What year(s) were you involved with KDHS-FM?
RR- Looking back about 50+ years, for sure the school year of 1968 – 1969. I was among the students who
were members of the planning group. It was our job to lay the ground work to put KDHS on the air. Names I remember from that time were: Scott McCauley, Gary Fernandez, Frank Marksman, Gary Copeland, Chris Parker, Jeff Cree and Forrest Oden. Our advisor was Ron Underwood who later helped students at Beyer High put KBHI-FM on the air.
RR- Well, since I only had one board shift, most of my memories are of the planning year. Good memories
of working with the other students on the various planning duties. I can remember going with our advisor, Ron Underwood to pickup our used 10 watt transmitter donated by UOP. Also, going to Jampro regarding our antenna. Another memory… we received a donation from Ampex of 2 Cue-Matic magnetic disc recorders. These used 11.75 inch floppy discs to record about 3 minutes and 45 seconds of audio, much like the endless loop audio carts by Gates & Sparta did. They were large machines, and you loaded the disc into a big slot on the front. We took to calling them the Mickey Mouth Machines.
How did KDHS help you as you entered into a career?
RR- I think mainly just the experience of laying the groundwork for the station and learning to work with the others on the team.
RR- Our advisor, Ron Underwood. He was the school’s speech & debate teacher. He was always encouraging to us as students and as the KDHS team. Ron had attended MJC and Fresno State where he was involved with Radio and TV. A project for our speech class was “The Comic Section of the Air.” We would go to the MJC radio studios and record a program of us dramatically reading the Sunday Modesto Bee comic section with character voices. It would air on KBEE on Sundays. It was the Modesto version of what Fresno State radio students had been doing for many years. When Gary Fernandez and I went to Fresno State, majoring in Radio and TV Broadcasting, we had the pleasure of working on Fresno’s Comic Section of the Air program.