Triple Played: ‘Acoustic Sunday’ through the years
“What happened to ‘Acoustic Sunday?’ ” is a question I have been asked quite frequently lately.
The short answer is it has moved to 100.7 FM the Vault.
“Acoustic Sunday” has been on the air in the Grand Valley since January 1989, and this is the show’s fifth home in 24 years. Triple Play wasn’t even a year old when we started the show.
We started with Jim Spehar at KKLY FM and I was very reluctant at first. The first studio was halfway between Fruita and Grand Junction. Rick Steele and Lee Borden were the personalities and Libby Jackson was doing the news. I think it was Libby who came up with the name “Acoustic Sunday.”
Ron Wilson from Sandstone Concerts and I originally co-hosted the show. After Ron left and Jim moved the station to Horizon Drive, Karen Sjoberg and I co-hosted the show. It was there that I worked with Libby, Jim Davis, Fred Horn, Robert St. John, Charlie Michaels, Chris Britt, Mary Carr and others.
We used to record the show on reel-to-reel tape and many times it would take well over five hours to do one four-hour show. It sure is a lot easier now thanks to the digital era, I guess.
Anyway, I can remember Frank White, aka Charlie Michaels, telling me that “Acoustic Sunday” was too “out there” to appeal to enough people to last. (I have heard that Charlie is somewhere in Idaho now still working in radio.)
After Jim Spehar sold KKLY, the new owners did not want the show so we moved it to 96.1 FM KSTR and worked with Brad Leggett and Ken Pilling among others for about a year.
When Brad decided “Acoustic Sunday” no longer fit his format, whatever that was, we found a new home with Cumulus Broadcasting on 95 Rock at 95.1 FM. We were there for several years and I had the honor and pleasure of working with Tommy Rocker and Kim Gordon.
We then moved the show to Drive 105.3 FM after John Reed, the general manger, made us an offer we could not turn down. That was the first time that it was my decision to move the show.
I want to be loyal to anyone who is gracious enough to give us three hours of air time, which is why it took me several weeks to make this most recent decision to move the show from Drive 105.3 to the Vault 100.7. It came down to the signal, or lack thereof, with the results being the loss of a sponsor and a growing number of listeners telling us they could not tune in the show.
After several weeks of this and no relief in sight, I felt I had no choice but to try and move the show. We met with Dave Beck, Robert St. John and Chris Britt at MBC Grand Broadcasting and quickly made a deal.
I have not felt this welcomed or excited about “Acoustic Sunday” since its inception in 1989 on KKLY. I have worked with or know many of the people at MBC Grand for more than 30 years and they are true professionals who have gone out of their way to make me feel at home.
It is comforting to be with a proactive group of people who are as passionate about music and radio as I am.
Promos, a free air guitar rack for the store and an upcoming November promotion to raise money for charity are just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Stay tuned because this is going to be fun!