KMPX 106.9, San Francisco
Larry Miller Handbill

Circa February 1967

kmpx_original-larry-miller-handbill

The first “hip voice” heard on KMPX (106.9 FM) in the February 1967 belonged to Larry Miller, who also served as the artist for this handbill advertising his all-night show on the station, for which he earned $45 a week.

Described in Susan Krieger’s monumental history of the station, “Hip Capitalism,” as “comic in personality and eclectic in musical style,” Miller simply referred to his approach as “Folk Rock,” as further proclaimed here in the flowing letters surrounding the central photograph on the bill.

Larry Miller (2006 Photo)
Larry Miller

It was Miller, selecting music randomly from whatever category struck his fancy at the moment — rock, folk, classical, jazz — and adding his own comments on the sounds without regard to a format-dictated “hot clock,” that led to Tom Donahue‘s arrival at KMPX in April 1967 and the subsequent expansion of the “underground” programming style at the station.

Miller remained at KMPX following a strike by station personnel which eventually landed many of them at KSFR (94.9 FM), which shortly thereafter became KSAN.

After KMPX, Miller (pictured in 2006 at right) was a core member of Detroit’s progressive WABX air team in the early 1970s, and later earned his master’s degree in education from Cambridge College. He taught courses in radio, speech and communications at the New England Institute of Art beginning in 1979.

Larry Miller died on June 22, 2016, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 75 years old.

SOURCE: Bay Area Radio Museum Collection, courtesy of the artist.

Larry Miller on KMPX (October 11, 1967; 10 minutes)

A brief, rare scoped recording of Larry Miller on KMPX. Although not at his absolute best (perhaps due to a bit too much wine or other spirits), he still manages a lively discourse on various subjects, including Eric Burdon’s presumed lack of talent.

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