December 1977 updates

The owners if KVAC Forks have applied to the Federal Communications Commission to add an FM frequency. If approved, it would be the Olympic Peninsula’s only FM station…Todd Bitts, general manager of KVI FM, has been named a Vice President of Golden West Broadcasters Incorporated, licensee of the station. Bitts has spent more than 17 years in radio in the greater Seattle area including sales position at KVI AM, KETO, and KAYO… Dave Ross has joined KIRO as afternoon anchorman. Most recently from Atlanta, Georgia, he also worked in New York… Bob Wright, morning personality at KTNT, is also program director, replacing Bill Coleman.

TALENT updates from Bill Taylor

Dan Shannon — Program director at KING radio in the mid 1960s.
Dave Henderson — (not the former Mariner) — Dave was a newsman at KVI in the 1970s before moving to Golden West’s KSFO (SDan Francisco).
Dennis Buckle (not David) — News director at KAYO, retiring in 1980.
Dick Albertson — KING radio, Seattle area school teacher and longtime Seattle Seafair Pirate.
Dick Keplinger — Newsman at KOMO, KJR, KVI, hosted Cookbook Quiz on KOMO TV in the 1950s.
Emperor Lee Smith — KJRB, KJR. Deceased.
Gary Spinnell/Gary Loving — DJ at KUUU and KOL, sportscaster at KIRO TV, now owner of Spinnell and Stwan Marketing and Media in Seattle.
Gary West – (James Furrow) — Newsman at KING AM, KOL and KAYO. Last reported to be a financial consultant in Bellevue
Jack McDonald — Promotion director, KVI. Deceased
Jack Morton — Air personality at KMO, KVI, KOL and KIXI. Retired.
Jerry [Farley] Kay (last name was King) – Air personality at KJR, KSPL, KPLZ, KYYX. Passed away in 2005.
Rich Johnson – Was a newsman at KING radio (was also one of the airborne “Traffic Twins” at KING, along with Sarah Johnson), and was an anchor and reporter at KIRO radio. He’s now on the air at FOX News Radio.
Rich Osborn came to Seattle from KORD (Pasco), was one of the Country Gentlemen at KAYO before heading to WJJD (Chicago), along with Chris Lane and Don Chapman. When Rich returned to Seattle, he did middays at KOMO, and also had gigs at KIXI, KSEA (KIRO’s FM), KBES, and KZAM when KBES reverted back to those call letters.
Jim Martin “Big Jim” [McMartin] – Air personality and newsman, KOL, KJR, KING and KIXI. Deceased.
Joe Sargent — DJ at KAYO in 1982.
Johnny Carver — Air personality at KVI (The Carver Clan) and KOMO.
Johnny Hayden — Air personality at KAGT (Anacortes).
Kim Wilson (Dalgarn) DJ at KBSG, broadcast information officer, Washington State Legislature.
Les Cole — Program director at KMO (Tacoma), KOMO radio newsman, later went to KBRC (Mt. Vernon).
Wally Beethoven – J. Walter Beethoven (Wally Thornton). KISN, KJR. Retired from radio and now works for All Star Casting Company and lives in Lake Lotawana, Missouri.
Dan Shannon — Program director at KING radio in the mid 1960s.
Dave Henderson — (not the former Mariner) — Dave was a newsman at KVI in the 1970s before moving to Golden West’s KSFO (SDan Francisco).
Dennis Buckle (not David) — News director at KAYO, retiring in 1980.
Dick Albertson — KING radio, Seattle area school teacher and longtime Seattle Seafair Pirate.
Dick Keplinger — Newsman at KOMO, KJR, KVI, hosted Cookbook Quiz on KOMO TV in the 1950s.
Emperor Lee Smith — KJRB, KJR. Deceased.
Gary Spinnell/Gary Loving — DJ at KUUU and KOL, sportscaster at KIRO TV, now owner of Spinnell and Stwan Marketing and Media in Seattle.
Gary West – (James Furrow) — Newsman at KING AM, KOL and KAYO. Last reported to be a financial consultant in Bellevue
Jack McDonald — Promotion director, KVI. Deceased
Jack Morton — Air personality at KMO, KVI, KOL and KIXI. Retired.
Jerry [Farley] Kay (last name was King) – Air personality at KJR, KSPL, KPLZ, KYYX. Passed away in 2005.
Rich Johnson – Was a newsman at KING radio (was also one of the airborne “Traffic Twins” at KING, along with Sarah Johnson), and was an anchor and reporter at KIRO radio. He’s now on the air at FOX News Radio.
Rich Osborn came to Seattle from KORD (Pasco), was one of the Country Gentlemen at KAYO before heading to WJJD (Chicago), along with Chris Lane and Don Chapman. When Rich returned to Seattle, he did middays at KOMO, and also had gigs at KIXI, KSEA (KIRO’s FM), KBES, and KZAM when KBES reverted back to those call letters.
Jim Martin “Big Jim” [McMartin] – Air personality and newsman, KOL, KJR, KING and KIXI. Deceased.
Joe Sargent — DJ at KAYO in 1982.
Johnny Carver — Air personality at KVI (The Carver Clan) and KOMO.
Johnny Hayden — Air personality at KAGT (Anacortes).
Kim Wilson (Dalgarn) DJ at KBSG, broadcast information officer, Washington State Legislature.
Les Cole — Program director at KMO (Tacoma), KOMO radio newsman, later went to KBRC (Mt. Vernon).
Wally Beethoven – J. Walter Beethoven (Wally Thornton). KISN, KJR. Retired from radio and now works for All Star Casting Company and lives in Lake Lotawana, Missouri.

