Remembering DJ Jackson Armstrong

Quiet Clown

radio_transmission_diagram_en.png When I was a high school student in the early ’70s, I used to listen at night to disc jockey Jackson Armstrong — real name John C. Larsh — on the radio. Armstrong died this past Saturday at the age of 62. This is hearsay but I understand he died as a result of complications caused by a fall down the stairs in his home in North Carolina.

Armstrong worked on twenty-some stations during his 45 years in the business. I heard him on WKBW Buffalo 1520 AM. “KB”, for short, put out a 50,000 watt signal that covered a huge chunk of the eastern seaboard at night due to skywave propagation. In my bedroom in Delaware, the signal would fade for a few seconds from time to time, but mostly it boomed in as loudly as any of the local stations.

The career and notoriety of Armstrong are covered…

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