KFI Peeve Department

KFI old adSeptember 5, 1926 –The Peeve Editor at station KFI Los Angeles, daily receives a bag full of mail from that large portion of the populace which has aversions and things petty and great which annoy them. Many persons seem to welcome the opportunity to “get a load off their chests” and they loudly decry the conditions which bring about such things as short ice-poundage, traffic tie-ups, torn-up pavements, the servant problem, prohibition enforcement, prohibition violation, too much talking on the KFI Midnight Frolic, too much music on the Frolic, static, taxes, politics, religion, weather and radio voices pleasant and unpleasant.
According to the Peeve Editor, the new department is doing a great service to the public at large in affording an outlet for pent-up emotions before they become what the Freudians call inhibitions or suppressed desires. The volume of correspondence is steadily increasing, and many helpful suggestions are being received on how to run the nation in general and radio stations in particular.

New Station For Seattle

November 16, 1926 — A net increase last week of five broadcasting stations in the United States was reported today by the Department of Commerce, bringing the total number of broadcasters to a new high record of 610. Seven new stations were licensed during the week and two were officially dropped from the government role.
Of the seven new stations, only one chose to go above the Class “A” bands for a wavelength, station KGD I, of the Northwest Radio Service Company at Seattle which will operate on 416.4 meters, a channel already in use at WCCO Minneapolis St. Paul; WCRW Chicago, and WBDR Rossville New York. The location of the plant, however, is expected to prevent serious interference with the other users of the wavelength.

stations currently operating in Seattle KFOA, KOMO, KJR, KTW, KGBS, KFQW, KMO-Tacoma.

KJR FM Format Change Coming

kjrfmA change is on the horizon at Clear Channel Classic Rock 95.7 KJR-FM Seattle. A few weeks after 957TheSound.com was registered by Clear Channel Vice President of Programming Andrew Jeffries and Y957FM.com was registered by the company, Clear Channel has registered five additional domains clearly pinpointing KJR-FM as the intended destination for a change: 957TheJet.com, 957TheJetSeattle.com, Seattles957TheJet.com, TheJet957.com, and TheJetSeattle.com.

Read more at: http://radioinsight.com/blog/headlines/netgnomes/89456/clear-channel-prepping-for-seattle-takeoff/

Gertrude The Disc Jockey

Little known fact: before he was Gertrude, he was on KUOW . . .
Fabulous Bob Newman—better known around Seattle as Gertrude, girlfriend/sidekick of TV clown J.P. Patches—visited today by broadcasting greats Pat Cashman and John Maynard. Bob was a student at the University of Washington in the 1950s when he began his broadcasting career on KUOW 94.9 FM.
Bob Newman Pat Cashman John Maynard

[Courtesy of Feliks Banel]

Larry King Skips Seafair

Dixy_Lee_RayAugust 22, 1978/Victor Stredicke — Gov. Dixie Lee Ray has confirmed the date for her next radio appearance. The governor will appear on a state-wide radio program Saturday afternoon, September 23.
The call-in program is to be produced at KIRO’s radio studios as were past state-wide broadcasts.

Music Series
A new season of Robert W Morgan specials has begun on KJR. The 13 week series will feature such familiar names as Ringo Starr, Barry White, Marvin Gaye and Andy Gibb. Each carefully-produced hour usually features about 60% music and 40% conversation or interview.

Dial twisting
Larry King, late-night Mutual Radio talk-show host, won’t be in Seattle for any SeaFair events, as he had promised on-air, due mostly to a lack of communication on how to accomplish the visit to KIRO studios, yet still accommodate other stations that carry the Mutual Broadcasting System program.… The Herb Jepko show can be heard nightly at midnight on KTNT; the Tacoma stations nighttime signal, however, isn’t likely to be receivable North of the SeaTac airport… Sharon Madea is the new general manager of KRAB, elected to the position in July, and Py Bateman is the new KRAB business manager…Scott Forrest has joined the air staff of KING AM, as utility announcer and programming assistant… Mike Tipton, new host of the weekday morning talk show on KXA, this week takes over as host of the early-Saturday morning KXA talk program as well… Reaction to the Sunday-evening editions of Reflections, with Dave Ballard, has been good enough at KBLE-AM, that Ballard is doing a second program, at 8:45 PM on Saturdays on sister-station KBLE-FM. This will be the last month for Reflections on AM, however, since the broadcast days shorten for daytime-only radio stations until the equinox…