From out of the running gate, the level of my Las
Vegas obsession went beyond any sugar buzz I
ever experienced up to that point. What made this
even more unusual was that it wasn’t mainstream as
anything on the pop culture landscape where others
of my age fell into, like Star Wars and disco.

In my endeavor to get ANYthing of this city and its
industry as much as possible, I ended up recording
radio commercials from a 50,000 watt AM radio
station with the call letters, KDWN, otherwise known
by their ID jingle, K-Dawn. Thanks to its powerful
signal, this station can be heard in four western
states….except in Los Angeles, thanks to its
crowded airwaves and its 720 address was next to
LA’s own 50,000 watt station, KABC at 710.

The only place I could listen this station and record
my share of Vegas on a regular basis was from my
grandmother’s house in Grover Beach, CA, a town
located just south of Pismo Beach.

My time with K-Dawn was strictly for the
commercials, but they were very small recorded
moments of on-air personalities that are still
around….though not by much. The biggest chunk of
on-the-air activity is a live 5-minute broadcast from
the newly-opened Orbit Inn & Casino involving that
station’s late-night DJ, The Old Professor.

I remember paying a visit the station in 1979. Their
broadcasting studio actually opened out to the hotel’
s pool area and looking over the base of Fremont
Avenue!
A staple of the station, especially for its late night
programming, was The Stardust Sports Line with
Lee Pete. Monday through Friday from 10 pm to
12 midnight, Lee would set up his mic and guests
live at the Stardust Sports Book and spew forth
all the sports and betting talk and unrelated
topics that two hours could handle. Even though
I wasn’t into sports, I listened in regardless only
because it was a local show that was live from an
actual hotel & casino!! I do remember various
locations this show use to broadcast from, one of
which was from the old Castaways with various
co-hosts.

In August 1984, in what possible have been my
final KDWN recording, I recorded a full
Stardust
Sports Line show with Lee and his then-new co-
host, football legend Jim Brown…and with that, it
was all over for me with the station. From 1979,
the station began sliding from its original
MOR/big band format to talk radio and two years
after this final recording, they picked up Rush
Limbaugh…need I say more.
These days, KDWN went past talk radio and well into Fox News territory.

Of interest: Scott Fybush was fortunate enough to visit the KDWN offices and studios and take a few pictures just
before it was bought and moved out of their Union Plaza location. Here’s the
link!

Below piece of audio is of the live and remote broadcast from the Orbit Inn opening.
Vegas Dump Home
One of the few local programming K-Dawn offered was a weekend only five-minute show called 'Weekend In Las
Vegas' hosted by columnist Charles Supin. It aired every Friday and Saturday night from 8 to 12 midnight every
one or two hours. Below are a couple I managed to catch.
...and just for the hell of it, here's a few more pieces of KDWN, mainly jingles. I'll add more when I find them.
UPDATE 2014:
Instead of torturing you with small pieces of these tapes, I just uploaded the entire batch on Internet
Archive. All 7 parts unedited and raw, including many tapes from 1981 to 1984 not heard here. Your hands
and ears will be full....and you can see and download them
HERE!

PS: I also uploaded the entire 1984 Stardust Sports Line episode there, too! Here's the LINK!
Part two:
Billboard Magazine circa 1975