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March 1974 — A new country music radio station is ambling this way. By April for sure, maybe before that, KETO will offer a musical package called ‘Country Lovin.’ John A. Maxon general manager recently elevated from chief engineer and station manager said the stereo country western music 24 hours a day would fill a vacuum in the FM band. Sales manager will be Charles Below, previously employed at KUUU and the old KTVW TV. The change comes with an affirmation from new owners of more community awareness for the fifteen-year-old radio station previously a property of William E Boeing Jr. Licensee is Active Broadcasters Incorporated with Sydney Knefel and George Lindemann as principles. They are New York investors with interest in cable TV systems. This is their first radio station. Among the foreseeable changes will be an attempt to change the pronunciation of the KETO acronym. In their initial visit to inspect their new property, the new owners pronounced it Key-2 rather than Key-toe. The automated music service will be complemented with ABC FM news.
KIRO Rip & Read backfires
A new purchase agreement between PLU and the Friends of KPLU must be negotiated, and the sale is subject to the Federal Communications Commission’s approval.
The entire process will take about 90 days. Call letters will change. But, the good news is the long-range plan is to find studio space in downtown Tacoma. The organization wants to remain in Tacoma. “We want to continue broadcasting from Tacoma,” KPLU general manager Joey Cohn stated. “KPLU and the South Sound are intertwined,” he said.
“That’s a big, big part of our identity and our success,” said Stephen Tan, chairman of the board of Friends of 88.5 FM.
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Today’s video shorts: 1. Changing anchors on a TV News set – usually this happens off-camera…2. The morning commute hip-hop traffic & weather
DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME! Blogging is not for everyone. But, if you have a background in the media or have written books or were a journalist for a great metropolitan newspaper, blogging may be right up your alley. Take Liz Duweke, KCPQ 13 News anchor, for example. She may prove to be pretty good at it. You can check out the NEW “Words of Lizdom” blog at https://lizdueweke.com/
ERICA C. BARNETT wrote a “hit piece” against KIRO FM’s RON & DON and they are about to open a big ol’ can of Whoop Ass on her. There will be a lawsuit, they claim. The ATLANTIC article states, in part, “Sally Bagshaw, a soft-spoken, 65-year-old council veteran who voted in 2012 for an agreement to use public bonds to finance a future arena but opposed the street-use change last week, has been hit particularly hard by the misogyny firehose. After Bagshaw cast an initial committee vote against the change in April, two local FM radio shock jocks, known on-air as “Ron and Don,” started giving out Bagshaw’s number on the air and relentlessly urging listeners to call her office. They complied, leaving messages Bagshaw summarizes as: “You cunt. You whore. You bitch. You don’t know anything. You’re just having an emotional response. That’s why we need to have guys making these decisions.” For now, she says, her office no longer takes calls during drive time.” Angry at the slant THE ATLANTIC put on RON & DON’s opposition to Bagshaw’s vote, RON & DON alluded on-air to the record of ERICA C. BARNETT, as it pertains to her “run-ins” with the law. Apparently, BARNETT has spent a lot of time dealing with the justice system. [hint-hint, nudge-nudge] Note to Erica: For this, there will be Hell to pay. — Also, RON & DON are not ‘shock jocks’ but are labeled that by a Liberal who apparently had her sensitivities bruised.
What has Erica been up to?
Is it NOT OK for the public to have conversation with public officials? Are those conversations private? READ MORE
Are text messages PRIVATE? Erica Barnett thinks the text messages of public officials should be open to the press. READ MORE
I wonder why Erica C. Barnett has a problem with the public voicing opinion to a public official when everything she fights for shows otherwise.
August 1986 — Seattle outdoor events like this Woodland Park Zoo concert, on the KEZX FM stage, feature great local bands and some popular national groups — Here, “Suzy” / “Charlie and Me” are performed by Uncle Bonsai – [Andrew Ratshin, Arni Adler, Ashley Kristen]
In the news & on the radio
It’s true that the mid and late 1960s were about more than Vietnam. But the impacts of Vietnam were widespread, touching the lives of millions of Americans. Focusing on 1967, there were multiple anti-war protests at home, a growing drug culture and civil rights riots in several metropolitan areas. Much of American broadcasting, and the pop music of the day, reflected and defined our lives during those difficult times. In ’67, as both a budding broadcast journalist and an active part of the military (U.S. Navy), I recall the pop culture reaction as the world was swirling around us.
