Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: My Two Augusts of Unemployment

by Norm Gregory on September 4, 2011

in 1981, 1983, KJR, KZOK, Radio Scrapbook

As we covered before I was “on the beach” August of 1981. This Seattle Times piece examines the competitive radio market in Seattle. I was, at the time, a little relieved to get off the merry-go-round for a while. Radio is not like building a house where the carpenter can finish the job and stand back to admire his work. In radio there is no final reward. One rating book comes in as a new rating period begins. By the fall of 1981 I was back on the air at KJR and was there when Mr Smith sold the station to Metromedia for $10 million cash. Note the mention in the Times article, below, of KNBQ. I will come to that below.

The Doxie scanner was used to create this digital copy of tattered musty clipping.
Scrapebook SeaTimes 080581 500

In August 1983 I was out of work again (new Metromedia management at KJR). Gary Bryan was programming KNBQ, Tacoma. He asked me to fill in for him on his morning show while he vacationed. Thom O’Hare told me (as he was replacing me as PD of KQFM, Portland) that in radio you work with same 200 people your whole career . . . he might be right). Back in mid ’70s I had hired Bryan as a part timer. Later he was by PD at KJR-FM . . . and the guy who showed me the door in April, 2000. January 1984 I started a ten year run as afternoon guy at KOMO, AM-1000.

But back to my vacation relief gig at “FM 97.”

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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