John Neiman

John Neiman (31)

It may seem strange for John Neiman to write about St. Louis. After all, he hasn't lived in the area since 1984. But it has been over ten years since John started a crazed obsession with a radio station. An obsession that led him to cross paths with dozens of current and former employees of KSHE, along with assorted fans, groupies, concert promoters, record reps, rock stars and a few crazed rock fans like himself. All of this effort turned into a massive coffee table  book titled "In Concert: KSHE and 40+ Years of Rock in St. Louis." For many of us, KSHE once was, or still is a part of our lives as much as spending time with an old friend.  

John is married to Kim, has two children and lives in a suburb of Chicago. Here he will give you a glimpse of what it was like to put together this book, along with stories from some of the folks that liken KSHE to home. 

Saturday, 20 July 2019 20:27

McDonnell Aircraft 20th Anniversary.

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On July 3, 1958 McDonnell Aircraft celebrated their 20th Anniversary. Here is a brief movie of what visitors witnessed that day. McDonnell was competing with 19 other firms for the building of a spacecraft for NASA. They were selected 7 months later and subsequently built spacecrafts for the Mercury and Gemini…

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Monday, 19 February 2018 21:12

A Tour of the 1904 World's Fair

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A few years back I came across a few "Hold to Light" Postcards of the 1904 World's Fair. I was amazed at the craftsmanship of these souveniers people sent through the mail. To make them work, the printer die-cut the up to dozens of openings into the cardstock to feature…

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 19:00

KSHE in 1971

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Take 1 vintage poorly processed photo and bits of audio recorded at different levels and stretch it into a 2 minute timelapse movie spanning 12 hours of time at KSHE's studio in 1971. Started last December, the project drove me up the walls. I had no idea what I was…

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 21:46

If Walls Could Talk trailer

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Uncovering the secrets on the walls of KSHE's Crestwood past is coming in 2017. A short movie that will include audio and home movies from the analog age. Enjoy the preview!

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Sunday, 22 May 2016 09:32

Bob Burch: Providing a Wide Spectrum

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If Prince Knight (Ron Lipe) became a celebrity to a generation during his tenure at KSHE, his replacement became almost immortal. Bob Burch wasn’t born with the baritone voice that emanated from the Prince. Burch’s raspy tone influenced DJ’s long after he left KSHE and recordings of it from time…

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Sunday, 27 December 2015 21:35

The Who at The Checkerdome in 1980

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The gift came from Contemporary Productions and it was like drawing 4 aces in a game of poker, only to follow that hand with a royal flush.  The Who were coming to The Checkerdome and 100,000 people and I wanted a ticket to the show.
Sunday, 22 November 2015 10:50

Coming Home with Ron Stevens On KSHE 1974

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The movie brought back memories of when I first drove a car across the Mississippi River. The delicate steel monument was impossible to miss during the drive across across Poplar Street Bridge. While sandwiched between a shuffle of cars and trucks, my hands gripped the steering wheel a little tighter.…

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Friday, 11 September 2015 20:36

Bad Company at SIU

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The note caught my eye. Written on a piece of notebook paper pinned to a cork board was a request. "Ride wanted to Bad Company show at Carbondale. Will pay for gas." Standing outside the massive cafeteria at Southeast Missouri State University, I jotted the number down and called the…
Saturday, 18 April 2015 21:18

Almost Forgetting Harry Chapin

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In early 1980, my friend Ron invited me to a party at his house. As we drank beer and talked of old times, a former high school classmate approached me and explained that he had just married and his wife wasn't interested in going to see Harry Chapin. I thought…
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 18:55

Johnson's Shut-Ins Rules

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Scrounging though old letters and other keepsakes housed in a 78 record box, I spotted a button from the 1970s. The message "Do it." - devoid of an exclamation point - struck me as a pretty good description of how a bunch of kids I grew up with briefly lived…
Monday, 01 September 2014 13:47

Whatever Happened to David Rhodes?

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I had to wrap it up. An eight year obsession about the beginnings of KSHE had left me stressed, exhausted and on the verge of going off the deep end. Tales, photos and recordings of the station and rock bands in their infancy had dwindled by 2009. Stories about “sex…
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