THE GLORIOUS HISTORY OF KXCI
HOW ONE STATION PUT SOME SERIOUS FUNK IN THE WORLD'S TRUNK
by RM Girard
The Idea Paul Bear and Frank Milan had already tried it once before.
Earlier in the decade they'd attempted to acquire a radio frequency
to supply Tucson, Arizona with what it previously lacked: a community
music and information radio station that didn't target a particular
demographic or answer to market concerns; an alternative broadcast
outlet the likes of which the desert had never seen; an option for
desert-rats and cactus-dwellers amid a vapid glut of commercial
FM and AM stations across the nation. In a word, a choice.
The FCC wouldn't allocate a frequency though. Potential problems
with bleed-through from Tucson's PBS television station and from
stations in Mexico, and a lack of funding, hampered the duo's early
efforts to acquire the band they needed.
Then in 1976, a fortuitous circumstance brought Paul together with
Roger Greer in La Caverna, a Nogales restatuaurant/bar. Both experienced
radio-men soon discovered they had a common interest: music. They
also shared a frustration with commercial radio. Radio was a powerful
tool, they thought, and it simply wasn't serving the community-at-large
as it existed then (and still, lamentable, does). Paul introduced
Roger to Frank, and the dream of community radio for Tucson was
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