— Ron DeHart
5/21/16 — The local organizers of SAVE KPLU have raised 6 Million toward the goal of $7 Million needed to keep KPLU from the jaws of the whale, KUOW. Remaining Independent, featuring the finest jazz and blues content on our local FM, KPLU will seperate from the University that was so quick to sell it off to the scrapyard. What KPLU would have become under KUOW is anybody’s guess. We have all heard corporate promises of keeping everything status quo, or giving the listener more of what they want. That usually means a complete change in format and loss of all associated talent. Organizers have done a splendid job of getting the public to back the effort with social events and non-intrusive on-air reminders of the need.
It seems like every device wants, or needs, an Internet connection these days, but it’s not always easy to come by. AT&T — with the help of ZTE — have thrown their hat into the ring with the new Mobley mobile hotspot. The Mobley will plug in to any modern car with an OBD-II system and help make a connection between your mobile devices and the powerful AT&T network. DIGITALTRENDS
The KOMO Water Cooler. It’s the new show from KOMO’s Charlie Harger and Taylor Van Cise. Every week, the two hosts take a look at the week’s top stories, bring us unique interviews with newsmakers, and crack wise on some of the lighter topics we cover on the radio. [It is a podcast – NOT a radio show] ** Maybe the online route is NOT the answer. This is putting the cart before the horse. It’s content that should be used on the air, first and foremost. After all, the radio and TV stations are the bread and butter for KOMO. Until the online sphere becomes a money-maker, the RADIO is where the emphasis should be. Portions of the radio broadcasts should be used in podcast form.
So, a KPHO CBS 5 / Phoenix reporter takes a dump in someone’s front yard and gets arrested and FIRED from his job. He made a huge mess of things. He probably won’t get another TV job until the stink blows over. He complained that he was cooped up in the station van all day and felt sick. Station vehicles should come equipped with porta-potties from now on. If a TV reporter knocks on your door, they may not be trying to interview you. Be kind and let them use your bathroom. Let’s keep our TV anchors in business and our lawns green and clean.
I’ve attached an aircheck of Greg Aust from September, 1973 on KVI. In it he spoofs KJR’s cash call contest.
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February 1991 — 850 KTAC changes format to simulcast FM 103.7 KBRD. The Adult Contemporary format is replaced by Beautiful Music.
The State of Washington’s Liquor Control Board has unanimously rejected a proposal for strict restrictions on alcohol advertising in the state. The proposal was criticized as overly vague and not warranted given the tenuous connection between advertising and alcohol abuse. Two minor restrictions were approved by the Board: one that prohibits any advertising which depicts over consumption of alcohol or intoxication as “amusing,” and the other prohibiting liquor manufacturers from selling clothing in children’s sizes which has an alcohol brand name or logo on it. Similar proposals to restrict alcohol advertising are pending in several other states, but none are expected to pass in the near future.
CBS has reversed course and will not require affiliates to pay for network sportscasts this year. The network wanted $15,000 per station for baseball or football play -by -play, or $25,000 for both, in top 25 markets. After resistance from non CBS -owned affiliates, CBS execs have now shelved the idea.
But what happened in late 1956 was a last minute surprise which saw McCaw Broadcast ing put the KLOQ call letters in Yakima, vice old KYAK. So 1590 AM Seattle became KTIX until it changed to KETO in the early ‘60s. As it turned out, KLOQ (“Clock” ) was Pat O ’Day’s Yakima launch pad for much bigger things to come in Seattle. Using his Paul Berg birth name, he worked for Bill Shela (Shela at KXRN Renton ’48, KOL and KJR early 50s, KAYO ’56 and ’62) at KLOQ in late ‘58 and early ‘59.
