Jock / Production / sometime
When I first joined the
station, I was doing 6-10pm Monday through Saturday.
Being located in the upstairs portion of
the Elks Lodge in Lake Oswego, I learned firsthand that the
insulation and soundproofing was at best...practically non-existent.
The Elks would have at least a couple of functions each month on
Saturday nights that would feature lots of food, drink, and a "live"
band that would play the likes of Lawrence Welk, Glenn Miller and
Guy Lombardo, while I was upstairs looking through the huge picture
window that overlooked the ballroom and bar. I'm up there
playing The Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, Little Feat and James
Brown while all this straight-people music is filtering through my
open mike every time I took a break from the music to talk and play
a few commercials.
To make matters worse, being
it was 1973 and the fuel that made KQIV "run" was lots of
marijuana...I'm upstairs doing my show in an "altered" state while
downstairs in the grand ballroom is the sheriff and several of his
deputies and their wives at this "Elks Function."
Today, in complete sobriety, I can chuckle
at the thought, but at the time I had to cover my ass...so as not to
let anyone downstairs know there was one of those "hippie freaks"
upstairs playing "the Devil's music" and smoking "the Devil's weed."
Where's Joe now?