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“Guess Who” – 1170 KCBQ San Diego | January 26, 1971

KCBQ was in the midst of morphing from what it was in the 60s to what it became – a 70s powerhouse Top 40 station known for its one shotgun jingle, and what became known as the “Q” format.

This is Bobby Ocean’s KCBQ. You hear a jock who sounds, if one could draw an analogy, much like Dick Robinson of WDRC fame. Its the voice and personality. The news guy sounds a bit like Terrence McKeever (WHBQ, KOUL), but nobody identifies themselves, just the music. Lots of promos that mention the new Q, and one which reminds listeners to send in the list of voices to name in the “Guess Who Q” contest. No wonder nobody says their name!

Does anybody remember this contest? Was it a format change of sorts? New staff hirings? We just don’t know, but someone out there does… so thats what our comment feature is for.

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  1. This was the very beginning of KCBQ under Buzz Bennett. The idea was to build awareness of the jock staff by giving the audience incentive to recognize the jocks and care who they were.

    The jock on this aircheck is Chuck Browning, who’d moved from afternoon drive at KFRC, San Francisco to 9PM-12 Midnight at KHJ, Los Angeles to KCBQ in less than 10 months.

    The newscaster is Richard Mock, a San Diego news legend.

    Browning did 6-10 AM, Bobby Ocean 10AM-2PM, The Magic Christian 2PM-6PM, Rich Brother Robbin 6PM-10PM. 10-2AM and 2-6AM? Beats me.


  2. the KCBQ “guess who” aircheck is indeed chuck browning, featuring promo’s voiced by bobby ocean and buzz bennett…you’ll note that the chucker did not give his name, as this was prior to the jock announcements — building momentum as “the new Q”…Bennett had taken over programming of KCBQ, coming over from cross town rival KGB, and taking with him much of his former KGB team…among them: Rich brother robbin, christopher cane, and bobby ocean.


    • Hi…, I worked at KCBQ from 1967 to 1970 as Receptionist, Secretary to Mike Scott, & the National Program Director, & Secretary to Gary Allyn (Music Director). WHAT A BLAST. I started with them when they were @ 7th & Ash & made the move with them to Santee. I’m looking for any ‘Memorabelia’ I can get from those years. Lee ‘Baby’ Simms was my FAV. Love that guy. Part of my job was to call all the Record Stores in S.D. to see what was selling, then submitted the tally to BILLBOARD MAGAZINE every week. I would love to have any of those mags. Any suggetions? I would also like to know if there are any tapes of the ‘On-Air Personalities’ that are up for sale. THOSE WERE DEFINITLY THE ‘GOOD DAYS’…. “Fun-Lovin KCBQ”. Thanks. Billie (Love) Manley


  3. KCBQ had better ratings and staff prior to
    Buzz. Of course I’m biased because I was there making it happen. We averaged a 33
    share across the board 7 days a week.

    Gary Allyn


  4. Absolutely right, Gary!

    That’s the story that seldom gets told. Gary was PD and the station was wayyy ahead of its time…a great blend of hits, energy and album attitude.

    Buzz’s Q format may have blown KGB out of the water and been a teen monster, but it didn’t touch what came before it, it had no legs (killed off by B-100 in four years) and Buzz himself only lasted one year.


  5. Gary Allyn’s KCBQ indeed outperformed Bennett’s Q format.

    Opinion: Allyn understood the importance of personality in the format mix along with album cuts you normally could not hear on top 40.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.


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