Ken Mottet's blog

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    Oct 11
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    Oct 16
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The Feed Store

My mom just sent me the article from the Fairfield Ledger detailing the amount of money that was brought into Fairfield by way of this year's FAIRfest. Bravo. My hat is off to the city of Fairfield and particularly to James Moore and KRUU. The event is only in its second year and it sounds like it brought a whole mess of people and a truckload of cash to town. I hope that maybe possible perhaps my band the Gin Palace Jesters, who performed at the inaugural event, can be a part of the festivities again.

Rebirth Brass Band FAIRfest '14

  • Sun
    Oct 05
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The Feed Store

It's been almost fifty years since I first met the guy and Batman still knocks me out. I was lucky enough to be one of those little kids who was mesmerized by Adam West and Burt Ward hopping around on tv in 1966. For a farm kid living thirteen miles from Fairfield that televised lunacy is what made me the knucklehead that I am today. Getting my mitts on Batman comic books from that point in time really gets my blood moving. It's like being back at Dick Conklin's barbershop in Richland where I spent plenty of time reading funny books while my dad got a haircut.

Spring turns to Summer. Summer turns to Fall. And yet The Feed Store just keeps punchin' out the hits week after week. A far greater broadcaster than I(Chicago's own Steve Dahl) said that half of the trick in radio is just showing up for work day after day and week after week. And that's what I do. Even if I am not fully inspired, when that microphone opens up I give it my very best time and again. At least that's what I think I'm doing. Tune to KRUU thursdays at 10AM CDT and sundays at Noon CDT and find out if I'm telling the truth.

The packrat gene runs through my entire family. I've got it. My mom's got it. My siblings have it. And I'm sure glad they do. Big Sister Joann was going through her basement recently and found a very very important issue of The Des Moines Register. She was kind enough to bestow it upon baby brother(me) and I couldn't be happier. We'll be digging into this moment in history in an upcoming "Feed Store." Don't you dare miss it. 

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    Aug 28
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    Aug 31
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The Feed Store

I post a little this and that here on the KRUU website. And it surprises me that folks actually read it. I am being totally serious. Even if it's just a couple of people giving it the eyeball, it's really an honor to have someone reading this stuff. After all, the Internet is a very big place. And there are an awful lot of things on it that are more interesting than anything I can conjure up. Heck, just Google "Claude Rains" or "Elvis Jumpsuits" and start reading. It's all fascinating.

But don't do that search until you're finished reading this post........okay, I'm done. 

 

Listen next time to The Feed Store (Thursdays at 10AM CDT and Sundays at Noon CDT) as I spin another crackpot story from my youthful days in Fairfield.

There was a period in my youth where I used to dress up wacky and stage funny photographs. Why I did this I'll never know. But I did. And since my arms were not six feet long at the time I had to press my sainted mother into service as my photographer. And she never flinched. She never complained. Whether I was dressed as Dracula, Doc Savage or a clown with a machine gun my mom took the pictures.

Thanks, mom. These days I make my wife do that dirty job. 

Holy shmoley! I am stunned. I am flabbergasted. I am outright floored.

Even though he told me he was going to do it, I am shocked that it actually happened.

My friend Mark from Chicago (who was my producer for many years on "The Otherside With Ken Mottet" on Chicago cable) took his wife and kids to Fairfield. He's been listening to The Feed Store since day one.

This summer he decided to drive the family out west. And on the way there they stopped in the greatest city on earth just to see the source of all the stories he's heard on the radio.

This is a very large honor.

Thank you, MetalHead.

Finally I paid off another debt to rock and roll. July 25 I finally got to see The Kings perform live in Chicago!!! Backtrack---in 1980 or thereabouts I was working at KXIC in Iowa City. The FM side of the station was K101, a rock station. That year, K101 and the rest of the world received the album "The Kings Are Here" from this Toronto band. That record spawned an FM radio classic that is still heard today--"This Beat Goes On/Switchin' to Glide." Founding members Dave Diamond and Mr. Zero have been appearing every few years in Chicago since that record first appeared. And I have always missed them. This time, however, I got it all together and was truly rocked. To the untrained eye the Kings might seem to be just another bar band...until they play THAT song. And THAT song has powers and abilities far beyond mortal songs. It is timeless. It is forever. It will continue long after we have left the planet. Thank you, sirs. I salute you.

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    Jun 29
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  • Thu
    Jul 03
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The Feed Store

the feed store

 

Life in farm country is tough enough. Crazy farm animals, toxic farm chemicals, tractors spinning out of control. If you work in rural surroundings you have to pay attention all the time. That's what Francis Mottet (my father) taught me day after day on the farm. So don't be letting your guard down on the holidays. Driving the highways can be more dangerous around the holidays. People can get a little drunk and do stupid things. And above all, careful with the fireworks. No sense spending any of your valuable holiday time having fingers reattached.

If the weather was in your favor, I'll bet you all had a total blast at FairFest 2014. I apologize once again for the fact that I and my band the Gin Palace Jesters were not in attendance(maybe next year). We were busy that saturday night. We performed on the back of a flatbed trailer in a horse barn...the realization of a lifelong showbiz dream for everyone in the band.

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