles the air time. Nice Site
February 6, 2004, 1:36 pm
Life is a rock, but the radio rolled me. That radio was 1240 KROY. KROY was there for the good times as well as the bad. KROY made the bad times not so bad and made the good times even better. Life hasn't been the same since KROY left the airwaves. Thanks for all the good times and memories!
kevin primasing/ elk grove
October 20, 2006, 7:49 pm
I grew up listening to kroy as a kid.
gene lane, chuck roy, the wonder rabbit
now that was am top 40 radio at its finest!
October 9, 2006, 3:41 pm
When my family moved to Sacto in 1954, the only Radio Station a teenager wanted to listen to was KROY! Thank you all for making my teen years bearable. You were great and I miss you!! I got married in 1960 and still listened to you, along with my family. You guy's came out to Country Club Center in 1964 when we at American River JC had our " dance " stand.
Again, thanks for all the memories!
October 3, 2006, 4:32 pm
hi 1240 kroy was the best station in town
September 28, 2006, 5:18 am
I had the pleasure of working at KROY for a short period of time. After listening to the station as a young kid growing up in Sacramento in the 60's and early 70's...it was awesome to land my modest first job in broadcasting at KROY. I started as an intern in the news department with Ann Schmidt in '82 and then Dennis Newhall asked if I would work on the jock side. Needing any experience. I jumped at the chance. So there I was, a rookie, at the controls of an FM rocker, KROY. Martin Ashley was there and a great inspiration behind the scenes. He had helped design those studios on Commerce Circle and they were relatively new and high tech for their time. It was a great experience.... I would end up at another radio station I grew up with. I moved on to KXOA (K108) then KGNR. I left Sac in 1985 and for the last 21 years I've been a TV news reporter and anchor, the last 11 in Miami. Still the KROY days were the best...being just a small part of a station with such a great history was an unforgettable experience.
All the best
Mark Schumacher (Mark Gerard when I jocked)
August 11, 2006, 2:04 pm
HI, I arrived in Davis, Ca in 1987 and stayed there for one year. I was 14 then, but having lived in a communist country I really appreciated great times spent listening to 97 KROY. I still have loads of cassettes filled with hits of those and earlier times. Thanks a lot for wonderful music and memories. smilie
August 10, 2006, 3:18 pm
I love WONDER RABBIT. I also love GENE LANE. It was hard to get KROY in Stockton, but I did at times. Would love to get in touch with Gene Lane. Gene would remember me more from when he worked in Stockton.
August 9, 2006, 11:37 am
First, an addition to Martin's comments:
To all visitors and former KROY listeners: You have no idea how much your kind comments mean to a bunch of old deejays whose love of radio and life itself was nurtured at KROY. It was a wonderful experience.
Martin Ashley aka Wonder Rabbit
August 8, 2006, 1:17 pm
Hello everyone. I thought I'd answer some of the wonderful notes left by our friends and colleagues. To Ben E. McCoy: Thanks, "Music Power" to ya! Cleveland W.: Sorry we missed you. Dennis Latona: We'd all love to be back, but you can hear for yourself what the state of radio is nowadays. Bill Gwartney: Wow! That's all I can say. I, too, became a recording engineer. Small world. John Hart: You can thank our friend and colleague Gene Lane for that little musical ditty that helped "brand" the station. Mark: I'm sorry, I seem to have missed your point. To Jessica, Jennifer, and Mariah: My house. Tonight. 8:00 PM Steve & Linda: Ditto on the "sorry." Robert L. Brown: I'm sorry to report that all things KROY are gone, except for some special memorabilia on display at Nakamoto Productions here is Sacramento. [Jan 2020 Update: Now housed at Sac State!] Darren: Believe me, all of the KROY folks are still in contact, and have a collective sadness. We, too, would love to be back on 1240 KROY!
Martin Ashley/Wonder Rabbit
Ben e. McCoy, Esq.
