Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: The KJR-KJRB Cross State Bike Race of 1972

by Norm Gregory on August 31, 2011

in 1972, KJR, Radio Scrapbook

I have bicycled between Seattle and Spokane twice flying the KJR flag. The second time, the big expedition to Expo ’74, I mentioned earlier. Today I put my Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook spotlight on the race across the state between me and KJRB’s Dan Walker. I started in Spokane and rode to Seattle. Dan started at the same time in Seattle and rode to Spokane. Four days later we had a winner. This was in June 1972. Let’s go to the 8 mm film.

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 Dan Packard September 2, 2011 at 9:25 am

Looks like a blast! What fun. In the days before helmets, spandex and assorted bicycle high-tech. Another great promotional idea. What radio station would attempt something so creative today?

2 Norm Gregory September 2, 2011 at 10:29 am

Wow . . . I had not thought of that . .. it didn’t occur to me, watching the footage, that we weren’t wearing helmets. Ha. How did we survive?

Of course, two years later on a bike trip to Spokane I fell off my ten-speed and broke my collar bone . .. and bruised my head.

Thanks Dan . . . you always spot something to comment on . . and I appreciate it.

3 Norm Gregory September 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm

In a personal email Bob Orndorff sent me these remembrances.

I was watching the home movies from the KJR bike race and I think that was Davenport the town that the one person in your entroage rode the horse. Also it was cool seeing the pictures of the old studios at KZOK. This past spring when my daughter had a dance competition at the Westin, we stayed at the Red Lion which is across the street from the old 5th avenue building. It was weird cause I hadn’t been downtown in years. I was amazed on how clean it was, and how safe i felt walking at night.. It was funny I was showing my wife where all the different restraunts were back in the day. Like where Georges was on Pike with the greassy burgers or the pizza place just up the street tyhat had the sign buy three get one free. If i remember it was really bad as well. Ate there once with the old KZOK engineeer Jeff Nordstrom. And the bar which was under the red lion where we all would hang out was still there but didn’t get a chance to go and have a drink, maybe next year when we are over again. Hope you are enjoying retirement and spoiling your grandkids.

Take care


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