Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: KPUG, Bellingham Fall 1967

by Norm Gregory on September 12, 2011

in 1967, Audio, KPUG, Radio Scrapbook

This was, I am guessing, the last weekly music list I made before leaving Bellingham for Spokane. Thinking back I am amazed any station management would put a rookie, only in radio for six months, in charge of the station’s music. If I really liked a song I would run it up the chart. Take Itchycoo Park [ Spotify link ] as an example. On this chart it’s at number 42 down from 29; earlier it was in the top ten at KPUG probably the highest position it achieved at any American radio station. It took me years to understand, for one thing, that my attitude toward music and it’s status on the air, and in the market, was no where near the average listener’s attitude about the music.

I also have included a small audio clip from my mid-day shift at KPUG . . . we can all laugh at the way it sounds now . . . but let me tell you it got me a job at KJRB and eleven months later I was at KJR. [ Click on any image to get a big view ] .

The Doxie scanner was used to create this digital copy of a very colorful playlist.

Scrapebook KPUGNormPhoto 1967 120My official KPUG portrait which hung in the station’s lobby.
Scrapebook KPUGchart Dec1967 510


Listen to the Top Ten (listed above) on Spotify

KPUG, Norm Gregory, November, 1967

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 December 3, 2011 at 7:55 am

I was just wondwering Norm if you might remember my cousin Paul Hallgrimson? I believe you both played basketball at Western at the same time in the 60’s

2 Norm Gregory December 3, 2011 at 10:06 am

Hmmm . . . sorry to say I don’t remember the name.

I think I would recognize a basketball player’s name . . . there were really that many of them over the four years (’62 – ’66) I was there.

3 Bob Orndorff December 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Norm talked to my cousin paul he followed you at western played thee from 66-68. He told me you played with a good friend of his Terry Clayton. as he said that was a long time ago.

4 Norm Gregory December 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Wish . . I could recall these names . . . but alas.

5 Ron DeHart October 15, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Enjoy Your website … particularly your various airchecks… like the fact that you date most everything you post. Much as I like what Jason Remington is doing with, have difficulty tracking many of his newspaper jock lineup postings (many not dated) with my personal memory of Seattle in the 60’s. You left Bellingham before I got there in early 1969. But I worked across town from some of your on-air cohorts when I was Fred Danz’s first news director at lowly KBFW. My question: do you have any idea what happened to Bob O’Neal? He left KPUG and moved over to KGMI. But no trace of him after I left SRO for broadcasting jobs in the upper Midwest in Jan., ’71. I even recall hearing him (as Bob Trea) at KLOQ when I was a kid in Yakima Valley in late ’50s. Thx… Ron DeHart

6 Norm Gregory October 16, 2014 at 11:35 am

I have no idea what Bob Tria is up to these days. Last I heard, and it was back in the ’60s, he went Instacart post KPUG. Remember cart machines were new. The first ones were from Sparta . . where you had to pull the lever and wait for the thing got up to speed after putting in the tape cartridge. Instacart changed all that.

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