At least we made MacGougan’s column…

snow closure reportIt was a dark, snowy morning… This was the winter of 1989 and Tacoma was in the center of a good-sized snow storm. There was a lot of hype from weather forecasters. EVERYBODY expected snow on the ground by morning and most kids were praying for school closures.
In all such stories, there comes a hero. Wrong is made right or a negative is turned to a positive. Call him “The Equalizer.”
There was snow on the ground at 6 a.m. Yours truly was ‘at the knobs’ on 850 KTAC. In the newsroom, “intrepid” news-hound, Bill Ogden. School closure reports were coming in and the phones were ringing. Across the hallway from the studio, there was a radio in our coffee room, tuned to KOMO 1000.
Through the chaos, I kept a steady hand on the potentiometers and saw to it that the ‘hits just kept on comin’. Several times each hour, we would break for a “News Update/Snow Closure Report” with Ogden in the newsroom.
This gave me a chance to grab more coffee. While pouring another cup of hot black, my sensitive hearing picked up a nugget of information from the KOMO broadcast. I believe it was Larry Nelson confirming it. It had to be the gospel truth.
I waved at Ogden and went on the air to update him and inform the city at large, TACOMA SCHOOLS were closed that day, due to snow.
We continued throughout the morning with the heavy hits and snow closure updates.
The air was heavy the next morning. It became apparent that our Tacoma Schools report had been an error. TAHOMA SCHOOLS [T-A-H-O-M-A] had been closed and that is what KOMO had reported.
On the phone, angry mothers, including one who had given birth to the smartest child in the city. The little tyke had missed the Spelling Bee, which he undoubtedly would have won, had KTAC not reported that school had been closed.
Tacoma News Tribune’s columnist, Denny MacGougan, gave us, [ME] plenty of ink in his column that week. As they say, no publicity is bad publicity. That was my take-away from this.
If you were attending Tacoma Schools during this time, you have me to thank for an “excused” day of absence. But, no thanks necessary. It is what we do. It’s part of our power. We are disc jockeys.

FM RADIO

AM RADIO |FM RADIO | Community/LPFM – Silent Channels 88.5 KPLU (Jazz/NPR) Pacific Lutheran University *Studios in Seattle -licensed to TACOMA 1966 up to mid-1980’s was 50% classical 50% jazz and a few NPR programs. Mid-80’s: dropped classical and added morning/afternoon news and NPR blocks to it’s all-jazz music programming [info: Mike Cherry] KPLU personalities: Dick Stein, Ruby Brown, Dale […]

» Read more

Magical Mystical Audio Pages Tour [I]

Check out the AUDIO section of Seatacmedia. Updates are ongoing… Now, stations have been segmented and there are pages for various audio elements. Today, we look at the main AUDIO page, as it appears on this date:

AIRCHECKS | COMPILATIONS | JINGLES/COMMERCIALS | KVI | KTAC | KJR | KING-AM | KAYO | KOL


AFRTS, the Voice of Home – a DeHart Audio Story
Here’s an Armed Forces Radio-TV Service composite audio. I’ve personalized it as a full production piece with a voice-over track. It tells the story of my long-ago U.S. Navy pursuit of AFRTS. I was trained to be a military broadcaster, but …… The full piece, with the help of late actor Robin Williams, runs about 5:34.
Armed Forces
Yes, the Gary W. Gears in this audio (starts at about 4:10) is the same Gary Gears who later hit it big with major market stints in Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Toronto. He died of a heart attack (age 46) in February, 1991.

Even though I didn’t work in AFRTS, the broadcast training didn’t go for naught. I applied it to civilian/commercial radio while still in uniform in Virginia (which was allowed in ’67-’68). After finishing my Navy stretch in the Western Pacific, I moved on to reporter, news producer, news director and on-air anchor positions (Washington, Minnesota and Indiana) in both radio and television over the succeeding 10 years.
— Ron DeHart


Connie Francis – Forgotten Superstar?
Connie Francis
A recent glance at late-1950s hit music recalls one of the biggest — but almost forgotten — recording stars of that era. How can we forget Connie Francis? Apparently a lot of people have. With the exception of Elvis, Francis was a superstar before most people knew what a superstar was. She was, in fact, our top recording songstress from 1958 to 1964 and one of America’s first international female recording artists.
The triumphs and tragedies of Connie Francis’ career are captured in this mini-rockumentary I produced for a radio program director friend some years ago. Included in this revised/updated version are segments of 14 of Connie’s biggest hits. Running time is just under 6:00.

