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KFJC Founder Bob Ballou on the Early Days of KFJC

Cynthia Lombard   10/7/2019  

KFJC has Bob Ballou to thank for our very existence. Due to his efforts in 1959, Foothill College built a radio station on its first campus in Mountain View. We caught up with Ballou to learn more about those early days of KFJC.

Ballou writes, “The idea that other JCs in the area had radio stations and there wasn’t one at Foothill moved me and a couple other guys to convince Dr. Flint and others to allow us to start the station at the Mt. View campus if the equipment could be moved to Los Altos Hills when that campus was built.”

At KFJC for its inception, Ballou was involved for a short, but influential period from 1959 to 1960 as the founder, Station Manager and DJ. He recalls that his program was called “Music in the Night or some such silly name,” adding that, “Programing was extremely different in those early years. We had educational and campus news as well as music programs. Very little talk.” Compared with what KFJC sounds like in 2019, Ballou characterizes that first year as “mellow and boring compared to today’s air sound.”

One memorable event during that era was a damaging flood at KFJC. According to Ballou, “The station was located in the basement and one night a pipe that ran overhead broke and flooded the place. We were drying out record albums for days.”

Foothill College Sentinel, October 9, 1959

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