If you were coming age in flyover country during the early 1970s you probably heard BEAKER STREET on KAAY AM 1090. From 11:00pm to 2:00am KAAY departed from its usual Top 40 format for a one-of-kind progressive rock program hosted by Clyde Clifford. Clyde played the best tracks of “underground” music plus lengthy stoner tunes like In a Gadda da Vida by Iron Butterfly and Legend of the USS Titanic by Jamie Brockett. Break out the munchies!
Here is a sample of BEAKER STREET from June 1, 1972:
A woman I worked with at Transtar Radio Network in the 1980s was the Traffic Director at KAAY, Little Rock during the BEAKER STREET era. She told me that the station started using the far-out “space noise” to mask the sound from huge fans that blew through the building. KAAY was required to broadcast from the transmitter site during the night because of it’s giant coverage area.
KAAY AM 1090 was heard in all of the US east of the Rockies and west of the Appalachians plus parts of Canada, Mexico & the Caribbean.