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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by michael hagerty View Post
    I don't get it, Tuna. KLOK was a San Jose station. Were you thinking of KRAK (a huge country station here in the 60s, 70s and into the 80s)?
    No, I was thinking of KLOK but thought, apparently incorrectly, it came from the "Sackatomatoes" region. It used to filter into Marin County from time to time but never really strong and was only unique because of the "Peter Pan crocodile" ticking in the background when the DJ's were talking. I lived in Cameron Park for one year 1988-89 but can't remember what I listed to at that time. At home it was KYA via the cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael hagerty View Post
    I've lived here for almost two years now, have been coming here most of my life to visit, and have never heard anyone call it Sacrapimento. Apparently, people do. If you Google "Sacrapimento", it treats it as a mistake first, but if you tell the search engine that's what you really mean, it finds 282 references. "Sacratomato" you get right away, with 36,000 references. It's just the more common nickname for the town.

    The funny thing about KM's thought is that if Dr. Don had taken the KFRC calls to Sacratomato, everybody would have known what he was talking about. KFRC not only came in like a local in the glory days (before interference ate the AM dial and when world-class engineers like Phil Lerza, who knew how to maximize an audio chain, were in charge), but it showed up in the ratings fairly regularly. The big Top 40 battles were between KROY and KXOA/KNDE, but both of those stations nervously looked over their shoulder at KFRC, which was absolutely a factor...to the point of having a toll-free Sacramento request line.
    It was SacraTOMATO. IIRC, there was a brand of canned tomato juice available in grocery stores with the "Sacramento" brand.

    Other cities mentioned in the weather report by Dr. Don were San Raquel and San Panty Jose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LKellerIII View Post
    Other cities mentioned in the weather report by Dr. Don were San Raquel and San Panty Jose.
    *sigh* I miss Dr. Don ... even if all I ever got to hear of him was old airchecks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LKellerIII View Post
    Other cities mentioned in the weather report by Dr. Don were San Raquel and San Panty Jose.
    Funny! I lived in San Rafael for several years but never heard that term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by landtuna View Post


    Funny! I lived in San Rafael for several years but never heard that term.
    Dr Don was the master of the one liner and the inversion/substitution of parts of words. His plays on area communities were famous, but missed by many who heard the airchecks from afar and did not get the fact that the communities were not actually named that way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post


    Dr Don was the master of the one liner and the inversion/substitution of parts of words. His plays on area communities were famous, but missed by many who heard the airchecks from afar and did not get the fact that the communities were not actually named that way!
    Yeah - "San Raquel" was a Dr Don-ism. Nobody else ever said it. At the time, Raquel Welch was still a pretty big star, and Dr. Don wasn't above pretty 'girl' jokes we would consider "sexist" today, so I figured it was a reference to her. But he was so wholesome of character and personality, that I doubt he would have to adjust his schtick much for today's audiences.


    If you talk to people from the South Bay, it's pronounced "Sanazay" (one word). Nobody ever said "San Panty Jose", except Dr. Don either.

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    I believe it was "Sack-a-tomato" not 'sacra-tomato' variation- "sack-o-tomato"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mofocat View Post
    I believe it was "Sack-a-tomato" not 'sacra-tomato' variation- "sack-o-tomato"
    Sorry, but no.

    Just went back and listened again to a ReelRadio aircheck of Dr. Don giving the weather in 1975. Definitely said "Sacra-tomato".

    http://www.reelradio.com/bc/index.html#ddrkfrc75
    Last edited by K.M. Richards; 08-14-2015 at 04:59 PM. Reason: added aircheck source for verification

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.M. Richards View Post
    Sorry, but no.

    Just went back and listened again to a ReelRadio aircheck of Dr. Don giving the weather in 1975. Definitely said "Sacra-tomato".
    Sometimes we hear what we "thought we heard" early on.

    For about two years, I thought there was an apparel store called "Old Lady".

    Strange name. Then I actually saw an "Old Navy" store and realized my error. Stranger name.

    But we all know it was "Sacra-tomato". I used to have what I imagined to be the largest collection of Dr. Don airchecks anywhere. I'd play airchecks when I did my swimming regimen every morning in Puerto Rico and the Dr Don ones were the only ones I would repeat many times over. Amazing showmanship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post


    Sometimes we hear what we "thought we heard" early on.

    For about two years, I thought there was an apparel store called "Old Lady".

    Strange name. Then I actually saw an "Old Navy" store and realized my error. Stranger name.

    But we all know it was "Sacra-tomato". I used to have what I imagined to be the largest collection of Dr. Don airchecks anywhere. I'd play airchecks when I did my swimming regimen every morning in Puerto Rico and the Dr Don ones were the only ones I would repeat many times over. Amazing showmanship.
    Steve Somers has been calling that city "Sacra-tomato" on WFAN New York forever. He started his career in the Bay Area, so now I finally know where he got it from. Did Dr. Don also refer to the "LA Queens" and "LA Fakers" (Kings and Lakers)?

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