Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: Norm Sends KPUG Aircheck Tape To Pat O’Day, 1967

by Norm Gregory on July 9, 2011

in 1967, KJRB, KPUG, Radio Scrapbook

What I lacked in talent I made up for in confidence . . . here is the letter and tape I sent to KJR Program Director Pat O’Day in November 1967. It’s an air-check of my mid-day program at KPUG, Bellingham. It’s hard to believe that it resulted in a job in a bigger market but it did. Less than a month later Pat called me and offered me a job doing over nights at KJRB, Spokane. There was some significant turn over of the air staff at the station which resulted, by the time I got there, in mid December, in me getting the 6 to 9 p.m. shift. I was in Spokane for a year. December 1968 I left for KJR, Seattle.

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1 Dan Packard July 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm

That’s amazing you saved the original package and tape. Only 10 cents to send, hah. Actually, I think what I heard sounds pretty good – conversational and not really yelling or trying to hit the post like so many top-40 carnival barkers (me included).

KPUG was a great station. I remember being up on San Juan island at the Roche Harbor swimming pool in 1968 and they had KPUG turned up loud playing those great summer tunes. From the letterhead, it looks like the station was in a neat looking art-deco building. Searching on Google maps shows the address right in the middle of I-5 concrete today (frown). I’d love to hear the whole air-check sometime.

2 Dan Packard July 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Whoops. On the KPUG Google maps, I mistakenly searched for 234 Sunset rather than 2340. It looks like a 3 tower array and maybe a smaller building today . . .

3 Norm Gregory July 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Yeah, the building was out there on the Sunset highway . . about a mile east of I-5. There was/is an apartment hooked on the western end of the building . . . where, when I was there, the mid-day jock (and wife) lived. And where I was listening to a Sonics game (KPUG carried the first season’s games) in December 1967 when the guy on the air came in and asked if he should interrupt the game with the news of Otis Redding’s death. Within days I was off to Spokane.

I can’t remember for the life of me . . . how I got that O’Day package back. I guess Pat gave to me years later. I am just drawing a blank. An experience I am getting used to.

4 Ed Bennett July 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I wish you would put this out on mp3. You sounded great for your,e first year. I can see why Pat moved you up so quickly. Enjoy your,e Stredickie articles. I,ve been learning things I did not know about.

5 Norm Gregory July 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Hard to believe I put up anything that escaped your memory Ed!! Ha.

Oh . . I might get around transferring the audio from that tape . . . I just gotta say that listening to it is very humbling. It’s not how I remember myself sounding at KPUG, 1967. The station was a fun, happening, rockin’ little Top 40. The sad thing is I don’t think you can find such a thing these days. I am clueless how anyone gets into radio these days . . . IF anyone wants to get into radio these days.

6 Steve West October 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Just discovered this. Fun to read….and remember some special times in Bellingham!!

7 Norm Gregory October 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I gotta say I have to bury my ego and vanity to post some of this audio. Finally this morning I listen to a 1973 KJR air check that was about half way good. I am on my second box of reels.

Thanks for stoping by and taking the time to type Steve. Hope all is well.

8 Steve West October 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Also, some not-quite-so-fun times like the crash off the north Lake Samish road. How’s your arm?

9 Norm Gregory October 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm

It did put a crimp in my jump shot for a while. But it’s been okay for years. Still have the scar over my right eye though. Ha.

Which reminds me . . . who was in the back seat? I can’t remember. I hate to leave him out when I tell the story!! hahaha.

10 Steve West October 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Paul Kratzig. He has a real estate firm in Bellingham. He still has the scar on his leg. Paul graduated with Sharon from Meridian High at Laurel. I see him on occasion when I’m up there with her. She’s having lunch with some old classmates in Bellingham today.

I was demonstrating the exciting, new audio marvel in my new ’67 Chevy convertible; the 8-track. Damn shoulders on that road were just too narrow. Probably didn’t help that we’d been at the Up & Up and then a party at a house on the lake first.

11 Norm Gregory October 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Never would have guessed Paul’s name! Thanks. I guess I forget Sharon was from those parts.

And good thing all the beer bottles in the car had their tops on!!! I jam one bottle into the arm rest on the door . . . that’s what sprained my arm.

I do remember seeing car in the garage later. It looked like a big tree was jam up the middle of the car . . . wow.

12 Steve West October 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

The state patrol couldn’t believe there was a whole case without one bottle not having a cap on it. Taverns were closed on Sundays in those days, and the case was ‘Sunday beer.’

Hit the tree direct-center. It was the only thing that kept us from going into the lake. Put 200,000 miles on ‘old tan’ after it got fixed!

Until you mentioned the scar above your eye, I forgot that you broke the windshield with your head!

13 Norm Gregory October 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Yeah, I remember what the windshield looked like. I guess this was before seat belts . . . I do remember stumbling around on the road after climbing up the hill.

It could have been a lot worse.

14 Steve West October 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm


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