— Ron DeHart


Drake’s History of R & R Prologue and Open
There are several versions of this Bill Drake rockumentary. The one I recorded and filed runs through 1977.
In any case, this audio clip is the prologue and open for the production. The second voice heard is that of Bill Drake…

Runs about 1:28
Historyofrockandroll1978


The History of Rock & Roll
the-history-of-rock-and-roll-drake-chenault-02Here is the primary jingle for the Drake Chenault production of The History of Rock and Roll. Probably from 1969 when it was first syndicated. It started as a 48 hour documentary and was increased to 51 hours a couple years later. I know it aired in Seattle, but I don’t recall who aired it.

Mr. Music Man
Duane Smart


In the news & on the radio
It’s true that the mid and late 1960s were about more than Vietnam. But the impacts of Vietnam were widespread, touching the lives of millions of Americans. Focusing on 1967, there were multiple anti-war protests at home, a growing drug culture and civil rights riots in several metropolitan areas. Much of American broadcasting, and the pop music of the day, reflected and defined our lives during those difficult times. In ’67, as both a budding broadcast journalist and an active part of the military (U.S. Navy), I recall the pop culture reaction as the world was swirling around us.

Here’s a broadcast-prepared piece I produced some years ago, featuring both the music and the big news events of ’67. There are more than 20 song snippets (listen closely — can you identify them all?), and over a dozen corresponding big news events, including several actual broadcast news excerpts. Total running time: about 2:40.

— Ron DeHart


Audio Memories – Mad Man Moskowitz
Robert Baron had one of the largest old record collections imaginable. Under the well-known moniker “Mad Man Moskowitz,” he was very successful in playing lots of them on the radio. Most of those records were several decades old. A lot of them were zany novelty songs, others were well known country-western or other popular tunes of their day. But listeners loved them, which is why “Music with Moskowitz” enjoyed a near 30-year-run, starting in the mid-70s on Seattle’s KRAB, and later KMPS, KYCW, KKBY, KRPM and finally KSER in South Everett. Baron was a school teacher whose shows were listener-driven. He played just what folks requested, and then put their names on the air — Wow, human radio appeal now lost from the medium! Baron passed on at age 61 in 2004. He had a large, faithful following. A lot of people recorded his programs — including yours truly.

Here’s a clip from one of his April 1994 shows on KRPM. It runs about 5:43
— Ron DeHart


Mad Man Moskowitz Audio — Weird and Wacky, 1992
This is my second offering of Bob Baron’s outstanding broadcasting skills . . . It’s two days before the November, 1992 general election, and here’s Mad Man Moskowitz spinning some of his weird and wacky flat friends on KRPM (K-106). With him are Gorgeous Rabbit and Looney Lucian. There’s a quick montage of some of his more-requested off-the-wall songs, a name-it-and-claim-it LP give-away and a promo highlighting his radio show’s high popularity on Sunday nights (there still was some creative radio in the early 90’s). LIke a previously posted Moskowitz aircheck, this won’t be found anywhere on the internet. It was a 7 1/2 ips recording on my (’60s) Akai X-360 reel-to-reel from a (’75) Marantz 2230 receiver (and yes, they’re both still working). The analog audio signal was converted to digital with a DAK 2800-PC audio editor.

Aircheck running time is just under 5:40. Great, entertaining radio long gone from today’s airwaves. (I’ve been told some people recorded hundreds of hours of Moskowitz’s original programs — audience dedication hard to imagine in today’s radio world.)
— Ron DeHart


Mystery Announcer
Okay, here’s one… who’s the announcer on this spot for Fleet Tire Center. As a double bonus, what is the probable station and when did the spot probably air ?

— Ron DeHart
That was waaaay too easy. Yes, Ted Bell, on KAYO from ’60 or ’61. Ted was a radio pioneer in Seattle in the ’40s with old KRSC and others before helping KAYO become a big player in its rock and roll days in late ’50s early ’60s.


Ray Littrell talks about Dick Stokke’s mail & Jerry Holzinger

Stan Boreson theme KING 5

Wolfman Jack -Today’s radio has got no soul. A discussion of how corporate radio is killing the terrestrial broadcast model we have been used to.

God Made A DJ- Novelty record


Th-th-th-that’s all, folks!
One slow night at KIRO-TV, the man who directed the 5PM and 11PM Eyewitness News shows asked me if I could make Porky Pig stutter longer. At that time the J.P. Patches show had a large collection of Warner Bros. cartoons. I went to our film library and got one I was sure Porky Pig stutters as he says “That’s All Folks”. The projectionist loaded up the film and I recorded the audio from a 16mm print and proceeded (the hard way, by hand) to edit and loop the stutter. It caused many laughs when I completed it. I did use it on JP’s show from time to time. This was done at least 35 years ago.

Mr. Music Man
Duane Smart


Who Listens to Radio? Radio Advertising Bureau commercial jingle produced by Stan Freberg


1 2