Mike Ball writes:
(I) suggest that Mr. La Rue look at how the following AM Station maintains its listeners in Palm Desert;
Heck, it even maintains me and much of the aged demographic I serve in Stockton/San Joaquin County. Take a listen, it will take you to another time. Some KJAX stuff on this station but also good mid-century classics.
…I hope KSTN comes back for our community as well as Mr. La Rue’s sake.
Bill Slayter sent a historical sketch of Stockton radio:
KJOY Just switched to being a rocker. Don Imus was there!
KSTN AM A ROCKER
KSTN FM…Garbage! Country, Spanish & Relegion
KWG..A little bit of rock and a little bit of country
KCVR FM, Now KWIN. Male & female vocals..What we call Middle of The Road..Anyone who was popular…Dean Martin, NancyWilson, Sinatri, Glen Cambell etc.
KCVR-AM Relegion in the morning Spanish in the afternoon..KCVR AM and FM licensed to Lodi broadcasting from Woodbridge.
KSTR..Licensed to Tracy, broadcasting from Banta..Many different formats.
ABOUT 1969. Ort Loftus put KJAX on the air..Beautiful Music big sign on top of the Medical Dental Building…Over nite success.
KJOY NOT the original call letters was purchased by Joel Gamble’s Father from someone. He died at an early age and left the station to three people. His wife, I knew her and she was a very nice lady, to his brother-in-law Ort Loftus and to his son Joel.
In the 70′s…Two new Fm stations in the San Joaquin County.. One in Stockton for Sue Carson and one in Manteca for Bud McFadden..Bud had a big career in County Music..Was Buck Owens Manager
In the 80′s:
KWG comes on strong with a f50s format.
KJOY and KJAX doing well with Loftus.
KSTN AM & FM hardly in the market.
KWIN, formerly KCVR Fm coming on with a Contemporary Format, but not doing anything until the station is sold to Roger Turnbull
Sue Carson doing real good with a county format.
The station in Manteca is country trying to be a Modesto Station. Station is later sold and becomes The Fox.
KHOP 104 owned by Pete Pappas and licensed in Modesto…Comes on strong taking over the Stockton Market. The station is marketed not as a Stockton Station nor a Modesto Station, just a station!
KWG buys the Tracy Station but never does any thing with it, but continues strong as a AM.
KJAX drops beautiful music for contemporary. Then Joel Gamble takes over flip flopping the call letters (KJAX and KJOY switched places on the AM-FM dial). AM goes into the toilet but FM does o.k. until Joel gets rid of the sales staff and the station starts into a tail spin.
KWIN in sold to Silverado…Silverado is owned by Walt Disney’s daughter and son in law.
Pete Pappas dies and KHOP is sold.
KJAX is sold to a group who owns KFIV Am And KJSN in Modesto.
Sue Carson sells to the same people who bought KJAX
Silverado buys KJOY from Joel and KMIX in Modesto.