May 1, 2006, 5:30 am
VERY INTERESTING WEBSITE TRIBUTE TO A FORMER RIVAL...SALUTE! from a one-time KANDIE MAN!!!
March 17, 2006, 1:53 pm
Checking in just to verify THAT I AM ALIVE. Ooops. Hold on just a minute. Man, another scare!
This is a great site. Thanks for pickling us in immortality. But, you forgot to put my name on the list. I was with the Steve (Humphries) Rivers crew when Byron and Tanaka and Jeff Mother Robbins [were] there. I did afternoon drive for two great books.
March 13, 2006, 12:40 pm
We need you back!
Thanks for the memories and "Eat a Banana Wonder Rabbit!"
February 16, 2006, 9:20 pm
WHEN I WAS SIXTEEN I GOT THE RADIO BUG. I RODE A STINGRAY BIKE WITH A BANNA SEAT AND SISSY BAR, EXTENDED FORKS AND HIGH RISE HANDLE BARS TWENTY MILES FROM CITRUS HEIGHTS CA. TO 977 ARDEN WAY IN SACREMENTO. I MET MARTIN ASHLEY AND HE HAD THE MAIN STUDIO OF THE AIR FOR MAINTAINANCE. MARTY TOLD ME TO
GO AHEAD AND LERN THE BOARD AND SHOWED ME A COUPLE OF FUN THINGS ABOUT MIXING SOUND. NEEDLESS TO SAY, THIS STARTED A FIRE IN MY SOUL FOR THE RADIO BIZ. TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT, I WENT ON TO ENJOY AND 30 YEAR RUN WITH RADIO. I AM A RECORDING ENGINEER AND CAN DO RADIO PRODUCTION WITH THE BEST OF THEM. THANKS MARTIN, DAVE WILLIAMS AND CHUCK ROY. I WANT TO THANK DAVE WILLIAMS ONE MORE TIME FOR COMMING OUT TO CASA ROBLE HIGH SCHOOL AND PAYING MY DRAMA CLASS A VISIT. DAVE, ALL THINGS POSITIVE CAME OUT OF THAT MEETING. GOD SPEED TO ALL AT KROY THE 1240 ROCK.
John Ross Hart
January 27, 2011, 11:10 am
I guess I have more than the usual attachment to KROY... not just being a listener, but someone who did spend time in the radio bizz. I actually interviewed at KROY four times but never got the gig! Hardly a footnote but my life has turned out just fine thank you very much and being able to remember the good times that KROY gave us will always be special. Thank you to everybody who made KROY happen!
John Ross Hart
San Tan Valley, AZ
May 14, 2010, 3:27 pm
Man What good times we had listening to KROY radio in the 1960s and 1970s while i was living in South Sacramento. This is even better to have a Website that has the sounds and photos of this wonderfull stations history. what a great walk though memory lane. life keeps getting better every day. Bless you all who worked and supported the station. Rod smilie
March 18, 2010, 3:26 am
First a thanks to Jeff Kingston, whose words of encouragement at KDVS gave me the guts to pursue a career in radio. KROY was the first inspiration, though, and I will forever remember the music and the guys who played it: Buck Herring, Mark Ford, Emperor Hap Hopkins, the great Don MacKinnon, Tony Bigg, Buffalo Burch, and on and on.
Other memories: Larry Sherman's march through Sacramento every weekday morning, and all the crazy contests and promotions, including the day the DJ's raced rickshaws through downtown Sac.
A big thank you to the creators of and contributors to this site! It's so great that so many remember and appreciate that KROY truly was the "speaker of the house in the Capital City."
February 4, 2010, 3:45 am
Such fond memories!!!! I grew up listening to KROY day and night in the late 60's and early 70's. I still have in mint condition bumper stickers, book covers, calendars, top 300 lists etc. But my most cherished possessions are some old reel to reel recordings I made of many of the disc jockeys. Unfortunately some of the tapes had degraded so much, they are unplayable but some survived. KROY lives on in our memories!!!
