Lobster’s Back Aircheck July 5th, 1976


October 7, 2012

On July 4th weekend, 1976, the Declaration of Independence was personally celebrated by signing off at KOME at Midnight on Friday Night, and then signed on at KSJO 6PM on Monday.   Even with the confines of the streaming 128kbp file, you’ll hear the highs, lows, and stereo separation improve as I was tweaking the Top 40 compressor/limiters that were putting out a “wall of mud” sound.  You can hear the volume drop for a second as I found the dials during Gary Wright’s “I Know A Place.”  The changes are happening as Santana “Batuka / No One To Depend On” plays.

Listen to Lobster celebrate freedom and independence in the first hour at his new home…listen to the mostly local and very few commercials and the claws finding their way at the unfamiliar controls. After the first night, it was down to business the next day when the office was opened. The slow cueing turntables were changed at my request, and an Optimod was bought to replace the the old school “pump and suck” processing. Have fun entering a time machine before the words “Corporate” and “Rock” were linked. Click the play button below to listen.

Btw, the Billboard campaign was part of the contract. Our Program Director, Donald Wright, did the artwork. Listeners would call and ask me what was burning in the claw…and I assured them I didn’t smoke tobacco. ; )

 

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2 Comments »

  1. I’m writing the book one blog at a time™ and the fact that this aircheck starts with Stevie Wonder “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” reminds me of an incident a few weeks later. The owner of Sterling Recreation Organization, the late Fred Danz, called our General Manager from his office in Bellevue, Washington. I played Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City” the night before the call to my boss from his boss. The question on Fred’s mind was “What’s this Nigger music Lobster is playing??!!!” Steve Rosetta handed it, in his usual suave manner. Just told Fred it was popular for FM Stations in the Bay Area. Still, I was glad I had a contract.

    Comment by @DJLobster on Twitter — January 10, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

  2. Lobster! You just pointed out to me after all these years, that we both worked for SRO! FM 102 “and a half” KZOK was where the dirty work was done. All rock n roll, no b.s.!” The young Tad Danz, family MBA, often sent waves of hassle across the lake to the downtown studios in Seattle. One day I came back from lunch and asked how that hole in the newsroom door got there. Was told the MBA could not wait for the PD and just punched it with his fist for all to see!

    Comment by Greg Cavanaugh McClure — July 5, 2014 @ 10:14 pm

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