KWKR-FM 99.9 Garden City KS Dennis Joyce 1985

Dennis Joyce was one of our parttimers at KIUL-KWKR. He filled in as needed, along with holding down a regular 9:00AM-1:00PM shift on Saturdays. Dennis had a lot of energy. He was an entertaining, although slightly off-the-wall air personality.

I’ve purposely included most of the commercials so that we can hear some other people who were important members of our team.

K-Bob’s Family Steak House: Brian Purdy. Brian was Sales Manager for both stations. Previously, he had been our Sports Director as well.

Anthony’s: Jay Delling. Jay was KWKR’s Sports Director. He also did sales for both stations.

Robinson Discount Furniture: Tony Jewell and Leslie Stullken. Tony was a 40-year broadcasting veteran of KIUL. During his tenure, he served as President, General Manager and Chairman of the Board. Leslie handled sales for both KIUL and KWKR.

Gibson’s: Clayton “Catfish” Hunter. “Fish” hosted afternoons on KIUL.

Mr. Burger: This was a dub from an out-of-market station. I believe it came from Salina but I’m not sure which station it originated at (?)

Appliance and Furniture Mart: Amy Lueth Turner, evening hostess at KKJQ-FM 97.3 aka “Q97FM” across town.

Player’s Choice: Dave Boller. Dave was a parttimer during the summer of 1985. The following year, he became fulltime evening host on KIUL.

Western Hardware: Rick Nulton and Clayton “Catfish” Hunter. Rick was KWKR’s Operations Manager. He also hosted mornings from Leoti. Due to FCC rules in effect at the time, KWKR maintained two separate studios. The Leoti studio was technically our “main” studio, required in order to meet city-of-license requirements.

We were blessed with an extremely talented staff. This was something I didn’t realize and appreciate until several years later. Because of this, both KIUL and KWKR sounded much “bigger” than they actually were.

This recording was made from my Garden City residence. I used a Pioneer SX-3900 receiver, wire dipole antenna, and Technics stereo cassette deck. Because this was recorded on a home stereo system, you can hear the new “KWiKR 99” sweepers and other elements in full stereo. The KWKR aircheck skimmer was a monoaural unit, so stereo off-air recordings are somewhat rare. Source tape is a Certron LN60 cassette. I wish I had used better quality tape.