KWKR-FM 99.9 Garden City KS EBS Test 1985

I decided to post this one for all my Kansas radio friends whom I worked with back in the day.  KWKR was one of my first radio gigs.  I worked there during 1984-85, first hosting nights and then afternoons.  On my last day, I decided to “be cute” with the EBS test.  The engineer had warned us NOT to do this!  “Play it straight.  Don’t make jokes or comments.  The FCC considers the EBS test to be serious stuff!”  But being the snot-nosed 21 year old kid that I was, I had to break the rules and see if I could get away with it.  After all, it *was* my last day.  What were they going to do?  Fire me?

The EBS test was rather difficult to do on KWKR.  You had to patch the tone generator from the AM (KIUL) studio, then pot it up on the KWKR control board.  Then, you had to fire the intro cart, run into the KIUL studio, hit the tone, then run back before the tone ended to fire the outro cart!  I wasn’t quick enough getting into the AM, hence the dead air before the tone was fired. 

This was recorded directly off the KWKR studio monitor.  An inexpensive Realistic mono “shoebox” recorder was used as an aircheck skimmer.  This explains why the tape ran slow when recording and thus is a bit too fast on playback.  I’m not going to complain, though.  I’m just glad these tapes have survived for 29 years.  Original tape was a TDK D90 cassette.  Dave Sawyer (our engineer) voices the intro and outro.


One thought on “KWKR-FM 99.9 Garden City KS EBS Test 1985

  1. Radiofan10

    Drew- “I’d give myself a B. The test went fine but I just didn’t hit the tone quick enough!”
    Lady on Commercial- “Ladies listen up!” 🙂

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