21st Century Cosmic FM — KRCL and RadioACTive

In 1979, Community Radio KRCL 90.9 FM started out in a tiny studio above the now-closed Blue Mouse Theater, next to Cosmic Aeroplane’s final location on First South.

This station continues to broadcast eclectic music and public affairs programs throughout the Wasatch Front in the Twenty First Century.


KRCL moved its studios from 262 E. First South (Above Left, behind the colorized aqua window) to 800 South and Second West (Above Right) where they broadcasted for almost twenty years. KRCL then used temporary space in a now-demolished industrial building next to the railroad tracks (Bottom Left) at approximately 600 West and Second South before moving to 1971 West North Temple (Bottom Right.)

Cosmic Aeroplane staffers who were Disc Jockeys on KRCL include Brad Collins, Smokey Koelsch, Sherm Clow, Michael Hatsis, and Julie Leuders. Other noteworthy DJs include professionals from other stations like Michael G. Kavanagh, Steve Williams, Barb Guy, and Lara Jones, plus musicians Curt Setzer, Dale Carlson, and Bad Brad Wheeler. Long-running programs include “Red White and Blues” from Brian Kelm, and “Smile Jamaica,” featuring Reggae from Myron Fairbanks, Michael Hatsis, John Reese, and carried on into the present by Robert Nelson.

Salt Lake’s Punk-Rock pioneer and urban gardener Aldine Strichnine invited Michael Evans to speak on KRCL 90.9 FM during RadioACTive in 2016 about the Cosmic Aeroplane as a creative incubator of Salt Lake City’s Alternative Scene. Al was interested in Michael’s historical work, like this web site, and also the theatrical memoir he’d recently published. This conversation resumed over the air later in the year and continued into 2017, thanks to daily RadioACTive host Lara Jones and the support of KRCL’s staffers.


KRCL May 27, 2016

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The RadioACTive gang and their guests on May 27, 2016

(L to R) Co-host Aldine Strychnine; Singer Shanin Blake; Michael Evans; Urban farmers Holiday Dalgleish and Tyler Montague; Producers Lara Jones and Emily Means.

Our conversation on RadioACTive covered the Cosmic Aeroplane itself; the Cosmic Archival Site; Stew Ellington’s Cosmic Aeroplane/Blue Mouse Facebook page; my own book The Great Salt Lake Mime Saga and Amsterdam’s Festival of Fools; plus Salt Lake’s Dance Scene, past and present, which spawned those intercontinental adventures between the covers.



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Michael at the microphone on December 16, 2016 — Photo by Aldine Strychnine, KRCL’s Punk Rock Farmer.

The show’s theme was “Music Meets Activism — Then and Now,” with Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books reading challenging poetry by Charles Bowden and part of “A Writer’s Credo” by Edward Abbey; Michael Evans, speaking about Hal Sparck and Draft Resistance at the Cosmic Aeroplane on 369 West Temple, Steve Jones’ wiretapped pay phone, and Cosmic spin-off businesses; PLUS beautiful live music from Kate MacLeod.


Kate MacLeod gracing the airwaves with song — Photo by M.E.


KRCL December 23, 2016



Christmas Music and Cookie Social in KRCL’s big studio on Dec. 23, 2016 — Photo by Jim Bosworth.

(Standing Left to Right) Kate’s visiting daughter, Jonathan K, Aldine Strychnine, Michael Evans, and Lara Jones, with Kate MacLeod (Sitting), and various members of Badfeather sitting and standing all over the studio.

The First Annual Punk Rock Farmer Christmas Music and Cookie Social featured: Rose Park’s urban farmer Jonathan K; Felecia Maxfield-Barrett of the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy; A tribute to recently-departed Cosmic Aeroplane founder Steve Jones with Michael Evans; and live music from the band Badfeather.


Cosmic Aeroplane founder Steve Jones (1943-2016) wearing his characteristic denim clothing.

The highlight of this show is special musical guest Kate MacLeod singing the full version of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” and telling the story of its painfully anti-war lyrics.


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RadioACTive on March 24, 2017 featured John “Smokey” Koelsch as the main guest — Photo by Jim Bosworth

(L to R) Scotty Hayes, Madelana’s visiting friend, Lara Jones, Madelena McNeil, Smokey, Michael Evans, and Aldine Strychnine, KRCL’s Punk Rock Farmer. (Inset) John “Smokey” Koelsch. Co-producer Billy Palmer is missing from the photo.

Madalena McNeil of “Utahns Speak Out” talked about the postponement of a town hall with Rep. Chris Stewart (R-2nd District, UT) to Friday, March 31, 7 p.m. at West High School in Salt Lake City; Wendy Fisher of Utah Open Lands was on the phone about saving Bonanza Flats; John “Smokey” Koelsch — he who put the “Smoke” in Smokey’s Records and Smokey’s Blues Hour “back in the day” on KRCL — talked about local Blues, vinyl records, and retail music before and during the CD revolution. There were a few words from archivist Michael Evans, leading to questions about Smokey’s days at the Cosmic Aeroplane too. Also, live singing from Scotty Haze and recorded music from harmonica player Peter Brandt and the Rocks & Gravel Blues Band circa 1972, thanks to Smokey.

NOTE: All the live music was recorded at the Blind Mule Saloon in Park City, and we try to say so on the air. Peter Brandt’s music was recorded in the rear of the Cosmic Aeroplane when it was located at 369 W. South Temple, and both recordings may be downloaded free from Rev. Willis —



(L to R) Peter Brandt in rehearsal with Smoke Blues Band; Original Cosmic Aeroplane sign at 9th & 9th in 1967, painted by Peter Brandt.


KRCL June 2, 2017

Lara Jones interviewed influential Disk Jockey Michael G. Kavanagh about the Summer of Love in 1967 and other subjects concerning the Nineteen Sixties. An edited version of the interview was played during RadioACTive on June 2, 2017.


Michael G. Kavanagh in 1967, likely taken in Keith Warshaw’s Supermarket. Michael G. repeatedly mentioned the Cosmic Aeroplane in on-air conversations with his many “Night People” callers on KCPX 1320 AM during the Summer of Love — Courtesy of Steve Jones, Charley Hafen, and Becky Roberts

Lara Jones also put her COMPLETE interview with Michael G. Kavanagh online:



KRCL July 7, 2017


The original Cosmic Aeroplane at the 9th & 9th — Sherm Clow (L) and Steve Jones (R) Photos courtesy of Sherm Clow.

Lara Jones and Aldine Strychnine interviewed Cosmic Co-Founder Sherm Clow, about the 50th Anniversary of the Cosmic Aeroplane (for a start), the Late Sixties, Radicalism, Poetry, and Punk-Rock — Sherm starts talking early!


We actively request contributions of pictures, memorabilia, and oral histories about the Cosmic Aeroplane and related cultural phenomena — please contact us:

Blogmeister Michael Evans is an author and historian.
Email: mike_evans_exile@yahoo.com



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About Michael Evans

Michael has lived in Montana, Washington State (East and West), Holland, and England, but he was born in Salt Lake City, and graduated from the University of Utah.
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