When I was 17, my parents decided to take a family vacation in Las Vegas. At the time, there was little else to do in Sin City besides drink and gamble. This meant that if you weren’t at least 21, you had to stay behind in the hotel room. Most kids hated this. I LOVED it because I could spend all day recording radio stations with nobody around to bother me!
This short dial scan includes 4 of the big Las Vegas stations at the time. KLUC-FM 98.5 was the undisputed CHR king. KLAV AM-1230 used to be the champ before KLUC took hold. As of 1982, they were still holding on, but their audience was quickly migrating to FM. KUDO-FM 93.1 was the big AC in town. Las Vegas’ heritage Rock station was KOMP-FM 92.3 with”Big Marty”, as you will hear on this exhibit. Marty was with KOMP for several years.
For this recording, I used a Pioneer AM/FM/cassette “boombox.” It worked very well, even inside the steel and concrete Circus Circus complex. The original source tape was a TDK D90. This is a second generation dub which still sounds pretty good. Even at 17, I was a stickler for maintaining audio quality when copying tapes.