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.
KJR, Jerry Kaye, 1986
KJR, Jerry Kaye, 1971