The following composite audio captures Yakima-to-Seattle events in the Berg-to-O’Day transition. First you’ll hear Berg on KLOQ (with Shela voice-overs) in January ’59, just a few days before Berg left for KAYO Seattle. Second (recorded some years later by Northwest Radio Voices/Sound Cloud) is O’Day’s own words describing his name change. And third is an O’Day aircheck at KAYO in the summer of ’59, a segment that includes newsman Jim Harrison right before a news getaway intro to the Fabulous Wailers’ “Road Runner.” Audio runs 5:48
O’Day left KAYO before the end of ’59, firing up the KJR engines during his 15 years as Channel 95’s program director and then general manager. He was one of several who made the move from KLOQ to various Puget Sound stations. Others were Frosty Fowler (KING-AM), the Autographed KAYO promotion photo previously mentioned Bill Shela , Jerry K ay (KOL, KJR, KYYZ, others), Bob Piatt (KIRO, KTNT), Bob [ Tria ] O’Neil (KBRC, KPUG, KGMI) and Lee Hurley (KQDE/KUDY) to name a few. As for KLOQ, it had a pretty good pop music run in Yakima until 1963 brought new ownership.
Aside from KLOQ, there were a number of other one-time Yakima broadcasters who carved out notable careers elsewhere: “the real” Don Steele (KIMA, later KHJ and others), Bill Wippel (KOL, KIXI, KIRO), Tim Hunter (KING-AM, KOMO-AM, KLSY), Ed Howell (KAYO), Darrel Sauve [Dave Allen] (KTAC, KING, KMO, KVI, KOL others), Bill Doane (KASY, KVI), Dave Yates (KJRB, KJR, KLSY), Ron Magers (KAYO, later WLS-TV), Steve Knight ( WCBS, CBS and FOX), Don Riggs (33 years at KMPS), Steve Montgomery (KIMA, KREM, KFKF, KIRO-AM, KISW), Gene Wike (KIMA-TV, KING-TV) and Gary Justice (KIMA-TV, KING-TV and KIRO-TV). — Ron DeHart
5/12/16 — Alexis Smith leaves KIRO 7 Morning News and KISW FM weekends for KGO TV San Francisco in July.
5/11/16 — Morley Safer, the longest-serving correspondent in the history of “60 Minutes,” says it is time to retire.
Safer, 84, said in a statement, “It’s been a wonderful run, but the time has come to say goodbye to all of my friends at CBS and the dozens of people who kept me on the air.” CBS announced on Wednesday that the network will broadcast a special hour-long look at Safer’s broadcasting career on Sunday night.
5/11/16 — 3 of the Top 25 Rock Radio Programmers, as selected by Billboard Magazine, are Seattle guys. Harms & Kaplan worked at KNDD and KMTT/Entercom in Seattle.
5/11/16 — Former KIRO radio news anchor Heather Bosch has resigned from CBS radio news. She and her family will be moving back home to Edmonds.
Greg Aust Meltdown
STEVEN SMITH writes:
I met Greg in 1973 when he was a new hire at KVI and I was new at the KIXI newsroom. We met in the elevator at the Towers Bldg, KIXI studio on 9th floor. A young guy introduced himself in the elevator, seeing that I was going to the upper KIXI floor. He said I had a deep KIXI voice and he was Greg Aust….new at KVI and he was in the elevator because he lived in that same building.
I started listening to his mid-day show and loved it. Later, when I was with SRO, I spoke with the former KVI GM, Jack Banksen. Jack said Aust was unpredictable, one day he announced he was doing his show naked and a quick peak proved that to be true. One year he got a great book and demanded a raise. Greg got the raise but, next time his numbers were down and he came in the manager’s office and resigned.
I do not know of any Aust KVI airchecks, but his voice is available as Austin in Boston and Chuck McKay at CKLW. A search online will turn those up. The McKay tape is infamous as weird, so if you have not heard it, then check it out.Other broadcasters I knew, on air at KIXI at that time, included Bob Liddle, Ken Stuart, Rudy Perez and Steve Schilling. Wally Nelskog, the owner of KIXI, came by often as well.
Robin Mitchell on the topic: JIM HARRIOTT
“Was just checking out your TV-Radio Talent section. JIM HARRIOT the Seattle TV anchor…was part of the legendary WMCA Good Guy DJ lineup in New York….thought you might want to know. There’s even a picture of the crew on the internet.” [Thanks, Robin!!]
