Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: KJR 1983 (Audio)

by Norm Gregory on April 13, 2012

in 1983, Audio, KJR, Radio Scrapbook

I returned to KJR in the fall of 1981. First in a mid-day shift and then back to afternoons in a nearly two year stay. Anne Martin is doing the news here in June, 1983 (Gregg Hersholt says “I suspect I had been fired by then or was on vacation.”) and Debbie Deutsch with traffic reports. New owners Metromedia was making many changes. New GM and PD. I would be gone in a month or two. My next stop would be KOMO AM-1000 in January 1984.

KJR, Norm Gregory, June, 1983 (4)

KJR, Norm Gregory, June, 1983 (5)

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 Adam May 17, 2012 at 9:10 am

Just out of curiousity, I wonder if anyone has audio from KJR in 1984 or 1985?

I say that because on various internet sites, i’ve seen audio of KJR AM from every year from the early 60s to the late 60s, most of the 70s and 1980-1983, and then again from 1986-1988, but not from 1984 or 1985.

Although, that’s a pretty good track record of audio available from the station in terms of years.

2 Norm Gregory May 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

As I mentioned above, I left my second stint at KJR in August 1993.

The station was going through a lot changes in the mid ’80s.

In 1980, Metromedia purchased KJR from Kaye-Smith Enterprises for $10 million. But the heyday of AM Top 40 radio was nearing an end, and just four years later, KJR was sold for only $6 million to Ackerley Communications, headed by local billboard mogul Barry Ackerley. He had just recently acquired the Seattle Supersonics NBA team, and wanted to own a radio station so he could carry the games on his own station and sell all the advertising around the games. The studios were moved from West Seattle to 190 Queen Anne Avenue North in 1988, and the Top 40 format was dropped in favor of Classic Hits, an indication of the changing and aging AM radio audience. Four years later the format would change again, this time to Sports Talk, as KJR became an affiliate of ESPN Radio.

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