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Psychedelic Air Force Academy Show and KRCC, Pentagon Kool Aid Stand

Ken BabbsI told myself I just wasn’t going to comment anymore about the local Colorado Springs private radio station, KRCC. Yeah, I know they bill themselves as being ‘public radio’, but have you ever heard so many commercials in your life? I haven’t and this station could give PBS, the Petroleum Broadcasting System, a run for its money in the competition for ‘public’ that just isn’t.

But there they were yesterday broadcasting with a program that tried so hard to remake the Air Force Academy image into that of a hip, psychedelic, sort of Acid Kool Aid institute of Beatnik being! I kid you not! Oh, KRCC! You are just so hip! NOT….

Yes, according to their program that highlighted Ken Babbs and his hip, psychedelic LSD influenced vision of the Air Force Academy, KRCC was trying to get its public to swallow some sort of Pentagon image building promotion Kool Aid. This radio station just puts me into a daze most of the time and this program was no exception. It might have been ‘Jeff’ and his program, and the program did not have that NPR style of holding the nose while whistling off the what-ever? Like most of the time at KRCC, I turned the thing off after a sec or two, and still do not know exactly what the Hell I was actually listening to? Some sort of Orwellian nightmare, perhaps? Score par for KRCC. But I think it was some sort of report about Ken Babbs visiting the Air Force Academy? How did it go? …sort of thing???

Anyway, leave it to Colorado College, owners of KRCC, and the Air Force Academy to come up with using Ken Kesey to make themselves out to be ever so hip! Them a hip set of Cadets out there to invite a speaker onto campus to talk Ken Kesey up! Psychedelic, Man! Now let’s go drop some bombs on civilians, why don’t we? Got a joint?

Apparently this is Psychedelic Ken Babb’s most often used quote line…

‘Most people don’t realize how many of the “hippies” actually served in the military. Ken states his position as, ” (I was in the) NROTC in college, took the marine option and was commissioned a second lieutenant”. He was a helicopter pilot when his squadron got orders to go to Vietnam.

When asked his opinion of the Vietnam war, Mr. Babbs states” I had no perceptions of right or wrong before I went to Vietnam, but (it) took about six weeks to realize we were wasting our time there”.’

WOW! Profound! They were wasting time… Magic mushrooms anybody? What a prankster! If I was still young, I’d be ready to get into that hip, Psychedelic Air Force Academy! A real trip! KRCC helped blow our minds with this local ‘news’. KRCC is hip and beat.

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