Harriott, a former KING-TV news anchor who also did both radio and TV for Voice of America until 2004, died in 2007 of complications due to a stroke. He was 71. Harriott did news and evenings on WMCA New York before moving to ABC for network news in 1963. He worked at WNBC New York from 1968-71, then moved to KOMO-TV Seattle in the early 1970s. Harriott played a Seattle TV anchorman in the 1983 film “War Games”.
5/9/16 — The WOLF 100.7 KKWF replaces Nick Alan with …wait for it — voice-tracking with Savannah Jones from Portland station KWJJ.
5/9/16 — SUPERHERO MOVIES-TV SURGE –Syfy has greenlit a pilot for Krypton, the Superman prequel set two generations before the Man of Steel’s home planet was obliterated. Krypton will follow Superman’s grandfather as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save the world from chaos.
Mixx 96.1 KXXO Seeks Experienced Radio Announcer /Producer
Bring your dynamic on-air personality, creative commercial production and voice-over expertise, and community events enthusiasm to Mixx 96.1, South Puget Sound’s dominant AC. We have a rare opening; long-time morning host RP McMurphy is retiring. Experience and production skills required, as you will also need to regularly voice and produce ads.
Locally owned and operated in Olympia, Washington’s progressive & beautiful capital city, Mixx 96.1 has served up adult hits and community spirit for over 25 years. Check us out at www.mixx96.com
TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter with where you heard of this opening, a resume, three references, and an .mp3 aircheck shorter than three minutes that includes ads you voiced and produced, as well as bits or breaks that showcase your abilities to program director John Foster, at the address above or via the information on our website, www.mixx96.com/jobs.
Deadline to apply: Thursday, May 26
Successful candidate’s duties will include but are not limited to:
• Engineering and producing a daily show five days a week, following the format of the station
• Producing commercials, promotional messages, and voice tracks as assigned in a timely and professional manner, and checking each one after production
• Taking part in station promotions as needed (typically one or two days a month, usually on the weekend)
• Willingness to work with people of differing backgrounds and lifestyles
Station studios accessible only by stairs.
Applicants will be asked to allow access to their driving record.
Mixx 96.1 KXXO is locally owned by 3 Cities Inc., PO Box 7937, Olympia, WA 98507, an equal opportunity employer. Our company is committed to fairness and diversity in hiring and promotion and encourages applications from people of any background, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or belief.
KCPQ 13’s Social Media Editor and Director of Digital Strategy, Travis Mayfield remains off air following the tragic loss of his 2-1/2 year old son Tommy on April 10. Cause of death remains a mystery to doctors and family.
“On April 9th we took our 2.5 year old son Tommy to Children’s Hospital here in Seattle. He had had a cold for a few days, but on that day his nose had started to bleed during his nap. After a few minutes, we realized we needed help to try and get it to stop.
Just after noon on April 10th, we held our precious baby boy in our arms in the ICU and sang him to sleep one last final time. Our previously perfectly healthy Tommy died in the arms of his two daddies and surrounded by those who loved him most.
What exactly went so wrong in those 24 hours remains a mystery to us. We have some medical facts in hindsight, and countless assurances that we and those who cared for Tommy did everything right and everything possible.
But “why” is an answerless question we will likely ask for the rest of our lives.”
5/4/16 — Jim Dalke has found a new site for 1460 KARR/Kirkland. Dalke is working on relocating the station and doing a permanent install with a two tower array (at a lower power than the original station). The lower power protects nearby adjacents and co-channels.
5/4/16 — The SAVE KPLU organizers have raised over $5Million on the way to the goal of $7Million. Surely there is someone or some group standing in the wings, waiting for the clock to tick down to the final minute. At that time they will then lay a briefcase full of money on the table to save the station for the local community. It will probably happen just like that.
5/4/16 — After dropping his syndicated Loveline, Dr. Drew goes digital with longtime partner Adam Carolla on PodcastOne, five days a week, this time with the Adam & Drew podcast. Why is there so much great content available in podcast form, but not available on the radio airwaves? This is a huge part of what is wrong with radio today.
