Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: My Fourteen Months, Two Days at KJRB, Spokane

by Norm Gregory on September 21, 2011

in 1967, 1968, 1969, Audio, KJRB, Radio Scrapbook

That’s right . . . I spent 430 days in Spokane, at KJRB, AM 790 . . . and I have the documents to prove it. At arrival I did the 6 – 9 p.m. shift. When I left I was doing 9 a.m to Noon. And, as you can see, my starting salary was a whopping $135 a week. But considering that $135 in 1967 has the same buying power as $900 in 2011 . . . it’s not too bad. [ How I got the KJRB job ] [ Click on either image to get a bigger view ] .

Here is how I got the audio: From a reel-to-reel machine.

Kjrb norm 01 120
Scrapebook KJRB arriving 1967 510

Scrapebook KJRB leaving 1969 510


KJRB, Norm Gregory, 1968

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 Eric Kidder October 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I was in my senior year at St. John High School, about an hour south of Spokane, when Norm arrived at KJRB. I had been a steady listener to the station (from back in its KNEW days) while growing up in several towns in the Spokane listening area. After high school, I went to WSU in Pullman and majored in communications, and a highlight of that time was an occasion when several KJRB personalities were guests at an announcing class I was enrolled in.

I fondly (though not with distinct detail, after this many years) remember Norm, Charlie Brown, Gary Taylor, Mike Dalton, Buzz Lawrence, Emperor Lee Smith, and all the other KJRB jocks from that era. I especially had great respect for newsman Ross Woodward, who sometimes sounded like the voice of authority amidst the other fun mayhem that came over the airwaves. My own career in broadcasting was brief after college, and I was fortunate to find other opportunities that I was better suited for, but I will always cherish the memories of the years that I spent growing up with Norm and all the rest of the KNEW/KJRB crew from the wonderful 60’s.

2 Norm Gregory October 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Great comment Eric.

Thanks for taking the time to type it.

By the way, I can still see Ross Woodward working the mic. He had the thing almost in his mouth . . . and if you were in the room . . . you could hardly hear what he was saying.

3 Bill Kirk March 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm

I was wondering if there was an “average” pay that you guys made in the 60’s/70’s (and would you mind telling me what it generally was)? You had a lot of influence on a whole generation in a major market, but I seem to have heard the pay didn’t follow. If your uncomfortable answering…that’s fine.

4 Norm Gregory March 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm

I got no secrets now . . . ha.

Here is my 1973 pay stub.

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