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Thanks to Robert “Radio Bob” Lewin for this Blast From the Past. It was Lewin’s first paid radio job, rip and reading national news late nights on WEMP-AM 1250 in Milwaukee during the Summer of 1970.

Lewin tells Radio Ink, “That fall I moved to Madison to study journalism at The University of Wisconsin, and in 1971, I began at WISM-FM. I had a 30 year career with William Walker’s Midwest Family Broadcasting, on air, in sales, in management and in ownership. I had seven years away for good behavior, but always kept my stock interests. I chose to retire at age 49 in 2001.

Reach out to Lewin by e-mail at [email protected]

Send your Blast From The Past story and photo to [email protected].  Carts, Reel-to-Reel machines and record players in your pictures are highly encouraged.

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  1. Blast from the past: As a student at UC Santa Barbara (and staffer, later GM at KCSB) I worked 11 PM to 6 AM at KMUZ in Santa Barbara. As I recollect, we had six six-foot racks of Schafer gear (we called it “Sylvia”) that ran the Muzak/musicraft service for the region on a subcarrier “SCA”, and two Thorens turntables. Sorry, no pictures. That was in 1963-70. The station was at 103.3 with 105 kW ERP atop 4000 East Santa Ynez Peak.

    I wrote the first draft of copy for The Richfield Reporter, who came on at 0600, in short-sleeved white shirt, bow tie, and smelling of Old Spice.

    I borrowed my room-mate’s Vespa to drive to the station. The late Stefan Ponek had just arrived from Ohio to be the PD and sold me his 1950 DeSoto coupe for $10 but had to refurbish it myself (my roomies assisted).

    Rumor had it that the station’s raison d’etre was as a transport for Muzak, and was kind of “self funded” in that way.

    Sorry now that the only pictures are in my mind (although I got some good ideas of what to do (and not) when we rebuilt KCSB’s facilities).

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