Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: KOMO’s Ray Ramsey’s Last Day, 1985

by Norm Gregory on February 24, 2012

in 1985, Audio, KOMO, Radio Scrapbook

Ray Ramsey was the longtime weatherman on KOMO-TV and KOMO AM-1000. Ray, a fast-talking, wisecracking, plaid-jacket-wearing fixture in Western Washington homes and cars from 1965 to 1985, was well liked and enjoyed by viewers, listeners and co-workers.

Ray’s first broadcasting job was on radio, Spokane’s KREM. Soon he was at KEX, Portland in 1962. In 1964, he moved to Seattle to be a Top 40 jock at KOL before moving on to do the weather at KOMO-TV and radio.

Here is his last broadcast on my afternoon show in the fall of 1985. . .

KOMO, Norm Gregory, Ray Ramsey, September 6 1985

Ray died at age 87, May 2011

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 Bob Orndorff February 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I got to meet Ray in the fall of 78 when I came up to KOMO to shadow Bruce King for a day. What a nice man. Also when I was working in SheltonA mechanic friend of mine and I were talking bout Ray for some reason and he told me he listined to him in Spokane while he was stationed at fairchild. He said that Ray whent bu Crazy Ray the all night DJ. I would of loved to hear him do top 40. I bet he was crazy on the air.

2 J. Conklin February 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I believe Ray was known as “The Ram” during his stint at KOL as I saw a promo photo of him during those years . . .I particularly liked his weathercasts on KOMO-TV just prior to his retirement where (KOMO) had produced a 3D topographical map of the Puget Sound on an 8X10 table and Ray would approach the map with a handful of weather icons (lightning, clouds with/without rain, sun) and cast them “God” like upon the earth . . .it was quite a hoot to watch with his comments . . .I have always wanted to ask Steve Poole what it was like to spend his early TV years at KOMO being mentored by “The Ram” . . .what stories he could probably tell

3 Norm Gregory February 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I do remember the weather animations . . . and I remember talking to Steve Pool about that . . . and the cartooning weather men of the ’50s . . . on the air. In fact I just heard some of this on a recent 1994 KOMO radio aircheck that I posted. When I get sec . . . and I will try to track it down.

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