I remember when the ZOO came out when I was in high school.I still have some of the old bumper stickers, I dug around and found one of my old 'Strummin' With The Zoo' guitar pamphlets!Keep up the good work. 
Gary..Garland,Tx      September 18,2008


At traffic time I used to hear on the zoo a little song that went Damn, this traffic jam; how I hate to be late;hurts my motor to go so slow;supper be cold by the time get home on and on....An avid Zoo fan until it died.

May 30, 2008    Anything  I can do to help you I will, I would love to be a part of this.  I loved the zoo.  LaBellas death really bummed me out. It was such a great station.  I AM IN CANTON, 60 MI FROM DALLAS.  I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO HELP AND BE A PART OF THIS GREAT SITE. THANK YOU FOR GETTING IT GOING AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!  KEVIN



Hell yes!! The Zoo was THE BEST station ever! I heard side 2 of Meddle for the first time on the Zoo when I was in jr. high. What other station would do that?? Nobody! From that day forward I was a loyal Zoo Freak!.......     Ricardo
Grew up in Dallas listening to the Zoo.......
Plumbrella
Thanks for forwarding the emails, Eye!  They reminded me of a couple of long forgotten incidents.  Like when sales manager Jim Stansell wanted to know why I didn’t think we should run “douche” commercials if we were going to play “Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night”! 
Or when Mark Christopher during a crossover asked me how was it at the pool up on the roof.  So many listeners wanted to know if there really was a rooftop pool.  Ah, the imagination when fueled by radio.  Loretta-Afternoon drive 1976

Thanks for doing this site. Especially for the "Do You Feel Like We Do" song, remember that session well...I have it on reel to reel somewhere..If you have "lines on my face" from the same show it would be cool to have on your site..thanks again
Derek
Big John
Hey , we found this halter top when cleaning out, not many of these around ! .Thought you might want a picture.Great web site!Thanks! Bruce Elledge
                                
Tyler was just outside of the Zoo's broadcast signal, so my friends and I all installed FM signal boosters in our car stereos and drove to the nearest hilltop to pick up a clear KZEW signal.  It was on those hilltops where the Zoo introduced us to artists we would have never heard on our crappy local stations.  I've often wondered what happened to the recordings from the Zoo's January Sound Studios?  Many great bands recorded sessions there
Cassette Case
Send me your comments or memories of the ZOO, I'll put em here..
This website brings back so many wonderful memories of Dallas in the 70's and 80's. There is nothing like it today and what made the Zoo was not only the music but all the incredible DJ's they had back then. LaBella and Rody, Randy Davis, Charles Mixon and on and on. I got to meet many of these legends and they were all very wonderful people, you just felt close to them all as you grew up listening to them day and night. Thank you for keeping the memory alive. I still have a bunch of stickers and tee shirts from back then. FLY THE ZOO PROUDLY...
David
Thanks for the good times then and bringing back the Zoo memories now. Can't wait to hear the Frampton concert from his JS broadcast--I still remember when it aired live!
Big AL
Three Chairs
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So great to find you! ....I will always be a ZOO FREAK!..
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10/11/08
I remember when the Zoo would play 5 or 6 albums back to backon the weekend.....Now... all we get are the corporately pick-
ed "Hits"... and that'sall.... Which is of course.... not enough, for any Music Lover....
AH Irving
tape deck was stolen from my car after about a year and I just went
back to listening to the Zoo full time after that.


I love your web site and I loved the "Zoo", Labella and Rody, Chaz Mixon, Jon Dillon, Beverly Beesley, Randy Davis...they just don't have stations like that anymore. "HUNT JAMES", "WALTER FROM WACO"...Classic stuff. I still have a tee shirt and several of the old stickers. I'll pass along our website as soon as my webmaster gets us up on line. After 26 years we found ourselves back in contact with
Man what a great site!  2-17-09
I remember going to Fair Park to see Black Oak Arkansas,Wishbone Ash, Pure Prairie League, and Head East in 76 with my big brother (Iove you Ian!)it was my first beer. My brothers van was an old telephone repair van painted olive drab with a great, big, Zoo Cruiser sticker. We got pulled over all the time, but never got busted... At least not me.
I used to listen to LaBella and Rody every morning while I was getting ready for school.  They always played “Whenever I See Your Smiling Face” by James Taylor and “The Circle Is Small” by Gordon Lightfoot.  Those songs still take me back to my senior year in high school.  Thanks for the memories…
Brenda

