KFML AM-FM Colorado Free Form Radio

KFML AM-FM Colorado Free Form Radio

Text Box: KFML Conversation and Tribute to Bill Ashford, December 7, 2008     The Skype call started at Noon and ended about 1:40

The Participants in the conversation were:

Malcolm Gault-Williams
Ham Agnew
Ed Chatham
Herb Neu
Jim Clancy
Dan Fong
Scott Coen
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We had the regular old-timers chats about people we met during KFML, but the conversation largely centered around Bill Ashford who is now in very poor health and does not have long to live.
Malcolm suggested that we create an audio tribute to Bill and get it to him through his wife痴 (Gail Ashford) cell phone and I suggested we also put it in print form to be read to him asap.  
This is that form:


Dan Fong

  I値l go first because I know that, like I said before Bill, that you didn稚 have to do this to get those photographs (be in ICU).  We said not to mention politics or the photographs, you know, to get your blood boiling, but I appreciate everything you致e ever done for me, when you tried to promote me on the airthat痴 why I sent you the photographs of you and John Denver.
We were looking through all the photographs today and I was trying to describe a lot of them to everybody who was listeningthe shots of you in the studio with Judy and the marijuana bag in the back and you on the horses and when we were out on the photo shoot there.  It brought back a lot of memoriesdown at the shoe store in Denver trying to get a good pair of boots through our trade out.  One of things I was saying was that we think about you in one word that would describe being around you was 吐un.  It was always fun to be around Bill and I still think it always is.  I actually enjoy your opinions about my photographs and it makes me feel good that you feel that good about them.  I hope you get better.  I知 thinking about you all the time.

Jim Clancy

Well Bill, it痴 Clancy and I知 just checking in with you to tell you about many of our times at KFML.  I remember the time you made me laugh so hard that I couldn稚 read the news(laughs) and I got like half way through it and I just had to quit!  But, Bill, you know, what really amazes me about you is that I tune in FreeFormRock  and I find some new music every time, I learn something, I find something new every time.  You池e doing something you love, have the gift for it and you share it with all of us.  And that痴 what people love about the way you are.  So there.  Get better fella!

Herb Neu

Hey Bill, it痴 Herb the salesman.  I just want to say that you are an unforgettable person and I too, when I listen to your show on the internet, just come away in awe.  I致e always held you on a pedestal when it comes to communicating with other people and with your music.  My respect has not been diminished one bit.  I am still in awe and I知 just hoping and praying for your comfort and for your recovery and I know that God has already blessed you, and I値l say it one more time:  God Bless You.  And thanks.

Ed Chatham

Here! Here!  I値l go along with that.  This is Ed and I知 feeling pretty awful that you池e in the place that you are.  We keep pulling for you and every time we pray you out of there something sucks you back in.  I don稚 knowI hope you値l be gettin better and coming home and getting back on the radio, 祖ause the RockGarden misses you, I miss you.  It痴 just like going back to KFML and enjoying your evening shows.  It痴 amazing.  And when you池e not thereyou haven稚 been there in a couple of weeksand it still sounds like you池e there.  You listen to it and it痴 just like you池e playing the music.  So that痴 what I had to say.

Scott Coen

It痴 Scott.  I just wanted to say that you池e always an inspiration for everyone that was doing programming in Denver and it was just so rewarding that you did the rock garden.  It痴 provided me with so much entertainment and just listenability.  It just lights up my day listening to your show and listening to your introduction of new bands, like The Shins (sp?).  You致e turned me onto a lot of new people. I致e tried to turn your show, the RockGarden, onto everyone I致e run into from Belize to Timbuktu.   We love you buddy and hope to hear your original insight shortly on the air.  OK?

Ham Agnew

This is Ham and we壇 like you to stay with us a little bit longer.  You致e got a lot of stories left to tell.  I致e known Bill for almost forty years and I don稚 think I致e heard them all yet.  So, we all want you to get well very soon.