Joe Haupt -- Creative Commons

KCFR-FM Denver launched in 1970 to the sounds of the Rolling Stones. Forty-six years later, the station is now known as Colorado Public Radio.  Call letters come and go and Steve Conklin waxes nostalgic for them. He's the president of the Broadcast Pioneers of Colorado and he assembled some of his favorite clips.

Conklin played an advisory role in creating, "Don't Touch That Dial," a new exhibit about the golden age of radio currently at the Aurora History Museum. The exhibit runs through April 17.

Click the links below to see and hear clips of Colorado's radio history.

Listen: CPR's first broadcast in 1970

Doc Reynolds and KLZ, Colorado's First Radio License

William "Doc" Reynolds received Colorado's first commercial radio license. He started broadcasting from his house in Denver while also selling wireless parts by catalog to early radio enthusiasts. His station adopted the call letters KLZ, which continues to exist today. --Used with Permission Broadcast Pioneers of Colorado.

Ruth June Hay -- "Reveille with Beverly"

One of the first female disc jockeys, Jean Ruth started the "Reveille With Beverly" program on Denver's KFEL radio just before World War II. The show gained recognition in Time Magazine and moved to Los Angeles and KNX-AM and Armed Forces Radio until the end of the war. -- Used with permission Broadcast Pioneers of Colorado.

KTLN Newscast with Ken White, Early 1950s

Listen: KTLN Ken White Newscast

KTLN News Promo 1951

Listen: KTLN News Promo

​ KIMN Beachboys/Jock Chant, 1965

Listen: KIMN Beach Boys Jock Chant Promo

KIMN Batman Stinger, late 1960s

Listen: KIMN Batman