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Fri May 18, 2012, 11:42 AM

 

RIP: Travis T Hipp.. (Hippie, truth teller)

So sad today. Travis. I have been getting some of the news from this guy since 1968 or so. Had some type of jurnalism credential but he came from the old "Free Form Radio" daze, back on KZAP (the best named radio station EVER) here in Sacramento.

Those were the days. You could hear Johnny Cash and Frank Zappa on that station. The DJ's, many of them friends, played whatever came to mind. That is how we heard the music. We, and I am talking a big old "We" there, would go up to the top of the Elks Building and pick music or bring something we liked with us. The racks and racks of records. Sometimes we would step out and puff on the fire escape or, late nights, burn one down in the booth. The station was central to our lives and the guy who brought the news was part of that.

Travis was all part of that, he ran the news and he did the story his way and was very radical in his approach. In fact, I would say that I got a good part of my philosophy from listening to Travis. At least I can't think of a moment when I disagreed with him, ever. He and I had many conversations back in the day,He always told me stuff I didn't but needed to, know.

Travis would always be at this or that event sponsored by KZAP. Carmichael Park events (remember THOSE!!!) The Kite Festival! Every concert around town. He always wore leather fringe stuff. The coat, the pants, the boots, everything in that old hippie chic.

Since Free Form radio died out and was replaced by corporate crap music, Travis had been syndicated (Cabal News Services) to a lot of public radio and community radio stations including my favorite station, KVMR in Nevada City. KPIG too... (he would sfcrew up the disclaimer all the time "This is the Pig whooops, KVMR"

And KVMR is like KZAP (in fact when KZAP switched over to mindless drivel, some of the guys from there formed KVMR and continue to staff it today. Lots of great shows. Jamband shows (even though THEY NEVER EVER PLAY PHISH), bluegrass shows.. whatever the DJ wants. And yes, we visit here too often. A PTer was once a DJ there (and NEVER PLAYED PHISH!). Great starion, liberal art kind of thing. Community radio at it's best. And we see those guys out and about all the time too.

So Travis fit right into that and had a show everyday at 7:30 AM. And that is my car time and has been forever and ever ever, I listened to him most everyday. And he still managed to tell me things I didn't know. (not as frequently perhaps, cuz I've learned how to get information myself).

Travis had a tag line "Sometimes I wonder and other times I am sure" that fit almost everything. Always started with a drawn out as if inhaled "Well"......and then randomly gave you the "news you needed to hear".

He lived in Nevada over the past few and he would come on live everyday from his home out there. Dogs barking in the background, like it was just a guy who knew more than you did nd had a mission to let you know that you need to know this....

Today his son came on in his place and shared the news of Travis' passing. he hinted that he might contiue in his Dad's footsteps and I imagine he would. Don't know of his credentials and am wondering about him but we will certainly be listening. Cuz I still need "all the news I need to know but were afraid to Ask".......

Thanks man... A life well lived.

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Reply RIP: Travis T Hipp.. (Hippie, truth teller) (Original post)
Bennyboy May 2012 OP
xchrom May 2012 #1
Bennyboy May 2012 #2
xchrom May 2012 #9
Bennyboy May 2012 #13
hobbit709 May 2012 #3
Semi_subversive May 2012 #4
Bennyboy May 2012 #8
villager May 2012 #5
Zorra May 2012 #6
Bennyboy May 2012 #7
The Sanity Cruzer May 2012 #10
Gregorian May 2012 #11
MorroBilly May 2012 #12
mrcinsc May 2012 #14
Bennyboy May 2012 #16
mrcinsc May 2012 #17
Bennyboy May 2012 #18
sheanc May 2012 #15
Bennyboy May 2012 #19
sheanc May 2012 #20
Bennyboy May 2012 #21
Indian Boy May 2012 #22
Bennyboy May 2012 #23

Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 11:57 AM

1. I remember Travis & KZAP.

Ahhhh - the music!

May Peace be with his family & friends.

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Response to xchrom (Reply #1)

Fri May 18, 2012, 11:58 AM

2. Ahh them were the daze huh?

 

From Sac?

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Response to Bennyboy (Reply #2)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:34 PM

9. Oakland & SF.

Are/were you in Sac? Nt

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Response to xchrom (Reply #9)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:34 PM

13. Yep, never left...

 

Except for about three months back in 75.......

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 11:59 AM

3. I remember KZAP

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:01 PM

4. I loved listening to Travis T Hipp

I started listening to KZAP when they first came on the air. Wasn't the Elks Building later referred to as the Tom Kale Broadcast Complex overlooking Gallo Park? I still have my KZAP belt buckle i picked up from Sunrise Leather back in 1976. Great memories. RIP, Travis.

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Response to Semi_subversive (Reply #4)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:16 PM

8. Oh yeah..

 

the Tom kale broadcast center" so funny. Man those was the days..

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:06 PM

5. Well, dammit! Was a fan since the KFAT days...

 

...and would occasionally hear him online on KPIG as well...

Another reason to miss radio the way it was, pre-corporate "dead zone..."

