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Squawk Radio: KGBC 1540 AM

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So, guess what a little birdie told me . . . ok the Island's Big Bird - The Parrot?  They've acquired creative control of radio station 1540 AM - where's its Gtown 24/7. 

Programming is in the works, but already if you turn that dial, you'll hear 10 second blurbs and advertisements from local Islanders.  On my commute home - between hits from the 60's, 70's & 80's - I heard Gtown's own Angela Brown promoting Fat Tuesday and Mod Coffee & Teahouse and our very own Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas.

So, switch on over to the AM airwaves and just in case you don't read The Parrot (for shame if it's true) pick up a copy at local Gtown establishments or check it out at www.galvestonparrot.com

Apparently back in the day Galveston did have its own radio station. Where it went I don't know.  Do you?  What's the story on the Island's old station and what happened?

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Would you believe my Uncle, Sydney Clayton, used to play his guitar and sing on the Galveston radio back in the 40's. Interestingly, his day job was working the draw bridge on what is now the railroad bridge.

KGBC, like all of Galveston's radio stations, was sold down the river to absentee owners, depriving island residents with access to those radio frequencies that are licensed to Galveston. Over the years (the last thirty at least), Galveston has had two AM and 2 FM stations, with two AM and one FM broadcasting from the island at any given time. I know this because I was on the air at all of them at one time or another, but primarily on KGBC

It appears that a new day is dawning for KGBC. Let's keep our fingers crossed that it lasts.

I remember KILE in the 70's. The format was pop and rock. In 1977, they had a dj who went by the name "Teddy Bear". I believe that Pam Ivey was also a dj there. She went on to be a country station dj in Houston after leaving KILE. I don't know where KILE was located on the island, but it was popular with young people.

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Hello Galveston residents and beyond ! I am enjoying KGBC from the first moments it went on the air. I live North of Sulphur Louisiana and hear it in my home and car. I do enjoy the music and get to hear about Galveston coming back. Thanks to KGBC AM, and it's supporters. You have got the right idea. I will see you all down in Galvestion when I vacation or visit.

Don Wriborg
north of Sulphur, Louisiana

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Hello Galveston residents and beyond ! I am enjoying KGBC from the first moments it went on the air. I live North of Sulphur Louisiana and hear it in my home and car. I do enjoy the music and get to hear about Galveston coming back. Thanks to KGBC AM, and it's supporters. You have got the right idea. I will see you all down in Galvestion when I vacation or visit.

Don Wriborg
north of Sulphur, Louisiana

It's nice to be remembered, even if not quite accurately. The Teddy Bear was on KUFO (106.5), Galveston's FM station at the time. When that little jewel became Galveston's first radio station to be sold off and moved to Houston, T.B. went over to KGBC and became "Mitchell in the Morning".

KILE's studios at the time were located in the basement of the Hotel Galvez (and, oh, there are some stories told about that convenient location), and later moved into a stand-alone building at 26th and Q 1/2, across from the Gizmo Bar, with the Galveston EMS headquarters on another corner (a handy arrangement, given some of the people working there at the time).

Thanks, Beth, for bringing back memories of one of the Island's best periods in recent history.

YEP! KILE was in the "basement" at the Galvez - I visited a friend that DJ'd there a few times in the late 60s - cozy! Also visited KGBC around the same time ~ both had nice studios. KILE was Galveston's premiere (IMHO) Top 40 station playing the hits of the 60s. It was THE station to listen to growing up around here ~ I especially enjoyed the "dedication lines!" Sad it's gone. I'm very glad to hear KGBC is attempting a comeback with the 60s ~ 80s venue. Nancy ~ I have a photo of my grandfather and great aunt playing guitar and mandolin and singing in the 30s or 40s ~ I'd have to look at the picture to refresh my memory of the radio callsign ~ I remember that it is displayed on the big microphone.

i was just moving the radio dial when i found this station and i like it! i didnt think is ever listen to am radio again! swith to fm stero and this will be great! seems like there was a radio station years ago sitting on the flagship in that right corner just as you drove up the ramp onto the flagship, dont remember the name? maybe im dreaming that? keep up the groovy sounds!

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KGBC 1540 is doing a great job with its format. There must be at least 40 or more advertisers on the station right now so they must be doing well.

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I also remember my dad playing at the radio station when I was young. I remember my dad driving my sister to KILE in her bikini for a contest. The catch was, it was in the winter, and so cold that all the girls were the color purple. Those were great times. We won several records in contest and who can forget the surf report from Sunrise Surf Shop.

Hi again KGBC and friends,

I just wanted to let the listeners of KGBC know that they can take KGBC with them all the way to DeRidder Louisiana north westward, and eastwards to nearly Lafayette Louisiana. KGBC has one of the best signals on the Gulf Coast !
There is nothing like KGBC on the Gulf Coast, and other radio station's ownership should take notice and consider them as a model for broadcasting.

KGBC has a home town feel and personality all it's own !

keep up the great work !

Don M. Wriborg
north of Sulphur Louisian

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I'm an American Consultant for that Chinese radio that's taken over your local radio station. I'm sorry and I wish you guys would start complaining to the FCC.
I didn't know they were going to do that and when I found out they put some fine American local DJs out of work I hit the ceiling. If I could get out of this crazy place I would.

 
 

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