Early '60s Radio: Prime Time for Disc Jockeys "Original" KMEN DJ William F. Williams recalled that before the Beatles came on the scene, KMEN personalities were seen as stars in their own right; on a par with the recording artists they played...if not bigger. The Beatles and, in addition to their phenomenally popular music, possessed personalities that captivated their fans. Beatlemania, in effect, marked the end of early '60s personality radio, where high profile disc-jockeys compensated for the largely mediocre pop music available at the time. KMEN's radio celebrities regularly drew crowds of admiring fans just walking down the streets of Riverside and San Bernardino.KMEN's Class of 62... and Beyond.

KMEN Group

Rear, L-R): Jean Carter, Lacey Kendall, Mark Denis, Lyle Kilgore, Jim Baim (Quinn), Al Gordon, Johnny Helm, Ray Easley, Doug De Roo, Pete Parsons, Definitely Darryl, Mike Bennett (Middle): Huckleberry, Bill Watson, William F. Williams, Bruce Chandler, Bobby Otis. (Front): KMEN Program Director Harley Davidson.

(Rear, L-R): Jean Carter, Lacey Kendall, Mark Denis, Lyle Kilgore, Jim Baim (Quinn), Al Gordon, Johnny Helm, Ray Easley, Doug De Roo, Pete Parsons, Definitely Darryl, Mike Bennett (Middle): Huckleberry, Bill Watson, William F. Williams, Bruce Chandler, Bobby Otis. (Front): KMEN Program Director Harley Davidson.

Bill Watson
Original 1962 DJs Bill Watson (center) with William F. Williams (left) and Huckelberry (real name: Chuck Clemons)

Recalling the days...original 1962 DJs Bill Watson (center) with William F. Williams (left) and Huckelberry (real name: Chuck Clemons, who is related to Sam Clemons/Mark Twain and takes his radio name from his famous relative's literary creation)(right).