Remember those endless lines of customized Fords, Chevys and Plymouths cruising Sepulveda Blvd in Van Nuys, or Woodward Ave.  in Detroit, Highway 1 in Fort Lauderdale or along Colorado Blvd in Glendale, California? Do you recall memories of those great radio stations... like 77WABC in New York, KYA1260 in San Francisco, WLS Chicago, KXOK in St. Louis, WSL in Chicago and KDWB in St.Paul.  Their Top 40 rock 'n roll play-lists kept us tuned in to hear our favorite DJs playing those  unforgettable hits of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.  

In LA, Gene Autry's KMPC710, with it's big block Chevy station wagons, kept motorists informed of the southland's current traffic and 'breaking news' stories.  It also played non-top 40s middle of the road music (MOR)  but did play 'the Best Sounds in Town' for that group of listeners until it, too, 
faded from the AM radio waves, giving in to 'All Talk Radio' formats... which signaled the end of AM radio as we knew it.  Since 2010 this website has devoted itself to those great memories... 

Starting soon this site: 'Station Of The Stars Productions' will change.  The new name will be 'Art Simon's Cruisin' Music' and will include song clips and photos of cruisers and their rides.  We plan a contemporary look, posting some car show information along with photo memories and some song favorites you heard while cruising-those great days of RADIO as we enjoyed it. 

Stay Tuned, won't  you... (Now, get out there and Wash Your Hands!)   rev. 20March20 - jS

 



Site Updated: Friday - March 20, 2020
Jump - Van Halen

Power of Love - Huey Lewis & The News
KWCR Traffic Helicopter
Inca Dance - CUSCO (closing...
      thanks for listening!)
From The Beginning - Emerson, Lake and Palmer
You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
The Archies - Sugar, Sugar
Run to You - Bryan Adams
KMPC710 Jingle - 'Best in the West'
KMPC710 jingle - 'Take a Listen
                           on the freeway'
One Call Away - Charlie Puth
Bernadette - Four Tops
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Take another look... Click on photos below to make each one LARGER! 
THIS WEBSITE HONORS RADIO LEGEND, ROGER CARROLL, WHO BEGAN HIS RADIO CAREER AT AGE 15 AT WFMD RADIO IN FREDRICKSBURG, MD.  IN 1948 ABC HIRED ROGER TO WORK IN LOS ANGELES AT KABC790am. HE WAS THE YOUNGEST ON-AIR STAFF EVER TO BE HIRED BY ABC AND HE REMAINED AT KABC UNTIL 1958. THAT'S WHEN COWBOY MOVIE STAR GENE AUTRY  HIRED ROGER FOR GENE'S 50,000 WATT L.A. POWERHOUSE KMPC 710am, LOCATED JUST DOWN THE STREET.

YEARS LATER, I CONTACTED ROGER TO LET HIM KNOW I WAS PLANNING A 'REBIRTH' OF HIS OLD MOBILE STUDIO 'HOME' (HE'D SPENT 22 YEARS DOING REMOTES FROM THE ORIGINAL FORD VAN). HE AND OTHERS FROM TALENT, NEWS AND SPORTS ALSO GAVE THEIR 'BLESSING' ON THE IDEA, AND THE PROJECT WAS BORN.

FOLLOWING KMPC'S FORMAT CHANGE TO TALK, NEWSMAN SCOTT SHURIAN BOUGHT THE OLD TRUCK AND DROVE IT TO MONTANA WHERE HE PAINTED IT IN YELLOW AND DROVE AROUND BOZEMAN, PLAYING MUSIC. HE LATER DONATED IT TO THE ENNIS, MT LIONS CLUB AND WAS NOT SEEN AGAIN IN PUBLIC.  SCOTT DIED IN 2019 AFTER HIS OWN 1961-79 NEWS CAREER AT KMPC.

IN 2007, AFTER YEARS OF SEARCHING, I BEGAN MY SEARCH FOR A TRUCK JUST LIKE THE ORIGINAL. I WAS DOING AIR CHARTERS, LOOKING FOR A REPLICA DURING MY LAYOVERS AROUND THE COUNTRY.  ODDLY, I FOUND ONE LIKE IT CLOSE TO MY HOME IN UTAH.  WITH THE ENCOURAGEMENT FROM RETIRED KMPC EMPLOYEES, AND THE HELP FROM AREA CLASSIC CAR CRUISERS, I WAS ABLE TO CONVERTED IT TO SERVE AS A MAKEOVER TO SERVE AS MY OWN KMPC MOBILE STUDIO.

IN 2007, LAUNCHED A Dj MUSIC COMPANY CALLED 'SOTS PRODUCTIONS', NAMED AFTER THE STATION'S MONIKER, 'STATION OF THE STARS'.  FROM 2007 TO THE END OF 2019 I TRAVELED THE HIGHWAYS TO TOWNS IN NORTHERN UTAH, USING MY MOBILE STUDIO AS AN EVENT PLATFORM FOR CAR SHOW EVENT MUSIC.     

I DEDICATE THIS SITE TO ROGER (WHO DIED IN JULY 2019) AND EXTEND MY SINCEREST THANKS TO HIM AND HIS KMPC FRIENDS: MICHAEL NASH, SCOTT SHURIAN, BOB KHOLOS, DOLLY (JIM) HICKLIN, PAMELA MCINNIS, MIKE BOTULA, AND OTHERS. THEIR ENCOURAGEMENT PROVIDE ME WITH MORE THAN A DOZEN YEARS OF FUN, MUSIC, ANNOUNCING AND JUST CRAZINESS.   I'M THANKFUL FOR HIS ALLOWING ME THE USE OF THE ORIGINAL MOBILE STUDIO IMAGE, DESIGN, AIR-CHECKS and STATION JINGLES.  I AM VERY GREATFUL FOR THE CRUISERS WHO CAME OUT IN ALL TYPES OF WEATHER TO DISPLAY THEIR RIDES AND LISTEN TO THEIR FAVORITE MUSIC. THE REMAKE OF KMPC'S MOBILE STUDIO, INDEED PAYED THE 'BEST SOUNDS IN TOWN' FOR MANY YEARS. -jS 

NOTE: The KMPC 710 Mobile Studio has been sold for another life, that as a bakery delivery truck for a wedding bakery service.  Look for it around town, starting in April 2020. You can't miss it. It still has that BIG WHITE friendly look that the Ford Motor Company developed in the 1950s.  

For now, my old pick up truck, 'Mater-a'66 Ford pickup, will be used to haul the speakers and gear for the remaining car show events in 2020.  PLEASED STAND BY! jS  

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 Coffee with OPD

Coffee w/OPD: Friday (location tba), April 3rd 8-10am

 let the cops buy your coffee... and, NOW your TACO!

Next Taco Tuesday: May 5th (location tba) 4-6pm
I'VE SHARED SOME OF THE MEMORIES WE'VE HAD OVER THE YEARS, INCLUDING PIX OF MANY 'CRUISERS' AND THEIR CLASSIC RIDES. CLICK ON THEM, BELOW FOR LARGER IMAGES. THESE IMAGES ARE DEDICATED TO OUR FELLOW CRUISERS WHO'VE 'DRIVEN WEST' ...Art Simon, your announcer- jS 
JOHN WATSON CHEVROLET SHOW, "Under The Lights" July 18th 6-10pm 
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