This could be the biggest thing since Guglielmo Marconi received his first radio signal from Henry Wickenburg in 1895.
A whole passle of us performing artists — mostly people who interpret Arizona in one way or another — are part of a four-hour Christmas show which is scheduled to air on 11 Arizona radio stations during the Christmas season.
I am not lying. It’s an extended version of Ed Phillips’ weekly radio show, The Arizona Almanac. The stations are listed below, along with their addresses on the dial. We’re not sure when each station will air the show.
The cast includes Dolan Ellis, official state balladeer for several generations; Marshall Trimble, official state historian and well-known performing artist; and long-time Phoenix area radio personality Bill Heywood.
The only people I’ve known longer than Heywood and Trimble are singer and poet Dee Strickland Johnson, one of my favorite people in all the world, and my favorite brother, Dean Cook, Arizona’s premier songwriter.
Performer and recording artist Sue Harris, who does a lot of Dean’s songs, is on the show, along with friend Rolf Flake, whose lively book of cowboy poetry was recently published by Cowboy Miner Productions.
I am not as familiar with some of the other performers, and I’m sure that’s my loss: pianist Jay Steinberg, soloist Katie Kootman, Mariachi Alegre, Pioneer Pepper and Sunet Pioneers, Madison Walker and Doug Nintzel.
Oh, yes, and Miss Ellie and me, offering songs, lies and true stories from Arizona’s past.
I slipped an advance CD of the show to Santa Claus, who winters at a resort ranch here in Wickenburg (after December 25, of course). Santa gave it five ho-hos.. (He’s on the board of governors for The Wickenburg Institute for Factual Diversity, so he may be a little biased.)
Here are the stations scheduled to air the show (we realize that some of our subscribers in Canada and New England will need really good radios to hear us):
COTTONWOOD/SEDONA: 1600 AM
FLAGSTAFF: KVNA, 600 AM
FLAGSTAFF: KVNA-FM, 97.5 FM
PAYSON: KMOG, 1420 AM
PHOENIX: KFNN, 1510 AM
PHOENIX: KMYL, 1190 AM
PHOENIX: KKNT, 960 AM
SIERRA VISTA: KKYZ, 101.7 FM
TUCSON: KJLL, 1330 AM
YUMA: KJOK, 1400 AM
YUMA: KYRM, 91.9 FM
If you’re stuck for a last-minute gift idea, we’d be proud to send you copies of my two most recent books: Arizona Liar’s Journal ($14.95) and The Arizona Liar’s Almanac ($12.95). Please include $3.50 shipping and handling for each order, and send a check to The Wickenburg Institute for Factual Diversity, P.O. Box 1024, Wickenburg, AZ 85358.
On behalf of the entire faculty and staff of the WIFD, I wish you happiest of holidays. And that’s the truth.