  Man, I miss when we had "zooworld"  am glad I came across this site, I still have a collection of kzew stickers from the early eighties!!! E. Whitten

I still fly the Zoo colors whenever I can. On my '74 Javelin AMX and my beltbuckle.   I miss The Zoo, Q102, and now 93.3 The Bone is gone.   Thanks for the website of memories.
Darren.
Dear ZooLoo,

LaBella RIP, Rody, Walter, Chaz, Dillon, Beverly, Whiner, Zipperhead, ZOOworld, Nitzinger,
Free Black Oak for a can of food,The Texxas Jam, Frampton before Live, Damn that traffic Jam, ZOO Freaks, ZooLoo, King Biscuit, Doc Demento, Johnny Winter, Gettin the Led out, Jan Sound, KZEW presents Pat Benatar, ZZ-TOP Autographs, Letting your Freak Flag Fly, My First KISS concert in 1976, My first concert Tull/75, Rody's Sunday call-in talk show, ZABO!, ZOO Stickers, Concert T-Shirts, Cruisin Forest Lane with the Windows down and the ZOO UP! Soooo many memories I can't even recall them all. You guy's were a major part of many a young persons life as we grew up in what was then small town USA, Lewisville Texas.  Parking our cars at the Cove on Lewisville Lake with our SuperTuner's cranked full blast on the ZOO and playing Frizzbee in the hot Texas sun. You lulled us into Dallas/Ft Worth for Concerts and goodtimes and helped us to not to take growing up too seriously. We laughed until we cried with Lebella and Rody in the morning and then cried for real when the ZOO left us with nothing but Christmas music one sad December day. We thought you would always be there for us and I guess you always will be, "At the Zoo, at the Zoo...".
We miss you and appreciate you...... Pass the Zipperhead and LONG LIVE THE ZOO!
Stephan
KZEW had a promotion for Led Zeppelin- In Through the Outdoor album. It was called the ZOO CRUISE. My dad provided the boat. Labella, Roadie, and about 25 others were there and we had a blast. There was another ZOO CRUISE for Fleetwood Mac, TUSK album...it was raining for it but still had a great time.
James Dowdy
Sent in by Dale and James
Charlie Kendal
I have XM Radio now and they have a channel called "Deep Tracks", which is the closest thing to the Zoo I have found in recent years.  Like the Zoo, they play the non-megahit cuts off of 70's albums that aren't the ones you get sick of hearing played over and over on "classic rock" stations.  It takes me back to those days of riding around on the blacktop country roads trying to keep the Zoo signal.
Tom

Metallica who asked for all the show info from that 1st tour for thier website and after looking at all the info I had I thought it would be time to tell our story too. Yea I was a die hard KZEW listener back then!! I miss those days, I'll have to dig further into your site and enjoy the memories.
David Haig Zigler Productions



Oh my gosh!!  you have no idea how many memories this brings
back,  to so many people!!  thats all i remember about living in
Dallas years  ago...Labella and Rodie in the morning, Dr
Demento...and i met John  Wells - been trying to find him again
ever since; he was like meeting a  part of my
family i hadnt known about, but we had a blast riding  around in
that big ol' caddie
of his...last i remember of him is that he  was establishing a
recording studio in his
basement, but dangit, lost his  phone number and i have kicked
my own butt ever
since!!  if you ever  hear from him again, tell him Fay from
Daingerfield says hello!!
Fay
January Sound recordings on the Zoo was a pure and perfect extended version of "Do You Feel
Like We Do" that Peter Frampton did with that crazy guitar/voice machine of his.  I wish XM Radio could buy the January Sound recordings and give it a time slot on their Deep Tracks channel, just like they're doing now with the old King Biscuit Flower Hour sessions.
T. Lee - Houston

The original lineup was Ken Rundel in Morning drive, Mike Taylor middays,
Mark Addy doing afternoon drive, Gary Shaw evening, Mark Christopher late night and Jon Dillon overnight. The staff was killer.  I gave them a lot of
freedom to put together great sets of music from our library, and encouraged them to relate to our audience.  We added a lot of great live music events and unique promotions and the station exploded.  After one year our main competitor KAFM gave up and went top 40, and it was clear sailing after that. The station was hugely successful and made radio history
My latest Zoo find..
I found your site this morning and was
instantly flooded with memories and images of
growing up in North Texas where KZEW, Zoo-
Freaks and rock and roll where all part of our
lives. I was born in Dallas but later moved to
east Texas about 100 miles east of DFW. I
missed my big city life and the Zoo was the way
I kept in touch with all the music, concerts and
events that where going on there. Many nights
we would all gather in someone's field, away
from our parents and the police, build a big
bonfire and turn on several of our car radios to
the Zoo and rock the night away.