February 3, 2010, 7:55 pm
Ted Randall, a well known radio programmer in the early sixties. recruited many deejays, myself included, usually from smaller areas, to join the top 40 revolution. Their tenure at the station varied and I am sure that few stations then or now have an "alumni association" that comes close to the "mighty" 1240. KXOA and KRAK were competition in the pop music field. But KROY, despite its minimal power at the time, was always dominant. It was an exciting time to work "summer fun time" on "Colorful KROY, number one...and getting "ONE-ER"...It was a deejay "mill" of the highest order"...but a unique experience.....
January 12, 2010, 12:09 pm
The KROY website is awesome!.. It brings back memories of the 1960's when djs were part of a teenager's life, they ruled the airways on the radio.
The KROY djs worked in a very tiny space plus a small studio. What was Special about KROY was the audience, they could get out of their cars and walk up right up to the front window at 977 Arden Way and wave at the on the air "DJ".
KROY was #1 back then because of hard working DJs like Johnny Hyde, Chuck Roy of the Chuck Roy Radio Show, Wonder Rabbit, B. Winchell Clay and many others.
Again, Thank You for my memories and I have to say that if KROY'S "Music Power Hour" was still on the air today you all would be a Top Hit!!
December 16, 2009, 8:47 am
Tom Cale formerly of KZAP has moved to VERY Northern California, Humboldt or near there. He is an IT geek. As I recall he is working for the State or perhaps city or county government... and loves it (last time I heard from him).
October 28, 2009, 11:30 pm
Tony Cox? A haunting from 1991 is upon you/lol This is Dave Storm...one of your former students, from back in 1991. N.B.S You were an instructor there. You took us to all to FM 102 and showed us your production skills. Man Tony I never forgot about you man. You were the best instructor at that school. WoW! Been a long time. Would sure love to talk to you again. So glad I found ya Tony. Hey hit me up when you get a chance. I have a few questions for my ol mentor. My number is 407-466-6359
September 9, 2009, 9:30 pm
My father grew up in a house on Kroy Way in the shadow of the old radio tower. When I was a child in the mid 1980's, my grandparents were still living in that house and I remember the tower vividly--walking past it with my grandfather. Radio isn't what it used to be.
July 27, 2009, 11:58 am
Hey all you former KROYers...just wanted to give you guys 'n' gals a quick shout. Though I never graced the 1240 mics myself, I did spend 15 years in Sac radio, during which time I rubbed elbows with quite a few of you at other stations here. Some of you may remember me, some won't, I'm sure. I'll never forget you, though. Terry Nelson, Tony Cox, Kevin Manna, Rick Shannon, John Buckley, Dave Williams, just to name a few. Hope you all are doing well, and maybe soon (here's a cliffhanger, I'm sure...yeah, right) I'll return to Sac's airwaves somewhere in town. Until then...
May 22, 2009, 12:00 am
The reason I got into the business was because of KROY. In the early 70's, I think it was 71 or 72, KROY ran a contest on the radio giving clues to a location in Sacramento that if you found it they would give you something. I forget now what it was, but that didn't matter. KROYs ability to keep this 10 year olds attention for hours on end was what fascinated me. Very powerful stuff! I knew that day that I wanted to be a Disc Jockey just like "Wonder Rabbit", Chuck Roy.... and company! Thanks for the memories KROY!!
P.S. Ironically I ended up working for KROY in 1983!
April 6, 2009, 10:33 pm
Message I have to apologize to you all. I was one of the DJs during the so sad Adult Rock period. When we moved out of Old Sac the "everything" came out of the whole staff. Sure, it was a shiny new facility, oh so fabulous, but it was operated by a dedicated and talented staff constricted by a bogus concept...Adult Rock. Oh God, I'm still not over it.
