Sunday, October 17, 2021

Less Talk, More Rock, Record Pop

NOEL at the Controls of Mexican border blaster XERF AM while on tour mixing Dinosaur Jr..

Like Wolfman Jack said, "Have a Dinosicle." Then prepare yourself for less talk, more rock, succinctly presented by The KILLERWATT's one and only, NOEL at the Controls. Crucial listening!

But those pops ... sticky little mothers, ain't they?

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

WASTED Lets Night Come Knockin'

Rikk Chips (L) and Dave WASTED ventilating KLW's smoke-filled transmitter room with a few record library grabs. They only ended up fanning the flames of Chief Engineer Sid Walker's wrath. No smoko-breaks anywhere near the vintage transmitter's clean room. Talk about radio drama!

Occasionally, an escapee from Bellevue will come knocking on our FCC mandated secure entry doors. Transients, urban explorers, ham radio aficionados, broadcast historians ... and sometimes, when the moon is hardly a sliver and a strange mist floats just above the swamp, tar-coated creatures from the black Gowanus lagoon show up. You wouldn't think the KILLERWATT's rugged, highly toxic transmitter site on Signal Hill would attract anyone other than dead-ender broadcast types. But ... yes.

Tonight, Super Jockey Dave WASTED heard the door buzz and reflexively let in the night. And just like that, guest co-host Rikk CHIPS is on-mic selecting sonic gems for your enjoyment. Brilliant!

Plus, Dave premieres The Blackout Tapes Episode 3: Rashmusher's Delight!

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

SCOTTSO Shills Serious Swill

KLW's Retro SCOTTSO shills only the best swill, all for the sake of commercial radio.

Some endorsements are, let's be honest, fake. But when KILLERWATT's venerable dead-jay Retro SCOTTSO airs a commercial for Death Wish Coffee, you can rest assured the station's Bunn-O-Matic is locked and loaded 24-7 percolating the World's Strongest brew. It's what the station runs on. That and electricity, whisky, cigarettes, beer, vacuum tubes and hot air. Need proof? Take a whiff anywhere near Signal Hill, Brooklyn. A perfume of strong coffee and ozone from arcing radio equipment permeates the Superfund site known as the Gowanus Canal. Intoxicating!

However, your favorite DJ is not in Brooklyn at the moment. Tonight, SCOTTSO broadcasts direct from the Akihabara district of Tokyo, where coffee is kohee, and many fine whiskys can be had in tiny bars scattered like a trail of cherry blossoms leading to and from the Akihabara Radio Center and the legendary broadcaster's hotel. Expect a wobbly team-broadcast from SCOTTSO and Tokyo resident CYCLONE in the near future.

Let's not forget tonight's all new Things From Indie, getting you clued-in to essential artists unheard until now. Ear-opening!

Send requests in the comments below. Indie bands should contact Retro SCOTTSO here

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

SYNTH Division Debuts, Afterparty at Danceteria

Put your Nakamichi on auto-flip and tape all of Gayle's SYNTH Division, KLW's newest.

Tonight, the KILLERWATT's SYNTH Division premieres, featuring our newest top jockey, Gayle, who said: "I will dominate NYC's airwaves like a giant flaming LinnDrum hurtling through the atmosphere above Signal Hill, Brooklyn."¹  

Chief Engineer Sid Walker took that as a heads-up. He's maintaining watch at the transmitter site ready to crank the Watts if necessary. No doubt, it will be. 

Hear Ministry, Special Affect, Fad Gadget, Depeche Mode, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Martin Dupont, ACTORS, Vandal Moon Riki, Pixel Grip and many more....

Send requests to Gayle for SYNTH Division in the comments below. 

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¹Warbler, Benjamin. "KLW's Gayle Synthesizes Top Ratings." "Nielsen Audio Roundup." Crashbox, 9/26/21, p. 7.  

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Vin's Capsule Flat Ain't For Sleeping

KILLERWATT's Vin CYCLONE at his alternate broadcast location, a cubicle at the Nakagin Capsule Tower Building. Tonight's program opens with a new song by electronic duo, Capsule.

Tonight's Tokyo Triple kicks out the jams commemorating electro-duo CAPSULE's new releases ... a special edition broadcast from Vin CYCLONE's hide-away micro-pad in landmark Nakagin Capsule Tower. Plus a great variety of masterful CYCLONE selections! Yes, he's still trying to get TT fave Lucie,Too on the program...stay tuned....

Feel free to send Tokyo Triple requests in the comments below or by email.

Find out what kind of sushi Vin and Chad had delivered from Ghin No Sara -- just listen to the complete POWER HOUR this episode was excerpted from.

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Artists heard on tonight's Tokyo Triple CAPSULE Edition:




Yua Yamauchi from niconicolovers, plus fans, enjoying okonomiyaki

Kiyoshiro Imawano (R) and Johnny Turnbull from The Blockheads

Kensei Ogata

Saturday, September 18, 2021

CYCLONE Sparks Simultaneous Eargasms Worldwide

Night time radio jockey Vin CYCLONE (L) in 1978 attending KLW's inaugural party for new hire, Dave WASTED (R).

Tonight, wee-hour radio jockey Vin CYCLONE gets you in sync with his musical immensity. We invite KILLERWATT listeners to participate in the premiere of Vin CYCLONE's Simultaneous Eargasm, a new feature. Test your musical perception! Hear if your eargasm lines-up with CYCLONE's open mic aural climax! Let him know how it went in the comments below.

Plus, the Tokyo Triple returns, so order-in your sushi from Ghin No Sara. Make it a listening party. Don't forget the sake.

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Noel Rigs the Popularity Contest

Noel at the Controls, (fourth from left) and friends, mugging in front of the antenna fire he caused while guest hosting at an undisclosed station. Photo: Chadwicke Burger.
The KILLERWATT can handle it. Other stations can't. Our radio jockeys are used to cranking-up, or overmodulating KLW's massive vacuum tube transmitter, built to last, maintained by fanatical masters of the dark art of transmitter engineering. Radio geeks put it this way: "KILLERWATT got headroom." That is, power to spare.

Not every station is so lucky. In 2015, Noel at the Controls was on-tour mixing live sound for an amazing bill of musical artists. During the sound check a local radio jockey who we won't name offered a guest-host shift late-night after the gig. Noel immediately accepted; his on-tour hiatus from the KILLERWATT left him jonesing for air time. 

Noel rang up KLW's Engineering Department on Signal Hill and asked transmitter hot rodder Chad Burger to fly out to the venue and see if he can "enlouden" the local radio station in time for Noel's guest program. The result is documented by the image above.

On tonight's program, Noel rigs his own popularity contest by playing songs that couldn't be more popular. Everybody with a radio wins. Click the link above to be part of it.

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