5/3/16 — Seattle’s 107.7 The End and Full Tilt Ice cream have partnered to create a new ice cream flavor, “The Chocolate To End All Chocolates,” which will be available for the first time this Saturday, May 7, at The End’s Taco Truck Challenge in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill. 5/3/16 — The Communications Workers of America—whose Verizon wireline employee members in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are on strike—has joined with Public Knowledge and Common Cause to file an informal complaint against the company. Verizon calls the complaint “ridiculous.” 5/3/16 — Former production wiz and air personality Terry McManus has died. He was the voice of Jimmy Stalwart, Gregory Peck, Zollie Nicely (KOL’s booking agent with a heart) Jimmy from Mr. Science and Jimmy (KOL and later KYYX). McManus was also the voice for all national Frank Sinatra spots. For Robin & Maynard, he was the voice for Officer Lee Groinman (Seattles toughest cop), Cecil Blakemore, Pinky Puckerton, Grady Gerry Bumpus, Warden Marshall Warden, Liberace, Manager of the Puppet Warehouse, Sir Cavendish of Longbarrow, Gordon Van der Hoof of Prince George Canada and others. His voice was a constant presence in Seattle radio as well as other parts of the country. He has done voice imaging for KOL, KYYX, KXRX, KZOK and with Robin and Maynard at 100.7 The Buzz. He also did a late night tv cop show on ch.22 called “Nightstick Theater” hosted by Lee Groinman. Another great talent that will be sorely missed. [Ed Bennett]
5/3/16 — Will these low-power FM stations ever amount to anything??? DATELINE: ARIZONA…Show Low Community Radio and New Directions Media have partnered to move the format of Variety Hits “Rewind 99” from 99.7 KPKX-LP Show Low AZ to 1470 KVSL/107.9 K300CL Show Low as “Rewind 108“. KVSL had been airing a mix of Talk, Sports and AC. The move bumps the station from the 2 watt LPFM to the combination of the 5kW AM and 152 watt translator to better cover Show Low. The KPKX-LP will flip to Country as “99.7 The Bear“. [Radio Insight]
In the complaint, they accuse the company of “systematically deceiving customers, refusing to fix the phone lines of customers on its traditional copper network, and forcing them to switch to the company’s fiber network or lose all service.”
They say they support fiber upgrades, but only if it does not harm consumers.
They want the FCC to: (1) investigate these policies and practices; (2) require Verizon immediately to stop deceptive practices; (3) require Verizon to redress any actions taken against consumers under this policy; and (4) take any other action it deems appropriate.
The complaint covers seven states, essentially the same states in which CWA members, along with IBEW, are striking. [Broadcasting & Cable]
5/3/16 — Seattle’s 107.7 The End and Full Tilt Ice cream have partnered to create a new ice cream flavor, “The Chocolate To End All Chocolates,” which will be available for the first time this Saturday, May 7, at The End’s Taco Truck Challenge in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill.
5/3/16 — The Communications Workers of America—whose Verizon wireline employee members in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are on strike—has joined with Public Knowledge and Common Cause to file an informal complaint against the company. Verizon calls the complaint “ridiculous.”
5/3/16 — Former production wiz and air personality Terry McManus has died. He was the voice of Jimmy Stalwart, Gregory Peck, Zollie Nicely (KOL’s booking agent with a heart) Jimmy from Mr. Science and Jimmy (KOL and later KYYX). McManus was also the voice for all national Frank Sinatra spots. For Robin & Maynard, he was the voice for Officer Lee Groinman (Seattles toughest cop), Cecil Blakemore, Pinky Puckerton, Grady Gerry Bumpus, Warden Marshall Warden, Liberace, Manager of the Puppet Warehouse, Sir Cavendish of Longbarrow, Gordon Van der Hoof of Prince George Canada and others. His voice was a constant presence in Seattle radio as well as other parts of the country. He has done voice imaging for KOL, KYYX, KXRX, KZOK and with Robin and Maynard at 100.7 The Buzz. He also did a late night tv cop show on ch.22 called “Nightstick Theater” hosted by Lee Groinman. Another great talent that will be sorely missed. [Ed Bennett]
4/30/16 — Best line from the Washington Correspondent’s Dinner: [Larry Wilmore] “Nice to be on C-Span tonite; Glad I’m not on your rival network, NO-INPUT: HDMI 1.” CNN anchor Don Lemon responded to a joke Wilmore made about Lemon being an alleged journalist.
