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Charlie Harrigan, 750 KFQD Anchorage | June, 1985

Our first aircheck from Alaska features this AM Stereo hit music station from Anchorage. The only information we can dig up about KFQD is that it is still around, doing a news format these days.

Recorded by contributor Bob Gilmore on one of those Sony SRF-80 (I believe) AMAX radios, this is a wideband mono aircheck of the morning show. Charlie Harrigan is filling in for the regular guy (Marcus in the Morning), so we don’t really know what the real morning show sounds like, but Harrigan doesn’t skip a beat. This is a contemporary hit station, but they play the 4 Seasons and what we hear is the Adult type songs you’d typically find on AM. The rest of the day may have been more uptempo.

The news guy has a gravely-sounding voice and reminds us of Terrance McKeever, sarcasm and all. KFQD is very full-service in this recording, and if there are any of you who remember this station, we invite you to comment below.

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  1. I remember KFQD from my time in Alaska while in the AF. I always considered it leaning Adult Contemporary. Marcus in the morning was a funny guy similar to Dr. Don Rose. While I was there in the late 70s through 1980, they had a talk program from 10PM to midnight. The 6-10 slot was filled by Mike Pataki who was in the Air Force working at Alaskan Forces Network during the day. I believe he is still in Anchorage programming KHAR-Am 590.

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  2. I was stationed at Elmendorf AFB from 1976 to 1978,and KFQD was the only station in town that actually made me feel like they were playing specifically to me. I remember Marcus Lewis (Marcus in the Morning), his brother (whose first name escapes me, but he also jocked at QD), a great jingle package (“Someone to turn to”), and a great variety of AC music. If I were anywhere where they had a different station on, I felt like I was missing something. It was truly a feel-good station.

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  3. Good to hear Charlie. I worked with him in Lafayette In. Thanks Charlie for your kindness to me.

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  4. Anyone know what ever happened to Bob Gilmore ?

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  5. Wow! I used to work at KFQD in 1978 & 1979 (Tim Stewart) when I was stationed at Elmendorf working for AFRTS (Alaskan Forces Radio). Spent 30 years in radio around the country and QD was my first station. Working with Mark Lewis, Chip Lewis, Mike Pataki, David Shoop and more. Miss the old days of radio. Really cool to come across this site.

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