My god that might have been me...except I wouldn't say anything remotely disparraging low watt college radio, as that's how I began. Maybe a joke? I was a sick f*** back then. I started at KSNN in mid August of '76 and was on premise daily from maybe noon to midnight.
If I remember correctly, during the week the station was staffed (complete with receptionist!) with PD, MD, and probably newsguy, along with at least one AE...Actually I think there was only one AE: the GSM. Also the ancient owner with a wooden leg, and his wife. Any one of us could have given the tour, as there wasn't a lot else to do but occasionally beat on the automation for playing Abba, Bob Seger, and a commercial all at the same time.
If you remember a tall skinny guy, around 70 with bug eyes, it was the GSM. Big guy with curly hair and beard, the PD. Skinny guy with long hair and beard, the MD/evening jock.
The automation, which ran between morning show and evening show, was tedious to program, and a nightmare of repeating cart loops, incorrect time checks, double audio, and dead air...but that is how I came to know Idaho radio and figured it was expected. The control room was as you described...but also doubled as production room (while auto was in control), and featured a Revox reel to reel with sound-on-sound, terribly luxurious at the time.
So, why Pocatello from SoCal? And did your radio dreams pan out?
I was born at Bannock Memorial Hospital August 9, 1956 (I know that it is part of the Portneuf Regional Med Center now).Although my family moved to California when I was about a year old, I spent a lot of suimmers up there in my youth. It turns out by sheer happenstance that '76 was the last time I was in the Gate City. I gave up radio in 1979 or so after the first rumors of deregulation were circulating. I felt that the days of locally owned and operated radio were coming to an end and I did not want to work for what eventually became the "Clear Channel " corporate entities of the radio universe. As for my vist to KSNN, I think it might have been the PD. The guy did offer an interview as I walked out the door. I told him I would consider it, but I decided to stay in SoCal. But I still have the memories