A Tribute Site to the
Fabled Radio of
KABN 830 AM
The Voice of the People
Long Island, Big Lake, Ak
by W.J. Lynus O'Brien

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

TALES FROM THE TOWER

Bear's Story
Friday, 20 February 2009 | Roger Leff

Bear's StoryStories about KABN radio...where does one begin? I had the priceless opportunity to spend 5 years doing the morning show at KABN...the transmitter was fired up by 5 AM when “the Golden Age of Radio would be broadcast. It was a funky series of old-time radio with the likes of “Fibber McGee and Molly” and “Abbot and Costello” gracing the early morning airwaves. After that it was 4 hours of music with Local News, Trapline Messages, the Trading Post and Ride Board...
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The Old Days

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KABN RADIO -- THE KABN CHRONICLES
A TRIP DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE or how I became part of KABN
 
I was having a hard winter, my body still reacting even after three years to a head-on wreck (with fatalities) on Hwy 120 somewhere outside of Meeteesee, Wyoming six months before coming to Alaska. When I first heard KABN Radio I was at my trapline on Birch Creek a few miles south of the Arctic Circle far in the North-eastern Interior of Alaska in the middle of a record cold winter. My nerves pinching so bad I could hardly even walk, much less run a trapline, it was like a drug when I heard it, and took me down a path from which there was no getting off--
The KABN Chronicles are a revisiting of that trail that took me into the Rabbit Hole through the character of Tobias Stewart. [ see author note ] It's my hope these pages will be added to by the others that were there...

W.J. Lynus O'Brien
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Howdy friends and neaghbors welcome to the Highbush Bluegrass Radio show. I think that was the first all bluegrass music radio show in Alaska. Boy was that fun. Charlie Overby picked up Billy Hale hitchiking on the way to our house for Thanksgiving dinner in the late 70s and from that meeting I wound up building the hexagonal footings for the building, frantically bringing my generator over to keep the tower light up when Billy got it erected before MEA got powere to it to keep planes from running it to it. I remember coming to do the Friday night BG show and finding some guy named Lynus who moved in and started helping simiconcious on a ladder or scafolding in the stair well where he had hit himself in the face with a sheetrock hammer trying to make a trick drive on a rock nail. I remember going to eat at the pizza place in Wasilla and having a family come over and ask if we were the ones on the radio cuz they rconized our voices and they were excited to meet Molly and Levi the ...

EVEN THE NEW YORK TIMES REMEMBERS

TELEVISION/RADIO; An Island of Idiosyncrasy on the AM Dial  By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN Published: August 12, 2001
" ...The commercial FM dial counts only a handful of free-form stations, like KPIG in Watsonville, Calif., KGSR in Austin, Tex., and WMPS in Memphis. And in the entire nation, Mr. Rodrigues of Radio and Records said, there may be no other AM station quite like WHVW. The most similar outlets over the last 20 years -- KABN in Willow, Alaska, WGKA in Atlanta and WIVS in Crystal Lake, Ill. -- all either went defunct or changed format after being sold..."
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