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A radio station does not run on music alone. It requires a state-of-the-art studio with cutting-edge technology. It takes talented personalities behind the microphone, and passionate, dedicated people behind the scenes.

And it takes something extra, something intangible ... something called Super Harlow!

The heart and soul of Classic KYA Radio is Super Harlow, with its keen sense of musical themes and moods, working alongside Gary Mora and instinctively knowing just which hit record should be played at just the right time.

Does the moment call for something by The Beatles ... or something by Jackie Wilson? An obscure nugget from 1958, or the #1 song of the year for 1969? Buffalo Springfield or Dusty Springfield? Is it "Monkey Time" or time for the theme from The Monkees? Unit 4 + 2, The Three Degrees, The Four Tops, We Five, The New Colony Six ... whatever the number, Super Harlow has it ready to go!

The music is not picked at random -- the records you hear on Classic KYA Radio come from actual 1260/KYA playlists and music surveys from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, meaning that the music you hear today is the same music heard on the Boss of the Bay in its original incarnation. (But don't worry -- Super Harlow also plays your requests by email and off the KYA Action Line from around the Bay Area and Northern California!)

In addition, the presentation -- from the sequencing of the great 1260/KYA jingles to the patterns that song genres are played -- is based directly on the blueprint KYA used in the 1960s, when the station was at the height of its popularity as Golden Gate Great Radio.

Archival airchecks of KYA, including those preserved by the Bay Area Radio Museum, were dissected, studied and reconstructed to create the foundation of Classic KYA Radio's hourly programming schedule, meaning that your Monday morning wake-up music mix will be different than what you hear at eight p.m. on Wednesday evening, and your Saturday night will sound quite unlike what you'll hear on Sunday afternoon.

The name "Super Harlow" is a loving tribute to Russ "The Moose" Syracuse's engineer on KYA's "All Night Flight To International Nowhere," the legendary Harlow Meyers. The original Super Harlow passed away in 1999, leaving behind an incredible legacy as one of the greatest radiomen of the era.

Harlow Meyers:
In Memoriam

A funeral has been held in Minnesota for Harlow Meyers, a San Francisco disc jockey and radio engineer known as Super Harlow, who was a mainstay of Top 40 radio station KYA during the 1960s.

Super Harlow MeyersMr. Meyers, 78, died February 22, 1999, in a suburban Minneapolis nursing home after a stroke.

Mr. Meyers was born in Minneapolis and attended the University of Minnesota. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

In the 1950s, he came to California and attended broadcasting school in Los Angeles. He worked for a time at a San Luis Obispo radio station before joining KYA in the '60s and becoming the engineer and sidekick for Russ "The Moose" Syracuse on the "All Night Flight" show.

He was perhaps best known for helping Syracuse "bomb" mediocre records with aircraft sound effects. Halfway through a particularly awful song, the aircraft sounds would begin and the music would abruptly end.

"Mission accomplished, Super Harlow!" Syracuse would holler.

San Francisco radio historian Ben Fong-Torres said Mr. Meyers was "part of what made personality radio what it was in the golden age of Top 40."

Syracuse recalled his old partner fondly.

"Super Harlow was a wonderful guy," Syracuse said yesterday. "I never could have found my way to international nowhere without him."

Mr. Meyers was also an accomplished handball player and a member of the South End Rowing Club.

He is survived by cousin Julie Gainsley of San Francisco and several cousins in Minnesota.

Photograph of the real Super Harlow courtesy of Kent Hedberg.

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