Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: KZOK Tom Petty 1978

by Norm Gregory on May 18, 2012

in 1978, KZOK, Radio Scrapbook

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, with the release of their second album, You’re Gonna Get It!, were in Seattle again. At the time Tom was also in a new movie called FM (A movie he hated so much he won’t admit being in it during a live on the air interview with me on KZOK). This photo was taken backstage 1978 after a summer concert at the Paramount in downtown Seattle.

NormAndTom 630

TomPettySetList 061378

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 May 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

Why did he hate it norm.. You know being in radio I thought it was great. Martin Mull was great as eric swan…but the best had to be delores delux… if you know what I mean. I think every person getting into radio at that time whated to experience that.

2 Norm Gregory May 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I couldn’t get him to talk about it. It was kinda awkward. After a couple different approaches . . . I gave up. But off the air . . . he mumbled something about “hating” the movie.

As I remember at the time just about every one in music / radio / movie criticism thought it stunk. And it was a box office bomb (didn’t even make $3 million).

FM Reviews

I haven’t seen FM in years. Today, at best, it might serve as a ’70s time capsule. Even though it’s depiction of radio of the day wasn’t anything like the radio I was experiencing.

3 Norm Gregory May 18, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Come to find out . . . as I was going through a stack of concert tickets . . . we, at KZOK, had FM movie promotion a couple months earlier.

FM Movie Ticket

4 ned neltner May 18, 2012 at 7:38 pm

In the pic of you two…who do you think was higher? And on what?

5 Norm Gregory May 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Just a couple of guys sitting around having a couple of beers!!

6 Ed Bennett May 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

I enjoyed the film even though the story line could have been better. They should make a film of the 68 DJ strike of KMPX, San Francisco and KPPC, Los Angles. The bad guys won and the good guys lost.Tom Petty looks more tired then wasted.

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