4/30/16 — If you have ever taken your son/daughter to work, you may or may not have let them cue a record or place a tape in the tape deck. I took my daughters to radio stations and let them start a tape deck on cue or a turntable or two. But it was a child that silenced a network last week. At NPR’s West Coast headquarters on Thursday at 11:04am, the control panel in Studio 42 was punched and twisted in such a way to take over the actual NPR feed and substitute it with that most dreaded of broadcasts—solid dead air—across much of the West Coast. The silence lasted an unthinkable one minute, 13 seconds.
NPR employee Gene Demby tweeted about the outage, saying, “No joke: I think they turned off the newscast and there was dead air.” That was followed by an email from NPR’s Engineering head, obtained by Gawker, which read, in part, “As part of Take our Daughters to work day studio 42 demonstration, one of our junior journalists was somehow able to press the exact sequence, and perfectly timed live insert panel to insert studio 42 into the stream 1.” The button-savvy child in question has not been identified. [Inside Radio]
4/30/16 — Linzi Sheldon has been promoted to weekend evening anchor/investigative reporter from her duties anchoring the weekend mornings at KIRO in Seattle. Elizabeth Dinh joins KPTV in Portland as weeknight 10 and 11 p.m. main anchor from Reporter at KTVT in Dallas.
4/30/16 — Today’s millenial is a unique radio listener. They are attracted to bright, shiny objects. They have short attention spans. They are constantly staring into their smartphone or iPad screen. NextRadio president Paul Brenner says, “Today, consumers are part of an ever-evolving app world, and they expect to see and engage with content on their smartphones. By providing local FM radio listeners a live look at what is airing in their market before they tune in, NextRadio provides a compelling, new listener engagement option. Stations benefit from NextRadio because it doubles listening through the visualization of FM broadcast radio — making listeners more engaged and loyal.” I do agree that MOST radio station websites lack imagination and DJ participation. Merely posting the latest Hollywood gossip is not going to attract this elusive audience. At the same time, I don’t think website content will bring listeners to your station unless they have a reason to participate. Be that a prize of some kind [sparkly and bright] or engrossing information. The latest TMZ trash not the way to get it done.
4/30/16 — Viacom and Comcast have struck deals with ROKU for program delivery through the TV/Wifi connection. This will rid Comcast users of that cumbersome cable box, while also giving them access to other subscription services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu. Dish was an early-adopter of Roku service with the SLING TV service.
There’s a number of Seattle radio history fans who think of KVI’s mid-’80s transition as the “after Hardwick” era. True. When most of the station’s golden age crew (Hardwick, Jack Morton and others) left in July of ’84, what followed became one of Puget Sound’s greatest oldies radio sounds. The New KVI quickly made its mark through the efforts of Mike Webb, Ron Erak, Tom Huytler, production whiz Jay Green and others. And there were more familiar names sharing in the fame of this significant piece of KVI history. Folks like Heidi May, Humble Harve, Sky Walker, Dick Curtis, Paul Walker and Paul Thompson, to name but a few. It lasted until 1990 when KVI made its first of two leaps into the world of conservative talk radio. You’ll hear none of that in this posting. But you might enjoy this composite aircheck reflecting how AM 570 helped a lot of listeners remember how great it was to have the oldie hits back since the demise of the old KJR and KOL.
The aircheck > runs about 4:30.
The KVI of mid-’84 to ’90 was a near phenomenon. It was a huge success (and led to KBSG’s glory years) achieved on the AM band while many FM wanna-bes were struggling. Admittedly, the stereo clarity of KBSG-97-point-3 helped a lot of radio listeners get over KVI’s oldies death. Not surprising was the next chapter of success most of the KVI oldies air personalities found when they moved on.
— Ron DeHart