Open Thread: A sad day for music in Sioux Falls


I just have two questions after readng the announcement in the Argus.

1. Where will college kids go to force their shitty taste in music on the masses?

2. Will Jango the Frog move his show to another station where no one will listen to it?

Have a fond memory of the KAUR studio? Do share.


#1 l3wis on 05.17.09 at 8:51 am

Thank you for posting this. Like minds think alike (whoa I just shit my pants). I owe a lot to KAUR. I had a weekly show their in I think 1994(?) I met a ton of people who I am still friends with today. I also learned a lot about music, and became a ‘Archers of Loaf’ fan while working there. I think my show was called the ‘Mutt and Squat’ show coined by Ray Novak. It was my friend Matt from ‘Gypsy Maintenance’ and me. We played just about anything. I could tell a ton of ‘behind the scenes’ stories, but I will refrain. Let’s just put it this way, we were unsupervised in the studio and every DJ tried to see what they could get away with. It was the best job I ever had that didn’t get paid for. And yes, I did steal some vinyl. Sorry.

#2 Jackie on 05.17.09 at 12:59 pm

Oh man… you know Ray Novak? Where has he gone and what is he doing? He’d mix up the best random beverages at Great Plains Coffee. I knew him from Community Theater daze too.

So, did you play any “Ill Bill and the Spinal Chills” (Dave S’s band) on that station???? They had a really cool cartoon-like cover.

It was also the one station one could listen to Dr. Demento on Sunday nights in the late 80’s.

Another little bit of old Sioux Falls has fallen — like the ice caps due to global warming……

#3 Beer Jew on 05.17.09 at 4:47 pm

I started my illustrious radio career at KAUR. I was a senior in high school. I hosted the first weekly punk rock show at the station from 1990-1991. Some may have done a punk show here and there-but I was arguably the first to do the show at KAUR on a regular basis. I think I still have a flyer for my old show in a cardboard box somewhere. Having the show from midnight-3am, and a very absent presence of the FCC back in the day made for some kick-ass times. I took my show pretty seriously and with the intention I would break into the broadcasting business. It worked. I never did my show drunk and I never cursed on the air. I wish I could have said that about all of the radio stations I worked at.

#4 l3wis on 05.17.09 at 5:07 pm

Me too.

So let’s go into some ‘Rev’ stories . . .

#5 l3wis on 05.18.09 at 6:47 am

Jackie, yes I know Mr. Novak. One day when he used to live next door to me in my apartment building he knocked on my door wearing only a towel and holding a glass of hot water. He said, “Do you have any coffee I can borrow?” I handed him the can of coffee and he said, “Just get me a spoon.” And proceeded to stir three spoonfuls of coffee in the water and drink it. That’s Ray.

#6 Zed on 05.18.09 at 7:32 am

I had a show back in 91 Wed night from 6-9 with my friend Barf. We called it the “Reality Show”, but only because we opened every week with “Intro to Reality” off of Anthrax’s Persistence of Time. We played a wide variety of music that for the most part was ok, but we really stunk the place up more often than not. Queensryche, Metallica, Slayer, Crass, DK… One thing that was nice about our show was that we got to do the Vintage Vinyl segment, so we always had some obscure metal album to take up 45 minutes so we could slack off and look for ways to get in trouble. It was during one of those VV segments that we didn’t realize the music had stopped, and campus security came and checked up on us after getting a call from the Station Director. I think a total of 20 minutes of dead air had passed before we got busted cleaning the bathrooms. That was the last time we ever did a show at KAUR. I still have recordings of a few shows. I might have to dig them up to hear what a dork I sounded like setting up songs.

#7 l3wis on 05.18.09 at 8:26 am

Can you convert them to MP3’s and post them here?

I think dead air was a common occurance at KAUR. I also liked it when DJ’s wouldn’t shut off their mic while playing a song so you could here them gossip and cuss about someone over a Violent Femmes song playing. I also loved it when someone would call in and tell them and they would almost always say “Oh Shit” before turning off the mic.

#8 Zed on 05.18.09 at 9:44 am

I don’t have the means(or patience) right now for Analog to digital conversions.

I was a notorious live mic offender.

#9 Johnny Roastbeef on 05.18.09 at 11:04 am

I recorded a station ID cart for them when I was a DJ there. The station manager thought I sounded like Reservoir Dogs DJ Steven Wright. So she had me record a cart that said “You’re listen to super sounds of 70’s on 89.1 KAUR.” I used to hear it from time to time for years before it went out of rotation.

#10 l3wis on 05.18.09 at 11:12 am

That was you? They played that cart all the time. Didn’t you and Sideshow have a show together?

#11 Johnny Roastbeef on 05.18.09 at 11:35 am

That was me. I believe the station manager at that time was Kathy? I went to a party for DJ’s once and I think you were there l3wis but I didn’t know you at the time.

Matt was the first person I knew that had a show, I sat in on it a few times. I had a show with Chad W after that, tuesdays 9pm, till I went to USD and moved to KAOR.

#12 l3wis on 05.18.09 at 11:39 am

I was in love with Kathy. She was a hipster before it was cool to be a hipster, chunky glasses and all.

#13 jumpin jeff on 08.03.12 at 4:59 pm

I did shows on KAUR from ’83-’91 or so. The great KAUR legends thrived then.. Morning After show, Bob Berino, Kaleidascope show, The Squid, Me (forgive my vanity), great music…”college radio” at the time. SF’s only source of alternative music, local music, and raw (read “limited”) air personalities. No era in radio can mimic or re-live it. We were the ones who were.