KKIS 990, Pittsburg
“Top 33 On 99” Newspaper
Week Ending January 3, 1967
Page five of the “K-KIS Top 33 On 99” (issue number 35), known locally as “The Inland Empire’s Weekly Entertainment Newspaper-Survey.” Other features in this edition (not included in this exhibit) focused on popular music stars, with many advertisements from local businesses.
At the top of the page is a photograph from the station’s “Battle Of The Bands,” attended by 5,000 listeners in the Summer of 1966 and won by The Torquays.* Shown in the photo (to the right, at the microphones) are K-KIS personalities Johnny Van and Larry Ickes. In addition to his weekend role at the station, Van also operated Golden Star Productions, which regularly promoted teen dances at local venues, including the Concord Armory on Willow Pass Road.
Larry Ickes, who would go on to be the popular midday announcer at 96.5 KOIT in San Francisco, was the afternoon drive (four to eight p.m.) disc jockey on KKIS at this time, along with hosting “The Larry Ickes Countdown Show” every Friday night on the station.
The survey of the Top 33 records being played on “Kay-Kis” this week may be viewed by clicking here.
* — The name “Torquays,” borrowed from the 1959 instrumental record by The Fireballs, was adopted by countless bands around the country during the 1960s, including one from Kansas and another from Washington that achieved a small measure of regional success. It is not known whether the Torquays depicted here are any relation to either of these bands.
ORIGINAL SIZE: 8-1/2×11 inches.
NOTE: Not all pages included in this exhibit.
ADDITIONAL TEXT: David Ferrell Jackson.
SOURCE: Bill Plummer Collection, Bay Area Radio Museum.