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KZAM II - Rock of the 80's


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From Wikipedia, "KZAM-AM was KZAM-FM's sister station. From 1979 through 1981 it played exclusively punk and new wave music as the 'Rock of the 80s.' DJs included: Greg McClure (Spudboy), Cindi Bemel, Kerry Loewen, Michael Stein, Leroy Henry and Stephen Rabow. In the spring of 1981 the station's call letters were changed to KJZZ, with a jazz format that foreshadowed the arrival of 'smooth jazz.'"


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I could get KZAM 1540 on my transitor radio only in the kitchen, until I got a stereo at 14 for my bedroom. I listened avidly! I learned about the width and breadth of new wave and punk and loved it! This mix is perfect!!!! I look forward to listening to your other KZAM inspired playlists. Music for Moderns, indeed. -Michelle, former Queen Anne new wave teen.

@mich_pdx So nice to get your comments, Michelle. I grew up in Bellevue, where KZAM was located, and often made visits (pilgrimmages?) to the station. It was a sad time when they changed the format. My brother actually recorded (on cassette) some of KZAM's last day, a portion of which I've managed to digitize and upload to the Internet Archive. You want a real blast of KZAM past, check out https://archive.org/details/KZAMTheLast80Minutes and https://archive.org/details/KZAM_2_3pm.

@kindnessandy Wow. I also recorded the last 2 hours of the format you and I loved, but I lost the tape somewhere along the way. I still remember the DJ saying that the format change was the Killing Joke and also playing Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division. I will definitely search that out. As far as pilgrammages go.... I submitted several sets of three related songs and one got played soI won the chance to get an album from the studio - but I was 14, didn't have a car and my mom worked and wasn't about to drive me over the bridge. I never knew which set of 3 it was but I suspect it was I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats, (Monday I've Got) Friday on My Mind - Bowie, Friday - Joe Jackson. Cheers!

 
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