Sammy Davis Jr. in car crash

Sammy_Davis_Jr._performing_1966November 1954 – Singer Sammy Davis Jr. sustained serious injuries to both eyes and lacerations of the forehead in an automobile collision early in San Bernadino, Calif. Though the extent of Davis’ full injuries was not known, it was reported he might possibly lose sight in one eye.

October 1949 – Wally Nelskog, formerly of KREM and KING, has joined KRSC, and is handling a daily two-to-six show.

April 1950 – Ken (Dynamite) Jackson. who spins farm news and music on KPUG Bellingham, has a new contest under way titled “Why I Listen to ‘Cowboy Capers.’ ” One tactless dialer answered, “Because no other station comes in loud enough above the milking machines.”.

July 1963 – Jack Morton added to KVI Radio air staff.

October 1959 – Ray Breim and other jocks at KING, celebrated Halloween via a “Safe Halloween Pumpkin” promotion. The night before the holiday, the jocks hid 100 pumpkins in the greater Seattle area. Each jack -o- lantern contained from one to 50 silver dollars. Kids were urged (on the air) to by-pass trick -or- treating in favor of hunting for the profit-packed pumpkins.

November 1964 – Paul Bragg, KXRO Aberdeen, has recently completed, after two years of research, writing and production, a 13 -week series entitled “Memories in Music.” The one-hour shows highlight the top sellers of the past 60 years including the Edison cylinder records.

May 1965 – The basso voice of radio veteran Jim Ameche is being offered in a syndicated radio service to radio stations across the country. The Jim Ameche Custom Radio Service includes, in addition to the vocal talents of
Jim, 10 hours of standard – conservative music per week for across-the-board programming. The two-hour show is constructed so that individual stations may insert local messages, time checks, etc., in an effort to keep the local flavor. Distributed by Media Representatives International, Inc., Tacoma, the service also features pre-air spots, promotion spots, ID promotions for the show and news, traffic lead-ins and outs, all cut by Ameche. In addition, 10 free commercials will be taped by Ameche each month at a slight additional cost. Ameche will also be available to tape spec spots for a station’s prospective clients.

[source: Billboard Magazine]

Talking points developed following mass-firing at KCTS 9

KCTSKCTS-TV has adopted a self-defense most often deployed by political figures under fire. Seattle’s public television station has coined a list of 13 “External Talking Points” to deflect criticism from management’s recent firing of almost its entire production staff.

The External Talking Points were distributed to members of the KCTS Advisory Board, whose supposed job is to speak for the community to the station.

They followed the “Thursday Morning Massacre” at which the station fired an executive producer, a production manager, three producers, two photographic editors, two editors and two studio crew members. One laid off employee had 40 years’ experience with the station while another had been with KCTS for 39 years.

Read Joel Connelly’s story in the Seattle P-I

KOMO 1000, KING 1090, KIRO 710, KNBQ 97.3, KSTW 11, 1980s commercials & TV in 1988

Guest-PostWhen KOMO 1000 acquired the Mariners radio contract in 2002, they dumped the talk programming & went all-news. Perhaps if the talk format were to be successful, perhaps then-owner Fisher Communications could of sold KOMO-AM along with KVI-AM & KPLZ-FM to Citadel(now Cumulus). If you were listening to KING-AM in the fall of 1990, you noticed that NBC Radio was dropped because of it’s fourth-rate status under Westwood One ownership & replaced it with ABC Direction. Perhaps they should of gone with Mutual. They would later begin airing CNN Radio in early 1991. They would of carried that for TOH News instead of ABC-D. When KIRO Radio was on 710 AM, they would air weekend morning editions of their morning news , which would go from 7-Noon on Saturdays &  8-Noon on Sundays. Note that except for the 7-9AM portion on Saturdays, there were no business reports. In 1995, the Sunday Morning News would be gone until 2003 & would be dropped again in 2008 while the Saturday Morning which would go from 7-11 in 1994 before going from 7-9 & 10-Noon in 1995 would go until 9 starting in 1996 & was dropped in 2010(Note that KIRO Radio has since moved to 97.3 FM). When Viacom bought KNBQ(which was on 97.3 FM)from the Tacoma News Tribune in 1986, things started to change. The DJs would no longer talk over music & the rating began to plummet. When KSTW-TV had The 10:00 News, perhaps Seattle Magazine would of loved to interview then-Sports guy Rod Simons. Finally, it’s time that the 1980 Jay Jacobs Radio & TV ads were posted onto YouTube. Not to mention the localized JCPenney TV ads from Spring 1985 which were the ones that had a woman’s voice with echo on it. Also, i wish someone would post a June 1988 “Entertainment Tonight” story about Donald Trump’s 42nd birthday bash.

Jack Spencer

Veteran Seattle broadcaster Jack Spencer passed away Tuesday night at his home in Sequim, Washington. Jack’s wife, Kathy, her sister, and longtime friend and radio colleague Bill Taylor were at his bedside. He was 84.

During a long career in radio news, Jack was a reporter and anchorman at KIRO radio and TV, then served as news director at KVI, KIXI and KAYO.

Gord Lansdell
Editor/Webmaster Northwest Broadcasters

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