KCBQ Monument Dedicated
On August 28, 2010, Shotgun Tom Kelly addressed a crowd of about 400 former station personalities and fans gathered for the dedication of a monument to legendary Top 40 station KCBQ, San Diego.
"It was an amazing day," said Shotgun, who organized the event. He believes it is the first time a radio monument exists that pays tribute to those who entertained the local community. "Most of the 400 people who attended were just fans who brought along station albums and surveys with the hopes of getting some autographs," said Tom. The morning of the event, Shotgun promoted the event every half hour on local TV.
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The monument was built with donations from former air staffers, engineers and the family of former station owner Lee Bartell. Bartell had a vision to operate the station at 50,000 watts. The transmitter moved to Santee in the 1950s and 9416 Mission Gorge Road became the home of six 200-foot towers.
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