Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: KOL, 1972, Curtis Mitchell Out, Murphy To PD

by Norm Gregory on March 27, 2012

in 1972, KJR, Radio Scrapbook

I probably saved this Seattle Times column because it was news of a shakeup at a KJR competitor in mid 1972. Tom Murphy had left KJR after a six year run for Los Angeles in early 1971. Scotty Brink got Tom’s afternoon shift at Channel 95 but was gone in four months. And I moved to afternoons (see KJR memo). I don’t recall what happened (or didn’t happened) for Tom in L.A. or what brought him back to Seattle and KOL. Nor do I remember how long he stayed . . . but I’m sure it wasn’t long. I am guessing that Tom established a format at KOL that was great for him. But this “more personality” approach wasn’t the best idea for the rest of the staff who didn’t have Tom’s talent.


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 Ed Bennett March 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Tom was bounced from KRLA after nine months. He got offers from about five Seattle stations (including KJR) and KOL came up with the best offer. I read in the Seattle Flag that after awhile he had some disagreements with Mitchell and was planning on leaving when the axe fell. He programmed KOL till late December of 72. Then it was off to WCFL, Chicago. At KRLA, he was replaced by Hudson and Landry. That was also the beginning of the end of KOL.

2 Norm Gregory March 28, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Once again Ed you display an astounding memory.

Not sure if I knew all about Tom’s L.A. experiences, but I do know I didn’t remember any of it.

So Tom PDed KOL for six months.

Thanks Ed.

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