King Biscuit Flower Hour
The things we do for music. In the 1970’s the radio was controlled by my parents and needless to say “modern music” was not on the menu. That is where the nerd in me kicked in. Armed with an electronics set I built my own radio.
I was inspired to do this because of one radio show I had heard over at a friends house, The King Biscuit Flower Hour. The King Biscuit Flower Hour was a syndicated radio show and the nearest station that carried it was 70 miles away. Now for the nerds out there, FM radio of the 70’s were not the super wattage mega-stations you have today, and 70 miles was at the outer end of reception. On a cold night you could get what is best described as marginal quality.
To kick it up a notch I needed to grab as many “waves” as possible. I ran a stripped speaker wire out of my window down one side of the property for about 100’, then down the other side for another 100’. In summer, it was questionable, but on a cloudy cold night the atmosphere was just right.
The sound quality is nothing like you expect today, but for the 70’s it was clarity defined, and days of work were paid off in huge dividends. KBFH took a great deal of time to record live music as it happened then re-engineered to bring you on the stage.
One of the first songs I heard on my rig was “Forbidden Fruit” by The Band.