<-back to "the word"

Jay Reynolds 1976

KSCL was supported in its infancy by Dr. Webb Pomeroy, the station's first faculty advisior. Equipment salvaged from a local AM station yielded one workable "Yard" board and two Magnacorder single track tape to tape recorders.

Doug Stewart, Chief Engineer of KSLA-TV volunteered countless hours to cut and shape the original console table which consisted of a sheet of marine plywood fitted to an old desk. The only new equipment when the station opened for operation were two Garrad turntables ($49 each) and one microphone. The station was "soundproofed" with outdated carpeting samples that the first station manager and co-builder, Jay Reynolds rounded up in the community. Doug Stewart built and had "type accepted" (ie, certified as an orginal and compliant design) by the FCC the original transmitter which was a reworked State Police Car FM radio transmitter.

The antenna was custom designed by Stewart and mounted under the copper cupola on the roof of the SUB to increase the ERP (Effective Radiated Output) of the station beyond the range that would otherwise have been possible with the 10 watt, mono transmitter.

A sign used to hang over the control panel that said, "No smoking, dope."

The most popular show at the time was hosted by an off campus DJ whose proper name I can't remember but who worked under the name of the "Bionic Funk Man"....

Jay Reynolds was the station's co-builder and was cited for "Exceptional Perseverence and Zeal" in the building of the station, the only honor he received during his tenure at the college and about the only thing he cared about, except Biology, because he had the world's greatest Advisor A. B. McPherson. Reynolds was also the station's first general manager and program director, turning over programming duties to Lou Graham who went to work for Gov. Bill Clinton, then of Arkansas.

The entire cost for the station, when it went on the air, was less than $700. Early tests showed that the station's signal could be heard, on a good day, as far south as LSU-S.

KSCL was Shreveports FIRST public radio station.

Many people had a lot of fun late at night in the station, mostly while long album sides, like "Dark Star" by the Grateful Dead played for 25 minutes at a clip. We used to open the station at 6 am and run it every night until midnight, frequently playing extra late on Wednesday nights while the Conglomerate staff labored to put out the 12 - 16 page papers that were prepared with only an IBM Selectric and press on lettering. More than a few beers were consumed as the paper was put to bed, typically by 4 am on Thursday morning.

We'd drive the paper out to the Citgo station south of town, where it would be picked up to be taken to Coushatta for printing. If putting out the paper meant an all nighter, some of the staff, usually the fanatical then editor John Wiggin, would drive the paper down and nap while it was being printed.

Think the Conglomerate didn't stir up some shit? Did you know that the administration tried to block it's publication during a politically sensitive time but that the editor Taylor Caffrey proceeded to publish anyway and threatened to move the paper off campus lest the absolutely first qualilty journalistic effort be suppressed? Dig up the expose that the Conglomerate ran on the then Public Safety Commissioner George D'Artois. That's a real eye opener.

I've rambled on too long....

Jay Reynolds '76
jay@gorge.net