SANDY JACKSON/SANDY'S ESCAPE



Sandy 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

The 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.