Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: Jerry Kaye, KJR, 1967

by Norm Gregory on January 25, 2012

in 1967, Audio, KJR, Radio Scrapbook

I have lost track of how many time Jerry Kaye worked at KJR. I think it’s four or five times. Not counting his 1995 stint as part-timer at KJR-FM.

Jerry arrived from Yakima in September 1961, first doing overnights. Jerry became a fixture in KJR’s evening line up soon . . . and was there, with the exception of being “sent down” to the Spokane farm team for a few months in 1963, until his departure for WLS in September 1967.

Then it gets hazy for me. During the late ’80s and/or early ’90s Jerry was back. Playing the last music on KJR before they slipped into sports. Listening to some of the audio here . . . it seems that Jerry was a little confused about when he worked at KJR.

I remember Larry Lujack’s last evening on KJR. He signed off with “I’ll see you tomorrow night . . . if you are standing in the middle I-90” and went into the Standell’s “Dirty Water” . . . Larry was headed for Boston.

Jerry came on at 9 p.m. and said he was so touched by Larry’s good bye that he’d be using it himself in a couple of weeks. It turned out to be more than a couple weeks. Larry left in March and Jerry left in August 1967.

By way, I talked more about Jerry last October.


KJR, Jerry Kaye, 1986

KJR, Jerry Kaye, 1971

What is going on here? I have been digging through My Collection of photos, news clippings and other documents from my 35 years in radio. The daily postings began on May 19, 2011. The Collection can be sorted:

By radio station: KPUG • KJRB • KJR • KZOK • KQFM • KOMO • KJR-FM

By year: 1961 • 1963 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972
1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981 • 1994


1 lalo January 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I loved Lan’s sign off, “seizure babies”… I grew up in Yak when KLOQ went all music/rock, the staff was amazing. Jerry King, Paul Berg, etc. The time, even more so. I started my first rock ‘n roll band, The Redcoats with Barry Curtis who went on to the Kingsmen. I moved to Spokane and Gary Puckett took my place. And on…blah…

2 Norm Gregory January 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Next you are going to tell me, Ned, that the Union Gap were actually from Union Gap.

3 Ed Bennett January 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Larry Lujack P.D.? It was Clark Weber, but who’s counting? I was in San Francisco when these changes accord. I remember how shocked I was when I heard Rhett Walker the 1st on KRLA. He did 9 till noon and was on several adds. He also did a lot of fill ins. I also remember reading Herb Cain’s article in the San Francisco Chronicle about Dick Curtis and Bill Munsen of KOL, Seattle will get drunk on the air on New Years to guard against drunk driving. He said “all I know is back in his salad days, Don Sherwood (KSFO) could out drink both of them under the turntable” I think Jerry did 5 tours of duty at KJR. (counting KJR-FM.) He came back in 81 at KXA. When I was living in S.F., I would listen to Mike Phillips on KFRC.

4 Ed Bennett January 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm

By the way, nice to hear from you Lalo.

5 Norm Gregory January 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Yeah, I am through proof reading and correcting these articles.

I don’t think there is jock alive who didn’t get drunk on the air to prove how fast you became a moron.

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