New blues show creates a ‘Buzz’ on KTHO radio station
April 24, 2009
Everyone wants to keep Lake Tahoe blue. They also might want to check out the new blues show on the resurrected radio station KTHO, 590 AM.
Tom Conley’s “Blues Buzz” airs Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m.
“I was ‘jonesing’ to get back on the radio and I knew they would be hiring some DJs,” Conley said. “I said ‘Let’s do some blues.’ They agreed it was finally time for Tahoe to have a blues show.”
Conley had a blues program for six years at WVJC, a college radio station in southern Illinois. His highlight there was having Buddy Guy play live in the studio.
To say Conley is enthusiastic about the opportunity would be an understatement.
“It’s like having another first-born child,” he said.
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General Manager Paul Middlebrook is happy to have “Blues Buzz.”
“We thought it was a perfect fits for us, and it’s become one of our most popular shows,” he said.
Conley draw from his collection of more than 2,000 CDs, and has a special affection for the classic stuff by artists like Little Walter, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Jimmy Reed.
“I have Robert Johnson to Kenny Wayne Shepherd and all points in between,” he said.
KTHO, which recently changed ownership, offers a variety of shows and is streamed online 24 hours a day on http://www.kthoradio.com.
“We want to go back and do radio the way it used to be done,” said Middlebrook, who for four years was general manager at KOWL and KRLT before becoming publisher at the Tahoe Daily Tribune. “God forbid anything like the Angora fire happens again, but if something like that happens we want to let the community know what’s going on.”
KTHO also will broadcast high school sports beginning this spring with a couple of South Tahoe High School baseball games. Middlebrook also wants to cover Whittell and Douglas high schools. When more than one game is being played at the same time, the Web site will air the one not being played on the radio.
Cal football also is being considered for the fall.
Regular programs include community-themed programs “After 5 with E. and E,” (Thursdays, 5:15 p.m.) and news talk shows “Tahoe FYI” with Middlebrook and Bill Kingman (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:15 p.m.) and “Tahoe Perspective” with Tom Wendell (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:15 p.m.).
“We talk to people who make a difference in the community and people who’ve been put in a position to make a difference but they don’t,” Middlebrook said.
There also are syndicated music shows featuring Dee Snider and Alice Cooper and the 10 p.m. Saturday “Dead Reckoning,” which is all Grateful Dead. Patrick Carlin ” brother of George Carlin ” brings “Chunk o’ News” from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. every day.
KTHO soon will be broadcast on FM stereo.
“We have purchased an FM translator and it’s in the works right now,” Middlebrook said. “We will be an AM-FM station.”