Bob & Ray’s 40-year career began at WHDH, Boston. Bob was a disc jockey, and Ray a newscaster. When the Red Sox games were delayed on account of rain, they began to amuse each other to fill the time. Soon they had a daily show of their own, “Matinee with Bob & Ray,” an improvised, madcap exercise in controlled chaos. Over their long career, they created more than a hundred characters, all played by Bob or Ray. Wally Ballou, the hapless journalist, Mary McGoon, whose recipe for frozen ginger ale salad prefigures Martha Stewart; Biff Burns in the sports room, Webley Webster, Barry Campbell, a third rate actor with an ego the size of the universe, Mary Backstayge, Noble Wife whose pals travel the world in search of goofy adventure.
Their humor is subtle, dry, intelligent and clean. Bob & Ray have a keen ear for language, how it is used and misused by the con artists, hucksters and hustlers who populate radio and television. Their humor is timeless. Bob & Ray‘s satire of soap operas, game shows, radio shrinks and other self-appointed “experts,” and commercials, is as pertinent today as it was in 1946. They belong in the pantheon of American humor, alongside Mark Twain, George Ade, Will Rogers, and S. J. Pearlman.
In 1951 NBC brought them to New York for a daily 15-minute television program, and numerous radio shows. Over the next thirty years they appeared on every major network, and on three powerful New York stations. They finished their radio career on public radio with the “The Bob & Ray Public Radio Show” (1982-2004), and a farewell appearance at Carnegie Hall (1984).
In this dramatization, The Mutual Television Network [it actually aired programming — but only for a very short period, sometime in the 1950s], attempts to subsidize the cost of producing the after-glow on TV screens when a person turned off their TV set…
Jim Kampmann [KISW…KLSY…KIXI…KQMV] Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1950. Radio start as Veteran’s Hospital closed-circuit station volunteer in Walla Walla, Washington, 1968. First commercial radio in 1970 at KKGF-Great Falls, Montana before a six-year run in Spokane with stints at KREM, KXLY, KJRB. On several different Seattle radio stations since 1976 including KISW for 17 years. Local, national and international voice work for Boeing, Microsoft, AT&T, McDonalds, Outside Magazine. Recipient of numerous journalism and advertising awards. Full-time instructor in Broadcast Journalism at Green River Community College. 1999. Married Ann, 1989. Died in March 2015
[Rod Belcher at KMO; photo courtesy of the Tacoma Public Library archives]
1922 was a big year for broadcasting in Washington. It was Year One for radio. The first radio station in the State of Washington was not located in Seattle or Tacoma, but in Spokane. 590 KAQQ, later KHQ, now KQNT, [Feb 28].
Next was Vincent Kraft’s experimental station, which became KJR, the first radio station for Seattle and Western Washington [Mar 9].
South Sound residents got their own station on March 30, as KGY 1240 began broadcasting. Those original call letters were used by the station until the Kerry family sold the station in 2014 to Sacred Heart Radio.
Tacoma’s KMO 1360 took to the airwaves on March 30. The station dropped those great call letters in 1984, for KAMT. The station later went with the call letters KKMO.
KTW 1250 Seattle started programming on April 22. The station is now KKDZ.
Finally, another station for Seattle on May 23, 1300 KDZE, which later became KOL. The station became KMPS in 1975, and was acquired by Salem in 1997, changing call letters to KKOL [not quite KOL].
Friendly, polite, nice guy, jokester — words used to describe Big Jim Martin. Jim Martin died Saturday from complications following recent gall bladder surgery.
The chat boards show a collection of remembrances from those who worked with or were fans of Martin. Big Jim liked the all-night shift on radio, he was smart and maintained a real day job. Big Jim Martin was heard on Seattle stations KJR, KING and KVI. Here is a YOUTUBE snippet of an aircheck from Jim Martin at MusicRadio KING 1100 .