Gary Mora, the voice of radio station KYA, known for its rock 'n' roll music format since the late '50s in the San Francisco Bay Area and now heard around the world on the internet, says he got a nice surprise last week when an image of a KYA ticket to the Beatles' Candlestick Park concert was used during Paul McCartney's concert to close the park last week.
“I was both excited and emotional when I heard that Paul included our 'KYA Welcomes The Beatles' ticket as a backdrop during his historical concert. The legendary KYA Radio means a lot to Bay Area natives and including the call letters on the big screen behind him during his appearance was a wonderful gesture from Sir Paul,” he told Beatles Examiner.
The ticket was flashed during a picture montage at the beginning of McCartney singing the song “Long Tall Sally,” which was a special addition to concert. He introduced the song telling the crowd it was the last song the Beatles sang at their Candlestick Park show on Aug. 29, 1966. KYA's disc jockeys Emperor Gene Nelson and Johnny Holliday acted co-hosted the show. Mora confessed he once gave away one of the original tickets during a station contest.
“The ticket stub that was flashed on the jumbo screen was an actual ticket from the Beatles final appearance at Candlestick in 1966,” he said. “I reluctantly gave away one of those coveted ticket stubs during a call-in contest on 1260 KYA in the 1980's. What a great collectors item!. I'm quite sure it's worth a lot of money in 2014. At least to Beatles fans.”
The station has been broadcasting music since the '30s and picked up rock 'n' roll in the late '50s. Some of its disc jockeys in the '60s included Russ "The Moose" Syracuse, Tom Campbell, Tom Donahue, who later went on to free form KSAN-FM in the city, and Johnny Holliday. In 1969, Campbell and Bill Holley did a live on-air interview with John Lennon direct from his Montreal Bed-in. The interview was released on a 45 RPM record.
KYA's current internet stream includes Mora and continuous oldies with vintage commercials thrown in. It also features several oldies shows, among them “Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast With the Beatles” from 9 to 11 a.m. PT Sundays.