[An article written by Feliks Banel, Seattle historian, as published by Crosscut].
First regular telecast in Seattle, on KRSC. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1948. KRSC (which a few years later became KING) broadcast a high school football championship game at Memorial Stadium; West Seattle and Wenatchee played to a muddy 6-6 tie.
2. Seafair Hydro Races on KING. Sunday, Aug. 4, 1951. A boat called The Quicksilver crashed, killing its driver and mechanic. Quick-thinking local sportscasting legend Bill OâMara led the audience in the Lordâs Prayer. Incidentally, OâMaraâs real last name was Rhodes, but that also happened to be the name of a local department store, and nobody wanted to give it a free plug, so Rhodes was forced to change his name. Anybody remember when Bruce KING did sports on KOMO?
3. First Seattle TV newscast, with Charles Herring on KING. Monday, Sept. 10, 1951. Charles Herring anchored the first local TV newscast west of Minneapolis and north of Los Angeles, as KING began nightly newscasts just weeks after the cross-country coaxial cable brought live national TV programming from New York to Seattle. MOHAI marked the 50th anniversary with a special event at the museum honoring Herring, and history-minded KING had pioneer telecaster Herring do the sign-off for the 5 p.m. news that evening in 2001. Herringâs scheduled appearance the next morning on Northwest Cable News was canceled due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
4. J.P. Patches premieres on KIRO. Monday, Feb. 10, 1958. KIRO went on the air in February 1958 and J.P. Patches was the first program aired by the new station. TV clown Patches (played by Chris Wedes) became a fixture on KIRO for 23 years, and heâs still a regional icon making regular appearances an astounding more than half-century later. …MORE
Ted Hikel writes – I worked at KURB in Mountlake Terrace in 1968-1970 and at KBRO in 1967 and 1968… Bruce Bartley owned KBRO and was a former law partner of Warren Magnuson. During the depression he owned the Olympic Hotel and Troy Laundry. He was the most unforgettable character I have ever met. KURB was the idea of businessman Pat McMahan who wanted to promote Mountlake Terrace with a radio station even though Lynnwood was the commercial center. He wouldn’t consider making the station a Lynnwood/Mountlake Terrace station. There were actually 10 owners. Bruce Bartley warned me not to go to work for 10 owners. He was right.
[Feliks Banel wrote a column for the Seattle P-I – 2010]
Seattle’s most powerful radio stations – those affiliated with the best-known national networks – are located all over the place these days.
NPR affiliates KUOW and KPLU have studios in the University District and Belltown, respectively. PRI affiliate KBCS broadcasts from the campus of Bellevue College. CBS affiliate KIRO is on Eastlake, while ABC affiliate KOMO is at Fourth and Denny.
But it wasn’t always this way. Because of limitations of the original transcontinental cable that brought network programs to Seattle in radio’s heyday, the city’s most powerful stations in the 1930s and 1940s were all gathered in a now forgotten few square blocks downtown, in buildings that are all still standing.
When radio was new in the early 1920s, just about anyone could broadcast from anywhere, and just about everyone did. There were no successful national networks, and most radio stations in Seattle were independent, often amateur, entities broadcasting from department stores, newspapers, churches and even private homes. LINK
From Feliks Banel & KIRO FM 97.3 The Dave Ross show…Originally aired: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 —
Though he was a humble guy who’d probably reject the honor, it’s not an exaggeration to say that J.P. Patches, as portrayed by the late Chris Wedes, was the most popular person in the history of broadcasting in the Pacific Northwest. AUDIO LINK
ALT 102.9 is now K F O O. Really? KFOO…seriously! [NWBroadcasters]