Hollywood stars here for March of Dimes telerama

teleramaJanuary 17, 1965 – – The states annual March of Dimes drive against birth defects will be climaxed this week and with an 18 hour Telerama that began last night at 11 o’clock and will run continuously until five this afternoon over Channel 7.
Heading the list of visiting Hollywood performers participating in the show are Connie Hines of Mr. Ed, Bob Denver of Gilligan’s Island, Bill Bixby of My Favorite Martian, all CBS stars, and Lloyd Thaxton, who has a nationally syndicated music show on Channel 7.
In the course of the marathon telecast, the television performers will urge viewers to back the drive with telephone pledges by calling Mutual 2- 9020 or to visit the Telerama headquarters West of the Seattle Coliseum, where the telecast will originate. JP Patches, KIRO TVs clown, will be on the curb at the West side entrance from 9 to 5 today to accept contributions.
An invitation has gone out to local amateur, nonunion entertainment groups to participate in the telecast from 9 to 11 o’clock this morning.
Radio stations in the Western Washington area are cooperating in the Telerama, which is being cosponsored by the Seattle Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Participating radio outlets that will be telephoning pledges from their areas include KTNT Tacoma, KGY Olympia, KRKO Everett, KBRO Bremerton, KPUG Bellingham, KBRC Mount Vernon, KBKW Aberdeen, and KONP Port Angeles.

Ron Erak forms “Young Farts Club” for Radio DJ Generation W

Ron Erak with Bob Case and Christopher Cross
[Pictured, a much younger Ron Erak hanging with the great Bob Case and World Class singer of "Sailing," Christopher Cross]

For the young Boomers not inducted into the Old Farts Club of radio personalities, Seattle radio personality RON ERAK has formed the Young Farts Club. For what might be termed, the Gen W of radio disc jockeys, late-Boomers but not quite GEN-Xers. The Young Farts Club would include members from great radio stations like KNBQ, KBSG, KYYX, KXRX, KISW, KZOK, etc.
As of Saturday evening, Ron Erak has been nominated to be installed as President of the Young Farts Club…
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Ron Erak older and wiser obviously I mean do you see the chick he hangs with
RON ERAK recently…

