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Tom Murphy & Bob Dearborn @ WCFL

bob dearbornTom Murphy After KOL, Bob Dearborn Before KIXI
On Chicago’s Super WCFL Together – 1973

If you ever wondered what happened to Tom Murphy after his quick blitz as KOL program director in 1972, here’s the answer. Murphy went to Chicago’s WCFL and was teamed with Bob Dearborn on morning drive. And here they are in January ’73 at a time when early ’70s pop music was softer, but CFL was still in a hard battle with longtime foe WLS. (You’ll hear several references to Larry Lujack, who was doing WCFL afternoon drive at the time.) Just over 20 years later Dearborn made an impressive five-year mark in Seattle as program director and on-air guy at KIXI. At 3:13 on the aircheck we hear a brief mid-’90s KIXI clip, with Dearborn’s dry humor coming through loud and clear. Total audio running time about 4:22. wcfl survey
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Murphy (40+ years) and Dearborn (nearly 48 years) had illustrious big-market careers marked by very young beginnings. Sweet Tom converted six solid years at KJR into nearly 20 years in Los Angeles plus five years in Chicago. It’s been said he may be the only one to jock with both Don Steele (Portland) and Larry Lujack (Seattle and Chicago). Murphy’s 18-year-old start at KISN (1959) is outshined by Dearborn’s first on-air job (1960) at age 15 in Hamilton, Ontario — reported to be a long-standing Canadian record. Dearborn logged 16 years in Chicagoland radio over four decades and was for eight years the producer/host of RKO’s Night Time America. He also did radio stints in St. Louis, Cleveland, Detroit, Tampa, Pittsburgh and Toronto. He claims to have moved 38 times in his radio career. The airwaves have lost a lot with the deserved retirement of these two broadcast gentlemen.
— Ron DeHart

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Seattle – Stairway to Stardom

LARRY LUJACK left KJR in 1967…


Larry Lujack WLS


JERRY KAY left KJR for a gig in San Francisco, and then Chicago, back to KJR, and then back to Chicago in 1967…
WLS 1968 Jerry Kay


MIKE PHILLIPS left KJR in 1969…

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BWANA JOHNNY was at KJR for less than 6 months in 1969…


Bwana Johnny


BOB ANTHONY left KLSN FM in 1970…

Big Bob Anthony


Longtime Northwest personality “World Famous” TOM MURPHY left KJR in 1971…


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SCOTTY BRINK had already worked major market stations like WOR New York, WIBG Philadelphia, KHJ Los Angeles, WCFL & WLS Chicago before coming to KJR in 1970…


Scotty Brink


CHINA SMITH left KING-AM in 1971…


China Smith KCBQ KLOS KRLA


BOB SHANNON left KJR in 1972…

Bob Shannon


18 year old KEVIN O’BRIEN [METHENY] was not 18 years old when he started at KJR. He got kicked up the ladder rather fast after leaving KJR…


Kevin Metheny WNBC

DON WADE left KTAC in 1982…


Don Wade WLS


DANNY WRIGHT left KJR in 1982…


Danny Wright


GARY BRYAN left KNBQ in 1988…


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Information sources: 440 International and L.A. Radio

KING promotion goes bust

DJ ChatterAugust 1977 – KING 1090 air personality Rick Scott ran into a slight mishap while flying in a hot air balloon during a promotion for the station. The balloon burst, plunging Rick into a lake. Luckily a couple of boaters were on hand and made the rescue…

Market researchers for Seventeen magazine have found: nowadays teenage girls in America spend $1.7 billion on recordings; 58% of all teenage girls own either a compact stereo or stereo components; and over 50% have their own cassette or cartridge tape players.

November 1978 – KJR is running a “Money Mystery Game” in which listeners first listen to a station produced mini-mystery and then try to guess how Lt. Stewart Street, the detective character in the story, figures out the crime. Each mystery is professionally produced using Seattle voice talent, and the station even hired a professional mystery writer to come up with the stories. Lt. Street’s voice is very reminiscent of actor Jack Nicholson, and the narrator of each episode sounds very much like the late Walter Winchell.

Ten years ago, Larry Lujack graced the KJR airwaves in Seattle. Lujack is now the morning personality at WLS Chicago.
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