I recall so vividly the music of that time, 1974
thru 1979 and then beyond. How KZEW
introduced us to Peter Frampton and his
squalk box years before he recorded Frampton
Live. There was some place called January
Sound where Frampton made a recording of
"Do You Feel Like I Do" and you could only
hear it on the Zoo. To be honest this version
was better than the live album. And who could
forget all the other great music of that age
which by today's standard was very innocent
and so much different. I will never trade the
music of our age with what's out there today.
Yes, I know my parents thought the same
things about Led Zeppelin, but just play
"Ramble On" against some of the filth and
hatred filled songs my step children listen to
today. There is no comparison. That was music
with a melody and lyrics, not what I hear
today.

KZEW changed sometime in the mid 1980's
then I lost track of them after that. By 1987 I
was listening to Jazz on the Oasis and rock and
roll was only a second choice. Then who would
have guessed that before the year 2000,
classic rock and roll would be called "classic".
In my mind there will never be any kind of
music that will replace it and KZEW was there
when we were coming of age. The kids these
days just don't know what they missed. 
Frank Griffith
  I have XM Radio now and they have a channel called "Deep Tracks", which is the closest thing to the Zoo I have found in recent years.  Like the Zoo, they play the non-megahit cuts off of 70's albums that aren't the ones you get sick of hearing played over and over on "classic rock" stations.  It takes me back to those days of riding around on the blacktop country roads trying to keep the Zoo signal.
Tom

I love your web site and I loved the "Zoo", Labella and Rody, Chaz Mixon, Jon Dillon, Beverly Beesley, Randy Davis...they just don't have stations like that anymore. "HUNT JAMES", "WALTER FROM WACO"...Classic stuff. I still have a tee shirt and several of the old stickers. I'll pass along our website as soon as my webmaster gets us up on line. After 26 years we found ourselves back in contact with
Man what a great site!  2-17-09

I remember going to Fair Park to see Black Oak Arkansas,Wishbone Ash, Pure Prairie League, and Head East in 76 with my big brother (Iove you Ian!)it was my first beer. My brothers van was an old telephone repair van painted olive drab with a great, big, Zoo Cruiser sticker. We got pulled over all the time, but never got busted... At least not me.



I used to listen to LaBella and Rody every morning while I was getting ready for school.  They always played “Whenever I See Your Smiling Face” by James Taylor and “The Circle Is Small” by Gordon Lightfoot.  Those songs still take me back to my senior year in high school.  Thanks for the memories…
Brenda
Hey there Zoo Freaks,
I woke up on day about 3 years ago and couldn't stop thinking about the Zoo 98 FM Dallas-Ft Worth
(actually it came to me in a dream) that I had so fondly listened to years ago. After looking on the
internet that day and realizing that there were no websites heralding that great station, i decided to
create one.I researched for hours on end for Zoo related info, but, found very little, I launced
thezoofile.com around February 2007, soon after, I acquired John Rody's old site itsthezoo.com and ,
some time later, received lots of good material and help from John and Pam. My thanks to them!I also
thank all the Zoo Freaks for the audio/aircheck's sent in for the enjoyment of all ZOO FREAKS. I have
spent many hours on building this tribute site to The ZOO and have enjoyed every single minute of it. It
has given me great pleasure! Even though another site sprung up some time later remembering the Zoo,
and even though the creator of this site claims to have had the same idea at the same time as me, I don't
mind, imitation/flattery?.  I just filled a void after John's site went down and hopefully have provided a
place to remember, visit, and enjoy the old Zoo. Stop by the ZOOfile.com Facebook site so please visit
often add me to your friends list and help spread the ZOO around!
Scott Hall
The Zewkeeper

