Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: KJRB Spokane, 1969

by Norm Gregory on October 12, 2011

in 1969, Audio, KJRB, Radio Scrapbook

This air shift had to be just weeks, if not days, before my departure for Seattle. The Spokane winter of 1968-69 was the worst winter I have ever lived through. The Saturday of this air shift was one of the few days it was above zero degrees. I left in a lot of audio of the local spots just for my own personal nostaligism . . . hearing the voices of Gary Taylor, Mike Dalton . . . and Charlie Brown doing news ( . . . reporting on the maiden flight of the 747). Then there are the concert spots, “son of the album man” and too many R&B songs.

KJRB, Norm Gregory, Golden Weekend, Feb 1969

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 Norm Gregory January 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm


You know I don’t remember having any records at home in Spokane. I don’t think I brought any with me from Bellingham or left for Seattle with any . . . but I must have had a few faves.

2 Norm Gregory January 10, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I have listened it this audio, recently, a couple times . . . it almost makes me nostalgic for Spokane . . . I think it’s all the spots.

3 Jim Davison December 27, 2015 at 3:06 am

Dear Norm

I remember that winter. I was 12 / 13 so for me it was a great winter. My brother and friends had cars and we did donuts on the ice and a lot of other
winter Fun times. Also the year of my first steady girlfriend. I remember Sitting in a rec room in our basement on Illinois Street with my girl and best friend and my girls twin sister. We had a good fire going and the frost forming on the windows listening to the Top 100 or top 20 or something for the decade of the 60s on new years eve. We were all shocked at what came out as the # 1 Song. I think it was Boby?? hell I can not recall but had something to do with Rain. Never liked the Song.

I realy miss those days. I never met you in person but did meet Mike Dalton a few times. But I did listen to YOU a great deal. I know you think at that age I would have been in school. And I was sometimes but not too much. And that winter we got at least 2 days if not 3 off. I used to skip school and work. Ended up making millions and when I got to 6th grade I just stopped going to school and the sherif got tired of trying to make me go and dragging my ass to school. I would just light up a smoke at break and get suspended and head back to work. Thus listen to you.

Anyway thank you very very much for This Clip. It made me think of things I had forgotten. One place that used to advertise on KHQ TV was Sylvan Furniture. The Jingle of the commercial will never leave my head.

Ever. The way a good commercial should even if it was irritating and it was. The phone number was Fairfax 5-1521 West 227 Riverside.

Any chance anyone else remembers that terrible but effective commercial. Good ol smilen sylvan West 227 Riverside. I lived in the Hudson part of town Hudson 7-7377 was my old phone number. OR sometimes we called it HU7. The Station I think would have been in the Keystone area. I always liked to look at the 4 towers that indicated you transmited directional in those days. Now it can be done electronically but the 4 towers would have been best used for gain on an FM station.

AM did not get too much more gain due to the Antennas on top of the towers. In fact I think with AM the tower was the antena unlike TV and FM that have an antena on top of the tower cut to the frequency.

Regardless. I even recall KNEW before it changed to KJRB due to a purchase if I recall of the call letters from a boat or something. WNEW wanted a sister station on the west cost with KNEW and made a deal with you guys and the FCC. So KNEW moved to Oakland in or near Jack london Squar. I lived in Silicon valley and listend to it for a few Min but it was some strange music I do not listen to. Someone said the Call letters came from a boat but that never was clear as I do not recall boats having call letters.

Anyway Thank you again for the trip down to the past. Do you ever keep in touch with the other Jocks from KJRB.

I came close to moviing back to Spokane but it is Nothing like it was in those years. No crime to speak of. No locks. It was a good town. Then the drug distrabution moved there from Yakima and destroyed the city as the police did not know how to deal with that crap as they never had to deal with it. It was Cocaine that did most the damage. Spokane always had Pot and LSD but was never a big hub for the heavy drugs till the Mid to late 80s is when that started.

Anyway you have a great day.


4 Norm Gregory December 27, 2015 at 12:02 pm

I had not heard of the relationship between radio station call letters and “boats.”

Thanks for all the memories Jim!

5 jim arnold May 2, 2017 at 11:01 pm

Norm, I worked in radio in Spokane with your brother Brian. I was the music director at KEZE when he was the P.D. there. I also did mornings at KISW, when Langan and West moved to KMET. I’m friends with Gary Taylor as well. He and I worked together at KZZU in Spokane. I did mornings and he was the G.M. Wanted to thank you for posting this aircheck and all the other cool stuff about Spokane and your time at KJRB. It brings back great memories and reminded me of a concert I went to and totally forgot about (Grass Roots) at Whitworth. Thank you for all the lessons you taught me about how a radio show should sound, even though you never knew you were doing so. Take care.

6 Norm Gregory May 4, 2017 at 2:31 pm

Quite a career Jim. I guess you were a few years behind me.

I have no idea how (or why) anyone would get into radio these days.

Thanks for taking the time to type.

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