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:12 PM

6. So sorry, Bennyboy.

From what you described, I know I would have loved Travis too if I'd lived in Sacramento back in the day.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:43 PM

10. Replacement????

I would lie in bed, look at the clock and would get up just in time to catch Travis' newscasts. Yeah, he gave a good perspective on the news and was definitely well informed on many topics. While I did not agree with all he said and sometimes I found him offensive (i.e. when he spoke of women), I'll miss the man's work and wonder if his son has what it takes to fill his old man's shoes or if 'the boy' just wants to keep getting the checks in the mail. Anyway, thanks for the news Travis. I will miss you.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 12:55 PM

11. This is like a candle in some dark corner of my mind. I can't remember, but know I've heard.

I'm a non-commercial radio junky. Reading your post I am having some part of my memory jogged. I just know I've listened to him. I can't remember though. These little shows, like Over The Edge, on kpfa, or The Who Says News on kfjc, were fantastic.

Thanks.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:13 PM

12. Thanks Travis...RIP

Somehow the curses and blessings of being a surfer and Hammond organ and keyboard player led me to teaching Jr. high in a barrio on the Central Coast of CA. Through the last ten years I have had the fortune of listening and learning and exchanging a few emails with who has become one of my heroes, Travis T. Hipp. Thanks for the wisdom, the commentary and even taking the time to answer a couple of questions from an old History teacher. I'll miss ya in the "on the pig on the radio" man.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:03 PM

14. Travus T. Hipp

Travus was my uncle, his son Sean just celebrated his birthday on Saturday...such a sad time for him. He lost his mother a few years back along with his sister he was extremely close with. I spoke with Sean this morning and he didn't mention to me if he would be carrying on his fathers legacy and I didn't want to ask. Sean is on his way to his fathers home as we speak. As far as Sean's credentials he has been an entertainer in comedy, films, television shows and even street fairs. Sean is a brilliant mind as well who has filled in for his father in the past, if anyone can fill his father's shoes it would be Sean. Thanks for all the kind words here. I will send Sean this link when the time is right. Rest well, Travus (Chandler)

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Response to mrcinsc (Reply #14)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:39 PM

16. Awesome.... Good hands...

 

Didn't try to diss his son I just did not know. So good to see the show will live on.

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Response to Bennyboy (Reply #16)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:45 PM

17. No diss felt

I didn't take any offense to what you posted and I know Sean wouldn't either. I just wanted to fill people in on Sean's background. I really hope he can continue on in his father's memory - Thanks for the post everyone.

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Response to mrcinsc (Reply #17)

Fri May 18, 2012, 05:15 PM

18. Good idea to send him this thread....

 

That would be sweet.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 02:29 PM

15. I will miss listening to Travis T Hipp

I became a fan of Travis just a couple of years ago, since moving to the Yuba-Sutter area. I listened to him every morning and missed him when I didn't. Now I am going to continue missing him... a lot. This morning I was shocked and saddened when his son made the announcement during the morning timeslot.

I feel richer for having listened to Travis during the all-too-short period that I was aware of his commentary. Sad he's gone, but glad he was here.

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Response to sheanc (Reply #15)

Fri May 18, 2012, 05:16 PM

19. On KVMR?

 

or KZFR?

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Response to Bennyboy (Reply #19)

Fri May 18, 2012, 10:18 PM

20. on KVMR

On KVMR, at around 7:30am each morning.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Sat May 19, 2012, 06:34 PM

21. SATURDAY BUMP...

 

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Sun May 20, 2012, 01:50 PM

22. Thank You Travis...Thanks Bennyboy

As an adult I was lucky to call Chandler my friend. Grew up in Auburn w/ Capt. Mitch, Chatter, Baron Barracuda, Harry Martin & Bob Whiten. Travis was a heroic "Murrow" like figure to me in the early 1970's as I was coming of age, discovering life, the Dead & KZAP. Later learned he befriended my Alcatraz occupying cousin Mike Jones & the Native Am. Church in Woodfords, CA. in the early 60's. Received first access to FM as XMAS present from my hard working single mother Nurse. She raised my little sister & I while our brother was drafted in the Army. She did not like the music. But we came listen Sunday nights for Travis's live (taped) coverage from Wounded Knee, his analysis of Alcatraz, BIA, FBI, the war, Nixon/Ford, Gold Rush, Indians, George Jackson, Angela Davis, CIA, Hoover, Weatherman, S.I. Hiakawa, etc. I even marched on the state capital for a young Pit River Indian named Bunky Ferris, who was beaten to death near Hat Creek.This validated FM radio to her. I then realized I was being raised by a very serious, politically minded, bare-handed indigenous woman! Later lived in W. Nevada. Spent next 26 years in national public affairs. Most memorable times w/ Travis were while he covered the NV. Leg. from the Ormsby House Casino. Lived next door then, kids were little. Best memories w/ Travis were watching the world go by, smell of lilacs,and feeling the warm breeze under a cottonwood tree in the back. Also had friend who rented from him in Silver City and before kids I lived on the Comstock for a while myself. Some have had our horizons of the future lit by a table lamp or today maybe a PC screen...but Travis's horizon of the future was lit by the burning sun! Till I see you again, Rest In Peace My Brave Hearted Brother

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Response to Indian Boy (Reply #22)

Mon May 21, 2012, 12:12 AM

23. Awesome.. thanks for sharing.....

 

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