Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: My First Contact with Radio, 1961

by Norm Gregory on September 13, 2011

in 1961, Radio Scrapbook

As a kid growing up in Seattle I loved listening to the radio and was a big fan of most pop / rock / R&B music. But I never called a radio station; never entered a radio contest or got involved with any radio promotion. But I did write to the Program Director at KAYO radio in the spring of 1961. I don’t remember what a “Jr. DJ” was . . . I must have heard about it on the station (KAYO was, until 1963 a rocking’ top forty — with more of an east coast sound which made them unique — the first time I heard Pat O’Day on the radio was on KAYO a couple years earlier). Maybe today a “Jr. DJ” would be call an “intern.” I did go to KAYO and meet with Mr. White. I don’t remember anything that was discussed but I remember where the station was . . . the KAYO building, with it’s tower along side, was down on 4th Avenue South . . just a few doors north of Andy’s Dinner (which closed in January 2008). I never became a “Jr. DJ” . . . this was my junior year at Roosevelt High School . . . probably because I was busy most days after school playing football / basketball / baseball, etc. So my entrance into commercial radio was delayed until after college. But this memo is the first document which shows my interest in radio. [ Click on image to get a big view ] .

The Doxie scanner was used to create a digital copy of this official radio document.
Scrapebook KAYOmemo 1961 510

 

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


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