Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: KJR Commercials On KOL, 1975

by Norm Gregory on September 20, 2011

in 1975, Audio, KJR, Radio Scrapbook

In the fall of 1975 KJR lost a competitor. KOL, under new ownership, changed call letters and formats. Something rather unique happened. KJR voices were on the 1300 AM inviting KOL listeners to switch to 950 AM. Listen to the KJR spots that ran on KOL’s last day.

KJR Guys on KOL, 1975

Now only KING, AM-1090, remained as Top 40 competition and that battle went on for another five years. (**)

The Doxie scanner was used to create this digital copy of a musty clipping.
Scrapebook KMPS 090775 FullClip


(**) In 1980 KING, AM 1090, gave up on Top 40 and adopt an Adult Contemporary format that last two years. October, 1982, KING went to a news-talk format. October 2004 the station flipped to its current format and changed call letters to KPTK.

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 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 Bob Orndorff September 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Norm a former co worker of mine was the last person on KOL before the flip. His name was Paul Demers. I dont remember what he went by on the air them, but he said it was something else being the last rock jock on there. He told me a lot of the old KOL jocks stoped by that night as well, I asked him if he had a tape but he said he had lost it years before that would be something to hear.

2 Norm Gregory September 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm

A Google search turned up: “Paul DeMers aka J Paul Damon/Steve Elliott/Bob Joy.” Any of those sound familiar?

None of the names ring a bell for me.

3 Jason Remington September 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Bob Joy KSND/Seattle late 1960’s

4 Norm Gregory September 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I vaguely remember KSND. What is it now? Oh . . . was that KIRO’s FM when they were doing “Beautiful Music?” Ha . . what ever happen to THAT format?

Thanks for jumping in Jason.

5 Jason Remington September 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

KSND debuted OLDIES on AM 1590 in 1968. Bob Joy was one of the announcers, Gary Loving was another. Joy & Loving. [hmmmmm]

You mentioned the KIRO FM frequency, 97.3/Tacoma, which was KBSG/Oldies.

6 Norm Gregory September 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Oh I was WAY off. .

Of course, when I was at KZOK it was KUUU and then KZOK-AM . . I remember long discussions with Mr. Danz on what to do with the signal. The biggest money making option, which he said he would never do, is to run a bunch of syndicated religious programs. I was not advocating it . .. but just pointed out that it was an alternative. Finally, we got the KZOK calls and simulcast the FM in mornings and afternoons; had the jocks in other day parts voice track for the AM automation unit. Oh they loved that.

7 Jason Remington September 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Do you know whether anyone has any audio of…”Wonder Mother” ? That might have been before your time, but was a popular feature at KJR in the mid-60s. O’Day and Lan Roberts collaborated on the short radio plays, broadcast daily.

8 Norm Gregory September 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Pile O TapesI remember it well . . . (later we had the Story Lady) . . I have not heard it any where lately . . .But I still have a pile of reels to listen to.

9 Jason Remington September 22, 2011 at 7:22 pm

We will keep an eye on this site for the next piece of audio gold!

10 Norm Gregory September 25, 2011 at 7:40 pm

SRO AutomationSpeaking of the KUUU / KZOK AM automation unit. Here’s a photo. This was the ’70s before computers.

11 Bob Orndorff September 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I worked in that room!!! We later added 3 more carosels to the system

12 Norm Gregory September 25, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I am surprised that dinosaur worked. But as I recall there were the occasional screw up.

13 Bob Orndorff September 26, 2011 at 5:52 am

OH yea It happened to me the first day I worked. Another one of the problems was when the VT would get off due to when the Jock was recording there VT not letting enough tape roll on the cart before stopping it and hittin g record again

14 12th Man September 26, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I sure miss Larry Nelson. I know he died 4 years ago. It was almost 3 years since Paul Harvey died. I sure miss him too.

15 Norm Gregory September 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Did you see Larry near the end this video?

16 Marty Corey April 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

I was going to Ron Bailie when KOL hit “the change of life”, and Lee Rogers was one of the instructors, and none of the instructors could get why a 3-letter call sign would be dropped, since there would be no more. I used to listen to KSND, and then loved the change to KZOK-AM. That, and KTAC were the only rock stations I could get clearly at my place on Rich Passage.

After KZOK-AM, didn’t 1590 become KZAM-AM, and then KJET?

I’d forgotten The Story Lady, and 12th Man, Husky pre-games were never the same again after Larry Nelson left. The PD on KOMO took it over, but his sense of humor and voices fell far short, like a Brandy Brownlee FG attempt.

17 Norm Gregory April 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Before KZOK-AM it was KUUU. After? Not sure if there were another set of call letters between KZOK-AM and KJET. Pretty sure it wasn’t KZAM . . different company.

A couple years back ran a interesting piece on KJET.

I collected a couple KJET related videos here.

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