SANDY JACKSON/SANDY'S ESCAPESandy Jackson was Omaha's first
disc jockey, and it all started
in 1944 when Sandy got the
chance to do a live one hour show from 11
to midnight on KBON radio.
Sandy soon added an afternoon show
called "The Rhythm Inn", and
by 1946, he was on the air opposite WOW's new
radio host, Johnny Carson.
In 1950, Sandy moved to KOWH with "The Sandy
Jackson Show", and was with
them until his move to KOIL in the late fifties.
In 1964, Sandy was forced to make
a choice between KOIL and a teen club
he was opening. Sandy decided
to leave KOIL and "Sandy's Escape" opened on
December 31, 1964, with 2
popular local groups performing, The Rumbles and
Chevrons. Over 400 teens flocked to Sandy's each Friday, Saturday and
Sunday night, paying a dollar
to do the jerk, krug, swim, dog and twist
on the upstairs floor or in
the basement echo chamber dubbed the
"dungeon" by it's inhabitants.
In 1967, "Scene", a national
magazine, named "Sandy's"
as the "Swingin' Spot" in Nebraska, but with
the psychedelic music movement
there came a wilder teen crowd, new
problems,and in 1969, Sandy's Escape,
the most successful
and only remaining Omaha teen
club, closed it's doors.