This is Monet George talking to you from KENM, Portales, New Mexico. The peanut basin of the nation. And we’ve got a little song here for you today.
The theme song for the station was “My Adobe Hacienda.”
Lord how I hated that song. They played it at every opportunity.
But they also loved, “Dear Hearts and Gentle People,” which didn’t exactly describe the local population except in fantasy.
Helped them feel better about themselves than they had any business doing.
“Doing What Comes Naturally” actually fit them better and, believe it or not, they liked that one, too.
I suppose “Buttons and Bows” would have resonated with any but the most stalwart souls in Portales, New Mexico, circa 1950-60, and it sure as hell got plenty of play.
Those were the days of “Knock knock” jokes, and the favorite joke around there was, “Knockknock.” “Who’s there?” “Kilroy” “Kilroy who?” “Kill Roy Rogers! I’m Gene Autry’s fan!”
KENM was a Gene Autry Fan.
WWII vintage folks ruled the world then. If it hadn’t been for “Tennessee Waltz”, “Bonaparte’s Retreat” and “Fraulein” I expect KENM would have had long silences trying to figure out what to play.