Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: KOL Radio, Seattle, 1965

by Norm Gregory on April 28, 2012

in 1965, KJR, Radio Scrapbook

In the summer of 1965 KJR got some new competition as KOL moved from a pop, an almost AC format, to a top 40 style. Trying to cash in on the popularity of the so called “British Invasion” of music a couple of the new KOL jocks had English accents. At the time my “inside” KOL information (most of which – in 1965 – came from Danny Holiday) was that Rhett Hamilton Walker was actually Australian and Tommy Vance, actually an Englishman, was not the “real” Tommy Vance . . . . but was using the name because the “real” Tommy Vance had failed to show up after the station had promoted “Tommy Vance” and had “Tommy Vance” jingles already cut.

KOL 1965

In case you don’t recognize the KOL call letters here is what happened to the station at 1300 on the Seattle AM radio dial.

Update: December 23, 2012

Rhett Hamilton Walker I dies

Tommy Vance in his own words.

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 April 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm

According to the late Buzz Barr, Tommy has always used that name. This was a fabricated story that Vance made up for some british publication as he was downing one too many pints of ale. Check out and write in Tommy Vance on the index and check the comment thread.

2 Norm Gregory April 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I didn’t do any research on Vance’s name . . . I was just recalling the scuttlebutt of the day.

A simple Google search will lead to lots of conflicting information. ((I was amused to see this page — created four hours ago — is already in the top ten results for “Tommy Vance.” Seems like it was very recently that it took days for something to show up on Google.))

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