OK, it was big for our town, and plenty big enough to cover the area now known as the Silver Valley. It was a mighty 1,000 watts of magic. It was our link to a bigger world. It was the mighty KWAL.
Yes, growing up, there was the always magic 620AM on "your dial". It was this media outlet that allowed me as a 7th grader to hear the Supremes, and my favorite during the nightly request show, "Eve of Destruction". Oh how I loved that song. I would gather up my school books, go to my room, plug my transistor radio(OK, how about that one for a blast from the past-transistor radios?), and do my homework and listen to all of the latest top hits. I actually studied better that way, Honestly,Mom.
The bet part of KWAL for me was Saturday afternoon in the Fall, and I would tune in eagerly to 620 AM on my dial, and there was that familiar golden voice , Bob Curtis, the legendary voice of the Idaho Vandals. I never missed a Vandal game on the radio, and I can still hear Bob Curtis calling games for some not so great Vandal teams, but like the legendary, late Dave Niehaus,voice of the Seattle Mariners, Curtis made it seem like a great game anyway, and I always could feel, hear, see, smell, and cheer, just like I was sitting in the best seat on the 50 yard line.
Thank you KWAL for giving us in those days a peak into the outside world.
The Cedar Street Kid