Tommy Wright, KIKX 580 Tucson | March 29, 1969

580 Tucson KIKX
Tommy Wright
Photo courtesy of the Tucson Radio and TV Broadcasters Facebook Group

One market we have not spent much time focusing on is Tucson. This post begins a short series highlighting some of the best radio of this Arizona market.


Airchexx is on YouTube! Click the video, here, or scroll to the bottom of this post for audio-only.


Description by Contributor:

“He (Tommy Wright) did a LOT of radio in PHX and also worked for Buck Owens in Bakersfield at KUZZ, worked at some really big stations, also programmed KHOS in Tucson”

Along with Tommy Wright, toward the end of this aircheck is a full newscast anchored by Lyle Dean. Dean was, at that time, hosting ABC Contemporary Network News while at WLS Chicago.


This recording arrived in pretty bad shape. While the recording was of a mono AM station, it was digitized in stereo. That’s not surprising, since modern digital recordings default to 128k 44.1 Stereo as a general rule. The right track of this was terribly muffled and contained a rather loud 60 HZ AC power hum. Thats usually caused when there’s a grounding issue in the source recording. The left side was usable. The amount of 60 HZ noise was much lower and the recording pretty clear. I had to wipe out the right track, copy the left track over to the right, eliminate the power noise and a bit of white noise reduction… and you have a pretty decent recording of KIKX! Between creating a clean master copy and the YouTube video, this took several hours to accomplish for 18 minutes worth of audio. And it’s so good, this was totally worth it!


Bob Jones has been an Airchexx Contributor for several years. He is a retired broadcaster who got to work alongside some legendary radio people. He was a lifelong friend of Hall of Fame Inductee John Mack Flanagan. Jones has recorded a lot of airchecks over the years, and as he converts his tape collection to digital, he’s donating them one at a time to our archives. thanks Bob Jones both for his contributions and for his ongoing friendship!

1 Comment

  1. John Adkins

    The jock leading off this aircheck (prior to Tom Wright) was Mark Parr–it wasn’t Gary Palant, who was on the original KIKX staff (as PD), but I believe had left the building prior to 03/29/69. I think I have seen several references to his being on this aircheck, which is incorrect. Parr pulled only a two-hour airshift here from 12:00-2:00 PM.

    Mark Parr was the original GM at KIKX, begnning in June 1967–and was GM at predecessor KFIF 1550, which morphed into KIKX 580. By late March of ’69, he was probably doing on-air fill-in perhaps due to staff attrition (plans were in the works to do a format flip, which occurred on 05/26/69, to an M.O.R.-based format). Jefferson K had already exited around April ’69, going to WRKO Boston as Shadoe Stevens. And when KIKX did the M.O.R. flip, it also traded ABC/C (5 kHz) for Mutual on a 3.5 kHz Telco line (sounded horrible, but then you got what you paid for with a Mutual affiliation).

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