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KFJC’s 60th Anniversary Whirlwind

Cynthia Lombard   11/1/2019  

Wow. What a fun few weeks at KFJC! We celebrated the 60th anniversary on October 20th and were the cover story in the Metro! The massive piece, Rebel Radio, digs into the station’s 60 year history, while covering current goings-on as well. If you didn’t get your hands on a copy, the entire print edition can be viewed as a PDF as well.

It was a blast seeing so many DJs, alumni, and listeners at the KFJC Open House on October 20. Quite a few returned to the airwaves as well and it was amazing to hear DJs from the past sharing stories and music. Thanks to so many folks, the station was looking spiffy. Sluggo crafted a lovely display of old KFJC fliers and clippings that he’d unearthed during his work making digital scans of historic materials.

KFJC during the 60th Anniversary Open House

Some of my favorite Open House moments were KFJC alumni bearing gifts, including a 1970s-era T-shirt designed by Jona Denz-Hamilton, a CD full of audio, and a sticker-covered briefcase. When J.C. Clone walked in the door with the hard-sided case, it felt like the beginning of an adventure. Like a time capsule, it contained all sorts of ephemera from 1990s-era KFJC.

J.C. Clone with his KFJC Time Capsule

The following week, the celebrating continued at 60 and Surfin’, an epic surf music show at Foothill College in honor of KFJC’s 60th anniversary. Bands recounted the role that the station has played in their lives and former KFJC DJ Phil Dirt was also on the scene with host Cousin Mary. We’re stoked to have gotten coverage in a Mountain View Voice article, “Reveling in Reverb: Concert Celebrates Rich History of Bay Area Surf Music,” a wonderfully in-depth piece about the event and KFJC’s role in the surf music scene.

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