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KFJC in 1964: Experimentation and Guests Galore

Cynthia Lombard   10/15/2019  

In June 1964, KFJC General Manager Ken Clark wrote a report to George Willey about the college radio station’s activities during spring semester. In addition to growing the staff from 5 to 40 participants, KFJC had a breadth of programming, including at least 113 on-air guests.

Those appearing on KFJC in spring 1964 included Buddy Epsen, Wallace Stegner, Melvin Belli, Mel Torme, Barry Goldwater, Jr., The Kingston Trio, Kenneth Kesey, and more.

Partial list of guests appearing on KFJC in spring semester 1964

In his report, Clark writes, “In an effort to make a dramatic and rapid break with the station’s past history, I encouraged the students to try the untried, to experiment with new programming concepts, to dare to search creative avenues that were either foreign or obscure to them.”

June, 1964 report on spring semester activities of KFJC.

One innovative program from 1964 was “Frontiers in Music,” which debuted in May of that year. The show featured “examples of experimental and electronic music,” according to a Foothill Sentinel article that month. Host Yves Troendle told the paper, “Nobody likes the music…because nobody hears it.” KFJC hoped to change that by exposing listeners to new genres.

May 1, 1964 issue of Foothill Sentinel from Foothill-DeAnza Historic Archives

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