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101.3 KIOI / Don Kelly / Ellis Feaster / San Francisco

Don Kelly, 101.3 KIOI San Francisco | December, 1972

Something Totally Unique from the Ellis B. Feaster Collection

101.3 San Francisco KIOI K101The Image at left is from an old TV ad, yet, there’s no date stamp available to prove it’s from a particular time frame. 1980s, perhaps?

Here’s an aircheck donated by Ellis B. Feaster. It’s, perhaps, one of the most eclectic radio stations ever posted here. The format, as heard here, is essentially everything. In fact, the show which Don Kelly is hosting is called, “All About Everything”! Indeed, you’ll hear Barbara Streisand, elevator music, comedy and even “Drive My Car” from The Beatles! It appears that the normal ‘format’ of this radio station wasn’t much different, in terms of musical variety.

KIOI was known for some FM technical innovations in terms of it’s Stereophonic transmission system. There are some engineers still around who probably know much about it. Comments are invited!


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  1. K101 was known not only for its innovations in stereo broadcasting, but it was the station chosen by Lou Dorren to test his Quadracast discrete quadraphonic FM system. The tests were successful, but by the time the system gained FCC approval, interest in quad had waned.

  2. K101 was innovative not only in its stereo broadcast system, but also as Lou Dorren’s test station for his Quadracast discrete quadraphonic FM system. The tests were successful, and the system was approved by the FCC. But interest in quad was declining, and the system was never implemented.

  3. K-101 (KIQI) was one of the first, if not THE first station to use their frequency in their name and they actually copyrighted “K-101.” They successfully stopped its use by KDWB-FM/Richfield (Minneapolis-St. Paul) in 1979 when that station first split from a simulcast with its AM

  4. By the way, the photo on the right is the legendary Dr. Don Rose, from his brief tenure doing mornings on the station in 1987 or 1988. He was there just 4 months when he suffered a heart attack and never did full-time radio again

  5. I believe most of this clip is from December 19th, 1973

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