Blasts from the Past
Welcome to a collection of great audio from the 50 years of KLYQ in Hamilton. The station was created by Luin “Dex” Dexter and Stan Hooper and went on air in February 1961. Of course, many earlier broadcast recordings have been lost or destroyed, but we have some from the 60s and quite a few from the 70s, 80s, 90s and into the 00s. This page will grow as we debut these “Blasts” on KLYQ Radio Tuesdays and Thursdays with Steve and Mary between 7:30 and 8am and then place ‘em here for your enjoyment.
By the way, if you have any old recordings of KLYQ or KLYQ-FM (which became Magic 96 FM), let us know and we might share them, too! E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
1999 – The infamous “Stationary One-Float Parade” with Steve, Don Davis, Karen Feldner, Mary Borden and Mayor Laurel.
1986 – The 25th Anniversary “Balloon Release” with Steve and the staff at the South 2nd Street studio location, includes “sign-off” theme when KLYQ was a Daylight only station at 980 on the dial.
1970 – The District 7B high school basketball championship between Corvallis and Stevensville went into overtime and the score was tied with 9 seconds left. Dex Dexter described the action.
1960s – An early “Shop Local” campaign that KLYQ commissioned from a national agency. Enjoy the jingles.
1988 – A funny ad from a Crazy Days campaign for the Back Door Deli.
1981 – Another ad from the 80s. George Solander with the “pitch” and former Hamilton mayor Laurel Frankenfield with the jingle.
1988 – The late Don Davis recorded these great Christmas responses from a kindergarten class in the 80s.
1997 – Hamilton Broncs defeat Havre Blue Ponies for Class A State Football Title at Haynes Field in Hamilton. Rich Forbis and Don Davis get excited on the key play in the fourth quarter.
1980s – Sportscaster Doug Klein introduces the starting lineup at a Hamilton Bronc basketball game, with announcer Mitch Miller.
1986 – Steve Fullerton interviews Al Moerkerke about Al’s Car Care being the first advertisement heard on KLYQ in 1961.
1977 – The Valley Theater Guild, which later became the Hamilton Players, did three radio dramas on KLYQ. Here’s a portion of the conclusion of the Monkey’s Paw with Pierre Landry and Marylou Marshall.
1981 – KLYQ joined a live broadcast of the first successful orbit and landing of a space shuttle. In April that year, the Columbia touched down at Edwards Air Force Base.
1977 – Four years before their appearance on NBC’s “Today” with Tom Brokaw, we interviewed the Big Sky Mudflaps before one of their regular performances at Haigh’s Bar in Hamilton.