***** RON ERAK was officially voted PRESIDENT of the Young Farts Club on Sunday 8/10/2014—

Independent KSTW battles networks

Charles Edwrads KSTW
Victor Stredicke/September 2, 1979 — The TV station whose name nobody can pronounce is flexing its electronic muscle to make its mark in the marketplace.
KSTW channel 11 is moving in several directions to diversify, modifying the role of an independent TV station.
“We are not just reruns,” Charles Edwards, general manager, says matter-of-factly.
The station offers more programs from more sources than any other in the area, particularly in prime time.
Most familiar of those new independent features are the made-for-TV specials under the Operation Prime Time imprint. But channel 11 also buys programs from English suppliers and sports syndicators.
The basic structure of the station, of course, is composed of off-network series. Reruns. Many of the reruns are of programs you might tune in on any independent station in the country. Channel 11′s schedule comes from a master schedule suggested by Tele-Rep, a New York firm, which sells TV time for independent stations. Tele-rep keeps track of the number and kind of viewers that off network shows originally attracted. It knows what kind of audiences major nation-wide advertisers are interested in. It suggests the program schedule to clients that will be salable. But it’s not the rigid schedule that a network station is forced to carry; there are several tested alternatives. Stripping a rerun series 5 or six nights a week at the same time is the usual approach. Country music nights, movie nights, action, adventure nights are others…
Some programs can run forever. Some of channel 11′s fare has been renewed a number of times. I Love Lucy is in its 30th run, Edwards estimated.
There are elements of horse trading in the business of buying TV programs. As the only independent in town, channel 11 has a wide choice of programming. It also has the most flexible schedule. A network affiliate has few available time slots for off-network programming. In the first place, the Federal Communications Commission will not permit off-network material in certain time periods. Some suppliers try to place their programs with network affiliates first, then come to the Independent after rejections. The price a station pays is negotiable. Channel 11 is most interested in are programs that can deliver a young adult audience, but not too young. Independent stations were once aiming for just kids – – reruns of Gilligan’s Island, the Munsters, and Flintstones. Now the competition is more intense. Adult programming is sought to steal viewers away from the network affiliates.
“We’ve got one coming up. That really is adult,” Edwards said. “Benny Hill, I hope it’s not too racy. It’s English comedy.” He blushed!…
Charles Edwards was sales manager when Gaylord broadcasting bought the station. He became station manager when his boss, Crawford Rice, was moved to another position in the broadcast group. Born in Louisiana, he grew up in Dallas, Texas…
From the day Gaylord Broadcasting took over, the station has been improving its physical plant. New studios, new equipment, larger staff, building a news department. The Tacoma studios, on S. 19th St., are the newest in the Northwest, a production room is designed to supply production facilities to advertisers, rivaling any commercial studio on the coast. The station was the first in the nation to own its own satellite receiver to get news segments from a new independent-station news service. Now, portions of the still new building are being torn up permit installation of those “instant news” cameras.
The station’s biggest push so far has been to exploit its transmitter relocation, to Seattle’s Capitol Hill…
“We didn’t do too well with our call letters.” Edwards confessed. “It looked good on paper. K-STW for Seattle-Tacoma-Washington. But I don’t think very many people got the connection. It’s not pronounceable, and Seattle seems to be uniquely populated with radio-TV stations that are pronounceable – – KIRO, KOMO, KAYO, KIXI, KING…
Edwards expects channel 11′s identity to be further defined by an improved news department.
“I don’t get involved in news content, I’m convinced that our news is going to be the best in town,” Edwards said. Farther down the line, there are still more changes, including a probable hour-long newscast in the 10 o’clock hour.
“I just tell the staff to go where the news is. I’m not going to sit in front of the screen and count the number of stories about Seattle, the number from Tacoma and the number from Bellevue…
“I do have viewers who do, however,” he said grimly. “I have received complaints from Tacomans who insist that Tacoma news be favored.”

Radio Notes

Bill-GavinMay 28, 1978 – –Bill Gavin was a local radio announcer prior to his years writing the programming aid for radio stations and record companies, The Gavin Report. Gavin worked at both KOMO and KJR when the two stations operated together. His program was called “Fish Finder,” a feature on KJR.

Kings Garden, licensee of KGDN-KBIQ, has asked for FCC approval to purchase WSYX FM Columbus Ohio. The new station would expand the KGDN concept of Christian radio, according to information supplied to Kings Garden supporters… KVI now broadcasts commuter traffic reports for Mariners baseball games that are scheduled to air during afternoon commuting periods.

May 31, 1977 – – Surprise! The NBA playoffs will be heard on KQIN! For the past six years, the playoffs have mysteriously appeared, usually not announced in advance, on a different station.
Again this year, an agreement with Mutual Broadcasting System was signed “mid-playoff,” it would seem. In any event, pregame activities for game number four begin at 5:55 this evening.

July 9, 1978 – –Accu-Weather broadcast services have been added to KVI. Accu-Weather has made his reputation in forewarning of disaster for clients areas Jim Johnson, KVI general manager, said Accu-Weather’s job in the Puget Sound area will be to forecast weather for recreation.

Art Lind, former midday personality at KMPS, is new program director KMO Tacoma. Lind was program director there in 1972-1973. The past year the general manager, Jim Baine has been doing double duty. Lynn said there will be refinements but no major changes in the country-music format.

KXA today begins readings of “The Hobbit” Sunday afternoons for the next four weeks. Linda Poynter, KXA sales manager, said the station would be open to listeners suggestions for spoken word recordings to extend the program after “The Hobbit” is concluded.

KRAB begins a 10-part series titled Igor Stravinsky: The Man and His Music, at 9:30 p.m. Friday. The initial program examines the personality of the musician through a series of recollections by his friends and associates, including a discussion of his habits and idiosyncrasies, his intellectual and spiritual makeup.

Dan Walker, former KTAC and KJRB air personality, recently in sales and other business ventures, has returned to the air, 7 PM to midnight on KAYO.