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KDKB AT 20IN THE HANDS OF BILL COMPTON, THE STATION SHAPED A GENERATION--THEN FELL VICTIM TO ITS OWN SUCCESS

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"KDKB formed everybody's perception of what rock 'n' roll was in this town," says Giese, now one of the morning people at KSLX. "You always had people on the phones conjuring up the ghost of Bill Compton, guessing what he would've done with the station. You know: `Bill Compton wouldn't have done that.'"

"KDKB was the media extension of a specific culture."

Everybody who doesn't take credit himself for KDKB's considerable aesthetic success assigns it to William Edward Compton. "It was one of those deals where you discover the radio one night and you can't get out of your car."

"God had arrived and he was playing records."

Compton was a quietlycharismatic figure, gifted with exquisite musical taste. He was one of the tragic figures in Phoenix's recent past.

KDKB made stars in Phoenix of performers who were little-knowns elsewhere.

KDKB got bomb threats, presumably from the more conservative elements of East Valley society.

Old listeners weren't happy with the changes--one drove up to the station's entrance and heaved his car radio through the glass door.

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Dave Walker