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KZEW radio station

Posted by kenneth59 
Re: KZEW radio station
June 12, 2017 07:41PM
For those that have fond memories of KZEW, you might be interested to learn that it has returned in a way. Some of the DJs and others from the original Dallas station have started streaming an online version. They can't use the KZEW call letters because they are now used by a NY station but do use the old "ZooLoo" logo. Unfortunately the DJs are not live but only sometimes the next music is announced by a pre-recording. Much of the music is from KZEW's playlist plus some newer cuts. Unlike some others here, I never considered KZEW a "Hard Rock" station. But an "Alternative Rock/Album Rock" station and was much like Jon Dillon's 2 hour show on KRLD pre-KZEW. Anyway if you want to spend some time on memory lane do a search for "The Zoo - Dallas" on your favorite music streaming site. I found it on my TuneIn Radio app.

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Peace, Love and Rock 'n' Roll



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06/13/2017 11:07AM by Frank.
Re: KZEW radio station
June 16, 2017 02:23PM
Listened to the Zoo for a couple of years after it first aired then it became more commercial and started listening Q102 for a while. In the early 80s I was one of two guys that were the Q102 Skydiver.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06/16/2017 02:35PM by Mr. Freeze.
Re: KZEW radio station
July 14, 2017 06:18AM
Surprisingly little info out there on KZEW's predecessor KNUS 98.7, Dallas' first progressive FM album rock station. Sister station of KLIF. KNUS paved the way for the likes of The Zoo.
Re: KZEW radio station
July 14, 2017 08:28AM
KNUS 98.7 preceded The Zoo as Dallas' first FM progressive rock station. Sister station to KLIF. Not much info out there on KNUS, but I think Jim White was one of the DJ's.
Re: KZEW radio station
July 14, 2017 11:18AM
dhumphus Wrote:
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> KNUS 98.7 preceded The Zoo as Dallas' first FM
> progressive rock station. Sister station to KLIF.
> Not much info out there on KNUS, but I think Jim
> White was one of the DJ's.

Sorry, but I believe the underground/progressive rock station KFAD preceded KNUS by about a year or so (1969?). Also with Jon Dillon.
Re: KZEW radio station
July 14, 2017 12:26PM
Check out Mike Shannon's website: [www.dfwretroplex.com]
KFAD was out of Cleburne.
Re: KZEW radio station
July 14, 2017 02:56PM
Steve Wrote:
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> Check out Mike Shannon's website:
> [www.dfwretroplex.com]
> KFAD was out of Cleburne.

KFAD, Cleburne. Call letters established 1969. Owner: Jim Gordon and wife (when Gordon and George Marti dissolved their partnership, Marti took KCLE-AM, and Gordon took KCLE-FM...changing it to KFAD. Other sources say the dissolution occured in 1/1960.) Format: Black-oriented Jazz, Underground/Progressive Rock (both formats were block programmed together.) Call letters stood for "Fort Worth and Dallas." First progressive station in Texas. Considered an underground station; DJs used a homemade audio board! Notables: Jon Dillon, Dave Thomas (a KCLE holdover; also lived at the Cleburne studios,) Stuart McRae, Gary Gorbett, Don Swancy (7/1969-4/1970,) Tim Spencer, Jack Darden, Ed Padget (12/1970-3/1971; worked at both studios,) Charlie Bassham, Jim Gordon (owner; conducted live remotes from area black churches in the station's earliest days,) Jerry Johnston, Debbie Runnels (traffic manager,) Phil Cook (PD,) Joe Nick Patoski (later senior editor of "Texas Monthly" magazine; was paid $1.60 an hour for his services!), Pat Patterson (late of KCUL-1540AM; played blocks of gospel and jazz on Sundays between church remotes.) Initially broadcasted 6 hours a day, with Jon Dillon covering the entire shift himself. Station initially maintained studios in Cleburne and Arlington (2216 S. Cooper Street,) and shut down the Cleburne studio in January, 1971

I guess that where the studios were located was irrelevant since its main outlet was DFW.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/14/2017 03:02PM by Frank.
Re: KZEW radio station
July 15, 2017 09:23AM
Frank, thanks for reminding me of KFAD. When I was a RTV major at NT several of my friends worked there and visiting the studio was always a treat. I never really thought of the format being "black oriented jazz", just "jazz" like we heard every day in the music building.

Victoria Snyder Alvey
Re: KZEW radio station
July 03, 2018 08:42PM
KNUS, KLIF's "heavy little sister," debuted in 1968. Not only do I remember that, I have an aircheck of KLIF from March 1968 during which KNUS, the "underground sound" is promoted as "coming soon." Jimmy Rabbitt played a role in its formation prior to leaving Dallas for California later that year.

I first came upon the web "it'sthezoo" in 2000 and then the site was down for awhile. Glad it is back.
Re: KZEW radio station
July 03, 2018 10:14PM
wren

Coincidentally I was listening online to the Zoo when I read your post. I've heard Buffalo Springfield, Traffic,
Jefferson Airplane/Starship and some things I don't recognize (something in german, I think) in the past several minutes. Guess I'm stuck in the past 'cause there's little modern music that I will listen to more than a few minutes, much less for hours. Just in case you have not discovered it yet, there's tons of Zoo type music on youtube, concerts, full albums and what they call a mix - sometimes one artist, like all Linda Ronstadt (my personal favorite), sometimes one type or era.

Frank
Re: KZEW radio station
July 04, 2018 12:37PM
While I listen to new music as well as old, at 62 I find myself becoming more and more a flower child so I appreciate the stations returnsmileys with beer
Re: KZEW radio station
July 10, 2018 04:49AM
Bill Strous and I shared the same tastes in radio music in the '50s-'60s. It was KNOK in the daytime and early evenings, then it became WLAC from Del Rio TX (with Howling Wolf), followed by WRR for Kats' Karavan with Jim Lowe. ...Fantastic R&B music that I still like very much today at 75. ....Yes, I do watch PBS during their begging when they have the old Doo Wop type programs. ...A new generation I've seen there is a group called "Under the Street Light". They do the old songs and are great.
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