March 11, 2009, 11:18 am
I was 15 years old in 1970 and the only thing a 15 year old did was listen to the radio and study to get a driver's license. In the next 3 years, KROY got me through a lot of chapters of my life. Things like drinking and throwing up, backseat encounters at the Sunrise Drive-in, and cruising K street until it was closed. My fondest memory is Chuck Roy signing off with "Treat" and adding the tag line "There wasn't a dry eye in the house". Thanks for the Web Site, it brings back lots of fond memories.
January 28, 2009, 1:42 pm
La The Memories.
I grew up with K-R-O-Y,since I was a baby.
I was born in July of 1963.
I still hear the K-R-O-Y jingle in my ear.
Listening to this station brought out the GROOVEY
in GROOVEY 60's
The other night, I woke up with a song in my head-which I FIRST heard on this station.
The Left Banke's PRETTY BALLERINA.
Sure we have good oldie station here in Tucson-but nothing compares to KROY in the 1960's/1970'S.
KROY KARES ABOUT U!
Terry W. Clark
September 26, 2007, 12:21 pm
I remember the "kidnappings" associated with Sac State. They had Johnny Hyde trapped in the studio for more that 36 hours as I recall. My friend Geoff (always thought that was a funny way to spell "Jeff"s milie and I decided to bust Johnny out. We broke through the door (after one of the frat guys was dumb enough to open it for us), but the frats lost all taste for a fight when they found out we meant business. They gave up their occupation of the station and Johnny finally got a chance to go home, clean up, and eat a proper meal. They say that no good deed goes unpunished though, and Geoff got a speeding ticket that night on Arden Way. We went to court and beat it, though. Back then, the building KROY was in and the old Sears were just about the only thing on Arden Way in that part of the city. Ahh...the good old days! Glad to hear that Johnny is still alive and kicking and also good to hear that the Wonder Rabbit is still in the industry with Channel 6. I was unaware, and it's nice to know. Also sorry about all the "In Memoriams" Lost a lot of good people. Take care all KROY forever!
Bonnie Cooper Ogden
September 25, 2007, 2:28 pm
Hello. Bonnie Cooper Ogden here. I noticed that my pal Mary Rudolph Stouffer and I were not on the roster. Mary and I worked at KROY doing Merchandising and Promotion. I worked there 1960 to 1964. Mary worked there longer, probably until 1968. We had so much fun I hesitate to call it a Job. We did so many zany things. Among them: I rode a Camel (in tights) from17th street to 5th St and back in a parade. I did the same route as Lady Godiva another year (also in tights, flesh colored of course.) Painted and Elephant Green for St Patrick’s Day, and drove a two front end car all over town. What fun!
September 2, 2007, 11:49 pm
Big fan, always. Knew a couple of the jocks; worked on a commercial with Mr. Hyde a few years back.
Whatever happened to Rick Quinn (Tony Bigg)? I mean AFTER he was Tony Pigg. I get the sense that he was a bit apart from the rest of the jocks.
At any rate, I was there. And I miss it. Thanks to you all.
August 19, 2007, 9:11 pm
What a great site. I remember visiting the KROY studios twice while I was in school - when I was in 4th grade, during a Bob Sherwood shift, and I distinctly remember him playing a Bobby Sherman song while we were there. The second time was in 8th grade, and we were all given a copy of the late, lamented magazine "Zoo World."
Tons of memories about the station - one that sticks in my mind to this day is the Santana song that Chuck Roy always played at the end of his show.
July 19, 2007, 3:11 am
Loved the stroll down memory lane! I was a KROY Cheerleader 78-80. We had so much fun working at Cal-Expo, handing out freebies at Folsom Lake and attending KROY functions. I would love to hear from other Cheerleaders...are you out there? Does anyone have any photos? I have a newspaper article for the March of Dimes walk. I still have a uniform and swimsuit that we wore to our Folsom Lake visits! Love that radio station!
June 13, 2007, 7:34 am
I have to say I got chills when the initial page opened up and I heard the K-R-O-Y jungle. It was truly a wonderful time to be a kid in Sacramento, regardless of all the crazy things we went through as a country, KROY made things so much fun. My hat is off to all of you, Johnny Hyde ( who I feel personally introduced me to the Beatles) Chuck Roy (the DJ from KROY) Wonder Rabbit (Eat a Banana) and all the rest that made it such a great ride.
