Listen to John Young's "Classic Country Show" on
KIBS every Saturday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
I really don’t know where to start, it seems like I have been in radio since Marconi invented the vacuum tube.
I started as a teenage Rock ‘n Roll Disc Jockey in
Texas in the 1950s, then in 1958, I decided to make radio my life’s work. I obtained my First Class Radio Telephone License in June of 1958. My first Chief Engineer job was at KVOU in
Back in those days, the engineer always had an air shift too, if you wanted a full time job. While at KVOU, I worked with a radio consultant engineer, named M.L. Stewart, who taught me much about radio electronics.
In 1960, I decided to move to the “
Milk and Honey” -
California. Two days after arriving there, I got a job helping install a new radio station in
Pomona, KKAR. From there I went to KUDU in
Ventura as Chief Engineer and Disk Jockey. It was there, because of my
Texas drawl, my radio name became “Johnny Dallas.” Best of all, in
Ventura I met and married the Lady of my Life, my lovely wife, Betty. We were married on September 24, 1961. Soon after that, I accepted a job as Chief Engineer and Disc Jockey at KWOW in Pomona so we made the move from Ventura to
Six years, and two children later, I left the airwaves and accepted a staff engineer position at KPOL AM-FM Radio and Television in
Los Angeles. Within the first year, I was promoted to Director of Engineering. I was in charge of a staff of nine engineers, a 50,000 watt AM station, a 100,000 watt FM station, and Channel 22 TV.
After 10 years in the “Big City,” I made the decision to return to my roots in small town radio, so October 1976 we bought radio station KIBS-AM 1230 here in Bishop, California.
In the early 1980s, we purchased another Bishop station, KIOQ 100.7 FM. We built on to the KIBS building on Highway 395, changed KIOQ FM to KIBS and changed KIBS AM call letters to KBOV, which stands for “
Valley.” Betty and I worked many long, hard hours for almost 19 years before we sold KIBS/KBOV to John and Sandy Dailey in 1995. It was all worth it because Bishop is the greatest place in the World to live and the people who live here are the very best.
In July 1997, Betty and I bought The Trees Motel in Bishop, which we ran for 10 years. In 1999, I was elected to the Bishop City Council. After eight years on the council, I retired and Betty and I sold the motel the very same month, February 2007.
We are now retired except for what I have been doing since 1995, most of the engineering work at KIBS/KBOV. Thanks to Lauren Brandt and Steve Miller, owners of KIBS/KBOV who wanted a program for everyone who loves Classic Country Music. They let the “Old Man,” as my son, Gary, and Arnie Palu call me, go back on the air with the Saturday, Classic Country Show. It’s the most fun I’ve had since I was a teenage Disc Jockey. Thanks Lauren and Steve, you have made me feel young again! A special thanks to all the folks who listen to the show every Saturday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. on KIBS, I hope that you enjoy it. -John Young
*Note: Back in the 1980s, before CDs and music on hard drive, the KIBS FM studios had three record turntables lined up in row (picture above), but now, there is only one. It is likely that our turntable is the only one still used in any radio station's main studio in America today.
There is a reason for this, for although CDs and music on hard drive have literally taken over vinyl records, there are still some great songs out there that are just not available anywhere but on record.
A good example is Johnny Rodriguez's She Don't Cry Like She Used To. Released as the "B" side of a hit 45 rpm single, the song is not available on any music CD compilations or even as a download from his record company, even though Johnny Rodriguez often sang it live in concert, including the KIBS Rodriguez show held in Bishop in the late '80s, which made the song a must play on KIBS.
We could easily transfer our records to hard drive like most radio stations now do, but some of us, like John, just still enjoy spinning discs (records), which, after all, is where the term "disc jocky" came from in the first place.
A disc jockey (also known as DJ or deejay) is a person who selects and plays recorded music for an audience. Originally spelled "Disk Jockey" referring to phonograph record disks, while "disc" refers to the Compact Disc (CD), and has become the more common spelling. -The Chevy