Never Say Goodbye: The KSHE Documentary
Director Ron Stevens traces the unlikely beginnings of the world’s longest-running rock radio station, KSHE 95, which reached its 50th year of continuous rocking in 2017. Stevens, who was himself an integral part of KSHE as a DJ in the 1970s, interviews the very first person ever heard on the station’s air — at 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 1961, years before it converted to album-oriented rock — and tracks down every major personality (or at least those still alive) who worked there through 1979. Amazingly, from 1968 to 1976, every disc jockey hired at KSHE had no previous experience in radio, including its manager, Shelley Grafman, who was selling insurance door-to-door before his brother hired him to run the St. Louis station. Filled with original film footage and photos from the ’70s — and plenty of “KSHE Klassics” — the documentary celebrates both the on-air personalities and the rock stars whose careers were most closely associated with the station. The jocks and musicians share memorable tales about the rock station that became known around the world and that has now endured for a full half-century.