Ken Mottet's blog

And that's the name of that tune.

 

So I have this little teeny tiny radio broadcasting empire... that is based out of a firetrap corner of my living room. And now it ends. The Feed Store ends and (much more importantly) KRUU ends. Well, that's the way the cookie crumbles. That's the way the French toast. And so it goes and so it goes (thank you, Nick Lowe).

In my lifetime I have been part of what I consider to be more than one amazing entertainment venture. Radio. TV. Cable tv. Live music. If you put your best effort into it you have no reason to be sad. The Feed Store was so much more than I could have ever imagined. Thank you James Moore. Thank you KRUU.

Another year has come and went(sorry, Mrs. Marker. That ain't proper English). And I've had another fantastic year of hosting The Feed Store, telling my little stories about my young years in Fairfield and my family and friends. Thanks to the folks who have emailed the show and shared their own stories with me. I now know more about Fairfield and Richland and Brighton and Rubio than I ever thought possible. I shall continue mining my memories for their entertainment value. The Feed Store with Ken Mottet. Thursdays at 10AM CT and Sundays at Noon CT. Be there. Aloha. 

My darling bride and I have just returned from another great trip to Fairfield. I spent time catching up with the family. We flipped mom's mattress. We visited KMCD (my former broadcast home). We even visited the grave of the legend himself Turk Balderson.

It was, as always, a very successful trip. All these stories and more will be heard in upcoming episodes of The Feed Store, thursdays at 10AM CT and sundays at noon CT (P.S. I didn't actually beat up that wise man in the town square. I was just funnin'. Actually I was recreating a scene from my favorite film "Diner." No foolin'.). 



It's the Thanksgiving season. And even though I will not be in Fairfield for the holiday and the lighting of the lights, I will be there in spirit. 

Point an ear toward The Feed Store on Thanksgiving Day (10 AM central time) and you'll hear the people and things that make me thankful.

It's my first holiday special of the year (I feel just like Andy Williams). Also listen sunday at noon central time. 

 

I'm always proud of Fairfield. I like how it operates. I like how it's a melting pot of all kinds of folks. I just plain like the way it smells.

Now I am really proud of the city for coming together to produce and erect a lasting memorial to Lee Gobble, a man who did more for our town than we'll ever know.

I interviewed him for the Troy Banner when I was in high school in the seventies. And we bought my graduation suit from his store(along with all my blue jeans).

Thanks, Fairfield. You done good. 

One of the great anchors in my entire life (aside from my mother and my wife) has been my friend and fellow Fairfielder Richard Hadley. We met as very young men who bonded over Star Trek, comic books and Monty Python.

And we have remained friends throughout the decades (we stood up in each other's weddings). And now he's been a guest on The Feed Store.

And a darn fine guest at that. Stories about the Bargain Box. Stories about Turk Balderson. He was a real pip. Richard, my sincerest thanks for the friendship. 

 

It's amazing how the memories and stories of the Fairfield of my youth keep returning to me.

I surprised myself in a forthcoming episode of "The Feed Store" when I remembered a little thing we called the activity bus.

It was a way for kids to participate in after school activities and still get a ride home on a school bus. I hadn't thought about in years.

And now it's a part of broadcast history.

Hear that story and many more on "The Feed Store" on thursdays at 10AM and sundays at noon on KRUU.

I will be spending some time very soon in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. That's where my best pal Richard lives, breathes, thrives and survives. Richard grew up in Jefferson County at the same time that I did. Any time I hang with Richard, I get more stories that I have forgotten about our time in Fairfield in the 1970s. That means more fodder for The Feed Store. Be listening to future episodes for the stories that we whomp up. Thursdays at 10am central time and sundays at noon central time. It's worth the effort. 

I love Jerry Lewis. I grew up watching the MDA Telethon on Labor Day Weekends(it was the only time all year when there was something on tv in the dead middle of the night...so hard to believe today). I watched Jerry's movies on KCRG channel 9 on sunday afternoons. I worshipped Jerry's 40 weight hairstyle in the sixties. I couldn't get enough of Buddy Love in "The Nutty Professor." I saw Jerry Lewis live on stage twice in my life. Deep down, i know that my best friend Robert and I ARE Martin and Lewis(I'm the monkey and Robert is the handsome crooner). I am saddened by Jerry's passing. That man did a lot in his 91 years. Go in peace, Funny Man. 

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