more on KIMN

Denver's bubble gum giant 950 KIMN also promoted itself with glossy handouts of their Hit Parade every week, which we picked up from a counter at the music store Dad worked at. For a time, it shared space with Hutchinson's sewing machine store. We called Mr. Hutchinson "Kind, Jolly Merchant" because another weekly handout, "Hi Gang!" from KLZ's kiddie show "Fred 'n' Fae" instructed us to ask for our copy of "Hi Gang!" from (you guessed it) our kind, jolly merchant.

I have a photoset of just ten scans from KIMN hit parades at my flickr page. Keep meaning to do more.


I like this one because it also shows Can-a-Pop, the brand we drank (eight cents a can at Steele's). We opened one of those in a hot car once. Black Cherry. The can had been rolling around for a while. It painted the interior of our VW minibus with stickiness.

KIMN is still remembered. I've found web pages devoted to it. I found one devoted to KFML, too, the station that replaced KMYR after a brief interval. KFML continued the tradition of playing Firesign Theater albums and everything else. They played 9/10 of National Lampoon's f-bomb strewn "Magical Misery Tour" once, with the announcer finally pulling the plug after it was far too late. Trivia: "Chuck E." was a KFML announcer. The song "Chuck E's in Love" was written about him. Fun fact: I never listen to the song because I can't stand the singer.

Okay, now you've learned way too much about me.
I grew up in Rapid City in the '70s and have fond memories of these Denver stations. Thanks for the posts.
I'm guessing it came in at night! I used to listen to AM at night and write down the stations and see how far away I could receive transmissions. WLS in Chicago was pretty much just like KIMN, but listening to its variable signal was somehow more fun. KRLD in Dallas played an hour of old radio shows. KFML had two or more hours on Sunday mornings with John Dunning, before he was known as a writer.
I love those old stations that still have the licenses to crank up their wattage after dark. I can't remember what that's called. I remember being able to listen to WBAP from Fort Worth when I went to visit my grandma in eastern Colorado.

You're probably too far west to hear WBT in Charlotte, but apparently that's another one. Some of their evening talk shows have callers from other states. Of course, these days, a lot of that is because of online streaming, but some callers say that can actually hear the station over the radio.
I don't think I'm too far west these days. For about 28 of the last 30 years (two years in Houston) I've been living in the East. Georgia, Virginia, Massachusetts, and now New York. Well, at least it was western Massachusetts, and now western New York.

Online streaming has taken some of the fun out of DXing (listening for those faraway signals), but it's been a big help in other ways. I can listen to KVOD, the classical station in Denver, though it's not what it used to be. When I worked the fund drive for a public station in Amherst, MA, we had donors from Connecticut, who'd been disenfranchised when their local stations decided nobody listens to classical music. Some were glad to hear they could get us on the web, though they were picking up our signal over the air at least part of the time.
I'm sure I've caught KOA a few times in the Twin Cities when WCCO 830 AM works on its tower. :)
Yeah! I could get KOA at night when we lived in Houston, and one time in Newport News when the local station on that frequency was off the air for some reason.
I have heard of aluminum bottles, but glass cans?

I think they mean "Big cans that hold twelve ounces, a full glass".
I've heard of cans that were lined with glass inside, but a Google search on "glass can" only brings up a premium from McDonald's and phrases where the two words happen to be next to each other.

"He's saying 'Glass can!'"
"Glass can what?"
They flourished from around 1954 until everybody in the world was using cans. I'm not sure when they actually went away.