Thanks Scott.  I really enjoyed browsing through the website.  The
Zoo was a big part of my teen years and it's nice to see that others
were too.  I remember those Kraco systems - sold only at KMart
right?  When I was 17 (and dumb) I actually bought a lemon of a
car (a '73 Gran Torino Sport) primarily for the 8 track stereo system
that it had in it - a Panasonic "Quadrophonic" tape deck.  When
you played the special "Quadrophonic" tapes in it (which cost an
extra $2 bucks), you could adjust the fade & balance from one
speaker to the next and hear just the drums and bass guitar, then
at the next speaker - just the vocals, the next speaker - the
background vocals/keyboard, and the last one - the guitars.  It
would be kinda gimmicky and annoying now, but when you are 17
and wasted, it was way cool and made you feel like an audio
engineer operating a sound mixing board in a recording studio.  The
tape deck was stolen from my car after about a year and I just went
back to listening to the Zoo full time after that.
Hi, I enjoyed the stroll down KZEW memory lane via thezoofile.com soooooooo much that I made this little wallpaper for Zooin' up my computer.. and happened to think that in case someone else might like to use it also, I'd share.  Cheers,Lauri
Basilio Rosales III --The Zoo introduced me to a whole new world. Everything from the new wave and punk to arena rock. To this day I hear certain songs and it's the Zoo that comes to mind... Thanks ! 12-17-13
RIP
Robert Bates I remember those days! Kinda lol
February 27 at 5:29am ·
Johnny Brinson Yea the zoo was my favorite in the70s and 80s old School rock and roll
February 27 at 5:29am·
Basilio Rosales III Sure do wish the zoo was still around.
February 27 at 6:19am
Chris Lear Hell yeah. That was the station back in the day. I remember going to UTI in Houston. And if u saw one of these on a car you knew they were from Dallas.
February 27 at 6:59am via mobile ·
Debbie Dillingham ZEW World!! Remember the days!!
February 27 at 7:10am ·
Charlie Leslie Oh to be 17 again & still a ZEW Freak!! But hell, I'll always be a ZEW Freak!!!!
February 27 at 7:16am ·
Don West Man - those were the days, aye MoFo?
February 27 at 7:57am ·
Tribby Miller Steuber Omg! John & I were talking about this not too long ago. Wish I still had my t shirt.
February 27 at 8:38am
Shari Michelle Muncrief Dill My aunt had a dog named kzew pronounced k-zoo
February 27 at 8:47am ·
Tami Taylor I had this sticker on my 1981 Ford Pinto!!
February 27 at 11:42am ·
Pat Morris I had this on the back of my little yellow Honda---I thought I was so cool
February 27 at 5:16pm ·
Glenn Anderson The Zoo and Q102. Good times
December 5 at 9:36pm
Vic Johnston Debbie Dillingham: One of them was on a weekend with about the same weather conditions we have today.
December 6 at 6:52am ·
Cindy Teigland Had this sticker on the window of my 69 Nova. Still have one that I never stuck on anything.
December 6 at 7:13am
Send me your memories or comments about the Zoo or this site and I will stick em on this page.
I'm looking for KZEW airchecks/recordings
I have been checking out your site & was a ZooFreak from beginning to end. I still have my dresser from when I was growing up sporting the original ZooFreak stickers...I still have my stereo cabinet sporting 2 Zoo stickers....I have stored, a stack of Zoo stickers never peeled in XLNT condition including bands, Ozzy, Motley Crue,,,ZZ Top...ect & the 10yrs Great Rock...I have a banner from the tent that was set up @ the last races from Green Valley Raceway that looks like 2'x4' Zoo Sticker & a tshirt that has never been washed from ZooWorld that has Schlitz Rocks America on the front & the Zoo Logo on the back...I would love to be able, as I clean out my garage & go thru things, to be able to take pics & have you guys post them on your site. The Zoo was the most ultimate station EVER. If memory serves correctly, it was a Tuesday morning that I turned on the radio & heard Christmas music non stop thru New Years & how disappointed I was & glad I had collected a pretty sweet collection of stickers & misc. other items...I even have a KZEW kazoo...LoL...Please let me know if you would be interested in pics as I come across the items I have to share w/the rest of people who remember & STILL MISS the best Rock Station in the Nation...Steve
Here's Steve's collection.Thanks Steve for sharing your Zoo!


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