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Finding Marcos: Producer Sets Out To Find The Voice On His Second-Hand Toy Cassette Recorder

In 2001, producer Warren Langford found a toy cassette recorder at a yard sale in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This was not any old recorder. This was a Talkboy, the must-have Christmas toy from Warren’s childhood that he never received. And the 50-cent asking price was too good to pass up.

But after purchasing it, Warren discovered there was still a cassette inside. On the tape was a young boy who identified himself as Marcos, introducing almost 40 songs, each one about 30 seconds long. Warren became obsessed with the tape, playing it at parties, making up lyrics to the songs and giving copies of the songs to friends as gifts.

But there was one question Warren couldn’t stop thinking about: who is Marcos?  Warren decided he had to find Marcos and reunite him with his childhood radio program.

He enlisted Santa Fe journalist Alex De Vore to write an article about his quest and together they began searching for Marcos — the mysterious Talkboy D.J.

Kevin Kniestedt is a journalist, host and producer who began his career at KNKX in 2003. Over his 17 years with the station, he worked as a full time jazz host, a news host and produced the weekly show Sound Effect. Kevin has conducted or produced hundreds of interviews, has won local and national awards for newscasts and commentary.