Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: KZOK ‘Saucers Over Seattle’ 1978

by Norm Gregory on May 14, 2012

in 1978, Audio, KZOK, Radio Scrapbook

“Saucers Over Seattle,” written and produced by “The One Reel Vaudeville Show,” was presented on the air at KZOK in January 1978. I do not recall the exact origin of the idea — probably came out of my long time friendship with One Reel head man Norm Langill — the obvious inspiration for this story of aliens landing on the Space Needle was Orson Well’s 1938 “The War of the Worlds” radio drama. Our drama slowly unfolded out of regular KZOK programing to point when I leave the studio, leaving Bob Hovanes at the mic, to go see, and face, what is going on at the Seattle Center.

KZOK, Saucers Over Seattle, January 27, 1978

One Reel originated as a traveling show, in 1972; founded by One Reel president and CEO Norman Langill. And slowly turned into a thriving events-production company. In 1980 the City of Seattle brought in One Reel to produce Bumbershoot, Seattle’s annual international music and arts festival — they have been running it ever since. One Reel also operates Teatro Zinzanni, the “Summer Nights concert series” and “Family 4th at Lake Union” events.

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 Coburn June 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

It was the SciFi Expo at Seattle Center. Saucers over Seattle was produced to draw attention to the Expo. I still have the t-shirt. One-Reel brought in a script which Hovanes immediately rewrote and I produced.

2 Norm Gregory June 22, 2012 at 9:55 am

Thank you Mister Joe Coburn. . . . for your efforts then and now.

Glad to see your typing.

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