May 30, 2007, 1:33 am
Wonder Rabbit ... where are you when you are needed? There are carrots and celery waiting in the backyard for you to munch on. Or if you prefer a huge, juicy steak.
You know your way to the vegetable patch so come on over.
Oh, and don't forget that skinny little broad that hangs around you all the time.
April 1, 2007, 3:59 am
Word has come down that the "Blue Whiz" is no more courtesy of the Sacramento board on Radio-Info.
Sure hope it's someone's sick idea of humor and that Bob Castle is still among us. Who wouldn't remember his time on the PMs back in the '70's?
If anyone confirms this, please post a URL to a memorial. If it's untrue, then there's a special place for people like this. It involves a place in the afterlife surrounded by market managers from Clear Channel.
Go in peace, Bob. Lord knows you didn't get enough while you where with us.
Jeff March [co-webmaster]
April 20, 2007, 8:26 pm
In response to the previous note from "Zasu," I have some sad news to report. Bob Castle, who held down evening and afternoon-drive shifts at KROY from 1973 to 1977, has died. You can find details on the "In Memoriam" page on this website.
January 29, 2007, 7:19 pm
I see I'm not the only Buffalo Burch fan! His first name was/is "Dick", btw. I loved all his sound effects. I never missed his oldies show Saturday afternoons. I had a lot of his stuff on tape when I was young but alas, tape deteriorates and parents clean rooms of departed offspring.
I lived in Roseville so listening was a problem at night. Ah, the good old days. Nostalgia ain't what it used to be!
January 5, 2007, 8:31 pm
I lived next door to Tony Cox in the 80s and worked as an "intern" at both the Old Sac and Bercut drive studios. Everyone I went to school with loved Kroy and it was even better when we could call in and get Tony to say something about us on the air! Great times that I will never forget.
January 2, 2007, 9:07 pm
I listen to KROY for years and was a big part of the Arden Fair snow disaster in which Gene Lane is very well known for his part it was to be a snowman building contest between Luther Burbank High & John F Kennedy High which turn out to be the biggest snow ball fight that almost shut down Arden way and almost flooded the studios of KROY it was great oh don't forget the dedications and the contest the top on radio won a lot of records.
December 20, 2006, 12:56 pm
I remember listening to KROY in the late 60's and early 70's. Chuck Roy, Gene Lane, T. Michael Jordan, Bob Sherwood, Johnny Hyde and Wonder Rabbit were the greatest DJ's I ever heard on any radio station. I don't think there was ever a radio station that did all the promotions and community events that KROY did during the Music Power days. I remember Gene Lane, Chuck Roy, and Wonder Rabbit and others playing many basketball games at various high schools around the city. I went to Mira Loma H.S. and I remembering them playing there against the student faculty. The music format was great and you felt that the DJ's were relating to you on a personal level. You felt like they were all a personal friend of yours. It was pure genius in marketing and promotion and KROY was the #1 station for many years. I still remember the Music Power Award of the Hour. You would think I would have forgotten that after all these years. It's a real shame that radio has gone the way it has. I live in Dover, Delaware but I still reminiscence about my teenage years in Sacramento and the great music of the 60's and 70's. Thanks to all you guys for the wonderful memories. God bless all of you
November 15, 2006, 8:28 pm
I can remember listening to KROY on my transistor radio with the rest of the kids on my street. We would all put our radio's together and tune in. The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Peter and Gordon, The Rolling Stones. I can remember moving to San Jose on Oct.31,1966. As we drove away that night, looking out the back window of my parents 1958 Chevy, watching Sacramento and listening to KROY fade away.
I was 9 years old then. I am almost 50 now, living in the Seattle area. That’s the kind of impact your station had on people. I am afraid radio will never be the same again. Great memories. I Thank you for them.