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A Tribute To The Southbay’s
Legendary 98.5 FM KOME

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2021 BARHOF Legendary Station Award

KOME Radio Staff (Photo)

KOME Family & Friends (1977)
Front row (left to right): Geno Mitchellini (KOME Afternoon Drive Personality; now living in LA); Peter B. Collins (KOME Midday Personality; now syndicated talk show host) and Mikel Hunter (KOME Program Director). Back row (left to right): Freddie Avner (Pacific Records and Tape rep; now Cumulus San Francisco account executive); Phil Pruski (Pacific Record and Tape rep; now retired); Dan Tapson (KOME General Manager; now retired); Dana Jang (KOME Music Director; now Program Director KBAY/KEZR San Jose) and Chuck Reichenbach (Janus Records; now out of the business).
(Thanks to Dana Jang for putting names to the faces!)
Photo courtesy of the estate of Mikel “Lefty” Hunter Herrington

Dennis Erectus and Dana Jang (Photo)

Dennis Erectus and Dana Jang at the 2006 KOME Reunion
(Photograph by Chris Bradford)


Jim Sheehan, Dana Jang and other friends of Dennis Erectus are working to put together a CD of classic airchecks featuring Dennis, who was still recuperating from a stroke he suffered back in 2006. The proceeds from the sale of the CD will go toward paying off Dennis’ mounting medical costs. If you have recordings that you can provide, please contact Jim Sheehan via email.

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KOME 98.5 On The Air

Victor Boc on KOME (January 1976):

Hour 1:

Hour 2:

The KOME “Make It Last” 8-Track Tape (October 21, 1977)

The audio from an 8-track tape cartridge, marked “Make It Last,” and dated October 21, 1977:

KOME Make It Last 8-Track Tape (Photo)
The KOME Make It Last 8-Track Tape
The KOME Smart-Ass Reel (Circa 1978; 7 minutes)

Part 1:

Part 2:

A collection of star-studded segment intros (“Hey Lefty! What time is it?”) featuring everyone from Van Halen, Grace Slick, Hall & Oates, Ian Hunter and the Greg Kihn Band to Kip Addotta and Chevy Chase. The latter part of the recording includes clips and intros from a variety of sources (movies, TV, political speeches) used as breakers between music and show segments. Courtesy of Janet Herrington.

Special thanks to Steve Hilson for his production assistance on the audio exhibits included in these exhibits.

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Ed Gumbert
Ed Gumbert
11 August 2020 6:40 AM

Need more on air music from the day! Enjoy the memories – Insert some of the morning action with the album remixes – when they would string together songs – Funny stuff

Jona Denz-Hamilton
Reply to  Ed Gumbert
18 July 2021 12:19 PM

It would be nice to hear a full show with the tunes, but music is not usually captured on airchecks, just whatever was on air while the mic is open. You have to fine fans who rolled a reel-to-reel recording.

David Taucher
David Taucher
4 May 2022 2:56 PM

Are there recordings of KOME radio jingles available. Those where classic!

Jona Denz-Hamilton
Jona Denz-Hamilton
23 March 2023 12:25 AM

You know, HALF of the KOME airstaff was female. Why use this all-boy photo?

16 September 2023 6:15 AM

You have KOME on your radio.

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