She came from Vermont and got her start in Arizona radio on KWFM in Tucson – a year later she was hired by Bill Compton and joined the staff of the underground KDKB. Her name was Nina Joy, Arizona’s celebrated first lady on FM radio. As one of the early female rock radio air talents, her distinctive style quickly garnered her a faithful following and earned her the status of “radio legend”.
Nina passed away in late November and we here at Radio Free Phoenix wish to honor her this weekend with a musical tribute to her life along with reflections from many of those that worked with Nina.
Nina will be fondly remembered by many of those that knew and worked with her including Janie Snyder (of KWFM), Scott Niccolson (KDKB’s evening DJ) Ted Stratton (KDKB news guy), Mark Mykanen (KDKB news director), Steve Zind (KCAC, KDKB & KWFM), Barry Everitt (KDKB morning host era 1976), Johnny D, Bob Boze Bell, Lee Powell, Hans Olson, Marty Manning, Jack Alves and many others. Join RFP for this moving tribute to the memory of Nina Joy as hosted by Andy Olson.
It’s a celebration of the life of Nina Joy this Saturday, January 30th at 5pm & an encore presentation Sunday, January 31st at 3pm Arizona Time on Radio Free Phoenix.
Listen to “TRIBUTE TO NINA JOY” Below
NINA JOY 1949-2015
Nina & Herbie Hancock share a birthday!
A Nina fan created this drawing with her hair made of text..
This is the text in the picture of Nina
Nina Joy - Radio Days
Nina Joy Radio Poster!
The cover of the Razz Revue with Nina Joy!
Razz Revue story on Nina
Just Nina Joy + Freedom
Close up of fan art with Nina Joy's nickname - Ruby In The Dust
Ruby In The Red Fan Art
Fan art given to Nina from a fan!
NJ National Lampoon KDKB
National Lampoon ad for KDKB with Nina Joy
A note from Nina’s sister, Laura……
Nina was beyond gifted in her ability to get under the lyrics as well as the music/to mix the unexpected tracks/to make political and personal statements all her own through the songwriting of others whom she respected so much (even as her own writing evolved). Her potential even in this unexpected last stage of her life was boundless. In the early days of her radio, she was thwarted only by her lack of business savvy and self-confidence: she was an artist and didn’t know, in a time where there were so few women let into rock’n roll (even worse than now!), how to play that game. It broke her heart but never stole her spirit or her humor. I am forever grateful to have been her sister and do not know how to deal with a world without her. She inspired me, annoyed the hell out of me and made me laugh so hard that we were forever grateful that there were always two bathrooms in the house when we were together.I send this on to share this small piece of my magnificent little sister with you. There was so much more we will never get to experience.
Doug Smith – Host of KDKB’s News Views recorded his song
“Toad & Hank & Bill” at the RFP Studios in 2009
Listen to it Here