Monday, January 18, 2010

Quote of the day

The connection to radio is tenuous, but for the station involved, the comment is very befitting, and therefore worth mentioning.

Screw-Jack was first published privately in 1991, receiving a full-scale commercial printing finally in 2000 through Simon & Schuster. It contains the one and only time Hunter S. Thompson ever mentioned a radio station by name, by call letters. Like much of his prose, some things are very factual. In this case the the city and the station are very real, but the surrounding events are somewhat hallucinatory.

The radio station is none other than 90.7 KPFK-FM. Pacifica launched the station in 1959 so that puts a loose time frame on the tale.
"That God for the Sonata in F Major for Oboe and guitar by Charles Stark Weather...No Ads, listener-sponsored radio, not even news...salvation has many faces, remind me to send a check to this station when I get well...KPFK?"
I hope he sent the donation. Somewhere out there in Los Angeles is an accountant who knows for sure.