Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: My Last KZOK Shift, 1979

by Norm Gregory on September 18, 2011

in 1979, Audio, KZOK, Radio Scrapbook

Above: June 1979, KZOK, Seattle, WA, Aircheck.

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My first stint at KZOK, Seattle ended in June 1979 (New GM Jay Blackburn and I had issues). After nearly five years at 102.5 FM I headed to Portland. The Seattle Super Sonics were one game away from a NBA championship. Jimmy Carter was in the White House. Dixie Lee Ray was Washington state governor. 75% of gas stations were closed on the weekends as the price of gas approached a shocking new high of $1 a gallon. To provide some context of the times I left Bob Hovanes’ newscast intact.

I was only gone for ten months. Blackburn departed and I was back.

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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 Ed Bennett September 20, 2011 at 10:56 am

I’m glad you left Bob Hovanes on. I always enjoyed his newscast.

2 Norm Gregory September 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

Bob always did a great job. Our approach to the news doesn’t sound so new or different today but at the time it was a new fresh approach to doing the news on the radio.

3 John DeYoung December 21, 2011 at 10:55 am

I always enjoy finding sites by some of the good ol friendly voices I remember from my younger days.
Good to hear your voice again Norm.
During the 80’s I would listen when I was up in Whatcom county to Bob on CFMI.
Funny, I don’t remember him on Seattle radio.

4 Norm Gregory December 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

Bob Hovanes working a CFMI? Since we parted ways in 1979 Bob had a wide variety of jobs/career moves . . . but I don’t remember hearing of him doing anything in Canada. Hopefully he will check in.

5 Dan July 8, 2017 at 9:47 pm

“Norm Gregory plays the best damn music.” I love that!

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