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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.
Larry Lujack

Radio personality parade

Don Courtenay Intro, KJR News Aircheck – 1964

Now Hear ThisDuane Smart’s post of those Don Courtenay voice intros jogged my memory about this aircheck…

Here’s an on-air sample of KJR’s big voice guy Don Courtenay doing a news intro for a KJR newscast by Lan Roberts in January, 1964.

This provides a full taste of that somewhat eerie news background sounder KJR was using in late ’63 and ’64. This aircheck was from early afternoon with jock Mike Phillips, who you’ll hear at the end. KJR was a real powerhouse at this time, ruling the market and without competitive challenge until KOL cranked it up 16 months later. The KJR on-air lineup at the time: Lan Roberts 6-9, Lee Perkins 9-noon, Mike Phillips noon-3, Pat O’Day 3-6, Dick Curtis 6-9, Jerry Kay 9-midnight, J J Valley overnight. That also was the year Larry Lujack and Chuck Bolland arrived. Running time about 1:06.

— Ron DeHart

(Did anyone else pick up the irony of the first item in Lan Robert’s newscast?)

1979 Reunion brings back familiar voices

KYYX 1979 KJR Reunionradio notes_smKJR disc jockeys were something of a rebellious lot, Pat O’Day recalls. Back in the early 1960s the station had the best ratings ever recorded by a Seattle station. O’Day as on-air personality and program director led a crew which would go on to other cities and national fame. Larry Lujack, in Seattle three years, would go on to Boston, briefly, then Chicago, where he is now entrenched as the “longest lasting” morning personality the Midwest is known. Lan Roberts once shut down KJR, complete silence–unthinkable for today’s wall-two wall radio systems–to try to communicate with alien beings. The World Famous Tom Murphy grew up World Famous right here in Seattle. Dick Curtis added spice to Seattle radio, then went on to intimidate KJR as manager of its most formidable competitor, KOL. Jerry Kay, another outrageous disc jockey, gave up radio a time or two, but snuck back to for unheralded weekend work years later.
O’Day, now owner-manager of KYYX, and Tony Stone, program director, have assembled the old gang for this weekend special programming on the relatively new FM rock station. Most of the disc jockey patter to be broadcast today was prerecorded Friday; during each daypart, all of the disc jockeys will thus get some exposure.

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