Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: KZOK AM 1590 Cool Gold 1989

by Norm Gregory on May 11, 2012

in 1989, Audio, KZOK, Radio Scrapbook

I had completely forgot about this “experiment” at KZOK AM in 1989. Other than making this tape I wasn’t paying too much attention; I was over at KOMO AM-1000 at the time. It was obviously an automated syndicate program of mostly ’50s oldies with some ’60s tunes that fit (Patti Drew, Ronettes) and some that didn’t (Union Gap). I probably taped the station one day in October 1989 because I liked the music. Of course the music was unique because even in the late ’80s it wasn’t very viable commercially. I am guessing this format, a year after KJET’s demise, didn’t last long. I couldn’t tell you what came next.

KZOK-AM, Cool Gold, October 1989 (scoped)

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 May 13, 2012 at 12:17 am

A short time after this was recorded, they went Z ROCK heavy metal. They had the calls (I think) KOUL. Then they went to KZOK-AM a short time before the format change. This was a great station. Satellite feed from KOOL-AM in Phoenix heard on 20 stations.

2 Norm Gregory May 13, 2012 at 2:14 am

SRO AutomationOn this tape the ID is given as KZOK, Seattle.

You think it was a satellite feed? I know they had a big old monster automated tape system. I posted this photo of it last fall.

3 Adam May 17, 2012 at 9:07 am

Wow… hard to believe that’s how automated radio stations were operated pre computer.

Maybe it’s just me, but I would think computer technology would make automating radio stations easier then the days of a system like the one pictured.

Although I guess running a station by computer has as many pratfalls as running one by automated tape.

4 Norm Gregory May 17, 2012 at 10:26 am

You should have heard the machine run . . those wheels in the lower half of each machine were rotating cart racks . . . clunk clunk. I am not sure how it was programed . . I never got to close to the beast.

5 Adam May 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Yeah, I bet those systems were interesting to listen to.

And from what i’ve read and heard(via airchecks), if one of those automated systems failed… let the fun begin 🙂

6 Norm Gregory May 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Of course, the audio in the post is right off that machine.

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